Born Obiora Nwokolobia-Agu on 9 June 1977 in Enugu, Obiwon (now Obiora Obiwon) is a notable Nigerian music artiste and record producer. His stagename ‘Obiwon’ was a name he was fondly called by his uncle and it later stuck. Growing up, Obiwon was influenced by his father, Sir Humphrey Nwokolobia-Agu who was a music composer. Due to this, Obiora’s passion for music soon began to take a shape. When he was 15 years old, he would always be seen writing songs, performing at street occasions and hangouts. His deep interest in music soon led him to form a music group named Thorobreds. But before that, he was working as a banker in Lagos, after his NYSC. Later, seeing that his banking job would not allow him the freedom to be able to pursue his passion, which was music, he quitted it and faced his music career headlong. In 2006, he released his debut album titled Overture. However in 2008, the popular Nigerian artiste experienced a renaissance. He stated that he was switching to gospel music. So as part of the re-branding effort, he added his real name Obiora to Obiwon, making his stagename to now be Obiora Obiwon. Since then he has gone on to release songs in the gospel genre and has been widely received. Obiora Obiwon has been nominated many times, of which he has won some notable awards. He is married with two children.
Genre: Contemporary Gospel, R&B
He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka. He holds a degree in Agricultural Extension.
- ‘Obi Mu O’
- ‘Refill My Emptiness’
- ‘U Made Me’
- ‘Streetz of Lagos’
Albums including year released:
- Gold Water (2013)
- The Rebirth (2008)
- Overture (2006)
- (Best Soul and R&B) 2014 Nigeria Gospel Music Awards
- (Best Collabo) 2014 Crystal Awards
- (Best Crossover Act) 2013 National Gospel Awards
- (Best Rap Group) 2005 The Headies Awards
In an interview she had with YNaija, Obiwon was asked if he was aware that part of the lyrics of one of his songs ‘Obi Mu O’ was copiously quoted by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her latest novel titled Americanah. He replied in the affirmative saying that although the popular novelist did not take permission from him, he was not bothered that some part of his works was used.
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