Nigerian Celebrity Biography: Iyanya

Iyanya’s Biography



Popularly known by his stage name Iyanya, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk is a famous Nigerian pop artists. Born in Calabar, Crossriver State, on 31 October 1986 to a forester father and a headmistress mother, he has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian Music Industry. When he was 22, he became an orphan. It was around that time he also lost his elder brother. His music talent was nurtured in the church when he was a choir master at the tender age of 5. Iyanya had been singing right from his university days and after completing his tertiary education, he worked briefly at a restaurant in which he played his music at a bar he managed there. Having seen a great potential in him, Kcee already a known singer, ‘pushed’ Iyanya to put in for the MTN Project Fame competition. This would later mark the beginning of greatness for the ‘Kukere’ master. He won the competition and released a debut album titled My Story afterwards. But owing to poor promotion, it did not bring in the money. Determined even more, Iyanya went back to the root, his hometown, where he studied the etighi dance and saw a potential in it. Soon he launched a song titled ‘Kukere’ in which he experimented with the dance. Interestingly, it did magic as it was widely received and soon became internationally accepted dance for all occasions. The music was a huge success and Iyanya thus became a superstar. Since then he has been singing nonstop and most of his songs have gained wide acceptance. In addition, he has won several awards and has performed at music concerts nationwide.

Genre: R&B, Afro pop


Iyanya studied Business Management at the University of Calabar, Crossriver State.

Popular Tracks:

  • ‘Kukere’
  • ‘Ur Waist’
  • ‘Somebody’
  • ‘Applaudise’
  • ‘Chukwudi’

Albums including year released:

  • Applaudise (2015)
  • Desire (2013)
  • My Story (2009)


  • (Best Dance in a Video) 2014 Africa Muzik Magazine Awards
  • (Artist of the Year) 2014 The Headies Awards
  • (Hottest Single of the year) 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
  • (Best Pop Single) 2012 The Headies Awards


The muscle-flexing and broad-chested talented Nigerian singer, Iyanya, found himself caught up in a web of controversy early this year (2015). On Instagram, one of his fans, named Papoose money, calmly though blatantly advised the musician to stop posing with his three fingers raised. To the music fan, the sign indicates that Iyanya is a member of the Illuminati group. But the no-nonsense Iyanya would have none of such rants. He replied just one word: ‘jobless. ‘ And then the floor was open for gossipers and fans alike who felt that the guy was truly jobless. However, others felt Iyanya was rather too harsh on him.

Social Profiles:

Iyanya on Facebook: Iyanya

Iyanya on Twitter: @Iyanya

Iyanya on Youtube: officialIyanya

Iyanya on Instagram: @iyanya

Iyanya on Snapchat:

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