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<strong>Di’Ja biography

Di’Ja, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She is currently signed to Mavin Records.

Background information

Full Name: Hadiza Blell

Birth place: Kaduna

Nationality: Nigerian, Sierra Leonean

Genres: R&B, pop, Afrobeat, Afropop

Famous as: Singer, songwriter

Parents: Joe Blell

Years active: 2002–present

Labels: Mavin Records

Albums: Aphrodija, Di’Ja

Associated acts: Don JazzyTiwa Savage, Patoranking, Dr SID, Reekado Banks Korede Bello, D’Prince



Family Background and educational career

She has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria and her father is from Sierra Leone. Di’Ja’s received a joint degree in biology and

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Music career

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In 2009, she released her first single “Rock Steady”, which was nominated for Best Urban/R&B Single at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Her music career started in 2008. In 2012, she released several singles, including “Dan’Iska (Rudebwoy)”, “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” and “How Can We Be Friends”.

On February 14, 2014, she signed a record deal with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. “Yaro”, her first official single under the label was also released that same day.

It infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.

In May 2014, she was featured on “Dorobucci” alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince,
Korede Bello and Reekado Banks.

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She was also featured on “Arise”, alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks. On December 15, 2017, Di’Ja released her extended play Aphrodija, which also features guest vocals from Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks.


Awards and Recognitions

Nominated for Most Promising Act to Watch in 2009

Canadian Radio Music Awards – Best Urban/R&B Single Rock steady

Nominated in 2008 for Beat Music Awards

she won the Best New Artist award at the 2008 Beat Music Awards.


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