Full Name: Niniola Apata
Born: 15 December, 1986
Birth place: Lagos State Nigeria
Famous as: Singer, songwriter, performer
Years active: 2014 – present
Genres: Afro-house, folk house
Education: Apata Memorial High School, University of Lagos
Siblings: Teniola Apata
Albums: This Is Me, Unboxed, The Urban Pulse,Vol.6
Record labels: Nedjon Media, DRUMROLL RECORDS
Early childhood and educational career
Niniola was born and raised in Lagos State. She attained her primary and secondary school education at Apata Memorial High School. Moreover, she earned a bachelor of education certificate from the University of Lagos.
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She participated in several social activities and competitions while attending secondary school.
She finished third runner-up in the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa. During the competition, she performed a live rendition of “Limpopo” with Kcee, and also performed her Cobhams Asuquo-produced composition “Itura”.
She has cited Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Angelique Kidjo as her key musical influences.
She released her debut single “Ibadi” on 19 March 2014. Produced by Sarz, the song received positive critical reviews, topped national music charts and gained extensive airplay.
Her singles “Ibadi” and “Gbowode” were included in the soundtrack for season 2 of Gidi Up.
NotJustOk included her on its list of the 15 Artists to Watch in 2015. Niniola was nominated in the Most Promising Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
In 2017 Nini went on to release another single titled MARADONA which went on to become a global hit.
MARADONA enjoyed a good 13 weeks on the South African charts and was at the No.1 spot for over 6 weeks.
The song MARADONA earned Nini a BET Awards and SAMA nomination. Since then Niniola has gone on to receive nods from International heavy weights like Drake, Timbaland and others.
In 2019 elements of her single MARADONA were sampled on the LION KING “THE GIFT Album” by BEYONCE on the track FIND YOUR WAY BACK as she also appeared as a songwriter and composer of the song, which has gone on to get a Grammy nomination.
Artistry and music style
Nini describes her style of music as Afro-house, a blend of Afrobeat and house music. Niniola’s lyrics are mostly written in Yoruba.
In an online interview with Gbolahan Adeyemi of TalkGlitz Media, Nini said the Yoruba language makes her song’s delivery beautiful.
Family and personal life
She is the older sister of singer Teni. Much is not known about her private life