Niniola Shares How She Became Nigeria’s Afro-House Queen


Afro-House boss like she calls herself, Niniola talks how she worked her way to stardom.

The singer whose real name is Niniola Apata sat down with VJ Adams on #OffTheTop to discuss her career and how she discovered Afro-House music was her thing.

The ‘Maradona’ crooner chronicled her music journey from post MTN Project Fame to finding her longtime music producer Sarz.

“Preparation meets opportunity. To be honest. It just happened. It’s the grace of God but as they say, when hard work and preparation meets opportunity, it just happens. After Project Fame, I just wanted to prove myself. I knew I could sing but I just wanted more. I loved to dance and wanted to incorporate these two things.

“I didn’t know anybody in the industry. So, I went online in search for the best producer in Nigeria. This was in 2013. Sarz’s name kept coming up. I reached out to him and he requested that I give him a hit song. I dropped “Ibadi” and that’s how it happened.

“One song changed my life. I just did the song (Maradona) and knew that, like every other ones, it was good. But when we dropped it, it went boom. People and artistes from South Africa started reaching out to me.”

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