Niniola Akpata, popularly known as Niniola, is a renowned Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performer who has captured the hearts of music lovers with her captivating voice and unique style. Born on December 15, 1986, in Lagos, Nigeria, Niniola hails from a polygamous family and is the older sister of the sensational singer Teni. From her humble beginnings to becoming a Grammy-nominated artist, let’s delve into the inspiring journey of this talented musician.
Early Life and Education:
Niniola was raised in Lagos, Nigeria, in a family of ten children, where she developed a deep passion for music from an early age. During her secondary school years at Apata Memorial High School, she was known as “the human radio” for her melodic voice and ability to sing any requested song for her classmates and friends. She actively participated in the school’s cultural group and engaged in various social activities. Niniola continued her education at the University of Lagos, where she earned a Bachelor of Education Certificate in Biology.
Career Beginnings and Breakthrough:
In 2013, Niniola auditioned for the MTN Project Fame talent show, showcasing her confidence and creativity in her performances. Although she finished as the 3rd runner-up, this experience marked the beginning of her professional music career. On March 19, 2014, she released her debut single, “Ibadi,” produced by Sarz, which gained widespread recognition and airplay across Nigeria and Africa.