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[CELEBRITY BIO] Chinedu Okoli a.k.a. Flavour’s Full Biography

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Chinedu Okoli (born 23 November 1983), better known by his stage name Flavour N’abania, or simply Flavour, is a prolific Nigerian recording artist, dancer, songwriter, and performer. He began his musical career as a drummer for a local church in his hometown of Enugu State. Flavour is popularly known across Africa and the world for his massive club banger “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”. He is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment Music Label. In 2005, he released his self titled debut album N’abania. In 2010, Flavour released his second studio album Uplifted. It was supported by the singles “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”, “Adamma”, and “Oyi Remix”. The album’s success made Flavour one of Africa’s most sought out artists. Flavour was booked to perform at numerous concerts and social events following Uplifted’s release.

Early life

Flavour, who is well known for his ability to sing fluently in the Igbo language, was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. His family is originally from Umunze in Orumba South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria.[1] Flavour began his music career at the age of 13 when he started playing the drums for his church choir in Enugu. The resident pastor at his church introduced him to a friend, Chris I Ordor, the CEO of SoundCity Communications.[2] Mr. Ordor had just started a musical company aimed at training young musicians on the basics of music and nurturing them all the way to a professional level.[2] In 1996, Flavour was invited to join the company on an educational scholarship to study music.[2] After three years of playing the drums, Flavour started playing the drums professionally. In 1999, Flavour moved on from playing the drums and started playing the keyboard.[2] He also used to provide backing vocals for other musicians at SoundCity.

Career beginnings At the age of 19, Flavour emerged unto Nigeria’s musical scene as a drummer and pianist for a local Enugu band. After learning to play drums professionally, Flavour received an offer to perform at City Centre, Enugu. The massive crowd at City Centre inspired him to gain new grounds and reach great heights. Flavour’s educational background in music enabled him to learn music production from Dekumzy, Isi Charles and Nnachie. 2005: N’abania In 2005, Flavour released his debut album N’abania through Obaino Music. The album’s success was relative and limited to Eastern Nigeria, particularly, Enugu State. Flavour collaborated with Mr. Raw on the album’s lead single titled “N’abania”. The song was recorded at Kingsley Ogoro’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria. 2010: Uplifted Following the relative success of his debut album, Flavour released Uplifted in 2010. While working on the album, Flavour believed the album would surpass his previous works. Flavour’s projection came true when the album broke national barriers. Lolhiphop Records, an established record label in South Africa, released the album after popular demand. The album’s top singles include “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”, “Adamma”, and “Oyi Remix”, featuring Tiwa Savage. 2012: Blessed Blessed was released on 18 October 2012 through 2nite Entertainment and iROCKING LTD. The album is the successor to Uplifted. It is arguably Flavour’s biggest album to date due to the amount of producers that worked on it. It was launched on the same day of Flavour’s 2nite Club grand opening. In an interview with iROKTV, Flavour said: “I think I’m growing. This is my third album… Now it’s time to give them the music, like define myself. I have to be more mature with my music, lyrics and instrumentation wise. I worked with tons of producers and the whole production process made sense.”

Family life

Flavour is the first son of a large family consisting of four siblings and seven step siblings. Flavour currently dwells in Lagos, Nigeria. Flavour’s family wasn’t very fond of his musical ambitions; they often dismissed it as a pipe dream. His mother in particular believed that his musical ambitions wouldn’t amount to anything.

Controversy

On 29 August 2012, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Flavour N’abania was involved in a legal battle with Ghanaian singing duo Wutah, over the alleged theft of “Kwarikwa”. According to the article, “Kwarikwa” is an exact “replica” of Kotosa, a song made by the aforementioned singing duo. The singing duo accused Flavour N’abania of stealing their song’s rhythm, chorus, and tempo.

Discography

Studio albums N’abania (2005) Uplifted (2010) Blessed (2012)

 Awards and nominations

YearEventPrizeNominated workResultRef
2014Ghana Music AwardsAfrican Artiste of the YearPending[7]
2013The HeadiesArtiste of the YearNominated[8][9]
Album of the YearBlessedNominated
Best R&B/Pop AlbumNominated
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)Video of the Year“Ada Ada”Won[10]
Best High Life VideoWon
Best Indigenous ConceptWon
Best use of costumesWon
Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Indigenous Artist/GroupNominated[11]
Ghana Music AwardsAfrican Artiste of the YearNominated[12]
City People Entertainment AwardsMusician of the Year (Male)Nominated[13]
Best Collabo of the Year“Give it to Me” (Kcee featuring Flavour N’abania)Won[14]
2012Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)Best Highlife“Kwarikwa” (featuring M-Jay, Wage G.Jay Dey, Elense)Nominated[15]
Channel O Music Video AwardsBest R&B Video“Oyi Remix” (featuring Tiwa Savage)Won[16]
The HeadiesBest Collabo“Orobo” (Sound Sultan featuring Excel and Flavour)Won[17]
Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Indigenous Artist/GroupWon[18]
2011Channel O Music Video AwardsMost Gifted Afro-Pop Video“Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)“Nominated[19]
Most Gifted African West VideoNominated
Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies)Best R&B Single“Oyi Remix” (featuring Tiwa Savage)Nominated[20]
Best Collabo“Number One” (M.I featuring Flavour N’abania)Won[21]
Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest High Life Video“Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”Nominated[22]
2010Ghana Music AwardsAfrican Artiste of the YearNominated[23]

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  1. Ignis

    March 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Started as a choir and now playing ashawo music. Return to where you’re coming from Flavour. Tomorrow may be too late

  2. Sir-Macbeth

    March 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hmmm nice…….but u av never sing any praises to thy mentor y?

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Self-acclaimed Port Harcourt First Son, Duncan Mighty is currently trending on social media for the wrong reasons.

A water tank driver, Okabam John has accused singer, Duncan Mighty of assaulting him in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

It was gathered that the incident reportedly happened on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at about 9:40am when the driver was on duty.

Narrating his ordeal to some Civil Rights Activists on Tuesday November 24, after he was allegedly discharged from the hospital, John, a native of Elele Town in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state and an employee of Julius Berger Nigeria Limited, claimed that the musician struck him on the head with a traditional staff made of elephant tusk.

According to the driver, while on duty a private car was parked close to his water filling spot. He tried notifying the driver who refused to wind down. He reportedly bent his head to talk to the driver only to discover it was Duncan Mighty.

John said that before he could speak, the singer allegedly struck his head using a traditional staff. He said the second strike was blocked with his hand. He claimed that he could not see when the singer drove off as his eyes were covered with blood.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday, one Ndubueze Obodowhuo, accused Duncan Mighty of using his VIP status to intimidate his people. He also shared a ‘medical report’ stating that John was treated for “shoulder dislocation and scalp laceration.”

Mr John is now calling on his employer, the management of Julius Berger, Security Agencies and Human Rights Organisations to help him get justice. His post below:

“This is Mr. OKABAM JOHN a native of Elele town in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State, he’s currently employed by JULIUS BERGER NIG.PLC in Port Harcourt and his service engagement is within Judges quarters elelenwo-street, GRA Port Harcourt.

“According to Mr. OKABAM JOHN a Water-tank driver with Julius Berger, Tanker number – B8751, On Saturday 21st of November 2020 at about 9:40am while he was on duty. A private car was parked close to his water filling spot, he tried notifying the driver who refused to wine down, he bent his head to talk with the driver surprisingly, it was Duncan mighty.

“Before he could explain, his head was struck by Duncan mighty using a traditional staff(Elephant tusk), the second strike was blocked with his hand. He(Okabam John) didn’t see how the artist drove off because, blood covered his eyes at that moment.

“Mr. Okabam John narrated this incident after being discharged from the hospital. Duncan doesn’t show up when he’s publicly needed, rather he uses his VIP influence to undo his people. Celebrities should be celebrated by their positivity, their influence shouldn’t pose danger to the society rather it should serve as liberation to the people.

“Mr. OKABAM JOHN is calling on the management of Julius Berger, Security Agents and Human Rights Organisations for justice to be done in his case, to avoid a re-occurance.”

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