The music industry in Nigeria has few women who're making their own rules in music. One of them happens to be Niniola, the Queen of Afro-house. She is one female artist who's not afraid to explore genres and sounds. Niniola songs have seen her incorporating vintage afrobeat, Jamaican dancehall, and South African's Amapiano sound.
It’s no surprise she's the first Nigerian female artist to garner over 1 million monthly listeners on the Spotify music app. In this post, Naijauto will be highlighting all there's to know about the Afro-house queen. It includes Niniola songs, net worth and career highlights. Read along!
1. Niniola biography
Niniola Apata popularly known as Niniola is a Nigerian afro-house singer, songwriter, and performer. Her root genre of music is in folk music and Afro-house performing arts and she's regarded as the Nigerian Queen of Afro-house music. Just to let you know, Afro-house is basically a subgenre of African music that's combined with soulful house beats. It has its root in South Africa.
Niniola is the Nigerian Queen of Afro-house music!
The queen of Afro-house music was born in Lagos, on 15 December 1986. She hails from Ekiti State but grew up in Lagos State. Niniola is 34 years old. She will clock 35 by December 2021. Niniola came from a polygamous family made up of her late father, three mothers, and 10 children. She’s the number six child and elder sister of popular singer Teni.
Niniola had her primary and secondary school education at Apata Memorial high school Lagos State. The school is owned by Niniola's late father, Brigadier-General S.O. Apata who was assassinated on January 8, 1995. After her secondary school, Niniola attended the University of Lagos where she studied Biology Education.
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2. Niniola net worth
Niniola Apata's source of income comes from the sale of her music, shows, and tours where she performs. As one of the most influential female singers, Niniola's net worth is estimated at $1.7 million
3. Niniola cars and houses
For a bundle of talents like Niniola, you might be wondering the type of cars that tickles her fancy. Well, Niniola has shared several pictures of herself posing beside a white Toyota Venza. From what we're seeing, the car can pass for the 2010 Venza model.
Singer Niniola hasn't publicly stated owning a house, though we've seen her sharing photos of her posing in front of a house. However, we know she's staying in Lagos State where she grew up.
Niniola is always seen with this white Toyota Venza!
Niniola during one of her music videos!
The Afro-house queen always strikes a pose in front of this house!
4. Niniola career highlights
In describing her journey into music, Niniola said she started from her childhood. Then, she was a bathroom singer and classroom voice all through her secondary school.
Niniola has a record for participating in reality TV shows in Lagos and Abuja where she was rejected. She reportedly auditioned in the 2007 West African Idols that saw Timi Dakolo emerging as the winner. Her breakthrough to the world of music was the Project Fame West Africa held in 2013. There, she emerged the third-runner up and won herself ₦2 million which she used to start off her musical career.
Niniola performing in a show!
In 2014, Niniola debuted her single titled "Ibadi". The song was produced by Sarz and it got many positive reviews from music critics. It also topped the music charts nationwide with extensive airplay. Following her song that was a hit, Niniola got nominated under the category Most Promising Act to Watch, at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
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Niniola released another single titled "Maradona" in 2017. The song occupied the number one spot for six weeks on South Africa's Metro FM chart. For the Maradona song, Niniola was nominated at the 2018 BET Awards and SAMAsThe song also got the attention of American record producer Timbaland and Canadian rapper Drake.
Going further to 2019, Niniola’s song "Maradona" was still making waves. Beyonce added some elements of the song to her own song "Find Your Way Back”. It was one of the songs in Beyonce's soundtrack album titled The Lion King: The Gift. Niniola got credit for her song as Beyonce listed her as one of the songwriters for her album. In April 2020, Niniola received a Grammy nomination certificate as a songwriter on Beyonce's album, The Lion King: The Gift.
Niniola owns her own record label, Drumroll Records. She attested to the fact that she loves to sing in her indigenous Yoruba language, as it makes her song delivery to be beautiful. According to Niniola, her musical career was influenced by the likes of Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Angelique Kidjo, and Madonna. The Afro-house queen has performed alongside artists like Femi Kuti, Sheyi Shay, and Jonny Drille.
See Niniola's Grammy nomination certificate as a songwriter on Beyonce's album, The Lion King: The Gift!
Niniola has several singles and music videos that got her multiple nominations. She got an award for the Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the 14th Edition of The Headies. Her songs showed she totally embraced Afro-house music and she is now building her music career around the genre. Here are some of her songs.
Akara Oyibo (2015)
Boda Sodiq (2019)
Look Like Me (2020)
Colours and Sound (2020)
Niniola's song Maradona was released in 2016!
5. Niniola charitable activities
Niniola is towing the path of her late father who is described as a philanthropist and educationist. She founded Adopt a Child Foundation, where she provides scholarships and school materials for school children. She has also gone as far as renovating some schools.
Niniola knows how to make a fashion statement as an artist!
Above is all you need to know about Niniola songs, net worth, cars and houses. Niniola remains an example of a talented musician who never gave up on her passion in the face of rejection. Her journey to the limelight says it all, as highlighted in this article. For the queen of Afro-house, more songs are still up her sleeve and fans can't wait to listen and dance to them.
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