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Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF | AFTRA

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Folk Afropop




"Discover with BN"

There is no denying that Nigeria is blessed with talented musicians, many of whom have carved out a niche for themselves and ventured into the music industry, creating headlines both at home and abroad.

Many of these artists rose to fame by performing on public stages, such as Project Fame, Nigeria’s Got Talent, Nigeria Idol, and others via social media.

It’s fine to stick to your favourites, but how about broadening your horizons and listening to other talented artists with distinct sounds? BN discovered some incredible talents whose voices once captivated your souls. Through our weekly interview series titled #DiscoverWithBN, we will reintroduce them to you in a special way.

#DiscoverWithBN will be published on the third Friday and last Saturday of each month.

For our maiden edition, we spoke to one R&B singer, Chris Rio, The Voice Nigeria Season 2 finalist and Glowrie, a semi-finalist of The Voice Nigeria season 2.

This week, we’re speaking with Efezino, a talented singer and songwriter who competed in the first season of Nigerian Idol and made it to the top 100.

She went back to school after her eviction, but she decided to compete again for the third season. This time, she made it all the way to the top six. She participated in The Voice Nigeria second season in 2017 and performed in the live show round.

Fun fact: At the age of 17, she took part in her first-ever talent contest, Who Sings Best, and she won.

As a professional artist, she recorded demos for Rihanna, Brandy and Asa as well as backups for Simi and collaborated with Paul Okoye, Falz, Adekunle Gold and Zoro. Her sound is a mix of Contemporary, Pop, Retro, Afro, Soul, Folk and Alternative.

She released her first single, “Amere” in November 2018 and released “Amere” EP in December 2019 (in Swahili, French and Pidgin). She released her second single, “Totori,” in January 2021.

BN Music had a chat with Efezino as she shared how she got into music, the type of music she creates, her creative process, forthcoming projects and more.



What first got you into music?

I grew up in a musically oriented family. Music came naturally to me at age 9.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

My kind of music is a mixture of pop, folk, soul, contemporary, country and urban sounds.

What is your creative process?

Sometimes, I lay awake at night or stay in a secluded area and the melodies flood my ears and I hum to the strums of my guitar and record it with my phone. Later, I write the lyrics. Other times, I get inspired by the news of someone’s story and a song hits me. I sit there on my couch, with my guitar, till I finish the song. Then I send it to my producer.

What’s are you bringing to the music industry, what are you doing differently?

I believe my music to be heartfelt and inspiring and it cuts across different cultures. My music is evergreen.

What’s next for you?

I’ll keep making beautiful music and making a difference with every melody and pray it touches someone new every day. - Bella Naija

"Efezino... Messenger of love and unity"

Nurturing her music like a canvass, she constantly sketches vocal portraits of love using African languages as her pencils. In her usual storytelling style, Efezino Akpo travels through the familiar terrains of love expressions in her latest Afro-Pop record dubbed Totori.

It is the unique chemistry of profound storytelling woven with her rich tapestry of African languages that trademarks the 28-year-old Delta native as a vocal wonder in Nigeria’s music scene.


Backed by a music-loving family, Efezino’s stardom story began from her early teenage days where she sang in the church before progressing to concerts. With support from her family, she kept harnessing her talents at even bigger stages, until she won her very first competition at age 17, a Warri-based music contest titled, Who Sings Best.

“Music was a calling, for me. I went back to school to study Human Anatomy, which is something I am good at, but from a young age, I had known that music was a calling for me. It was my number one thing,” she heartily said while recalling her several attempts at music competitions when she started out.

For the singer, getting evicted twice from Nigerian Idols (2011 and 2013), despite qualifying to laudable levels, was more of a story about growth and perseverance, rather than one of disappointment.


“There was something I always learned. I would go for competitions and I would be told they couldn’t take me in, because I missed a note, or I would get to certain levels and I would be eliminated. It would be heartbreaking, but I would pick up myself because music makes me happy. I was also nurtured by these competitions. In Nigerian Idols, I had to learn a song in less than 30 minutes and performed it live. These things nurtured my voice, my craft, my writing and my discipline. It also helped me network with people in the industry like Waje, Timi Dakolo and all these people. They have all helped my sound, throughout all these years,” she remarked.

After her 2017 stint at The Voice Nigeria, Efezino released a song the following year, titled Amere. Typically translating as ‘Sweetness’, the song became an instant bestselling love narrative. It was crafted with heart-warming folk/Afro-soul melodies and sung in her native Isoko language. She later released a 7-track Extended Playlist (EP) in 2019, with the same title where she remixed the hit-song in Swahilli, French and Pidgin languages, as well as with Acapella variations.

And, these, she notes, were charged by her childhood cultural influences and her patriotic agenda to unify Nigeria.


“I grew up hearing Isoko, Itshekiri and Ijaw traditional music; I grew up in an area in Warri called Efurrun. My mum always played songs from Keffe, Ofano, and some other mixtapes I never got to know their titles. So, I believe so much in representing where I am from. I try as much as possible to show my culture, through my music, and also to unify the whole of Nigeria. That is why I have been doing a lot of folk songs.”

It is this same cultural appeal and direction that makes her retain her name, which translates as ‘Wealth’, in her music career.

As a music-lover, Efezino grew up with a flair for unique music, laden with storytelling and depth.

“I didn’t really listen to Beyonce much, because she was in everybody’s faces. I was more interested in those sounds that were far away – folk songs, country sounds, and pop sounds,” she notes, humbly. As a singer, I translate that appeal for a rarity to my songwriting, steadily creating music from a place of comfort, clarity and profoundness.


“Sometimes, I might just be washing dishes in the kitchen and looking through the window and the melodies just start to flood my brain; I would pick my guitar and start playing. Usually, the words don’t come; I work with melodies. It’s the melodies first and then the words after. Sometimes, I can see an emotional movie and the story inspires me and I would start writing. Other times, it’s stories from my friends or my own experiences. Even Totori too was a personal experience; I was crying when I was writing the song. I let the inspiration comes to me mostly, but sometimes, I hunt for it. However, I prefer making music from a space in my head – my comfort zone.”

Efezino’s vocal artistry is likely to magnet a number of multiple collaborations in the industry, as she builds continues her journey. She hopes to collaborate with the likes of “Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Asa, Fireboy, Simi, Chike, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Enya, The Weekend,” among others.

Meanwhile, the singer’s vocal texture has drawn large comparisons to Afro-soul/RnB Queen, Simi Gold.

Departing her label, Soltracker Music Group, barely three months ago, over amicable agreements, as she notes, the newbie indie artiste expresses confidence and hope in her music growth. Holding her territory down already, Efezino has started preparing for her sophomore EP release slated for the latter part of the year. She has just released her music video for Totori, which was directed by Nigeria-born Hollywood filmmaker, Ajiri Akpolo.

According to her, the visuals for the Ovonovo produced song is a feast of romance, intrigue and excitement. As she continues her sojourn, all eyes are on the culture queen to continue to hold her fans spellbound in her subsequent releases. - The Gaurdian Nigeria



RELEASE DATE: 2018-10-30


RELEASE DATE: 2019-12-17

RELEASE DATE: 2021-01-28



Efezino Majiri Akpo is a professional singer and song writer from Irri in Isoko South, Delta State. She grew up in Warri. Raised in a musical family of six, she started singing in her church choir at the age of 9. She recalls walking past her church window and hearing the choir rehearse and wanted to be part of it, so the next weekend she joined. From an early age, her older brother introduced her to Jazz music and she listened to all other genres of music too; from Celtic to RnB to pop music. At the age of 12, She wrote her first song to a jazz piece by the South African music group "Yellow Jackets" with the help of her brother and sang it at her first concert which he took her to. From then on, her brother would take her round Delta State to sing at events. Having parents and siblings who grew up in the choir for support made music naturally a part of her from a young age.

Her dad was a musician in the 70s and 80s, performing with his guitar while studying Law at The University of Nigeria, Enugu and in religious events back at home in Delta State. Himself and his whole class saved up to buy the first school bus for the Lagos State Law school. He was and still is an amazing song writer, with a long list of popular songs being sung in many churches to this day. It is safe to say she got her love for music from him.

At age 17, she participated in her first ever talent competition "Who Sings Best". She ended up winning the show. It was during the "Who Sings Best" competition that she met Oscar Heman-Ackah(SMG) who was the head judge.

The next year, she participated in the first season of Nigerian Idol as a contestant and made it to the top 100. Following her eviction, she went back to school but decided to try again for the 3rd season of the show. This time she got as far as top 6. Her dad and whole family has always been a big support to her career, with her siblings taking her to audition for competitions in different states and even out of the country to her dad helping to write lines to her songs and even was responsible for naming her hit debut single “AMERE’’. Her dad to this day continues to play a huge role in helping to write songs on her project.

She graduated with a B.Sc. in Human Anatomy from Delta State University in 2014.

In 2017, she participated in the second season of The Voice and made it to the live show round of the competition.

As a professional singer she has recorded demos for Rihanna, Brandy and Asa and also done backups for some of Africa's finest like Simi and has also worked with Paul Okoye, Falz, Adekunle Gold and Zoro. She is the voice behind some of the biggest brand ads in Africa like Delta soap jingle, DSTV Fix it on the go, Hans and Rene etc.

Her sound is a combination of Contemporary, Pop, Retro, Afro, Soul, Folk, and Alternative music.

In November 2018, she released her first single, Amere and in December 2019, she released Amere EP (in Swahili, French and Pidgin).


On the 28th of January, she released her second single, Totori. She is an independent artist.

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