By Florence Amagiya
Nigerian Music industry has recorded tremendous growth in the area of youth empowerment and recognition. According to reports, Nigerian music videos and artistes are rated world class.
Although they do not all do the same genre of music as some people may expect, but one thing has remained constant: they are receiving accolades from every sector. In this edition, we bring to you two popular brands in the Nigerian gospel music industry: Sammie Okposio and sensational Omawunmi.
Sensational singer, songwriter, and actress, Omawumi, has remained energetic and the favourite of her father since childhood. Omawumi is from Itsekiri. She grew up in a warm, bonded polygamous family, where her father had three wives.
She is the last child, but not the least of her mother’s. She was arguably the most brilliant in her household and she never believed she would become a Musician of this repute. Omawumi spent her early days playing with her friends and well-wishers whenever she is not reading her books.
She attended the Famous NANA College, Warri and her family house was directly opposite the College. Omawumi was already a lead vocalist in the children’s choir by age 8.
After graduation in 2005, she moved to Port-Harcourt, Rivers State where she worked with her family law firm called O.S Megbele & Associates while studying French in Alliiance Francaise.
Omawumi decided to take music to the next level when she contested for the first edition of West African Idol in 2007. She won the hearts of all with her strong sonorous voice, she became 1st Runner-up of Idols West Africa.
But being the first runner-up did not discourage her as she became the best female vocalist in no distant time. She is today the face of Mortein, where she participated in the malaria campaign across Africa.
Omawumi missed out in this year’s Nigerian Breweries sponsored Star Trek because of her endorsement engagement with another brand, Guinness where she signed a multi-million naira deal as face of Malta Guinness, Africa. She was unveiled recently as Konga.com ambassador. Omawumi is also a part of the Rise with the Energy of Africa and Project Alert Society.
She recently completed and moved into her Lekki Mansion which took her a whooping N100million. Omawumi charges about N5 to N10million depending on the show, and she gets shows virtually every weekend. She charged N500, 000 per seat in her last musical concert which attracted a full house.
Omawumi was among the 19 African artistes invited for one.org agricultural campaign called Do Agric, It Pays, with one of the continent’s biggest musical collaborations ever, titled, Cocoa Na Chocolate! The single mother just recently returned from her marriage introduction which took place in Warri, Delta state.
On the other hand, Multiple award winning, gospel artiste, Sammie Okposo, is a product of an Urhobo father and a Calabar mother. He is one of the few gospel artiste who has had the opportunity to sell the Nigerian language in the Diaspora.
Today, he is a renown gospel artiste who has performed with international stars including the likes of the Cece Winans and the Donne McClurkins. Sammie, from childhood, was drawn to music and became a performer in record time.
He went to the extent of training his voice as well as learning to play the piano from the age of 10. In 1992, Sammie’s music career kicked off when he joined the Nigerian Movie Industry as a Sound Track Producer.
Along the line, he ventured into real music production. Today, he is one of the best male vocalists in Nigeria and one of the biggest names in gospel music genere even in the Diaspora. Okposo is known to have produced incredible, inspirational songs, soundtracks and has performed on international platforms.
It is a fact that great names like Ron Kenoly and Don Moen have visited Nigeria severally because of him. Although he has had his own shares of scandals on women matters, it has not stopped him from growing his brand. Today, he is one of Globacom ambassadors.
Sammie Okposo is also a motivational speaker – a side of him which he displayed during the burial of his bosom friend and sister.
He is a multi-talented song-writer and singer who has helped a lot of artistes with his Hope Initiative. He is also helping upcoming artistes especially those from his geo-political zone.
According to one or two persons who has met him, the star is always willing to help and does not have any air about him.
Sammie may not have gotten to his desired destination, but he is grateful for all he has, including his beautiful wife and friend. Sammie Okposo was among the few Nigerians invited to perform at the Martin Luther King Day.
He is a United Nations Youth ambassador for world peace..