NAME: Bukola Folayan (B.O.U.Q.U.I)
DATE OF BIRTH: [18, February]
STATUS: In A relationship
OCCUPATION: Gospel Singer/Rapper
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
She was born to a Professor of Biochemistry father and a professional teacher mother, she alongside her other five siblings grew up in an academic atmosphere of the Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife) and this has served as a big influence for her deep lyrical style and cosmopolitan outlook. Her Christian faith and strong belief in the words of God as laid out in the Holy Bible is however the factor to the formation of the Bouqui brand. An alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and an accomplished broadcaster at EkoFM, Lagos.
CAREER AND LIFE
Bouqui started her professional career with an all girl group called G-Vibes several years ago before going solo and changing her focus and style to suit urban contemporary Nigeria and still deliver in terms of message and emotion. The album titled B.O.U.Q.U.I was her debut and the album can be referred to as a two in onepackage due to the fact that it contains a record breaking fourteen tracks and four skits, the highest by any debutant in the Nigerian music industry. Still on breaking records, her lead single “Get it started” in less than a month debuted at number one the backyard beats segment of the PJ Butter hosted World Chart Show, also another first by any home– based Nigerian artiste in the history of Nigerian music. Other tracks like “Not Ashamed”, “Major Problem”, “Mole jo”, “Vanity” and “Wanna Love U” have become household anthems. The album has won several accolades and nominations including the much coveted AMEN awards in 2007 for best female act.
B.O.U.Q.U.I left for the uk last year though she had just recently come back from the U.K TOUR where she went round 15 cities in the UNITED KINGDOM with the first single MO RI LE, off the sophomore album which is titled REDEFINITION.. REDEFINITION has 17 tracks.The tracks were mixed and mastered in the UNITED KINGDOM. The video for the leading single MO RI LE was shot and edited in the U.K and premiered on the same day the record label,BOUQUIS PLACE ENTERTAINMENT was officially launched. The album REDEFINITION was also launched on the same day as well as the OFFICIAL BOUQUI WEBSITE… all on her birthday 18th feb 2009.
BOUQUI just recently came off her tour of the United States of America,after she dropped her two the new videos 2nd and 3rd single off the redefinition album,TAKE YOU AWAY,shot in the united kingdom and OLUWA shot in Chicago. She has been on tour since august 2009 where she visited different cities from California to Dallas etc,15 states in all. She has since been to 5 states in Canada over the last 1 year. She recently began ‘the Redefinition campus storm’ where she tours the campuses alongside with a couple of her friends.. OAU Ife,witnessed the maiden edition where over 15000 people showed up, Babcock was not left out..with 8000 people in attendance,and uni lag had about 6000 people as well. They decided to give back to the society last year December by visiting the correctional center for women and kids with the campus storm. After all its also an institution. She is embarking on a new project which would be her television show. She is presently in the studio recording her 3rd album which is set to be A double cd, making up for last year.. 24 tracks , a couple of singles have dropped from that already and last year was a good year as she carted away several awards home and abroad including the best female act and best gospel act at the Nigerian Gospel Music Award..and Nigerian Music Video Award best mainstream video with her song Take you away. So far, 2013 has been a very fruitful year for B.O.U.Q.U.I. She staged the Love, Hope and War tour concert on the 8th of feb featuring Grammy nominee DA TRUTH, released a captivating video and now the World acclaimed Rapvangelist has been made the President of Xist Music Africa.
The video for the leading single MO RI LE was shot and edited in the UK and will premiere on the same day the record label, BOUQUIS PLACE ENTERTAINMENT is officially launched.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Won the best Hip Hop Artiste of the year award at the just concluded GMA 2013, Won Nigerian Gospel Music Award..and Nigerian Music Video Award best mainstream video with her song Take you away. So far In 2013. She also won AMEN awards in 2007 for best female act.
She has signed few closed gospel endorsement deal.
SCANDALS AND RUMOURS
She has managed to stay off scandals and rumours as she is a gospel singer.