Martins Okechukwu Justice, better known as J. Martins, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is a multi-award-winning musician and a United Nations Peace Ambassador. J. Martins creates Urban High Life music of African origin with a rich influence, yet his sound transcends the African continent.
Early Life and Education
J. Martins was born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, on September 29, 1977. He does, however, have family roots in Ohafia, Abia State. His choir master’s mother inspired his early musical career. When Martins was younger, he spent a lot of time traveling with his mother, which exposed him to choirs from other churches. He also learned to play a variety of musical instruments throughout his elementary, secondary, and tertiary education.
Martins earned his first school leaving certificate and a West African Senior School certificate in Enugu State, Nigeria’s southeastern region, where he completed both primary and secondary school. He continued his education at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu, Nigeria, where he earned a National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication. J. Martins attended Enugu State University of Science and Technology after receiving his national diploma and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
J. Martins began his musical career at a young age as a member of his church choir. He began learning to play the keyboard, guitar, and saxophone, among other instruments, at that time. J Martins’ debut studio album, “Get Serious,” was released in 2008.
He owned a production company called Glorious Praise while in school, which primarily produced music for gospel performers at the time. J. Martin’s rise to fame began as a student when he signed a deal to work as a producer for Patty Obasi (of the Nwa Mammy Water Fame), one of the most prominent gospel performers in the country’s Eastern region at the time.
As a producer, he collaborated with Waje and Nigga Raw, but P-“Busy Square’s Body” and “Busy Body Remix” gave him his big break. He was working as a producer while planning to leave to pursue other interests.
Then, in 2009, he released “Elevated” and “Selah,” his second and third studio albums, respectively. Top Nigerian music artists such as Phyno, YCEE, Olamide, Niga Raw, Flavour, Timaya, and the popular P-Square’s song “E No Easy” have all featured J Martins in their songs.
Martins married an Abuja girl on January 2, 2011. His music industry colleagues and well-wishers attended the traditional wedding in J. Martins’ hometown of Ohafia, Abia state. Nnazi, J. Martins’ wife, is a socialite in Abuja and a native of Abia State.
J. Martins, like many other celebrities, has been the target of numerous rumors. The most recent of these was the assertion that the entertainer was homosexual, which was published in Global News magazine, one of Nigeria’s leading entertainment publications. J. Martins has now refuted these claims, claiming that it was all a ruse to use blackmail to force him to pay off some journalists. J. Martins, one of the few entertainers in Nigeria who has tried to avoid scandal, claims that his marriage to Nnazi has helped him to be more responsible and focused.
- “Get Serious” (2008)
- “Elevated” (2009)
- “Selah” (2012)
- “Authentic” (2016)
- GOOD OR BAD (OWAY)
- Touchin Body
- Cool Temper
- Jupa – Remix
- Touching Body
- Dance 4 Me
- Dance 4 Me – Remix
- Jupa Original
- Fine Fine Love
- Ring the Bell
- Ada Owerri
- U Say Ur Love (Remix)
- Money Good
- Uuuh bebe
- Good or Bad – Remix
- Good Or Bad
Awards and Nominations
- Hip-Hop World Awards for Best Collaboration.
- NEA Awards for Maryland Song of the Year.
- The United Nations Peace Ambassador Award
- City People Awards, Best Collaboration.
- Youth Ambassador and Peace Awards for South Eastern Nigeria.
- African Music Ambassador Award.
- Channel O featuring Award with Psquare (E no easy).
- NMVA Best Male Video Award
- Mode Men Awards
- Complete the Fashion Awards.
- Abia State Recognition Awards.
- The South-South Music Awards
- Golden Hearth Foundations’ Humanitarian Awards.
- Best Producer Awards (E no Easy).
- The People’s Choice Pan African Awards.
- Cameroon Entertainment Awards.
- J.Martins Named GIAMA African Music Ambassador.
- Performed at the MTV Base Africa Awards with Fally Pupa
- Channel 0 Awards, Best West Male Category.
- Nominated for a Mode Men Awards Artist of the Year.
- Nominated for Best New Comer and Best Collaboration Sound City Awards.
- Nominated for NMVA Best Hip Life Category.
He has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.