Eniola Akinbo, better known by her stage name Niyola, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and actress. She was inspired to pursue a career in music after seeing a Funmi Adams performance. She made her Nollywood debut in the film “Swallow,” directed by Kunle Afolayan.
Early Life and Education
Eniola Akinbo was born on December 9, 1985 in Lagos. She is the youngest of Mr. and Mrs. Akinbo’s ten children. She attended primary, secondary, and university school in Lagos.
After completing her secondary school leaving certificate (SSCE), she enrolled in PM News’s Independent Journalism Centre, where she studied journalism. She later attended the University of Lagos and graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature.
Niyola, like many other Nigerian performers, began her career in the church as a member of the children’s choir. She and her siblings sang at church. She was inspired to pursue a career in music after attending a Funmi Adams performance. Niyola finished second in the AMEN Starlet tournament in 2000.
She began her professional music career in 2005 and was briefly associated with eLDee’s Trybe Records. Following her stay at Trybe, she was offered a producing contract with Make Sum Noise Entertainment. Niyola’s first three songs were released on the imprint: “Me n U (In Da Club),” “No More,” and “Dem Say.” Eniola Akinbo created her debut album after signing with Westside Music Label, which featured hit songs including “Bring It” and “Call My Name.” Because of the album’s hits, she received two nominations for the Hip Hop World Awards.
In 2007, she wrote the concert theme song for 2Face Idibia’s second album, as well as jingles for Coca-Cola and a few other large global businesses. Niyola and Empire Mates Entertainment signed a record deal in 2012. She made her label debut on May 22, 2013, with the release of “Toh Bad.”
She has since worked with a number of well-known musicians, including Wizkid, Banky W, Lynxxx, and Skales, and has released several singles.
The Nigerian singer currently has a string of hits under her belt. Niyola has also composed soundtracks for Yoruba films. She also made her acting debut in “Swallow,” a book adaptation film produced by Kunle Afolayan.
Niyola is now single and not known to be in a relationship, possibly due to her private lifestyle. She was rumored to be in a relationship with her employer, Banky W, while she was still extremely active in the music industry.
Her siblings are unknown to us. She has, however, lost both of her parents to the cold hands of death, as well as her mother more recently.
- Toh Bad
- Go On
- Last Bus Stop
- Love to Love You
- Go Tonight
- Where is the love?
- Call My Name!
- My Prayer Miracle
- Lonely Together Again.
- Ise Sise
- Gimme Room
- Do It.
- Bring It On
- All My Life
- High Playa
- In Love
- Swallow (2021)
Awards and Nominations
|Year||Awards ceremony||Award description(s)||Results|
|2013||The Headies||Best Vocal Performance (Female)||Nominated|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Most Promising Female Act to Watch|
|2014||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Female Artist of the Year||Won|
Her current net worth is not available.