Iyanya is an AfroPop and R&B music artist from Nigeria. He graduated from University of Calabar after which he started working in a hotel. He once sang a karaoke at a local barwich everyone appreciated and then he started to work on his vocals.
And eventually he started his music career as a rapper. He also performed ballads and eventually settled to the genre Afropop and R&B.
Iyanya has worked on various Music videos like “Love Truly” that came out on 10 July 2009, ” Iyanya (My Story)” that was released on 7 March 2010. His famous video “Kukere” was released on 24 March 2012 and was directed by Patrick Ellis.
His video “Ur Waist” was directed by Clarence Peters. His three videos, “Jombolo” released on 12 June 2013, “Le Kwa Ukwu” 12 November 2013 and “Sexy Mama” released on 6 April 2013, were directed by Sesan.
Awards and Nominations
In the year 2014, Iyanya got nominated for Musician of the Year (Male) at the City People Entertainment Awards. Then he was also nominated for Best Male West Africa at the African Muzik Magazine Awards.
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At the same ceremony, he was awarded for the Best Dance in a Video for his video “Le Kwa Ukwu”. In the World Music Awards he was nominated for World’s Best Song (Away), World’s Best Video “Le Kwa Ukwu”, World’s Best Male Artist, World’s Best Entertainer of The Year, World’s Best Live Act.
In 2013, at The Headies he won the awards for Artist of the Year and got nominated for Best R&B/Pop Album and Album of the Year for his work on Desire.
His further nominations at the same event were: Best Pop Single and Song of the Year for Ur Waist. At Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) he got the nomination of Best High Life Video for his work on Jombolo and Best Use of Visual Effects for “Sexy Mama”.
The same year at the Soul Train Music Awards, he got nominated for Best International Performance for his performance on “Ur Waist”. At the Channel O Music Video Awards, he got nominated for Most Gifted Male Video for “Flavour”.
At the Nigeria Entertainment Awards he won the award for Hottest Single of the Year for “Kukere”. He also got nominated for Best Pop/R&B Artiste of the Year at the same event.
At the Ghana Music Awards, he got nominated for African Artiste of the Year. At the City People Entertainment Awards, he got nominated for Musician of the Year (Male) and Most Popular Song of the Year “Kukere”.
In 2012, at the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) he got nominated for Best Contemporary Afro (Live Beats choice). In 2012, at The Headies he got nominated for Song of the Year and won the award for Best Pop Single for Kukere.
Iyanya Net Worth
His net worth is 4.5 million US dollars. He has a lavish lifestyle and has a lavish deluxe along with many cars including Range Rovers Evogue Sports Utility Vehicle.