Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk known by his stage name Iyanya, is a Nigerian Musician and performer. He is best known for his all time hit song “Kukere”. He came to limelight after wining the MTN project fame in 2008. Iyanya net worth is estimated at $5 million.
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Iyanya was born on Palm Street in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. His mother was a head mistress and his father was a forester.
Iyanya has described his mother as the household disciplinarian, while his father was the gentler of the two.
His parents died in 2008, his mother, 42 years old, and his father, 50 years old. Iyanya’s elder brother died around the same time of his parents’ death. Iyanya is a graduate of the University of Calabar.
Iyanya started his career in a hotel and sang karaoke at a local bar he managed.
Iyanya began developing his vocal abilities at local bars which include: Fiesta Fries Bar, Mirage Nite Club, and West-Life.
Iyanya cited British singer Craig David and American hip hop artist R. Kelly as his key musical influences.
Iyanya was motivated to pursue music professionally after watching the celebrity lifestyle of 2 Face Idibia and Olu Maintain. Iyanya started as a rapper, going by the name “Lofty”.
In 2008, KCee from KC Presh convinced Iyanya to partake in the first season of Project Fame West Africa.
Iyanya went on and emerged the winner of the competition after battling numerous people who had the same aspirations as him.
The 2008 MTN-sponsored Project Fame competition was the beginning of Iyanya’s musical career. Unlike many people who dwindle after a major competition, Iyanya’s success had just begun.
After winning MTN’s Project Fame West Africa, Iyanya began recording his debut album My Story. It was released by CN Media Imprint.
The album showed Iyanya’s versatility as an R&B artist, particularly on the self-titled track “Iyanya” and “Love Truly”. Iyanya’s debut album was a commercial failure due to problems with distribution and promotion.
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After visiting his hometown of Calabar and seeing people’s affection for the Etighi dance, Iyanya decided to do a song that would popularize the dance that originated in Calabar.
He teamed up with producer DTunes and recorded “Kukere”, a single that achieved global success, particularly in Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom.
The song was succeeded by the album’s second single entitled “Ur Waist”, which features additional vocals from Emma Nyra.
Iyanya Net Worth
On 16 October 2013, it was reported that Iyanya became an ambassador for Solo Phones Nigeria, a mobile phone company situated at Computer Village, Ikeja.
The one-year deal was reportedly worth $220,000 (35 million naira). In addition, Iyanya got a 2014 Toyota Prado from the deal.
Iyanya also signed a one-year deal with Zinox Computers (Nigeria’s first certified branded computers) worth $300,000.