Name: Omawumi Megbele
Stage or Nickname: Omawumi aka Omo Wonder
Date of Birth: April 13th, 1982
Relationship Status: Married with 2 Children
Occupation: Singer, Actress
Genre Of Music: Afro Pop
OMAWUMI is a vivacious singer, songwriter and actress prominent in Nigeria’s music scene. She is also known as OMA WONDER. She rose to stardom in 2007 after becoming a runner-up on West African Idols, a reality TV show part of the global Idols franchise. Her sophomore album, The Lasso of Truth, was a commercial success in Nigeria breaking her out from the Reality TV circuit into the mainstream of Nigerian music.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Omawumi was born on the 13th of April, 1982 in Delta State to Chief Dr. Frank and Mrs. Aya Megbele. For her primary education, she attended Nana Primary School in Warri and after that she attended the College of Education Demonstration Secondary School also in Delta State. After completing her secondary education, she proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University where she graduated with a Law degree in 2005. After the completion of her tertiary education, Omawunmi moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where she promptly began working in her dad’s law firm called “O.S Megbele & Associates”. While doing this, she also spent some time studying French at Alliance Francaise.
Though she originally wanted to be a teacher, the now singer is popular for her composition and vocals for MTN, ZAIN theme songs and for Malta Guinness’ top of the world Campaign.
Her big break came when she was a contestant on Idols West Africa. She emerged the 1st runner-up of the competition which held in 2007. She was loved by many because of her vocal prowess and captivating personality.
She got down to music proper when she dropped her first single called ‘In The Music’ in 2008. Her first album was released in 2009 and it was titled Wonder Woman. It had hit songs like “Ma Fi Mi Shere” in which she featured Eldee – The Don, Chocolata where she featured Naeto C and Today Na Today. Her second album, Lasso Of Truth, which was released in 2014 has also been well received by her numerous fans across the globe. , she has gone on to have countless other breath-taking performances along-side local music industry giant.
At the 2009 Hip Hop World Awards, Omawunmi went home with the highly coveted award for Next Rated Artist. She gave a heart rending thank yous to her fans on stage after winning the award which came with a brand new car as a prize. She was awarded Best R&B/Pop Artiste in 2010 at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards which held in New York. She also won the award for Best Female Music Video at the same awards. She has won Outstanding Recording Artiste at the Icon Awards and Best New Artiste at the Women in Entertainment and Arts Programme by Vivacity PR, London.
She has proven that she is not only a talented musician, but can also act. Her roles include Starring in the 2009 edition of the V-Monolugues. She also featured in the musical play Olurombi. She appeared briefly in the movie Inale, a movie produced by Bongos Ikwe which featured top acts like Hakeem Kae Kazeem, Dede Mabiaku, and Ini Edo. She also starred in Funke Akindele’s Return of Jenifa and appeared in Yvonne Nelson’s House of Gold in 2013.
|Left to Right: Yvonne Nelson, Majid Michel, Omawumi Megbele and Another House of Gold Co-Star.|
She has been involved in a few non-governmental organisations like Project Alert Pink Pearl Foundation, Notes2notes, Rise with the Energy of Africa, Maga No Need Pay which tried to intimate Nigerian youths on the need to stop involvement in cybercrimes.
The award-winning, multi-nominated damsel has contracted some huge endorsements deals in recent times. She represents Mortein – an insecticide, is a brand ambassador for telecom giant, Globacom, shopping giant Konga.com and beverage brand Malta Guiness.
|Omawumi and Husband Tosin Yusuf||Omawumi – Her Kids and Mother-Inlaw|
She got married to Tosin Yusuf, the father of her Daughter Emmanuella and in 2015 they gave birth to a baby boy.
BLESSINGS AND SCANDALS
In early 2016 at a music award ceremony held in Ikeja area of Lagos, the singer went berserk and threw all decorum into gutter to engage a photo journalist in a physical assault reminiscent of a militant. The drama that lasted few minutes left the journalist battered in the face and his camera smashed beyond repairs. The victim was Adekola Bamigbala, a recognized photojournalist
Speaking with News of the People, Bamgbala explained that a formal letter has been lodged with Nigeria Union of Journalist for further action and possible legal redress, saying he is still nursing the wounds inflicted on his eyes.