Who is Niniola?
Niniola is a Nigerian singer, vocalist, songwriter, and stage performer. She is known for her popular songs including “Maradona” and “Designer” and many others. She is often referred to as the “Queen of Afro-House” in some reports.
Niniola’s full name is Niniola Apata. She was born on December 15, 1986, in Lagos, Nigeria, but originally hails from Ekiti State. She is 34 years old as of April 2022. The artiste grew up in a polygamous home as the sixth child of ten siblings raised by three mothers and a father.
Her father, Simon Olaosebikan Apata was a retired Nigerian Army Brigadier-General and was assassinated on January 8, 1995. Niniola is the older sister of Nigerian entertainer, Teni.
Niniola had her primary education at Apata Memorial School, a military boarding school founded by her father in Ekiti State. She later proceeded to the University of Lagos where she bagged a Bachelor of Education degree in Biology.
Niniola’s wiki profile
|Full name||Niniola Apata|
|Title||Queen of Afro-House (unofficial)|
|State of origin||Ekiti State|
|Date of birth||December 15, 1986|
|Age||34 years old|
|Marital Status||Single (As of April 2022)|
|Career||Singer, Vocalist, Songwriter|
|Alma mater||University of Lagos|
How Niniola started her career
Niniola’s career in the Nigerian entertainment industry took off in 2013 after she emerged as the third runner-up of the MTN Project Fame West Africa talent show. While on Project Fame, Niniola earned appraise for the way she performed Kcee’s hit song “Limpopo” and her original song “Itura” which was produced by Cobhams Asuquo.
Before that, she participated in various activities and competitions during her secondary school days and was tagged “Human Radio” by her friends because of her clear vocals.
Niniola has mentioned stars like Dolly Parton, The Cranberries, Beyonce, Madonna, Angelique Kidjo, and Celine Dion helped inspire her. Her music career professionally started on March 19, 2014, with the release of her debut single “Ibadi” which was produced by Sarz.
To keep the ball rolling, Niniola carved a niche for herself when she stated that her genre is to be considered “Afro-House”, which is a blend of Afrobeat and House music.
In November 2017, Niniola released her most anticipated debut album titled “This Is Me”, a 13-track album with featured artists like Patoranking, Johnny Drille, Terry Apala, Devin Di Dakta, Raheem Bale, ODH, and many others.
Niniola and DJ Snake
In 2018, French record producer, DJ Snake teamed up with Niniola to create “Maradonna Riddim”, a remix of her megahit “Maradonna” from the “This Is Me” album. The collaboration paved way for Niniola to bag other international recognitions such as Canadian rapper, Drake requesting her song “Maradona” on BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2019 and also following her on Instagram.
Niniola and Timbaland
In 2020, Niniola collaborated with American music mogul, Timbaland on the single “Fire”.
Niniola and Beyoncé
In 2019, American superstar Beyoncé sampled parts of Niniola’s “Maradonna” in her song “Find Your Way Back” which appeared on Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” album. Beyoncé recognized Niniola’s contributions to the song and gave her due credit as a songwriter and composer. In April 2020, Niniola went on to receive a Grammy nomination certificate for her contribution to the album.
Niniola’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (April 2022), Niniola is not married and does not have a husband. The artiste is known for keeping her private life out of the media and has never publicly disclosed any of her romantic affairs.
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Niniola does not have any children at the moment and has never given birth.
Niniola and Drake relationship
In 2019, Niniola and popular Canadian rapper, Drake sparked dating rumours. This came after Drake requested her song on BBC Radio 1Xtra shortly after following her on Instagram. These events led to false speculations that the two had had a romantic encounter.
Niniola and DJ Spinall relationship
Niniola and DJ Spinall faced dating rumours in 2017 after the artiste took to her Instagram page to thank DJ Spinall for celebrating her birthday for her. They also shared cute pictures of themselves looking like a couple. However, nothing was heard about the fictitious relationship afterwards.