Niniola

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Niniola Apata (born 15 December 1986), known professionally as Niniola, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Many Niniola's songs become very popular and trendy online with a great number of streaming and downloads on Boomplay.

Niniola Apata was born to the family of Rt. Brigadier General Simeon Olaosebikan Apata (late) and Mrs. Margaret Apata on 15 december 1986 and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Niniola began her education in both primary and secondary school at Apata Memorial High School, and she earned a bachelor of education certificate from the University of Lagos. She comes from a polygamous family where she was the sixth of ten children, raised by three mothers and a father who was killed in 1995.

Career
Niniola participated in several social activities and competitions while attending secondary school. She finished third runner-up in the sixth season of Project Fame West Africa. During the competition, she performed a live rendition of "Limpopo" with Kcee and her Cobhams Asuquo-produced track "Itura". She has cited Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, The Cranberries, Madonna, Beyoncé and Angélique Kidjo as her key musical influences.

Niniola released her debut single "Ibadi" on 19 March 2014. Produced by Sarz, the song received positive critical reviews, topped national music charts and gained extensive airplay. Her singles "Ibadi" and "Gbowode" were included in the soundtrack for season 2 of Gidi Up. NotJustOk included her on its list of the 15 Artists to Watch in 2015. Niniola was nominated in the Most Promising Act to Watch category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Niniola released the Sarz-produced single "Maradona" in 2017. The song spent 13 weeks on South Africa's Metro FM chart, retaining the number 1 position for 6 weeks. Niniola earned nominations at the 2018 BET Awards and SAMAs for "Maradona". In 2018 DJ Snake teamed up with Niniola and created Maradona Riddim, a remix to her previously released hit Maradona. She received nods from Canadian rapper Drake and American record producer Timbaland.

In 2019, elements of "Maradona" were sampled in "Find Your Way Back", a song from Beyoncé's soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift. Niniola is also credited as one of the track's songwriters and composers. In April 2020, she received her Grammy nomination certificate for her work as a composer on The Lion King: The Gift.

In June 2021, she received her Grammy second nomination certificate for her work as a composer on The Lion King: The Gift. In the same month Niniola got inducted into the Grammy Recording Academy Class of 2021.

In July 2021, Niniola's single, "Maradona" was certified gold in South Africa by the Recording Industry of South Africa RISA.

Achievement
• She won the Best African Collaboration for "Mbilo Mbilo" (Remix) at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards
• She won the Choice Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 Nigerian Teens Choice Awards
• She won the Youth Artiste of The Year at the Maya Awards Africa 2018 Maya Awards Africa
• She won the Glazia Persons of The Year at the 2018 Glazia Persons of The Year
• She won the Best Female Act at the 2018 Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards
• She won the Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the 2021 Headies Award

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Niniola Songs and Albums
• This is Me (Album)
• Colours and Sounds (Album)
• 6th Heaven EP (Album)
• Lagos To Jozi EP (Album)
• Maradona
• Too sweet
• I Did It
• Look Like Me
• Magun
• Addicted
• Ryde

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