Chidinma Ekile, known professionally as Chidinma, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter that we cannot stop loving.
Chidinma Ekile was born in Ketu, Kosofe, Lagos State, to parents originating from Imo State.
She is the sixth of seven children. Chidinma grew up with a disciplinarian father and began singing at the age of six. When she was 10 years old, she joined her church’s choir. Chidinma attended primary and secondary school in Ketu before relocating to Ikorodu with her family.
She worked as a business promoter in Lagos prior to auditioning for the third season of Project Fame West Africa. Chidinma wanted to study mass communication but ended up attaining a sociology degree from the University of Lagos.
Chidinma initially declined her admission to the University of Lagos due to her advancement in Project Fame West Africa.
In 2010, she rose to stardom after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa. Following the release of the music video for her “Emi Ni Baller” single, she became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart.
In 2011, she released the Sound Sultan-assisted single “Jankoliko”.
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Her eponymous debut album Chidinma was released through the music platform Spinlet; it was supported by the singles “Jankoliko”, “Carry You Go”, “Kedike” and “Run Dia Mouth”.
The album features guest appearances from Sound Sultan, Tha Suspect, Olamide and Muna.
Chidinma won Best Female West African Act at the 2012 Kora Awards and performed “Kedike” at the ceremony.
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