A story of “Ekwe”
There’s something about that song, “Ekwe”.
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Remember in the fourth Live Show, J’Dess from Team Waje opted to sing, Ekwe as her semi finals performance. Well, it seems that she is not the first person to have chosen that particular song to showcase at a sing competition.
Nigerian singer-songwriter, Omawunmi Megbele, popularly known as Omawunmi, also started her musical journey as a talent on a singing competition show and she performed Ekwe. Check it out HERE.
Another popular Nigerian female artist whose journey also started off at singing competition shows, Chidinma also performed “Ekwe” during her time as a talent on a popular singing show in West Africa. Chidinma is well known for her hit track, “Kedike”. Coincidentally, the originator of the song, Onyeka Onwenu was at the judging panel during Chidinma’s performance. Onyeka Onwenu first released the original track, Ekwe in 1986. Check it out HERE.
Who is Onyeka Onwenu?
She is a singer, songwriter, actress, journalist and politician. Onwenu has a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Communication from the Wellesley College of Massachusetts, USA, as well as a master's degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York.
Onyeka Onwenu is currently 65 years old and still going strong in the entertainment industry, particularly in TV and film where she most recently acted in Half Of A Yellow Sun alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandi Newton.
So if history and the present are anything to go by, it would seems the song appears to have been a blessing to all who have performed it! Food for thought J’Dess and any future talent on The Voice Nigeria!
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