Chidinma Biography – Nigerian singer, song writer, recording and performing artiste Chidinma Ekile populary known Nationwide by her stage name Chidinma was born on 2 may 1991 in ketu, kosofe, Lagos State but her origin traces to imo State, Nigeria.
She did her basic and secondary education in Ketu and then she moved with her family to Ikorodu in Lagos State.
Chidinma is currently studying sociology in the Prestigious University of Lagos where her main Target was Mass communication but was offered sociology.
She was employed to work as a business promoter before she saw the light of fame in music.
Professional career in music
Chidinma was interested in music since she was six (6) years old and she later joined the choir group in her church at a tender age of Ten (10).
Chidinma began her music career when she auditioned for the Project fame music competition which was proudly sponsored by MTN.
She went to the venue for the Lagos auditions which was held at ultima studios in 2010.
Chidinma worked hard and she made it to the final Rounds of the competition which took Ten (10) weeks of choreography lectures,voice training, inspirational speeches, rehearsal drills and so many coaching. However, Chidinma came out as the winner of the 2010 project fame music competition on 26 September 2010 among Eight Thousand plus (8000+) contestants from all round West Africa.
For her success she was rewarded with a 2011 Toyota RAV4, an album production deal and a whooping Sum of N2.5 Million( Two million five hundred thousand naira only)
Alongside other finalists of the project fame west Africa season 3, Chidinma released a collaborative project and immediately started working on her debut studio album as she has decided to give music a try.
The album was titled “Chidinma”, named after herself and was released in late 2011. She released two (2) singles off the Chidinma album titled “carry you go” and “jankoliko featuring sound sultan”. The two hit singles were written and produced by the record Producer Oscar Heman-Ackah while the later’s music video was directed by Clarence peters which was released on 4 June 2011.
Chidinma came up with another banger single on 11 october 2011 which she titled “Kedike” meaning “heart beat”. The song was the third single off her debut “Chidinma” album and the accompanying music video to it was directed by Clarence peters and released on 24 January 2012 on various online platforms featuring cameo appreances from Dammy Krane who played the role of Chidinma’s love interest.
Shortly After the massive success of the “Kedike” hit single, she Released yet another one titled “Run dia mouth” which is actually the fourth (4th) single off the Chidinma album.
In the Late 2012, Chidinma started work on her forth coming second studio album. The album’s lead single is “Emi Ni Baller” featuring Tha suspect and Illbliss who are both signed to the same record label as her. The song was released to the public on 14 September 2012 and was produced by veteran music producer Legendury beatz which peaked on the Top ten list of numerous Music charts in Nigeria.
“Emi Ni Baller (Remix)” featuring Super star wizkid was released on 22 February 2013 by Chidinma which was also produced by Legendury beatz, the accompanying music video to it was shot and directed by Clarence peters in the United kingdom.
In mid 2013, precisely on 10 June 2013 Chidinma released three singles off the upcoming album. The songs were titled “Bless my hustle” featuring Phyno and produced by Tha suspect, “kite” which is a product from Del B and the wizboy produced “jolly”. All three songs did well and were widely accepted by fans and lovers of music.
On 14 September 2013 and 29 January 2014 Chidinma released “oh baby” and “oh baby (remix) featuring flavour N’abania” both songs were produced by Young D. The former’s music video was released on 2 May 2014, shot and directed by Clarence peters .
Chidinma’s notable performances
Chidinma has performed as a music artiste accross the boundaries of Nigeria, other countries where she had performed includes Kenya, Niger, Ghana, Cameron, coté d’ivoire amongst others.
Chidinma performed alongside Mario,sound sultan and Tiwa savage at the MTN valentine Rave party on 14 February 2014. She also performed at the butterscotch evening experience concert which took place at EKo hotel and suites on 9 November 2009.
Chidinma was contracted with other Artistes such as wizkid, Davido, Tiwa savage, Olamide, Phyno, ice prince, Burna boy, p square and a few others to perform at the Guinness world of more concert on 3 November 2013.
Chidinma has also performed many of her songs at various shows ,concerts ,marriages, birthday parties and several social events.
Selected singles by Chidinma
Chidinma has released many singles which has shot her to prominence. Some of these includes;
“I’m in luv”
“Jankoliko” featuring sound sultan
“Run dia mouth”
“Be myself” featuring Tha suspect
“Carry you go”
“Kedike (remix)” featuring olamide
“Run dia mouth (remix) featuring muna and blaise
“Winners” featuring project fame 3 all stars
“Make my world go around’
“Emi Ni Baller” featuring Tha suspect and I’ll miss
“Emi Ni Baller (remix)” featuring Wizkid
“Bless my hustle” Featuring Phyno
“Sweet like sugar” with KCee, flavour N’abania, sound sultan and professor
“Capital krismas” with Tha suspect ,tesh Carter, illbliss and Clarence peters.
“Oh baby” featuring flavour N’abania
Awards and nominations
Chidinma won the award for best pop extra video for her song “Emi Ni Baller featuring Tha suspect and Illbliss” at the Nigeria music video awards in 2013 and also won the best female West African act at the KORA awards in 2012 for her song “Kedike”
Chidinma was nominated for Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year, Best New Act of the Year,best collaboration,Female Artist of the Year and Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director at the Nigeria Entertainment awards in 2012,2013 and 2014 respectively.
She was also nominated for best afro pop and best indigenous concept at the Nigeria music video awards in 2012. And musician of the year at the city people Entertainment awards in 2013.
She was nominated for the most gifted African west at the channel O music video awards in 2013.
Chidinma earned nominations at the 2013 Nigeria music video awards for best afro hip hop video, best pop extra video and video of the year.
She also earned nominations for best female artist at the African Muzik magazine awards and MTV Africa awards in 2014.
Chidinma was also nominated at the 2014 city people Entertainment awards for musician of the year (female) and best collaboration of the year for her song “oh baby ( you & I) featuring flavour N’abania.
Chidinma’s net worth
Chidinma has an estimated net worth of $1.3 Million USD