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About Omawumi

Omawumi is a multiple award-winning recording act and a highly rated Nigerian vocalist, who took her first jab at professional music back in 2007 as a contestant of the music reality TV show, West African Idols. The music competition gained her access and her first wave of public appeal after she scribbled her way through various stages and 300 fellow competitors to her emergence as runner up.  Omawumi Megbele, 38, is a native of Warri, Delta state, and an Itsekiri ethnic member. Quick advice: Do get her surname right when you call it.

She has thrived and maintained consistency in the industry for over a decade and has laid a melodic sheet within the path of these years with four good and critically acclaimed studio albums, that never reneged in proving her vocal prowess and songwriting skill.

ACTING CAREER

Even before Omawumi made her official debut in the world of make belief, she has always incorporated the element of visual demonstration and dramatic elements to her music videos which in turn, deem her worthy of being a thespian and the movie roles that came her way.

She kick-started with a role on stage in the 2009 edition of the V-Monologues. A literary work geared towards portraying the plights and struggles of women in Nigeria. She subsequently went on to score a role in Olurumbi, a Yoruba indigenous folktale and musical.

She made her screen debut in 2010 with the high budget AMAA award-winning film, Inhale. A Nigerian musical drama hosting an array of actors within Nollywood and Hollywood. She made her second appearance alongside Ice Prince, in the Ghanaian movie titled ‘House of Gold’ produced by Yvonne Nelson and directed by Pascal Amanfo in 2013.

In 2019, she took a leap to venture into movie production as she joined forces with Waje to collaborate on a film project as co-producers. The movie titled ‘She Is’ directed by Eneng Enaji is an extension or replica of her humanitarian works and the values she has upheld and consistently communicated in her work of art. ‘She Is’ takes a ride through the societal standards, expectations, and restrictions a successful Nigerian woman is faced within Nigeria. The film is a presentational art that paints a picture as it is in society and raises questions and debate topics on possible solutions. She starred in the movie, alongside her co-producer.

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PHILANTHROPY AND ACTIVISM

Her constant advocacy for women’s rights and socially conscious music reflects in her activities outside her art. And this sees her pulling her weight and influence in many philanthropic movements and organizations.

  • Project Alert: She’s an ambassador for this organization which is geared towards eradicating all forms of violence against women and young girls.
  • Pink Pearl Foundation: This is a global public service charity organization that works on breast cancer awareness and aid to affected women. Omawumi and a couple of others in Nigeria take up the flag of breast cancer awareness within the operational confines of the Pink Pearl Foundation.
  • Notes2Notes: A Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). An initiative geared towards shaping the mind of young Nigerians in a bid for progression and nation-building.
  • Maga no need pay: A song created with the intent of sensitization against the alarming rate of cyber-crime and internet fraud under the umbrella of Microsoft Internet Safety and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria.

ENDORSEMENT DEALS

She has partnered or been endorsed by the following brands:

  • Mortein
  • Globacom
  • Konga
  • Guinness
  • Lifebuoy
  • Haier Thermocool