My name is Bola Akinlaja, my fans call me Bibi! I am 18 years old and based in Lagos, Nigeria, although I hail from Ondo State – a western part of the West Africa Country. I discovered my passion for singing right from childhood and I feel very lucky to have been blessed with parents who believe in me. At 15, I decided to go for professional grooming in music and my mother enrolled me at the renowned Tenstrings Music Institute, where I was personally groomed by the school’s director (Mr. Akapo Emmanuel) and a number of other instructors, in singing, guitar and general showmanship.
Although I’ve been recording before then, in June 2016, I decided to test the waters by releasing my first official single titled “Jeje”. The reception to Jeje was overwhelming: in less than 24 hours we got almost 20 thousand downloads. The website on which it was released crashed, due to excess traffic. The result kind of validated my life-long thought – that I was born to be a successful singer. Ever since then, I’ve taken my music more seriously, I’ve recorded a lot more tracks and shot a couple of videos, all of which have been receiving the kind of acceptance and supports that exceed my expectation.
The Stage, my No 1. Destination & Inspiration
Of all the musical activities I routinely engage in, performing on the stage is what brings joy and fulfilment the most. Since I launched out officially, I have always taken full advantage of every opportunity to be on the stage. In addition to performing regularly at shows, I have also successfully organised three editions of my own Live Music Series tagged “Bibi Live in Concert”. Later in 2017, I will be touring major cities in Nigeria and by 2018 I have plans to start touring other cities in Africa and around the world. Let me know if you would love to host me in your city.
I am currently a student of Reedemers University, studying Insurance, even though my mind is made up for music as a life-long career. Also, because of my love for fashion and style, I recently launched my shoe line, known as Blurrange: at my spare time I work with other designers to produce urban-style shoes and sandals for young people. Although I am not signed to any record label, I am currently been managed by Tenstrings Music Management & Promotions Company, Nigeria.
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