Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk – is the Nigerian artist, performer, songwriter and singer. He was born in the 31of October 1986 in Calabar, Nigeria and is known through the mononym Iyanya. He became even more famous when he won 2008 MTN Project Fame West Africa for the song Kukere. He is also one of the co-owners of a record home, Made Men Music Group. Iyanya is able to sing in Efik and English languages.
His father was a forester while his mother was a head mistress both died in the year 2008. Iyanya is a choir before and at the age of 5 became choir master. He studied in Calabar from primary to tertiary. He graduated as a Business Management student also in the said university.
After he has graduated he managed his own bar where he sang karaoke. From that time, local bars such as West-Life, Mirage Nite Club and Fiesta Fries Bar served as the stepping stone to develop his singing abilities and R Kelly and Craig David served his influences when it comes to music. Iyanya became motivated to continue his singing career after he watched the show Olu Maintain and the lifestyle of celebrity 2 Face Idibia. He then became a rapper and “Lofty” as his name.
In the year 2008, Iyanya was convinced by the member of KCee Presh Group, KCee to participate in Project Fame by MTN singing competition. He won the competition after beating the great number of people who participated in the event. Through that competition, his musical career bloomed and his success and fame just begun.
He is also an endorser of various products that made him as the newest ambassador of Nigeria’s Solo Phones, a company for mobiles that is situated in Ikeja, Computer Village specifically. He endorsed Zinox Computers, Nigeria’s branded computers wherein the said endorsement worth $300,000.00.
Iyanya performed ballads in the album My Story. He want to be an artist who is versatile and become famous for its Afrobeat abilities and R&B because for him, that was the way to make money and for people to see the kind of versatility that he has. He wants to influence the people through music that is why he is doing his best to get what he wants.
He is also famous in the United Kingdom and United States, having numbers of concerts in London and New York City that paved way for him to be known in many parts of the world. He invaded the music industry though his hard work and patience that he has. Iyanya is really on top knowing that he has many albums and numerous awards that he received. His global success is a proof that he tried his best in order to achieve it. He had the chance to sing together with the famous singers in the industry and his collaboration with them really made a difference. His songs made every Nigerian proud of him for he brought Nigeria a kind of fame that is really worthy. No wonder that Iyanya is one of the many reasons why Nigeria is slowly becoming famous in the world.