Ebonyi State has its fair share of popular musicians. Though the youngest state in South East Nigeria, it has started producing stars in so many fields. Known as the “Salt of the Nation” because of its large salt deposits, Ebonyi State is one of the 36 states in Nigeria. It was created in 1996, making it one of the youngest states in Nigeria. The State shares a border with Benue State to the North, Enugu State to the west, Imo and Abia States to the south and Cross River State to the east.
The State capital and largest town is Abakaliki. The second largest town is Afikpo. Other towns are Ikwo, Izzi, Onicha, Edda, Onueke, Ezzamgbo, Nkalagu, Uburu, Ishiagu, Amasiri and Okposi.
- OSINACHI KALU (SINACH) Sinach, born Osinachi Kalu, is a Nigerian who hails from Ebonyi state. She is the second daughter in a family of seven and studied physics at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state. Sinach was born on 30th March, 1977. She is a gospel music singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader at Believers’ Loveworld International. She is known globally for several gospel hits songs which include, ‘Way Maker’, ‘I Know Who I Am’, ‘Great Are you Lord’, ‘Rejoice’, ‘He did it Again’, ‘Precious Jesus’, ‘The Name of Jesus’, ‘This Is my Season’, ‘Awesome God’, ‘For This’, ‘I stand Amazed’ , ‘Simply Devoted’, ‘Jesus is Alive’ and many more. According to Sinach, music was a dream, her father never supported. He told her she would go hungry as a musician, and would amount to nothing. It was when she met Pastor Chris that he changed her perspective. He told her she could be anything she want to be in life with God’s word.
2. ANGELA OKORIE
One of the top celebrities from Ebonyi state is the ever beautiful Angela Okorie who is a Nigerian top Nollywood actress. Since debuting in the industry since 2009, Angela has starred in over 100 movies.
She was born on 1986 in Cotonou, Benin Republic. She attended university of Lagos and Lagos state university and studied theater art and public administration respectively.
3. PATRICK NNAEMEKA (PATORANKING)
Not many knew that one of Nigerian’s finest singers of his generation, Patoranking is from Ebonyi state. He is one of the biggest celebrity from Ebonyi state. Though born and raised in Lagos, the songwriter and singer hails from Onicha in Ebonyi state.
He was born on May 27,1990. One of his hit singles is Alubarika featuring top Nigerian singer, Timaya.
Patoranking grew up in Ijegun Egba satellite town but later moved to Ebute Metta. He had his early education at Citizen Comprehensive College Epe and later attended Jibril Martin Memorail Grammar School, Iponri.
Patoranking began his career in the music industry as a street jam and carnival dancer. He has as his musical influences, artists like: Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Tuface, Majek Fashek and some others.
Patoranking has done collabs with other Nigerian Musicians like Timaya. His hit single titled “Girlie o” shot him to limelight in February 2014. This hit single was born out of him signing a record deal with Foston Musik. Later in the year 2014, he did a remix of the song “Girlie O” which featured Tiwa Savage.
4. AUGUSTINE MILES KELECHI aka Tekno or Golden Boy of Africa or Slim Daddy or Alhaji Tekno was born December 17, 1992 in Bauchi state to a military man in the Nigerian Army. He is an indigene of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. By the time he was 8, Tekno could already play the piano and guitar under the tutelage of a music school. He travelled a lot as a kid due to the nature of his father’s job, living in places like Abuja, Nassarawa and Kaduna and as a result, Tekno is fluent in English, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. Tekno whose songs have a unique mix of Afrobeat, highlife and hip-hop sound, released his first single, “Holiday” under the K Money Entertainment Group before he was discovered by the comedian, Julius Agwu at an event in Abuja in 2012, where he performed the remix of Ice Prince’s “Oleku” under the title “Onye Ne Kwu”. Tekno got signed to Ubi Franklin’s Made Men Music Group on October 5th, 2013 under which he released “Dance” and “Anything.”
5. CHACHA EKEH
The name Chacha Eke (Charity Eke) has become a very popular one in the Nigerian movie scene. This AFIKPO Ebony beauty can keep your eyes glued to the screen with her alluring looks, charm and acting skills.
She attended ESUT Nursery and Primary School, Ebonyi State, Our Lord Shepherd International School, Enugu and Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki…
She started acting November 2009 via the platform of “Miss Nollywood Talent hunt/Pageantry” … which she was one of the contestants…
Her father, a Professor, was once Ebonyi State Commissioner for Education.