Iyanya, also known as Kukere master is one of Nigeria’s leading musicians.This article is about his biography, career, networth and other information.
Iyanya, the Kukere master was christened Iyanya Onyom Mbuk. He was born on the 31st of October, 1986 at Palm Street area of Calabar in Cross River State to a head mistress mother and a forestry cultivation father.
He like most artists started his romance with music at an early age. Iyanya started off early in church choir at the tender age of 5 years and since then has never look back on music.
All his educational pursuits took place in Calabar. He studied for his primary and secondary education there and then went on to graduate from the University of Calabar with a B.A in Business Administration. After graduation, he moved on to pursuing his music career full time.
Everyone at one time or the other has experienced some hard and diffucult moments, and Iyanya was no exception as he lost both parents, and also an elder brother in a row. These were some of the most challenging times for Iyanya as he still had to pull himself together and focus on his career.
Iyanya’s music career really took off in 2008 when he won the first season of the MTN Project Fame West Africa contest. This brought him instant fame and fortune and helped to kick-start his career. He later teemed up with Ubi Franklin in 2011 to co-found the Made Men Music Group record label. He released his debut album titled ‘My Story’ with top singles like, ‘No Time’ and ‘Love Truly’ amongst others under this label. The album however had modest success and wasn’t so well accepted in the market.
It was however, his single “Kukere” which was released in April 2012 that launched him big time into the industry. The single was a major hit and received massive airplay and rave reviews. “Kukere” came with a special dance style called “Etighi” which is popular cultural dance for people from Calabar, where Iyanya grew up.
He maximised the “Kukure” moment by releasing other hit singles like ‘Ur Waist’ ‘Flavour’ ‘Sexy Mama’ and ‘Jombolo’ amongst others, which all became part of his “Desire” album released in 2013.
One beautiful thing about Iyanya was that he showed his creative and versatility in the gospel music scene but alas, he didn’t get the kind of acceptance which he craved for and so he decided to stay focus to something more realistic for him.
Ultimately ‘Kukere’ was a blessing for Iyanya and it gave him his needed breakthrough in his music career.
In 2015, Iyanya released another studio album titled ‘Applaudize’ , after which he left the MMMG label. He later teamed up with Don Jazzy and signed up for Mavins Record in 2016; before finally leaving a year later to pitch his tent at Temple Music.
Iyanya albums include the following;
- My Story 2009
- Desire 2013
- Applaudise 2015
- Signature- EP 2017
Iyanya is a brand ambassador for MTN and also has a deal with Solo Phones. Each of these deals are reportedly worth several millions of Naira. He is also a brand Ambassador for Zinox Computers.
NOMINATION AND AWARDS
Iyanya has been nominated for several awards and has also won a decent amount of them which include the following;
- Nigerian Music Awards
- Headies Awards
- Ghana Music Awards
- World Music Awards
- City People Entertainment Awards
- Soul Train Music Awards
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards
- African Music Magazine Awards
- Channel O Music Video Awards
IYANYA NET WORTH
Iyanya is very wealthy and has made a lot of money from the music business. His networth is estimated at $3.5 million. He has lots of valuable assets including; Jewelry, houses and cars which all together make him qualify as one of the richest artists in the Nigerian Music Industry.