OGBONNA NNAMDI EMMANUEL Aka ONEOFAFRICA is the last child of the royal house of Nzemanyiri from Isuochi in Abia state, Eastern Nigeria. His parents are chief and lolo vincent ogbonna from the house of nzemanyiri. Born in December 11th 1987 in Benin city, Edo state. He’s a graduate of Archy-Tourism/Sociology from the university of Nigeria.
He started music from the early age of 12 with influence from Big Pun, KRS-One , Method Man, Heavy D, Tevin Campbell, Will Smith , LL Cool J, Shaba ranks amongst others who made name in the music industry of early 90’s. In 2010 he had a hit single titled “King in me” which had an international appeal therefore making it to No 1 on an online UK radio chat(street jam UK). In 2014 he worked as an assistant to former US consul general Thomas .R. Hutson who ever since became like a father and a mentor to him.
Where are you based?
How long have you been making music?
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Afro Hip hop
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Growing up listening the likes of Boys 2 Men, Heavy D inspired me , I was exposé to their music at the tender age of 9 years old
What are your biggest musical influences?
It vary from time to time , my greatest influence at that time was Heavy D, Big Pun , Nas, DMX, Tupac , Method Man , Lox, Helta Skelta ,
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
Yes ,with Done Deal International
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
It came a time where I couldn’t afford booking studio time and I didn’t have any management so it becomes very frustrating, I didn’t have access to a good studio and no team it was just me and my dream.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I have 3 singles
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
My latest release is American Dreamer song is dedicated a struggle that is both present in america and where I come from Nigeria. The song represents the struggle of the black race in america who’s dreams and aspirations are limited based on a system that denies there freedom despite endorsing them as Americans and for the the blanks here in Nigeria it has been a struggle finding themselves in the land of freedom and justice to where there dream can be given a platform to thrive in a land of opportunity but this is another nightmare as visa denial rates continue to shut them down from coming to america to showcase their dreams.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
The release of my EP is gonna be release before the middle of the year