Special Edition – Issue 003

Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli
popularly known by his stage
name Flavour N’abania, or
simply Flavour was born on
November 23, 1983 in Enugu
State, Nigeria to Elder Benjamin
Onyemaechi Okoli. He has three
sisters with a younger brother,
DJ Derekz whoose real name is
Okoli Chidera Emmanuel. He is
the first son of a large family,
four siblings and seven step

Chinedu Okoli Early Life

Flavour’s family were initially
not in support of his musical
ambitions, dismissing it as a
pipe dream. His mother in
particular believed that his
musical ambitions would not
amount to anything. He ran
away from home when he was
1 3 d u e t o h is p a r e n ts’
disapproval of a career in music.

« In 2005, he released his debut
album ‘N’abania’ through
Obaino music.The album was
recorded at Kingsley Ogoro’s
studio in Lagos, Nigeria but its
success was relative and limited
to Eastern Nigeria, particularly,
Enugu State.
« In 2010, five years after the
release of the first album,
Flavour released his second
studio album ‘Uplifted’ under
Lo l h i p h o p Re c o r d s, a n
established record label in
South Africa.The album’s top
singles include ‘Nwa Baby
(Ashawo Remix)’, ‘Adamma’
and ‘Oyi Remix’ featuring Tiwa
Savage. While working on the
album, He believed the album
would surpass his previous
works. and his projection came
true when the album broke
national barriers. The album’s
success made Flavour one of
Africa’s most sought out artists.

Chinedu Okoli Career

Flavour, who is well known for
his ability to sing fluently in the
Igbo language is a prolific
Nigerian recording artist, dancer,
songwriter, and performer.
Flavour’s career started when his
resident pastor at Church of God
Mission of the late Bishop
Benson Idahosa after noticing
how good he was with the drums
while playing for his church choir
in Enugu introduced him to a
friend, Chris I Ordor, the CEO of
SoundCity Communications who
at the time had just started a
musical company aimed at
training young musicians on the
basics of music and nurturing
them all the way to a professional
« In 1996, Flavour was invited to
join the company on an
educational scholarship to study


Flavour was booked to perform at
numerous concerts and social events
following Uplifted’s release.
« On 18 October 2012, he released a
third album, ‘Blessed’ through 2nite
Entertainment and iROCKING
LTD. It was launched on the same
day as Flavour’s 2nite Club grand
« On December 2014, Flavour
released his fourth album, ‘Thankful’
and on June 27, 2017 he released his
fifth album ‘Ijele the Traveller’.
in 4th December 2020 flavour
release another sensational album
Flavour of Africa, this is just a few
from his numerous albums.
« Flavour has had collaborations
with musicians like Nigga Raw,
Tiwa Savage, Bracket, Chidimma,
Timaya, Omawumi,
Beenie Man of Jamaica, Techno,
Solidstar, Sound Sultan,
Wande Coal, Darey, Yemi Alade, P
Square, Phyno, Semah Waifur,
Sarkodie of Ghana , Diamon
Platnumz of Tanzania, Fally Ipupa,
of Congo, Patoranking and more.

« In 1999, Flavour moved on

from playing the drums and started

playing the keyboard. He also used

to provide backing vocals for other

mu si c i a n s a t S o u n dCi t y.

Grooming his singing talent by

performing regularly at local bars.

« At the age of 19, Flavour

emerged unto Nigeria’s musical

scene as a drummer and pianist for

a local Enugu band. After learning

to play drums professionally,

Flavour received an offer to

perform at City Centre, Enugu.

The massive crowd at City Centre

inspired him to gain new grounds

and reach greater heights.

« His educational background in

music enabled him to learn music

production from Dekumzy, Isi

Charles and Nnachie.

« Flavour’s hit albums has gotten him
nominations including but not limited
« 2010 Ghana Music Awards, African
Artiste of the Year.
« 2011 Nigeria Entertainment
Awards for Best High Life Video for
‘Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)
« 2011 Channel O Music Video
Awards for Most Gifted Afro-Pop
video and Most Gifted African West
video for ‘NwaBaby (Ashawo Remix)
« 2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards
for Best Highlife for ‘Kwarikwa’
« 2013 Ghana Music Awards for
African artiste of the year
« 2013 City People Entertainment
Awards for Male Musician of the year
« 2013 Nigeria Entertainment for
Best Indegenous Artist/Group
Flavour is the brand ambassador for
the leading South – east beer brand,
Life Continental Beer, Bullet Energy
drink, Onga, Life Beer, Globacom
Telecomunication Company and
many more

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