Let’s talk about one of Nigerians most talented female musicians – Simi aka Simisola, her biography, networth, career, marriage, and personal life. We’ve looked at the biography of great musicians like Johnny Drille and Wizkid and believe me you, each of them has a story you can draw lessons from and how they got to the limelight. This article covers that of Simi.
Simi’s full name is Simisola Bolatito Adeola Opeyemi Oreoluwa Ogunleye. That’s quite a long name to put into official documents. So Simi officially goes with a shorter version, Simisola Ogunleye while the name Simi is for her music career. Simi was born on April 19, 1988, in Ojuelegba in Surulere. She grew up in a family where she was the last of four children and the only girl child. Somebody quoted the Simi grew up being a tomboy (a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy). Well, that is understandable, looking at the environment where she grew up, Ojuelegba and being the only girl out of 4 children. Simi was raised by a single mum, Mrs. Jedidiah Ogunleye after her father separated from the family when she was 9. Simi’s father, Charles Oladele Ogunleye died in 2014. Simi’s mother got remarried to another man in January 2018.
Simisola attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State also she is an alumnus of Nigeria’s top university, Covenant University, where she studied mass communication.
Simi is married to Nigerian afro-pop musician, Adekunle Gold after rumors and speculations were she would get tied to Falz whom she released an intimate EP album with, “Chemistry”. There were rumors that she could get married to Johnny Drille after they both sang “Hallelujah”. However, Simi got happily married to Adekunle Gold on 9 January 2019 and the couple is expecting a baby soon.
Before Simi tied the knot, she has not been open to the media concerning her relationships. She kept it private and off social media.
Every great musician has a humble beginning, Johnny Drille, Wizkid, name them. They didn’t just bash into the studio and released great songs. They all went through a process and Simi is not exempted.
Simi started singing in her local church at a young age of 10. Her music career traces back to her local church where she sang in the church’s choir. Simi’s professional music career started in 2008 when she turned 20. She started out as a gospel musician, owning to her background. Her first Album was Ogaju produced by Samklef, and here is a piece from it. Her voice is simply natural.
Simi is a celebrated Nigerian, thanks to her uniqueness. She steered into secular music in January 2014 when she released her first 5 songs EP-album titled “Restless”. Restless an EP consisting of covers of songs by Adele (Set fire to the rain) and Rihanna (Man’s down) earned her a record deal with X3M.
She sprang to fame with the release of “Tiff” and “E no go funny” which got her much attention as “Tiff” was nominated for Best Alternative Song at the 2015 edition of The Headies. The video for “Tiff” was directed by Josh Clarke and released on August 30, 2015, more than a year later.
From there, Simi released more hits songs featuring top artistes like Falz and Adekunle Gold, whom she is now married to. Simi is popular for “Soldier” a song she did with Falz the bahd guy. We are still expecting a song from Teni and Simi.
Awards won by Simi
Simi has been nominated for 27 notable awards since the beginning of her career, of which she has won 11. Her latest awards as at the time of this post are,
The Headies award 2018
- Best Recording of the Year – “Joromi” – Won.
- Best R&B/Pop album – “Simisola”- Nominated
- Best R&B single – “Smile For Me” – Won
- Best Vocal Performance (Female) – “Gone For Good” – Nominated
- Album of the Year – “Simisola” – Won
- Artiste of the Year – Nominated.
Future Awards Africa – Prize for Music – Won.
Simi released her second album titled “Simisola” in September 2017. “Simisola” album hit the Billboard World Music charts 5th position and 1st position on both the Apple Music and iTunes chart for three weeks. Her lead single, “Joromi” a sensational highlife song became an instant favorite The song. “Joromi” was inspired by Victor Uwaifo a Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor who sang the original highlife version of “Joromi”
Simi’s third studio album, “Omo Charlie Champagne vol 1” was released on her 31st birthday April 19, 2019, and dedicated as a tribute to Simi’s father. The album is full of hit songs like “Jericho ft Patoranking”, “By you ft Adekunle”, “Mind your business ft Falz”, nevertheless the first song “Charlie”, is a soulful tribute that mourns Simi’s father.
Simi is estimated net worth is $500,000. Her music has won a good number of awards. In addition to her music career, Simi has bagged so many endorsements. Simi was once endorsed by Etisalat, now 9 mobile on 10th February 2017. She was also Opera Mini’s brand ambassador in 2018.
Simi is an epitome of talent. Se is often matched with Nigerian top-talented female musicians – Teni and Tiwa Savage.