Chinedu Okoli (born 23 November 1983), better known by his stage name Flavour N’abania, or simply Flavour, is a prolific Nigerian recording artist, dancer, songwriter, and performer.
Flavour, who is well known for his ability to sing fluently in the Igbo language, was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. His family is originally from Umunze in Orumba South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Flavour began his music career at the age of 13 when he started playing the drums for his church choir in Enugu. The resident pastor at his church introduced him to a friend, Chris I Ordor, the CEO of SoundCity Communications. Mr. Ordor 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 level.
In 1996, Flavour was invited to join the company on an educational scholarship to study music. After three years of playing the drums, Flavour started playing the drums professionally. In 1999, Flavour moved on from playing the drums and started playing the keyboard. He also used to provide backing vocals for other musicians at SoundCity.
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 great heights. Flavour’s educational background in music enabled him to learn music production from Dekumzy, Isi Charles and Nnachie.
He began his musical career as a drummer for a local church in his hometown of Enugu State. Flavour is popularly known across Africa and the world for his massive club banger “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”. He is currently signed to 2nite Entertainment Music Label.
In 2005, he released his self titled debut album N’abania. In 2010, Flavour released his second studio album Uplifted. It was supported by the singles “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”, “Adamma”, and “Oyi Remix”.
The album’s success made Flavour one of Africa’s most sought out artists. Flavour was booked to perform at numerous concerts and social events following Uplifted’s release
Blessed was released on 18 October 2012 through 2nite Entertainment and iROCKING LTD. The album is the successor to Uplifted. It is arguably Flavour’s biggest album to date due to the amount of producers that worked on it. It was launched on the same day of Flavour’s 2nite Club grand opening.
Flavour is the first son of a large family consisting of four siblings and seven step siblings. Flavour currently dwells in Lagos, Nigeria. Flavour’s family wasn’t very fond of his musical ambitions; they often dismissed it as a pipe dream. His mother in particular believed that his musical ambitions wouldn’t amount to anything.
Flavour has joined the league of “Babymamas”. He had his first child from Delta soap model Sandra Okagbue. Ex beauty queen Anna Banner also joined the league of Flavour’s baby mamas as she gives birth to child for him.
Awards and nominations
|2014||Ghana Music Awards||African Artiste of the Year||Pending|
|2013||The Headies||Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Blessed||Nominated|
|Best R&B/Pop Album||Nominated|
|Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)||Video of the Year||“Ada Ada”||Won|
|Best High Life Video||Won|
|Best Indigenous Concept||Won|
|Best use of costumes||Won|
|Nigerian Entertainment Awards||Best Indigenous Artist/Group||Nominated|
|Ghana Music Awards||African Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|City People Entertainment Awards||Musician of the Year (Male)||Nominated|
|Best Collabo of the Year||“Give it to Me”
(Kcee featuring Flavour N’abania)
|2012||Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)||Best Highlife||“Kwarikwa”
(featuring M-Jay, Wage G.Jay Dey, Elense)
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Best R&B Video||“Oyi Remix”
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
|The Headies||Best Collabo||“Orobo”
(Sound Sultan featuring Excel and Nigerian Entertainment Awards
|Nigerian Entertainment Awards||Best Indigenous Artist/Group||Won|
|2011||Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Afro-Pop Video||“Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)||Nominated|
|Most Gifted African West Video||Nominated|
|Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies)||Best R&B Single||“Oyi Remix”
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
|Best Collabo||“Number One”
(M.I featuring Flavour N’abania)
|Nigerian Entertainment Awards||Best High Life Video||“Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)”||Nominated|
|2010||Ghana Music Awards||African Artiste of the Year||Nominated|