If you ask any one to mention two quick things about Cobhams Asuquo, they are very likely to tell you: he is blind and he is a talented musician. How he has been to combine both is what we cannot cease to celebrate.
Many great Nigerian artistes owe him a lot of credit. The likes of Banky W, Omawumi, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Dare Art-Alade, Rooftop MCs, Faze, Mode 9, Ego, Djinee, Maintain and so many more have had their award-winning songs produced by Cobhams.
It was with the production of the debut album by the Nigerian soul sensation, Aṣa, that he shot to musical acclaim. He wrote and co-wrote several songs on the award-winning album including the hit singles, “Fire on the Mountain,” and “Jailer.”
Other than producing music, he Mr. Cobhams Asuquo also plays the guitar and piano. He is currently signed onto Sony ATV (Sony Publishing) London as a songwriter and owns his own record label, Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions (CAMP).
Cobhams, who was born on January 6, 1981 in Jos, actually hails from Calabar. He likes to say that he started his career in music as a child he used to puff his cheeks to play the 12-bar blues.
Possessed of natural talent, the self-taught musician started honing his skills from an early age while growing up in a barracks. As a young boy, he used to organize concerts in his neighborhood, drumming on his mother’s barrels of water.
What many do not know is that Cobhams’ musical pursuit came to a halt when he entered the university to study law. After leaving the university, he decided to pursue his passion for music. This caused him sleeping on studio floors and working without pay. It was after working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, Questionmark Entertainment, that he set up his own recording facility, CAMP, in 2006.
Though he has been in the music industry since 1999, producing, writing and singing good songs, Cobhams released his much awaited first official single title Ordinary People on the 1st of January 2014. The Song immediately became the NO.1 on most radio charts Nigeria.
Cobhams has won multiple local and international awards for his creative and entrepreneurial contributions to the Nigerian music industry. Some of them include the Headies, Future Awards, Hip Hop Awards, Nigerian Music Awards, LEAP Africa Awards and the Partnership Awards, among others.
He was featured on CNN’s African Voices for his contribution and impact on the African music industry and also on TEDxEuston in 2012 where he talked about the gift of blindness. He said that he has learnt from his blindness not to excuse failure, to trust and to be blind to be focused.
On 2 December 2010, Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo got married to Ojuolape Veronica Olukanni. The beautiful couple are blessed with a son.