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The Rise and Rise of Oritsefemi

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Oritsefemi Majemite Ekele aka Oritsefemi has been enjoying growing popularity among music lovers in Nigeria in recent times, OLAOLU BILAU traces the music star’s rise to fame and stardom….

The fast-rising and award-winning music artiste, Oritsefemi has come a long way in the Hip Hop music industry in Nigeria.

A singer and songwriter Oritsefemi began his musical career with the group, Jingolist. That was before the year 2006.

Musical Taliban, as he likes to call himself, performed at parties and social events while cutting his musical teeth. He also developed his musical talent under the tutelage of Johnny Nap in Ajegunle as well as a member of the choir of a Cherubim and Seraphim church.

Together with his partner, one Chibudo, Oritsefemi recorded two albums: “Boys Dey Binu” (meaning ‘boys are angry’) and “Money Na Time”.

Solo Career

In 2006, Oritsefemi went on to record his first solo effort, a single titled “Flog Politician”, a song inspired by the corruption the artiste perceived in the country.

With strong influences from the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Oritsefemi  has grown into a social crusader through his songs. His third album titled, “E le won” (meaning,  Chase Them) was directed at the political class and their antics.

The 30- year- old singer was one of the notable artistes who performed at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park at Ojota in 2012 during the Fuel Subsidy Removal Protest, which rattled the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

His Growing up

Born into a polygamous family of Itsekiri parents, Oritsefemi was the third child of his mother and grew up in the slum city of Ajegunle.

After his secondary school education, he was admitted into Delta State University, Abraka as a Law undergraduate.

However, the lure of the music was too profound for him to resist and Oritsefemi had to dump school for music.

The artiste revealed that most of his songs were inspired by personal experiences around him, especially the daily struggles of Nigerians.

Delta state-born Oritsefemi has worked with notable musicians including Tuface Idibia, the late Da Grin. D’banj, Wasiu Alabi  Pasuma, Davido and others.

Music Breakthrough

Before his major breakthrough in the music industry, Oritsefemi struggled on the streets of Lagos, working under his late father, a boat engineer. He also hustled as a bus conductor.

Fate has however, brought good fortune to Oritsefemi as he now charges not less than N3m to perform at musical shows.

Oritsefemi’s remake of Fela’s song ‘Double Wahala’ has become a reference point for the rise of the young music artiste.

In an interview, Oritsefemi once said “before I came out with Double Wahala, I had to go back to the drawing board to review my style of music”.

According to the artiste, the hit track opened doors and brought his great fortune.

That song won him the award as the Most Popular Song of the Year from City People Magazine as well as the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards as the Indigenous Artist of the Year.

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