Ogbogu Okonji

Ogbogu Okonji

Ogbogu Okonji is a Nigerian (Igbo) Anioma popular traditional musician and the leader of the Band "Ogbogu Okonji and his Anioma Brothers". He is known in the Anioma music industry as "OGB" or "The Message Man."

Biography

Ogbogu Okonji was hails in Ogboli Quarters in Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State, South-south, Nigeria. he is of Anioma subgroup of Igbo in Delta State. He began his professional career in music in Ibusa in 1978 but would later move to Lagos where he gained prominence. He is a self-taught musician who joined a traditional music group as a secondary school student, on completing his secondary education, he joined Customs and Excise Departmentwhich then was the vogue for the youths of Ibusa but would soon retire from the department to fully pursue a career in traditional music. He further described music as something that gives him joy and fulfilment. "I am happy when I make people happy," he also said.

Ogbogu began his career by singing in a various musical groups called "Otu" in the local dialect of Ibusa in which he sang along side notable musicians from Ibusa such as the famous Agility Okonji, and his first cousin, Etiti Okonji. Quite early in life, Ogbogu and Etiti lost their fathers (Egbuna and Amukaji Okonji)in a mystery circumstances after they were both alleged poisened through food in 1967. After Ogbogu and Agility parted ways, he released some Albums with his cousin, Etiti as both musicians were untited under one "Otu" (Dancing group) both would later part ways abandoning the "Otu" as they both pursued their individual careers in traditonal music.

Ogbogu Okonji in a documentary televised by the African Independent Television (AIT) Tuesday, September 2, 2008 (10.00pm) stated that he began his musical career in 1978. Ogbogu has gained wider popularity among the various Anioma towns and in the southeast, and has particularly excelled in praise-singing for rich Anioma (Igbo) business tycoons. Almost every known business tycoon of Anioma extraction has been praised in his music.

He initially started with traditional Anioma or Ibusa style of music using traditional musical instruments such as Udu, Uboma, Agogo, Akpele, Isaka but in 1991 shifted to Ekobe-highlife fussion, which is now a style of his music. Ogbogu's style of music has been quite informative as it exposes the ills and abominations in the Anioma society thus his nickname name, "The Message Man." Ogbogu told a gathering that "he was tired of being a big fish in a small pond and that now was the time for him to swim in the mighty ocean, stressing that he had got all the experience , skill and agility to swim in the ocean without sinking He would also tell Q Club, Lagos that "I am tired of being a local champion; though i'm known by people who have supported and keep supporting my musical career, I wnat to be known beyong my area , that is why I have come to you people whom God has given the power to make people popular ,"

Ogbogu described his greatest challenge as securng a viable label that will release, market and distribute his works, he admittedly said he was unlucky in this area thus a major reason he still remains unknown in the Nigerian music world

Most of recordings have been done

Discography

Ogbogu Okonji has over 30 Albums which include the following:

  • Egusi Special
  • Love
  • Apapa (Groundnut)
  • Alusi-Ego
  • Eje-Ana
  • Ekene
  • Ekene II
  • Ndi-Eze
  • Wayo Pastors
  • Ndi-Uka)
  • Onwa Welcome
  • Dutchess Club
  • Onicha-Uku
  • Adam and Eve
  • Obi Oma Special
  • Chukwu Bu Eze

(Please note that this does not follow in other of the release of such Albums)

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