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July 18, 2024
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Introducing Ife Ogunwumiju: The Award-Winning Performer, Musician & Songwriter

In the vibrant city of Ibadan, Nigeria, a musical prodigy was born on July 5. Ife Ogunwumiju, known to many as OloriAfrica and OloriWorldWide, has carved a niche for herself in the gospel music scene. Now based in Canada, Ife’s journey from a young choir singer to an award-winning artist is nothing short of inspiring.

Ife’s educational journey is as impressive as her musical career. She attended the University of Ibadan Staff School for her primary education, International School Ibadan (I.S.I.), and Oritamefa Baptist Model School for her secondary education. She later graduated from Bowen University in Iwo and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Cardiff University, Wales, UK.

Beyond music, Ife is a successful entrepreneur with ventures in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Her parents, Mrs. Christiana Ojediran, a retired vice principal, veteran songwriter, and choir leader, and Deacon Daniel Ojediran, a retired permanent secretary, played pivotal roles in nurturing her early passion for music.

Ife is happily married to Ayokunle Ogunwumiju and is blessed with three beautiful children: Ara, Kiki, and Dara. Her rise through the ranks of the choir, from leading the children’s choir to performing at large conventions, showcases her exceptional talent and dedication.

In 2016, Ife began her professional singing career in mainstream Nigerian music, making a significant impact with her unique blend of African folklore and original compositions. Her hit songs include “Amala,” “Fresh Stew,” “Tokini,” “Ife,” “Koko Jabele,” “Efon,” “Koko Ka,” “Ise Logun Ise,” “Jupa,” “Nobody Knows,” and many more.

Every year, Ife releases Christmas albums and singles featuring popular tunes and her own compositions. In 2022, she fully dedicated her music to the inspirational and gospel genre, creating a compilation of hymns and original soul-lifting worship and praise songs.

To celebrate her 40th birthday, Ife released an original song titled “My Trust,” showcasing her continued dedication to inspiring and uplifting her audience through worship music.

Fun Fact: Ife loves to cook and often incorporates traditional Nigerian dishes into her music videos, blending her love for food and music in a unique and delightful way!

Ife is signed to Olori-Africa Records, a label she co-owns with her husband, Ayokunle Ogunwumiju. Her songs are available on all music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Follow her on all social media platforms @oloriafrica.

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