She is pretty, talented, hardworking, popular, and believes so much in herself. Ever since she burst into the mainstream of immense success on the stage, this beautiful lady has continued to impress her overwhelming fans worldwide. To that effect, she is able to build a net worth of roughly $3 million. Meet Omawumi, a wonderful singer who has been active in the Nigerian music industry since 2007.
Omawumi is a Lawyer Turned Singer
Best known by her stage name Omawumi, Omawumi Megbele (born 13 April 1982), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter born in Delta State. She is of Itsekiri ethnicity and the daughter of Mrs. Aya Megbele (mother) and Chief Dr. Frank (father), who named her Omawumi Megbele after her birth. The singer has siblings – brothers and sisters, as she is the 12th of 15 children born to her parents. Unfortunately, details about them are currently unavailable.
Omawumi began her educational journey with Nana Primary School and the College of Education Demonstration Secondary School in Warri, Delta State. After completing her secondary education, Omawumi proceeded to Ambrose Alli University in Edo State, where she obtained a degree in Law after she graduated from the renowned tertiary institution in 2005.
As someone with such a “noble profession,” many, perhaps, including her parent, may have expected to see Omawumi flourishing in her career as a lawyer; instead, she decided to pick up a different career path for herself. Like most Nigerian celebrities, including veteran actor Richard Mofe-Damijo aka RMD, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Femi Adebayo, Falz, and, of course, Funke Akindele-Bello, Omawumi followed her passion, and today, she is one of the most celebrated female singers in Nigeria.
How Omawumi Journeyed into the Music World
Born into a large family consisting of fifteen (15) children, Omawui revealed that her love for music grew through the influence of her parents and siblings. During an interview with a popular Nigerian Newspaper, the Itsekiri singer revealed how every family member has their own choice of music genre. She talked about how she has brothers in Reggae and RnB and how her mother was into Mariam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka while her father was a Jazz Connoisseur. All these influence her love for music.
Through her primary and secondary school years, she participated as a member of her school choir. She even did a bit of acting at the same time. Her extracurricular activities helped her to realize that she has a thing for arts. Omawumi started her career as a lawyer in a Port Harcourt-based law firm, “O.S Megbele & Associates,” which is owned by her family. During her stint with the law firm, she decided to give the West African idols competition a try, thanks to her siblings, who persuaded her to do so.
Obviously, her journey to fame through the music industry started when she auditioned for the 2007 Idol West Africa. She eventually was listed among the best and thus, emerged the runner-up of the highly competitive show. Despite losing to fellow music star Timi Dakolo at the grand finale of the talent show in May 2007, Omawumi had started writing and producing her songs that later became a part of her debut album Wonder Woman, released on November 11, 2009.
Following its success, the Warri singer released her second album, Lasso of Truth, in April 2013. So far, she boasts of four successful music albums, namely:
- Wonder Woman (April 2009)
- Lasso of Truth (April 2015)
- Timeless, (July 2017)
- In Her Feelings (June 2019).
Music is the Major Source of Her $3 Million Net Worth.
Omawumi is one singer that effortlessly incorporates elements of soul and R&B into her bright, funk-laden pop sound. Her powerful and arresting voice has helped her create numerous hit songs that were met with universal acclaim. Her songs, no doubt, have their way of touch lighting every area of human life from societal issues to the importance of training a child well and down to the messages of hope not just for her county but the entire continent as well. Hit songs like “If You Ask Me,” “Botto Belle,” and “In the Music,” are some of those hit tracks that helped her build massive net worth with millions of views on Youtube and various other social media platforms.
Omawumi’s hit Songs include the following:
- “If You Ask Me”
- “Serious Love Nwantiti”
- “What a Bang Bang” feat. Tuface Idibia
- “You Must Love Me”
- ” Play na Play.”
- “I No Sure”
- “Hold My Baby”
- “E don Loss (If God does It).”
- “Me Ke” Feat Kizz Daniel
The soul/pop/R&B singer has collaborated with superstars like Wizkid, Angelique Kidjo, Banky W, P-Square, M.I, 2face Idibia, Sasha, D’Banj, Angie Stone, 9ice, Carl Thomas, among others. For her hard work and contribution to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment sector, especially the music industry, she has won nominations and awards, including the 2009 and 2018 Headies for, “Best Vocal Performance (Female)” awards category. While it may seem that the pop singer has gone hiatus in recent years, there is no doubt that her songs are still among the best produced in Nigeria.
Other Contributions to Omawumi’s Net Worth
Aside from her successful career in the music industry, Omawumi exposed herself to various other channels that could help build her financial balance. Let’s take a look at some other areas the “Botto Belle” crooner leverage her fame to increase her financial status.
Her Acting Career
It is no longer a big deal to have singers dabbling into acting. Most singers actually take acting as a side work that could fetch in extra income. When we say Omawumi is special, we actually mean it, as it is evident in the number of successes she has recorded within and beyond the music industry. Omawumi loved acting as much as she loves singing, so foraying into that aspect of performing arts was effortless.
Apart from her fast-growing musical career, she also plies her trade in the movie industry, having featured in a handful of Nollywood films, including Funke Akindele’s The Return of Jenifa (2011), Inale (2010), Make a Move (2014), and House of Gold (A Ghanian-Nigerian comedy series, 2013). Her acting career offered her better opportunities to share the screen with notable movie stars like Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson and Majid Michel.
Omawumi has long been a brand ambassador for the Nigerian multinational telecommunications company Globacom. She signed an endorsement deal for one of Nigeria’s biggest online retailers Konga.com in 2013, and in 2018, she bagged an endorsement deal with Lifebuoy Nigeria. Other companies she has deals with include Malta Guinness and the “Rise with the Energy of Africa” campaign, where she is famed for being an active member.
The Singer is Happily Married to Tosin Ibrahim Yusuf
Omawumi’s marriage was one of the celebrity marriages that made waves in early 2018. Though it came with lesser attention than that of Banky W and Etomi, which took place in late 2017, the singer was showered with lots of love and support from notable Nigerian elites and music stars.
The female Popstar is married to Tosin Ibrahim Yusuf, the founder of Lloyd Gate Limited, a real estate company, and an ex co-owner of Zamunda nightclub and bar in Ikoyi, Lagos State. The marriage ceremony took place on January 13, 2018, in Warri, even though it is said that the pair had their registry wedding in January 2015.
Before their celebrated marriage ceremony, Omawumi was Tosin’s baby mama for four years. She got pregnant for her baby daddy turned husband three months after they met at a club. She was actually 29 years old when she gave birth to her first child Kamila. Shortly after their marriage, the pair welcomed a son. So far, Omawumi and her husband have two children- a daughter Kamila Emmanuela Yusuf (born June 17, 2011), and a son, born July 18, 2015.
Is Omawumi the Richest Female Artist?
The Nigerian music industry has many female artists who have built enough wealth from their music albums. Omawumi’s $3 million net worth places her as one of them. However, she could not be said to be the wealthiest so far, as the likes of Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade take the lead with $4.85 million and $4 million net worth, respectively. Nevertheless, her $3 million net worth makes the pop singer one of Nigeria’s richest female artists. She leads the likes of Chidimma Ekile and Seyi Shay, who are part of the top five with $2.8 million and $2.1 million net worth, respectively.