TY Bello is today, one of the most inspiring role-models in Africa. Her story, from an average girl to a successful singer and then a professional photographer is filled with struggles and an undying passion for social change. If not a rags to riches story, it’s definitely a story of fighting tremendous adversaries to reach the highest summit of one’s ambition.
TY Bello Biography
Born in the Ogun State of Nigeria, she went ahead to study economics at the University of Lagos. After completing her studies, she changed track and worked as a journalist for a while. Her passion for photography developed over the years and she began exploring her career as a photographer. She also toured the world of Nigerian Music and collaborated with many acclaimed singers. After 9 years of fruitful marriage with Kashetu Bello, in October 2014, she became a proud mother to twin babies. Her two boys were named Christian and Christopher. The date of release of her album, The Morning Songbook coincided with their date of birth. Her father, Remi Sokefun was a dedicated TV producer who often hosted top musicians in his home, including the late Fela Kuti.
TY Bello is more than just an artist; she is a vital component of the social change in Nigeria. Her contributions don’t stay indoors in the world of photography and music. She was engaged in solving various humanitarian issues like orphan education, female equality, peace, political stability etc. In October 2011, the Nigerian Ministry of Youth Development roped in TY Bello for their anti-rape campaign.
TY Bello Songs and Collaborations
At the break of the 21st century, the band called KUSH entered the Nigerian music scene. TY Bello was an integral part of the band along with Dapo Torimiro, Lara George, and Emem Ema. It rocked the billboards of 2000 with its heartthrob song, “Let’s Live Together”. TY Bello was heavily influenced by the political turmoil in Nigeria and wanted to change the popular thinking through their band’s song.
Her first music solo debut was “GREENLAND” and her first experiment with music earned her two prestigious awards, the Nigeria Music Award and a Sound City Award. Her second studio album, The Future came out in 2011 and was an instant hit. The video of the song “The Future” has appearances from by Chude Jideonwo, Banky W, Sound Sultan and Tara Fela-Durotoye. Infused with patriotic lines, her deep baritone voice and charming melodious music made this song an instant success. She was soon propelled to stardom through her songs and also recognized nationally and internationally as a creative soul.
Her next creative activity was made manifest through photography. It was her passion for photography that took her to the highest corridors of power in Nigeria. She was appointed as an official photographer to the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. Through her photographs, she explored the highways and byways of her country’s vast social fabric. She has also photographed celebrities, including British rapper Tinie Tempah. She was instrumental in discovering the rare beauty, Olajumoke Orisaguna who later became a successful Nigerian model. She currently works for This Day fashion magazine.
TY Bello Family – Husband, Kids
TY Bello married Kashetu Bello in 2009. Although there is no information on how the two met because the young singer always wants to keep her personal life a secret, it’s no secret that their marital life was quite challenging as they had to wait for nine years before they were blessed with their two adorable boys whom they named Christian and Christopher. The young beautiful inspirational singer and photographer narrated that before having her two lovelies, she struggled with Endometriosis and had to put up with pressure from friends and family. She later had her twins through an IVF although rumours had it that she had them through a surrogate mother which she categorically denied, making mention of her pre-delivery pictures which she posted on her social media pages. She said she was always joking with her friends about having twins but never knew it would come to pass until it eventually happened on October 10, 2014.
Through her story about what she went through before getting pregnant, she became a source of encouragement to women who are desperately fighting for the joy of motherhood.
Quick Facts about TY Bello
|Date of Birth||January 14|
|Birth Place||Ogun State, Nigeria|
|Profession||Photographers, Artist, Stylist|
|Father’s Name||Remi Sokefun|
|Children/Kids||Christian and Christopher|
|Education||University of Lagos|