Nneka

Hip-Hop legend Nas calls her “amazing” and “an incredible artist.” The Sunday Times hailed her debut album and said her, “as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka was born and raised in the Warri Delta State of Nigeria, spending her childhood and early adult life growing up in the oil city of Nigeria. Originally from Anambra state Nneka is Igbo. Nneka Lucia Egbuna means in Igbo “mother is supreme."

In her early twenties, Nneka went to Germany to explore a different life and to discover her german roots, and she eventually stayed to pursue a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology at Hamburg University. It was during her student years that Nneka honed her craft as a singer-songwriter.

Her politically charged lyrics swiftly established her as one of Africa’s most powerful voices. Nneka’s lyrics examine a myriad of social issues, including maternal love, love for the divine creator, worldly “heartbreak” and the quest for justice. Working tirelessly over the last decade, Nneka has released 5 previous albums – Victim of Truth, concrete jungle in the US, No Longer At Ease and Soul Is Heavy as well as an EP called my fairy tales. Her single Heartbeat [2009] scored her a UK Top 20 hit and spun a feature by Nas and was also sampled by Rita Ora for her #1 UK hit R.I.P. Hip hop Artist Drake also sampled her for the original of the RIP song.

Nneka continues to perform and electrify audiences across the globe with the likes of The Roots, Burna boy, Tuface Idibia, Groundation, Seun Kuti, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, Nas, and Damian Marley. She won a MOBO for Best African Act in 2009 and recorded a tribute song called Viva Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has appeared on The David Letterman Show and BET’s 106 & Park.

Nneka’s passionate sense of social consciousness has led her to cofound a charity called The Rope Foundation with Sierra Leonean Ahmed Nyeie [aka Genda]. The Rope Foundation serves as a platform for young men and women to express themselves through art. Their most recent workshop focused on working with sexually abused women at the WAGA [War Affected Girls & Adults] Foundation, in the Bo Town region of Sierra Leone. “The Rope Foundation works to give a platform to help people express themselves and their issues in society,” says Nneka, who also serves as the Arts Ambassador for the African Women Development Fund [AWDF] in Ghana.