Ever met a singer, songwriter, and actress who also doubles as a politician? No? Then, you have not met Onyeka Onwenu. She is our #SMNaijaWCW this week.
Born 31st January 1952, Onyeka is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, human rights activist, social activist, journalist, and politician. She is also the former X Factor series judge as well as the chairperson of the Imo State Council for Arts and Culture.
Onyeka Onwenu started her music career in 1981 while still working with the NTA, releasing the album For the Love of You, a pop album which featured an orchestral cover of Johnny Nash’s “Hold Me Tight”, and her second album Endless Life was produced by Sonny Okosuns. Both records were released on the EMI label.
Since Onyeka started her music career, it has been “Gbas-Gbos“. She has contributed a lot to the music and art industry.
She has been celebrated by professionals like Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Laolu Akins, Charles O’Tudor, and former PMAN president Tony Okoroji among others in the arts industry in Nigeria.
One thing stands out for Onyeka Onwenu. She doesn’t give up no matter how tough the battle is. Political wise, she is a member of the People’s Democratic Party.
She has contested twice to become the Local Council Chairman of her local government, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, and lost at both attempts.
However, she was appointed Chairperson of Imo State Council for Arts and Culture by former governor Ikedi Ohakim.
Also, on 16 September 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed her the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.
From all of us at SMNaija, we wish Onyeka more achievements.