Monday, 6 September 2010


Ego Ogbaro's decision to pursue a solo career was met with some cynicism by fans of the masked one, Lagbaja. Over the years, Ego and her mentor had recorded songs that virtually became anthems of the Nigerian music audience. It got to a point that people started to read meaning into the close relationship between Bisade Ologunde [ Lagbaja ] and Ego Ogbaro [ Nee Iheanacho ]. If you've taken the time to look at the videos of Lagbaja's songs, you will discover that there is a real synergy between Bisade and Ego. Ego breathed life into Lagbaja's music with her strong vocals while Omo Baba Muko Muko ensured the instrumentation and other aspects of his music were taken care of. This synergy can be seen in these songs- 'Never Far Away', 'Anything For Me', 'Feyin E', and 'Konko Below'. I've realized that Ego's voice charmed and captivated us as Lagbaja's lead singer for the last decade and she's getting better daily.

Ego Ogbaro is from Imo State and she has an Ogun State- born mother and four siblings. She schooled in Aba and Lagos but could not finish her public administration course at the Lagos State University [ LASU ] because she had a flair for French. Ego proceeded to the Alliance Francaise and attended classes there to get her certificate in French Language. It is clear that music is her natural calling and she has done well in this regard. She started out by being a back up singer for her friends in the music industry. Along the way, she met Lagbaja and joined his band. At first, she did back up vocals as usual for the masked one alongside other female singers, but as time went on she became Lagbaja's prominent singer. Ego subsequently blew up and became more and more prominent as she amassed tons of fans across the continent.

After getting married on the 10th of October 2009 to her long time term love, Niyi Ogbaro, at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Lagos, Ego resumed work immediately in the studios as she continued recording towards the release of her debut album. The album which will be released before the year runs out was produced by Cobhams Asuquo [ Cobhams is the blind but highly creative guy behind Asa's self titled album 'Asa' ] and co-produced by Nathaniel Bassey. Let me let you in to a fact. Ego Ogabaro's new material is really good and she will be giving the likes of TY Bello, Lara George and Yinka Davies a run for their money [ That is if she has not already done so as Lagbaja's sidekick ]. Her first single off her album is 'Fall in Love'. The video of the song was shot in New York and it was directed by Kemi Adetiba of K'Alpha Innovations. Eldee Tha Don made a cameo appearance in the video. It is available for viewing on Google's YOUTUBE. Other songs on the new album include 'I believe', 'Bianulu', and 'Palava'. The album is a fusion of soul, jazz, afrobeat and R&B. I have this belief that Ego Ogabaro can become another pop legend like Onyeka Onwenu. She's got what it takes to be an icon like the Elegant Stallion. The title of one of Ego's new songs 'Bia Nulu' might be a testament to this.

Source:, RV
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