Iyanya Signs Contract With Don Jazzy and Mavin Records
Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk (born 31 October 1986) on Palm Street in Calabar, Cross River State. His mother was a head mistress and his father was a forester. Iyanya has described his mother as the household disciplinarian, while his father was the gentler of the two. After graduating from the University of Calabar, he worked in a hotel and sang karaoke at a local bar he managed. Iyanya began developing his vocal abilities at local bars which include: Fiesta Fries Bar, Mirage Nite Club, and West-Life. Iyanya cited British singer Craig David and American hip hop artist R. Kelly as his key musical influences. Iyanya rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa, and is best known for his hit single Kukere. He co-founded the record label Made Men Music Group with Ubi Franklin in 2011 and released his debut studio album My Story the same year.