Ijekimora returns with Alto for femme empowerment
With more female singers making a noticeable impact in the industry, fast-rising Afro-fusion singer, Ijeoma Ononobi, better known as Ijekimora, has joined the league of music stars, with her new song titled Sexy Papa.
Serving as her debut release since her return to Nigeria, the Afro-pop song boldly promotes the concept of feminine prowess.
The Nigerian-American singer recently returned to the country with a blend of American Hip-hop and Afro House melodies to tell her stories, which she hopes would empower women with the knowledge that “they can have it all, whatever they want.”
After a sturdy run in the American media space, where she nurtured a career as a broadcaster, Ijekimora decided to return to Nigeria to hone her Afro sounds, as her producers abroad weren’t connecting with that side of her music.
Now in Nigeria, she hopes to become “a household name where other artists will be inspired to create music and to influence people to take risks and try new things with their music or style.”
On her stage moniker, Ijekimora, the 26-year-old Imo State native said, “I’ve always been called Kimora because of my Chinese features, and being that Kimora Lee Simmons was a mogul I looked up to and shared a birth date with, I took the first three letters of my Nigerian name and merged it together with it.”
From childhood adventure of singing, Kimora hopes that she would continue to use her music to create a fierce femme force that would yield a positive impact on women.
She attributes her core influences to be African superstars like Fela Kuti, and Wizkid, among others, while noting that American songstresses such as Brandy, Mariah Carey, and Mary J Blige also had an influence o her.
Her debut compilation project titled Kimorality is expected to be released in May.
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