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Singer Ayo in Banana Republic Ads



I was walking down 42nd street last week and immediately halted at the picture of Ayo on the window of a Banana Republic store. Nigeria-German singer Ayo , is among nine music artists chosen for BR’s City Stories campaign. Ayo learned to play the violin at the age of six and she wrote her first song at 15. Her debut album, Joyful has reached multi-platinum status.

View Ayo‘s video for city stories.


For more on Ayo visit Bella’s first post on her.


  1. Passerby

    February 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

    This isnt the first ad Ayo been in, through last year she was everywhere in France for Erricson – I love music campaign, plus she is a really big deal in Europe, ever since down on my knees. My life was shot in Nigeria, hopefully oneday she’ll be recognized by her own peeps.

  2. tomi

    February 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    It would be easier for her peeps to recognise her if she stopped doing the fake “african” accent.

    I saw her picture in the BR ads and said ” HotDamn….She fine!” Its a relief to know in real life she just looks….old. Did she really say 28? Sistergirl needs to breakout the sunscreen. lol

  3. Mobola

    February 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    What does her accent have to do with being recognized???

  4. wordsmith

    February 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Genius…that’s a german accent…

  5. nnamani

    February 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    i love AYo, love her songs, her voice and everything about her..i like “down on my knees” and “life” which i think was shot in lagos or somewhere in 9ja tho
    @ Passerby its not like she is been snubbed by her peeps..but she really has marketed herself in naija…she needs to attack naija market, do some PR here and there and she will give Asa a run for her money…love Asa too tho!

  6. nnamani

    February 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    i meant she really hasn’t marketed herself in naija

  7. kelendra

    February 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    wow at fake african accent. Abeg let the kele breath. She is mixed, and raised in germany, what do expect she sound like? Even half of the mixed people in nigeria have slightly unsual speech patterns. People learn to speak how they are taught and what they hear daily.

  8. kelendra

    February 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    And the lady in question is very beautiful. nothing to do with her heritage. Her smile is radiant enough.

  9. Joy Keys

    February 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

    This week on “Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys”-podcast

    Joy Keys chats with Singer Ayo

    DATE: Saturdy February 19, 2011

    TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

    GO TO: and listen to the show from your computer.

    CALL: 646-929-0368 to listen and ask questions from your phone.
    Ayọ (born as Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin on 14 September 1980 in Frechen near Cologne, Germany) is a Nigerian-German singer-songwriter. She uses the Yoruba translation Ayọ or Ayo. of her first name Joy.
    At the age of six Ayọ played the violin for a short time, then turned to the piano and later taught herself to play the guitar.

    Her debut album Joyful reached Double-Platinum status in France, Platinum in Germany and Poland, Gold status in Switzerland and Italy and Greece. The album was released in the United States on 20 November 2007 by Interscope Records.

    At the end of 2007 Ayọ started a concert tour through Germany and the United States. On her American tour she performed with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. In January 2008 she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing her song Down on My Knees.

    On 10 March 2008 Ayọ started recording on her second album Gravity At Last . She co-produced the album with Jay Newland. The album reached number 1 on the French album charts in October 2008.

    The president of UNICEF France, Jacques Hintzy, announced on 4 February 2009 that the singer was named patron of UNICEF to promote the right to education for all children in the world.

    The French production company MK2 produced 2009 the film Ayo Joy[5] a 90 minute documentary about the singer and her life. The film was directed by Raphaël Duroy.

    Ayo’s third album named after her daughter Billie-Eve will be released in March 2011. The first single off the new album is called “I’m Gonna Dance”.


    Video clip:
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