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Nneka – The New Postergirl of the Afropean Music Movement



nneka 3She is at the forefront of the renaissance of the Afropean movement. Alongside the likes of Bantu, Ayo and even Zap Mama; Nneka’s love for reggae, soul, hip-hop plus a huge dose of consciousness led to the creation of a splendid debut album – Victim of Truth. ‘Victim of Truth’ gave us gut wrenching tracks like Africans, Changes and God of Mercy. With an innate ability to writing music beyond her years, Nneka always holds dear to her an openness and honesty that doesn’t go without notice.

Nneka’s lyrics tackles subjects like spirituality, identity and hypocrisy. She says “I’m not here to entertain. I’m here to speak my mind because I am no longer at ease with the situation”. An emotional performer and visual artist, she has always been dedicated to the idea of artistic activism.

Recently her sophomore album – No Longer at Ease named after the Chinua Achebe novel unleashed the rock-induced ‘Heartbeat’ blazing on television screens across the nation. Heartbeat is currently nominated for a Channel O Award.
Check out the video for Nneka and Keziah Jones duet “Long Distance Love” and a live performance of “Come With Me”.

Nneka’s current single is Kangbe


  1. wienna

    August 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    They’ve been playing her ‘Heartbeat’ video on Flava channel in the UK for the past few wks now and i’m loving it.

  2. Ifeh Agbonmire

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    i thought i was the only person who knew Nneka, nd ayo and bantu,i love these people and their music,i have Nneka nice to see, bellanaija showcase them,big ups….

  3. AnnChuks

    August 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for listening!!! I’ve been wanting you to do a story on her! Been following her music for a while now, she’s amazing!!!

  4. nuella

    August 31, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    looooooove her!!! i listen 2 heartbeat all day. look out 4 my article on her called Rebel with a Cause, in september’s edition of CANOE mag. and vote 4 her in d channel o award oh. lets support our own

  5. kay

    August 31, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    This is raw talent…kudos girl..we are proud of you.

  6. BiafranPrincess

    September 1, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Been following her for a while, glad to see her talent and activism coming to a broader audience.

  7. Mandy

    September 1, 2009 at 3:00 am

    The girl is good!

  8. Bola

    September 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

    nice, she kind of sounds like Ayo btw

  9. skilala

    September 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

    nneka is also nominated for a mobo as well….

  10. ngum

    September 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    she is SOME talent! that keziah jones has a great voice.

  11. jbaby

    September 2, 2009 at 12:36 am

    seriously lovin this girl’s music. love all the song esp kangbe. i’m so going to look for her album.

  12. Sleepy Willow

    September 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Its about time bella naija did a post about Nneka. She is so talented and bright!

  13. Panna Media

    September 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    She exemplifies the glaring difference between Afromerican & Afropean music. Afro-pop & money seeking music making overrides Afromerican music, glad you’ve highlighted Nneka’s wonderful talent. Lets hope more messengers like her come from the Diaspora


    October 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    The re-Evolution will be broadcast!!!
    Afro is on the rise…Thank you Nneka for keeping it thru….

    more Afropean talent on WAHALA:


    October 1, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    well done girl!

  16. Bola

    October 2, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Im so proud of her….she shows that its not all about sex, bling and falling in lust (I mean love!) This conscious african music…. I love that the ladies are not afraid to take risks…first there was Asa, the T.Y. Bello now Nneka…they follow in the trend of Lauren Hill, India Arie etc. Big up to you girl!

  17. S

    October 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    and Keziah Jones is nigerian!

  18. Sonya

    January 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I cannot wait for her tour. Such an amazing artist. She is profiled on girlcrush today.

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