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Who is… Tonii



Tonii is Oluwatoni Afolayan. She was born and raised in the quiet town of Ilorin in Kwara State Nigeria where she also got her first degree in Microbiology from the University of Ilorin. She started singing at an early age and has since been trained by the renowned Peter King, the legendary jazz artist and saxophonist, under whose tutelage she honed her vocal and piano skills.

Last year, she signed up for the Nigerian Idol contest and rose through the ranks till she got dropped in the final – early this year. Peep her debut effort – I Rule and Iwo Ni Maa Ba Lo. Both songs were written and composed by Tonii.

Listen to Tonii – I Rule


Listen to Tonii – Iwo Ni Maa Ba Lo



  1. Jummy

    August 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Really Nice please who has the contact details for Peter King?I would like to train with him.

  2. Glee

    August 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    i like her…sings well

  3. dusty

    August 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Her vocal strength is mind blowing……9ce songs

  4. Kémi Penélopê

    August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    This is really good…

  5. Kémi Penélopê

    August 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I really love “Iwo Ni Maa Ba Lo”…

  6. Bangor chic

    August 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Really Nice! but isn’t this the girl that sang that Afro-jazz gospel song a few years back?(SILATEYA)…the song was really awesome but she didn’t go very far..just wondering though if its the same person

    • mide

      August 23, 2011 at 2:21 am

      yes it’s her…

  7. summer

    August 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Amazing vocals! Yeah, I know the silateya song…guess its all about the platform/opportunity!

  8. kemisola

    August 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Yaay!!! I knw her,She’s amazing….Good job Tonii

  9. Bukunola

    August 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Jibola/BN Team,

    When are you going to write about the old generation musicians before they die off e.g. Fatai Dollar, Dr. Victor Olaiya, Sunny Ade, Obey etc. for the younger generation to appreciate their music.

  10. konnie

    August 23, 2011 at 1:03 am

    nice work !!

  11. monique

    August 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    aww.. love the song.. she from my home town.. #ILORIN.

  12. oluwatoyin

    August 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    i knw u’ll soon get there,jst kip on ‘i lov ur courage

  13. Ireti

    August 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I love what you do, its impressive that you decided to pursue your passion. Your voice, your demeanour, ur strenght will make way for you. And yes! U can sing. See you at the top sis

  14. @_Iyore

    September 1, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I love Tonii! my favorite song from her is Sila Teya, she can sing!

  15. benjamin okiti

    November 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Can i get gbo ti mi by tonii too

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