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Must Listen! Omawumi Releases her Version of Adele’s “Hello”

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe



Hello Cover

Just this morning we brought you a couple of amazing covers of Adele‘s “Hello” (click here if you missed it) and we were eager to see if any Nigerian artists will jump on the trend.

We’ve got the first Nigerian artist and it is Omawumi!

Her cover, produced by E Kelly, is a must listen.

Check on it!

The music star also shared some new photos!

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  1. Gigii

    November 10, 2015 at 3:49 pm


  2. Emmanuella

    November 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    A songstress with a difference. There is clearly a distinct difference between both versions. She did hers without trying to change the original version but infusing her “omawuminess” into it. Nigeria births a few great artiste at the end of the day…

  3. Finally!Finally

    November 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Hello omawunmi!!! Still wonder u didn’t win the idols, u beta than Timi anyway.

    • Byn

      November 10, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Sorry dear.. I dont think so. Omawumi and Timi are not on the same stratosphere.. Her rendition was ok, but if Timi did this, the goose bumbs on your flesh would still be unsettled..

    • Tari

      November 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      different strokes for different folks

    • Ogo

      November 10, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      The TimI appeal is lost on many

    • jhennique

      November 11, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thank you for that Byn!!

    • uyi

      November 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      TRUE TALK!!! the goose bumps wont even go away again

    • blessing

      November 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      timi is a proffesssional “another person”s song singer na” everybody knows dat

    • sisi

      November 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      you are joking right?

  4. dips

    November 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I just knew it!! I was expecting a version from a Nigerian artist. She had better do a video soon, I will go listen and come back with my verdict.

    • Tari

      November 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      video on top cover version of song wey original never even enter album yet?

    • dips

      November 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Lol @ ignorance!! What original are you talking about? You have not watched Adele’s video for the song? You have not been seeing different videos for the hundreds of covers being made? It would really be nice to watch her sing the song.

  5. PACE

    November 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    One word to describe her cover of the song – AWESOME. Well done Omawunmi.

  6. Missappleberry

    November 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm


  7. Chynwa

    November 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    YAY!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE ds version too. Omawunmi… I’ve missed hearing u sing too

  8. dips

    November 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    YAY!!!!!! Omawunmi KILLED it!!! WOW. Nice variant too………great she put her own twist. Good job.

  9. Jessiejay

    November 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I love Omawonde, her voice is so beautiful but I felt the content of the song got lost with all the reggae razzmatazz. Not everytime tintinkpa sometimes RnB biko… Please do release your single I don wait taya

    • diaryofdido

      November 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I know what you mean and I totally agree 🙂

  10. Mama

    November 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Nigeria’s got talenttttttttttttt to the T baby!!!!
    Me likey. I like the ragga swang, would have wanted some 9ja youruba mix. Overall nicely done.
    I don send this song to my ex sotayyyy e go soon def!! Lol!!!

    • chuckleberry

      November 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Hahaaaaaaaaaaa !!! couldnt help laughing so hard ……Abeg give the guy a break , make e no def oh…

  11. Truth

    November 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    There are gazillion version of covers for this song sing Adele released it and i have watched at least 50 versions, and thus far the BEST ARE AS FOLLOWS

    #1-Jade Novah (African American lady)
    #2-Taps (Hunk from Zinmbabwe)
    #3- Conor Maynard (Young British guy)

    (dont be fooled by the million views, cos all the above 3 sing better than Sanchez yet he has millions of views, -why? i dont know>)
    All the rest are just nothing compared to the above listed ,(in my opinioon)

    and when youtube sensation #Ahmir and #LisaLavie finally release their version it will knock errbody off

    ps; omawunmi version is just ok to me

    • Joy

      November 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      YOu should watch Amanda cole’s cover… damn!!! that babe cannnnn sing.. best i ve heard.. check it out

    • lil

      November 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      ehen who now asked you?

    • bebe beebee

      November 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Your Opinion Babe

    • tilda

      November 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thats the “Truth” lol. Agreed it’s an ok karaoke version. I think Omawunmi with her amazing voice could have owned this . I wish she had let her beautiful voice run free with this instead of containing it.

    • BlueEyed

      November 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Jade Novah’s version has got to be my favorite cover, girl has got pipes! Plus that hanging tree part was just a beautiful touch.
      Close second had to be Rhyon & Major for me they did a good job.
      Omawumi’s cover sounds good too

  12. Sheri

    November 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I will not lie! When I first saw this post I let out a big HMMMMMMM. Questioning the attempt even before hearing it. But Omawunmi you did not leave me disappointed! I love the spin on the chorus. Downloading like today!

  13. Psychic

    November 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Oh charlie! what a fantastic job u did, bravo

  14. Tee

    November 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Bruness

    November 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Okay apart from that Leroy guy Oma baby’s version is #Smoking, oh how I’ve missed you Omawunmi! Hers is the only version I’m downloading alongside anty Adele’s original version

  16. ATL's finest

    November 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Lol I know right. She reminds me of people like Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry & co that didn’t win American Idol but they are far better than so many who won. Apart from Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia that won & doing well the rest na jara . I trust my Nigerian artist do to & cover & Omawumi nailed it. I LOVE her version

  17. tatafo

    November 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Omawumi wasn’t the first. Diwari was… Please check it out

    • tatafo

      November 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      *first Nigerian artist I mean…

  18. Missy J

    November 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    This is beautiful….lol its not like I like the original version sef.
    I love Omaaaaawwwwuuuummmmiiiii!!!

  19. Issorai

    November 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    its ah ight
    there are hundreds of version on youtube (go search) – she is not in the top 10.
    just ok, not bad

  20. mechojare

    November 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I love it, glad you did it first

  21. chi-e-z

    November 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    gorgeous just gorgeous voice, person, look er’thing chai oma-wonda! 🙂

  22. Ada

    November 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Its Waje I want to hear sing this song o!

  23. Olufunke

    November 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    i would love to hear your version!

  24. Sass

    November 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hmm…Omawunmi just come carry reggae spoil this blues.?

    • Africhic

      November 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Pun intended ??

  25. Blueberry

    November 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaas!!! I am so downloading her version.

  26. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    November 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I really don’t understand how or why we keep comparing Omawumi to Timi. Omawumi wans’t robbed – Timi deserved to win. Go listen to their debut albums and come talk to me. Since we’re comparing irrespective of gender, Omawumi can’t touch the notes Timi plays with, she just can’t. Listen to Great Nation and Wish Me Well, these are songs that can do well internationally. Omawumi is hugely talented no doubt but please let’s rest. Her albums have no replay value (if there’s a line like that).
    Please, Timi is miles ahead.

    • jess

      November 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      You read my mind. Omawunmi is talented no doubt but Timi is on a class of it’s own. You know he took forever to release his first album but when he finally did, i understood why he took so long.

    • Ene

      November 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you single shalewa.God bless you for this your comment.IMO Timi is miles ahead

    • Tosin

      November 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      they’re both cool.
      just wanted to say, i have def replayed Omawumi. esp after you’ve not listened for a long time, her albums are sweet to re-rock. if you vex and throw them away, na you sabi.

  27. nwanyi na aga aga

    November 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Omy Beebee dis egwu b dashii!!! ( The song is awesome) I love the reggae infusion

  28. andtherewasone

    November 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Looking forward to the day international artist will be vying to do a cover of one naija song. This is what good song writing can do. Big ups Adele, nice cover omawunmi. Shouts to good song writers; bez, dare, ASA there are more but my ink is running low

  29. Hazel

    November 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    This Bae Can SING!!!!

  30. Caroline

    November 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Well done!!!!

  31. fee

    November 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    awesome!!!!!! i love

  32. Gigi

    November 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Just the reggae beat. Nothing more abeg

  33. Dee Nina

    November 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Now that is what talent sounds like! I’m impressed.

  34. Tunde

    November 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I just spent the last 1 hour listening to like 10 versions that everyone is raving about and i must say Oma’s version too much Autotune.

    Personally the only 3 i went back to listen again were. Jade Nova, Taps and Joe . They all nailed it better than Adele herself. The asian girl was the worse for me.

    We dont need any autotunes. Abeg – sit down – “Warri ” hello version. ni

  35. Agbanielaja

    November 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Omawunmi, nice cover.
    Did anyone even bother to listen to the pure and untainted cover by the Korean school girl??? It was a re-birth!
    Almost certain Timi would tear it up!

  36. Ada Ada

    November 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    This is a cool song, but you can hear the autotune very well, its disturbing, :/

  37. Miss Anonymous

    November 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm


  38. Vivi_thoughts

    November 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    It was a very lovely rendition. Definitely impressed! Also Joe’s cover is awesome.

  39. bokun

    November 11, 2015 at 2:18 am

    That Omawunmi get voice ,nobe today nah. This song did notting to highlight the rich tone of her voice and vocal power. I prefer the original it had so much emotion and had me at hello.

  40. Dee-USA

    November 11, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Now everyone and their mama swear they hear autotune every time someone belts a track. Where was the autotune in this cover? Please note: clarity of voice doesn’t equate to autotune.

  41. tunde

    November 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Auto tune a bit high, the reggae fusion was good..its nice though..

  42. viv

    November 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Chineke! Omawunmi oooo! Daa lu!

  43. Adaeze Writes

    November 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Amazing! I love love love eeeet!

  44. kili

    November 11, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Naaaaaah. She ruined it. Please. Let’s not lie.
    If you can’t make a song better don’t touch it. The reggae beat ruined it further. I ll be waiting for Waje and maybe Sheyi Shay’s versions. Ommowumi has a great voice but misses it sometimes. Thank you

  45. hilda

    November 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

    why cant our naija celeb sing and others cover it.. they better sharpen there song writing skills..

  46. Grace

    November 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I just love her and with this song,i love her more.
    WOW Omawumi #Blessed

  47. Julez

    November 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I love Omawunmi but I have fallen in love over again! First time i will read a post and choose to comment… The goose bumps this gives me is priceless. It’s been on repeat all day BUT I will love to see a Timi Dakolo’s cover too

  48. Dhayde

    November 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    B4 I say plenty who wants a sheyi shay cover? Seriously? For just right now? Not even Tina savage will do dis great cos u’ll av to hear see beneath ur beautiful with Dr Sid. All screams. Back to omawumi well I was quite shocked. Nice try reggae gud. But let’s be honest music is diversifying am myself am tired of straight plain songs let’s av a twist like d Beyoncé’s, Chris Brown’s play with the notes. Not just sing cos u have vocal capacity and u wrote good songs. I’ll give it to omawumi again. Nigeria vocal power house. Doz lamenting over auto tune try listening to her oda songs. Nigeria has great talent but nt ready to write gud songs cos of commercial interests of the people. I read my case for now

  49. Nikki

    November 12, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Luv luv luv it..great job!

  50. Claudia

    November 12, 2015 at 4:06 am


  51. Hmmm...its just alright

    November 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Warri chick! Not bad at all. Her accent and too much reverb in places. Overall check out Joe Thomas’ version and Taps Mugadza’s version.

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