Kukere master,Iyanya rocks the latest cover star for Man Magazine, a magazine aimed at profiling the sexiest men alive.Sexy ‘Mr Oreo, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, graces the cover of Man magazine with every bit of the energy he shows off on stage and an amazing personality.
Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk simply known as Iyanya was born on October 31, 1986. Iyanya is a Nigerian singer, recording artist, performer and songwriter who sings inboth English and Efik. Iyanya is fromCalabar in Cross River state, Nigeria.
His parents are both late, they both died in 2008. His Mother while she was alive was a headmistress while his dad was a forester.Like many other celebrities around the world, Iyanya’s musical affiliation began in his local church as he was the choirmaster at the children’s section of his church when he was just 5years old.
Iyanya did his Primary and Secondary Education in Calabar, in Cross River State and subsequently bagged a degree in Business Management at the University of Calabar.
Iyanya’s major influences in music came from American Hiphop artist, R Kelly andBritish Singer, Craig David. Iyanya was however gingered to go into the music industry after watching the celebrity lifestyle of Olu Maintain and 2Face Idibia.
Iyanya shot into limelight when he won the MTN Project Fame singing competition in 2008. Iyanya’s participation at the competition actually propelled him further into his musical career.
Iyanya’s name means desire and that was the name he wanted to use at the MTN project fame, but the name was rejected and he was asked to use a Nigerian name and that made him to stick to his real name Iyanya.
Iyanya however confesses that as Desire, he was just an R&B guy with a great voice, who took time to write music and talk about his feeling but unfortunately he was not making enough money to foot his bills because very few people appreciated him as Desire as he had to beg for shows and hustle for everything.
But as Iyanya, he is a global brand who is accepted by all and has made enough money to foot all his bills and take good care of himself.
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