Simi: Biography, Career and Awards

More than half the country would a trivia asking them to correctly name the title of Simi’s first song. Want to try it? give it a go. If your answer isn’t “Ara Ile” you are wrong.


Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (born April 19, 1988), professionally known and referred to as Simi, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She was born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, as the last of four children. She revealed that she grew up as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was 9. She attended Stars International College, a secondary school in Ikorodu, Lagos State. The Afropop superstar is an alumnus of Covenant University, where she studied Mass Communication. She is married to Alt Artiste, Adekunle Gold, and they had a surprising — albeit a very secretive — wedding this year.


Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir. She wrote her first song at the age of 10. Her professional musical career started in 2008 after the release of her début studio album Ogaju, which consisted of a variety of songs such as “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile”. The album was produced entirely by Samklef.

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In January 2014, Simi released an EP titled Restless which gained her new grounds and further earned her a record deal with X3M Music. The EP contains a 5-track cover of popular songs by international acts like Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”. Simi released two singles titled “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny”, with the former receiving massive airplay and accepted generally among music critics. The video for “Tiff” was released on August 30, 2015, and directed by Josh Clarke. The song went on to be nominated in the “Best Alternative Song” category at the 2015 edition of The Headies.

Apart from singing and songwriting, Simi is also a sound engineer. She is credited to have mixed and mastered Adekunle Gold’s Gold album which was released in July 2016. Her music style is basically hinged in the rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop genre of music.


  • The Headies
  • Nigeria Entertainment Award
  • City People Entertainment Award
  • Nigerian Teen Choice Award

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