Onyeka Onwenu is a multi talented artiste whose work as a singer/songwriter has earned her a place in the ‘Hall Of Fame’ of Nigeria’s best known and admired musicians. In a career spanning over 32 years, she has recorded some of Nigeria’s most memorable hits, and has collaborated with artistes including King Sunny Ade. She was awarded the Nigerian national honour Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), and plays ‘Developmental Music’, often raising awareness about social issues related to peaceful coexistence, family planning and the well being of women and children.
As an actress, Onyeka Onwenu’s contribution to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry has earned her widespread recognition, including the prestigious AMAA Award. As a journalist, she wrote and presented the widely acclaimed 1984 BBC/NTA production Nigeria: A Squandering of Riches. It remains the definitive film about corruption in oil rich Nigeria.
Onwenu is a graduate of Wellesley College, Massachusetts and the New School for Social Research in New York. She worked as a Tour Guide at The United Nations in New York before returning to Nigeria, where she has lived and worked since 1980, as an artiste, social critic and politician, campaigning for financial autonomy for Local Government Administration. She is a mother of two sons, Tijani and Abraham Ogunlende.