Esanland is a gifted land with a lot of sons and daughters excelling in and outside the country.
Many have grown to become footballers, Music arts and recognized personnel,
In this post, we are going to be revealing to you “10 Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From Esanland”.
10 Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From Esanland
- Joe Praise
- Nancy Isime
- Viktoh YBNL
- Alex Usifo
- Odion Ighalo
- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
- Helen Paul
- Ehiz The Dada Boy
- Charles Inogie
1. Joe Praise
Joseph Ebhodaghe popularly known as Joe Praise is a Nigerian Gospel singer, songwriter, and Director. He rose to fame after the release of his hit song “Mighty God”.
What you didn’t know about Joe Praise is that he is from Esanland and was born into a family of 9.
He, however, studied Social Work & Administration in UniJos. And later joined Christ embassy where he is a worship and praise leader.
If you have heard of the song “Miracle Papa”, that is one of his latest tracks.
2. Nancy Isime
If you are a fan of HipTV then you must have seen Nancy Isime. She is the presenter of the HipTV trendy show.
Nancy Isime is from Esanland, she, however, studied Social Works at the University of Lagos
And later won the Miss Valentine International beauty pageant, and finished second in the Miss Telecoms Nigeria beauty contest.
Nancy has been seen in numerous Nollywood movies and was voted City People Entertainment Award VJ of the Year.
3. Viktoh YBNL
Viktoh whose real name is Victor is a singer and currently signed to YBNL (owned by Olamide). Viktoh is from Esan language and schooled here in Esan.
If you have heard of the word “Yahoo boy no laptop” then Viktoh should ring.
Ever since joining YBNL Viktoh has released some cool hits and most of them saw him singing with the Esan language.
One of his hit songs is “Me and my guys” where is constantly used his local dialect Esan to take a few verses.
4. Alex Usifo
Alex Usifo is a Nollywood Actor known to have played key roles in a lot of Nigerian movies.
Alex hails from Esanland and attended St. John Bosco’s Grammar School, Ubiaja. From there, he started working at NTA Benin [then Midwest Television]. He was part of the crew that covered FESTAC ’77 for BON [Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria].
Alex Usifo is now a DR. degree holder, gotten from the Babcock University.
Gifty is one of the fastest growing Esan singer and songwriter as of recent.
Some of his songs have been seen playing on top music channels such as HipTV, MTVbase etc.
Gifty is from Esanland, and he definitely makes our list of the top 10 famous esan celebrities.
6. Odion Ighalo
Odion Jude Ighalo popularly known as Ighalo is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai and the Nigerian national team.
Though confirmed to be an Esan born, he is however rumored to be from Ekpoma.
While playing for Watford in England, Odion Ighalo was named Premier League player of the month due to his outstanding performance.
7. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Not quite the music and movie celebrities but is indeed famous in Nigeria and around the World.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, is the founder and owner of the Believers love world also known as Christ Embassy.
His platform has equipped a lot of singers e.g Sinach, Ada, Frank Edward, Joe Praise etc.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is from Esan was born into a Family of pastors and thus far he is indeed a great pastor.
8. Helen Paul
Helen Paul is a comedian, singer, and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that made her sound like a child.
One of her big acts is the pulling of weavon on stage. Helen is seen as presenters on TV programmes, such as Jara. Also seen as Hosts to shows and she is a stand-up comedian.
Have featured in shows like AYlive, etc.
9. Ehiz The Dada Boy
Okoeguale Ehizojie Popularly known as Ehiz The Dada Boy is a VJ and presenter for MTV Base.
He has been seen in numerous live shows coverage and as of recent, he is one of the most popular VJs in Nigeria.
Ehiz has also featured in numerous music videos from famous Nigerian acts.
And what you didn’t know is that Ehiz the Dada boy is from Esanland.
10. Charles Inogie
Charles Inojie is from a royal family. He started his career working as an assistant movie director before venturing full time into acting and movie directing.
Charles is one of the best Nollywood Actors currently in Nigeria and he is known for his dramatic roles in comedy movies.
If you have watched the Johnsons on DSTV/GOTV then you must have known Charles Inogie as “Lucky”.
That’s our list of Top 10 Famous Celebrities from Esanland you probably did not know. We believe the Obhiaba Team have done a great job, Please share.
Watch out for
Aiyegbeni Justice is an upcoming artist yet to be signed into a record label but however, his fame is growing tremendously and you sincerely have to watch out for him.
Moses Ihende Jr. Popularly known as HouseLaw is a fast-rising musician from Esan land.
HouseLaw graduated from Ambrose Alli University and while in AAU became the most popular student due to his outstanding music tracks which always reflected the lifestyle of the students.
Some of his greatest hits include “AAU no be beans, Prayer for Mark Zuckerberg”
Badman Del Rossie.
Talk of dedication and hard work, you have got to talk about Badman del Rossie.
Irabor Emmanuel is an Esan boy and constantly seen to release hit tracks. One of his recent release rossie which you can download here.
Thanks and that will be all! – Watch out for our next post.