Gospel Artiste of the Week: ONOS ARIYO

Welcome to our wonderful segment where you get tit-bits of all you need to know about our gospel artistes. We bring to you a very notable female gospel artiste who is also a true worshiper of God… Onos Ariyo!

Onoriode Ebiere Ariyo professionally known as Onos Ariyo is a Nigerian-based singer and songwriter. She is best known for her popular song “Alagbara” which was written & produced by Nigerian Music Producer Wilson Joel who is also referred to as “musicmagnate” . In September 2018, she was listed in the Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD).

Onos was born in Delta State in Southern Nigeria where she had her primary and secondary school education after which she gained admission to the Delta State University, Abraka where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French.  She had begun singing while she was in primary school; being a part of different choirs and groups before she moved to Lagos in 2004 where she began recording her first official single, “Dance” produced by FLO.

Sequel to the successful release of her debut single “Dance”, Onos has gone on to headline several gospel concerts in Nigeria, including The Experience – Lagos, which has been described as the biggest gospel concert in the world, where she has shared the stage with a number of notable international gospel artistes, including Travis Greene, Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin.
In 2010, Onos released her debut album, Keep Moving, which featured the songs Dance and Na Your Love as well as Jamaican International gospel singer, Chevelle Franklyn.

Her big break came with the release of her 2014 album No Limits, which featured the break out hits Alagbara and Everything Has Changed. The success of the album, as well as the single Alagbara, led to her nomination for several awards in the Gospel category. In 2015, she became the Nigerian coordinator for the Women of African Origin in Music Ministry (WAOMM), under which platform she mentors and nurtures up-coming female gospel artistes.

Since 2012, Onos has convened the For the Love of the Season, a music and style scene show that brings together the fashion and music industry and in 2018, she began hosting a monthly live worship event titled B R E A T H E. In 2017 she released her third studio album, Songs from the Place of Prayer to rave reviews and on the 28th of July 2019, she released her fourth studio album, Breathe on music streaming service Boomplay.

Onos has been nominated for a number of awards since her debut into the music industry. In 2012 she won the award for the Best Female Vocalist at the Nigeria Gospel Music Awards as well as at the Crystal Awards in 2013. In 2015, she won the Wise Women Awards in the Woman in Music category and Female Gospel Artist Of  The Year Eloy Awards in the same year.  She won the Female Artist of Excellence Award at the African Gospel Music Awards AGMMA in the UK in 2018 and in August 2018, Onos was hosted, alongside other MIPAD honorees by the Nigerian stock exchange at the Gong closing ceremony tagged “Celebration of Excellence”. The event also had in attendance former Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo. She is married to Kunmi Ariyo and they have two children.

Her Albums are as follows:

  • Keep Moving(2010) which includes: Dance and Na Your Love
  • No Limit(2014) which includes: Alagbara and Everything has Changed
  • Songs From The Place Of Prayer(2017) which includes: Jehovah Ebenezer, You Are Wonderful featuring Preye, Oghene Me, Call His Name and Have Your Way.


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