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Abiodun Koya - The Nigerian Operatic Soprano Singer

Abiodun Orinayo Koya who was born on the 22nd of December 1980 is a Nigerian-born classical and operatic singer based in the United States. Koya was born to a musical family in Ijebu-Ode, in Nigeria's Ogun State, the last of five children, Koya's father introduced classical music to his youngest daughter at the age of three. Within a few years, Koya began playing the violin and singing. Koya left Nigeria in 2001 for the United States, where she studied Business Management at the University of the District of Columbia. She went on to pursue a graduate degree in music at Catholic University, in Washington D.C. It is important to also note that Koya is fluent and literate in Yoruba.


One of very few professionally trained opera singers of African origin, Koya is called the Presidents' and Kings' singer: having performed for Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire, and at such places as the White House, the US Presidential inauguration, and the Democratic National Convention.


In 2021, Koya authored a book of 30 of her poems, titled, "The Moods of a Goddess." Koya was the only African and opera singer to be featured on BET's gospel series, Bobby Jones Gospel.


Koya's non-profit, The Abiodun Koya Foundation, engages in mentorship activities for at-risk children in Nigeria and the US through her Music Literacy Program Initiative. Her charity organization also provides scholarships to young girls in many sub-Saharan African countries and supports incarcerated women throughout Nigeria.



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