Profile of Fast Rising Afro Soul Artiste- Obanla IBM

by Jun 23, 2021Bio & Profiles, Star Profiles

Quick Stats

  • Real Names: Obanla Micheal Ibidapo
  • Stage Name: Obanla Ibm
  • Date of Birth:  November 1st 1996
  • Place of Birth: Igbesa, Ogun state
  • Occupation: Artist, Music Producer and Sound Engineer.
  • Genre: Afrobeat, Afro-soul and Trap
  • Years Active: 2016- Till Present
  • Collaborations: 
  • Social Media Handles: Instagram/Twitter@obanlaIbm
  • Inspirations & Role Models: Brymo
  • Favorite Color: White and Black
  • Favorite Food: Bean and plantain

Born Michael Ibidapo Obanla in Igbesa Ogun State Nigeria; he had his post-primary education in Iju Grammar school.

Then proceeded to the National Open University of Nigeria. for his tertiary education.

Growing up in a family with strong Christian views; this truly shaped his character and outlook to life.

He started out singing in the choir. It could be easily deigned that this was where he got his first exposure as an Artist.

Musically, it was not yet Uhuru for him owing to the strict upbringing he was exposed to: hear him-

It wasn’t that easy though, Imagine a child who was raised by a very strict teacher, I didn’t really have the freedom to do most things I was ought to do as a child.

I wasn’t given full support at first when I started music professionally, all they wanted is to just go to school, so I was just doing music secretly, until the day my Dad saw my picture on stickers around the hood, that was the day I won his heart and gained his full support

Known for his signatory tunes, laid-back vocals, and lyrics that come with some impeccable finesse, Obanla IBM asserts that his musical genre could be regarded as Afro-soul.

Being a hard worker, Obanla IBM has dropped some iconic sounds, and below is a list of his songs:


MusicYear of Release
Ghetto Boyz2017
Trust Nobody2018
Million Dreams2019

Currently working on an EP he tagged “Tabula Rasa slated to be released sometime in August, below is a full list of songs that will make the EP.

Tabula Rasa - The EP

Featured Tracks
The Future
Tabula Rasa Guluso
Happy for Life

When asked the meaning of the word “TABULA RASA”, he explains:

Tabula Rasa means- an opportunity to start afresh without prejudice

Awards & Nominations

Naijaloaded Next to BlowWon

A man of many parts, know this aside music, he doubles as a Sound Engineer as well as a Producer.

Some of his favorite quotes include:

I will never stop the risk of success until my better comes to best

Nothing laudable built on a platter of Gold, it requires hard works and time dedication

This Body crooner has shown that he is indeed made of sterner stuff, This EP is one helluva compilation that will set him many leagues ahead and quite profoundly to where he truly belongs- The Stars.

His love for the arts is truly one so emulating, his Illustrious Blackman Music label is an attestation to that.

Obanla IBM is an act ready to strut his stuff and take his act global; so let’s watch out for this young musical Icon of our age as he rises to the top of the Vocal/Lyrical food chain!

Written By chinemere onuekwusi

Chinemere Onuekwusi is just a dude who writes on pretty much every topic that relates to small business, blogging, Music, Films and conscientious issues. He enjoys reading, traveling and he's a helluva technology enthusiast.

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