Theresa Chizeberum Onuorah simply known by her stage name Theresa Onuorah is a Nigerian-born Igbo highlife musician and composer. She hails from Anambra State, Nigeria. She is a big custodian of the “Egwu Egedege” genre of Igbo traditional music.
Early Life and Career
Theresah Onuorah was born in Unubi, Nnewi South, Anambra State in the 60s. Her current age is not known but a close estimate puts it at late 50s.
Theresa Onuorah started singing at a young age and would later form her Egedege troop and together they toured several parts of Eastern Nigeria and beyond.
Egedege is a sub-genre of Igbo highlife music. The Egedege sound is known for its use of the oja (flute) and drums, ekwe and udu to create danceable music. It is said that the Egedege has a way of making even a lame man jump to his feet to offer respect to his ancestors.
Egedege music was very popular in Anambra State from the 70s to the 90s, and not just for the mesmerizing sound but also for the elaborate Egedege dance.
Egedege performers are invited to big occasions like weddings or the funeral of a wealthy individual to perform. Egedege dancers who are mostly boys would leave home and not return for days till the occasions they were booked are over. Those whose parents did not support their dancing would have to sneak out.
Theresa Onuorah hit mainstream headlines in October 2021 following her collaboration with singers, Larry Gaaga, Phyno and Flavour N’abania in the song titled “Egedege”.
The song met positive reception among lovers of Igbo traditional music and the group have been praised for bringing the charm of Egedege music to the fore.
Family (Husband and Children)
Theresa Onuorah is happily married to her lovely husband Godwin Igboebisi. They have been together for several years and have grown-up children together.
Theresa Onuorah’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $250, 000 – $1.4 million (net worth estimated in 2021).
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