Samuel Onwubiko (born 25 October 1995), known by his stage name Limoblaze is a Nigerian Afro gospel, Afrobeat, and Hip-hop gospel singer. He is well known for the hit song “Jireh (My Provider)” which made it to the Billboard U.S Afrobeats Songs of 2022, Official Charts No. 15 and won several other nominations including The Headies and The Stellar Awards.
Early life and career
He is one of eight children born to Samuel and Nkechi Onwubiko in Abia State, Nigeria, and was brought up in Makurdi-Benue state. Aged 8 years, he discovered the songs of popular rappers such as Tupac, Eminem and 50 Cent and later came across Christian rappers such as Lecrae, the Ambassador, Andy Mineo, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Tedashii. This influenced him to become an Afro gospel, Afrobeat and Hip-hop gospel singer, songwriter, recording and performing artist. He studied Biochemistry at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria during which he joined the Day Star Church where his professional gospel musical career began.
He started his career officially as an independent and unsigned music recording artist and started with his first song titled “Memories” which he dedicated to his classmates after graduating from high school. After his first song, he went on to record other songs titled Grace, Unconditional, Wrong Ways, For the King which features an American rapper Los of (HGA), and So on. He likewise made some collaborations with gospel artists such as Ada Ehi, Travis Greene, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. as well as many others with various freestyle sessions. His Debut Album Blind was released in 2016 while his second album Before Now, was released in 2018, followed by Afrobeats Raps & Jesus released 2019, The Wait E.p in 2020 and he released his fourth studio joint album featuring Da’ T.R.U.T.H. titled Bridges, on 20 November 2020, which charted on trending spots on both local and international digital stores.
In July 2022, he released the hit single “Jireh (My Provider)” featuring Lecrae and Happi. The song made it to Billboard Year-End U.S. Afrobeats Songs of 2022.
Awards and recognitions
He received Crystal award nominations in three categories in 2015. In 2019, Limoblaze was nominated (alongside Tim Godfrey, Todd Dulaney, Osby Berry, Jonathan McReynolds, Chevelle Franklyn, Phil Thompson, Tasha Cobbs, Joe Mettle, and Koyrn Hawthorne) in the Premier Gospel Awards for Best International Act and on 11 May 2019 in London he was announced as winner. Limoblaze was also Afro Rap Artiste of Excellence in the 2019 African Gospel Music and Media Awards. He has been “Artist of the Week” on Nigeria’s Channels TV.
Parents and family
Limoblaze parents are Samuel Onwubiko (father) and Nkechi Onwubiko (mother).
Limoblaze was born to Samuel and Nkechi Onwubiko on 25th October, 1995 and was brought up along with his seven siblings in Makurdi-Benue state.
Limoblaze has seven siblings if both brothers and sisters. He was born into a Christian family of Igbo origin. Both his father and mother are of Igbo origin.
Limoblaze is currently married to his beautiful wife, Favour Emma.
Limoblaze proposed to Favour Emma in September 2021. They got married in April 2022.
His wife, Favour Emma is a well respected writer and poet in her own right while also doubling as a blogger.
Limoblaze and his wife Favour Emma has no kids at the moment.
Limoblaze has an estimated net worth of around $2 million – $5 million.
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