About | Bouqui Last updated(October, 2019)
Bukola Folayan Aka Bouqui is a renowned Nigerian Sultry rap singer and gospel act. Her passion for music has driven her to produce amazing, inspirational and powerful word impacting songs going by the way she preaches the gospel through her lyrics.
Biography - Bukola Folayan (Bouqui)
Bouqui was born in Nigeria(Osun State) by Mr. HRH OBA (prof) Ololade Folayan 1st and Mrs . Folayan She happens to be the fourth in a family of a boy and five girls.
Her father happens to be a Professor of Biochemistry, her mother a Professional teacher and this has served as a big influence for her deep lyrical style and cosmopolitian outlook, she alongside her other five siblings grew up in an academic atmosphere of the Obafemi Awolowo University(Ile-Ife).
She was born into a musical family. When she was young, she had a family group called The Afolayan family singers where she went about singing and having fun.
Her stage name Bouqui started in the University, where she started an all-girls group called the (Gospel Vibes) also known as G-Vibes. Overtime, she became the only consistent member of the group, as the name stuck and people started calling her G-Vibes on campus.So when she decided to take her solo career seriously, she needed a different stage name and that was how the name Bouqui stuck.
Bouqui studied International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy(OAU, Ile-Ife), she also did courses in broadcasting in Lagos and became a professional broadcaster in 2002 at Eko Fm where worked till 2008. She quit there because she was travelling a lot and didn't want to be distracted.
PERSONAL LIFE - BOUQUI
Bouqui is not married yet, but she will do that soon when she finds the right person to be her husband.
MUSICAL CAREER - BOUQUI
After quitting her G-Vibes group back then in school she decided to go solo and changing her style to suit urban contemporary Nigeria and still deliever in terms of message and emotion.
Fall of 2007, she released the self-titled Album B.O.U.Q.U.I which contained a record breaking 17 tracks, the highest by any debutante in the Nigerian music industry. The Album in less than a week featured at number one on several Chart Shows, Radio and Tv.
In 2010, Her sophomore album titled REDEFINITION mixed mastered in the Uk showcasing a more focused lady blossoming into a woman. The video for the elading single "MO RI LE" premiered on the same day the record label, BOUQUIs Place Entertainment was officially launched.
She recorded history again with the release of the first ever Double album by a female artist in Africa. She is the only female artist with 4 albums across the globe. In July 2015, she released a single titled "UNSTOPPABLE", In July 2017, she dropped another single titled "UNDERGROUND". She was in the studio recently where she recorded her 5th body of work in Los Angeles, California where she now resides and will be back on tour once the album is done.
Her Recent song is titled DEMO which featured fast rising artist Angeloh.
bouqui album titled Marks of a General featured songs like: Celebrate, Church Girl Swag, Ebujo, Emi Leilei, One King and Sitting on Top.
Bouqui awards include:
BEST FEMALE ACT, AMEN Awards 2007
BEST ACT and BEST VIDEO, WIEA (Women in Entertainment and Arts)Awards UK, 2009.
BEST CHANGE AGENT, CAA (Change Agents Awards) 2010.
BEST ACT and BEST VIDEO, WIEA (Women in Entertainment and Arts)Awards UK, 2010.
BEST HIP-HOP ACT, KGA (Kingdom Gospel Awards) 2011.
BEST FEMALE ARTIST, KGA (Kingdom Gospel Awards)2011.
MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTIST, NEXT GEN Awards 2011.
BEST FEMALE RAP ACT, CRYSTAL Awards, 2012.
CRUSADERS AWARD for EXCELLENCE 2012.
BEST MAINSTREAM VIDEO, NMVA (NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO) Award 2010.
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE, SCEPTERS Awards 2012.
BEST HIP-HOP MUSIC VIDEO, NGMWVA (Nigerian Gospel Music Video Awards) 2013.
BEST RAP VIDEO, NGMVA (Nigerian Gospel Music Video Awards) 2014.
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