"Recently, Afrobeat strived to remain on Nigeria's main-stream music,after the temporary vacation of Nigeria Reggae pioneers like Winning Jah, Empress Dqueen, Rymzo, Majek Fashek,blessed memory (Isaac Black), The Mandators,Ben Priest, Evi Edna Ogholi, from Nigeria music entertainment industry. The success of Reggae genre to hit Nigeria's mainstream music again, is no longer a Breaking news. Professionalism spiced with technicality of Winning Jah will be held accountable for the genre's victory.(Entertainment Reporter - Vanguard Newspaper)
Kingsley Eno Osagie popularly known by his stage name Winning Jah, is a Nigerian veteran Reggae musician, prolific songwriter,producer,multiple instrumentalist, record label CEO, human right activist and a Philanthropist. He was among the first Children’s reggae group, called “Emababa Reggae Group” to win “John player Gold leaf Awards”(1) for best reggae new acts 1989, the children’s reggae group was known for covering Bob Marley’s songs and later brought them national fame in Bendel State, now called Edo state (Nigeria), he was the lead vocalist, they consecutively performed in major social events, the group disbanded as parents diverted to various locations for work, he is mostly known for his songs like “Big Man”(2) released in the 90’s, to be banned for political unfriendly lyrics (3), “Deep Sea” peaked #3(4) on Amnesty International arms youtube channels music chart(5) for a week, while tracks like “To Whom It May Concern feat. Naxis Dg” peaked #1 on Reverbnation main Italian chart for weeks.(s) “Homeless World” peaked #1 on Reverbnation main Italian reggae chart(s) for months, this hit tracks were listed on his album “Nouveau Business” released in year 2016(s) . Rude Boy” was another single released as audio and video by VP Records arms VPAL,in 2017, to hit numerous Deejay mixtapes internationally, with high record sales world wide, his song “Trust” received positive reviews from various professional music critics, repeatedly aired on canadian radio stations to massive audience, like on “CJM Radio” and disc jockey mixtapes , it was also positively received by an iconic Nigeria most respected Disc jockey like “Dj Oscar b”(5)
Born in Kano State, northern part of Nigeria by Mr Bright .U.Osagie and Mrs Stella Osagie, he’s the 5th child of ten siblings, six brothers and four sisters, namely “Banks,Collins,Jacqueline,Elvis,Kingsley & Mercedes, Presley, Iyare, Wilson followed by Joy”. His biological father was a managing director (MD) at New Nigeria bank Plc, while his mother was a singer, entertainment professional , traditional ruler,Philanthropist,Entrepreneur and a official representative of Singer Corporation, she founded one of early knitting company in Nigeria, stationed in Benin city “Stella Best Knitters company Ltd”, he was raised in Benin City -Edo State and attended Edaiken Primary school, later got admission to Eweka Grammar School, he was notable member of music and press club, handling major cultural school events as a singer and percussionist with co students like “Amenaghawon Adesotu”, “Aghatise Osarobo”, and others. He contexted in current affairs quiz and won “Best student of the year“, “Father or Mother” which is more relevant? an interschool debate, sponsored by Ministry of Education (Bendel state) Titled (Kingsley Eno Osagie (Eweka grammar School) to defend Father, vs Clancy Omokaro (St Maria Goretti college) defending Mother, he also won, alongside a scholarship prize to further a free education, he proceeded to Immaculate conception college under the scholarship grant, finally progressed to University of Benin (U.N.I.B.E.N) and studied Business administration.(6)
He started music at the age of Six, as a member of a national children’s music group, called “Emababa Reggae Group” innovated by his mother, to be nominated as the group’s lead vocalist and later performed in schools, national days event, Birthday events, churches, etc. the group became notable for covering Bob marley’s songs and performed with percussions and recycled materials , mostly privileged to perform at important theatre centres like the international Ebohon theatre centre , the Edo State’s King’s Palace “King Erediauwa” to fuel national recognition of the group, his earlier age group performances provoked various award winning, catapulted him into stardom. his successful music life from youth , were firstly credited to his parents encouragements and moral support . his fame was acquired through comedy and music talent, that later inspired established merchants and companies to endorsement deals, using his image portraits to advertise product’s flyers like “Cabin biscuit“, “Stella pomade“, leading to other important honors as best traditional “òsaIkpema nèla” meaning (no flames without fire, (òsa) mean’s (gorilla) “using Gorillas chest beat ” to classify best sounds from percussionist) received from the ” 39th Oba of Benin City, Edo State (Nigeria). after winning the notable “John Player Gold leaf music award” for new reggae acts in the 80’s. while he’s group “Emababa reggae group’s“, victory and fame was mostly credited to Winning Jah.
he was also the innovator of his sub reggae genre, called “Emababa beat” Emababa means “Toyish” in benin language, a reggae genre spiced with some traditional musical notes, mostly used amongst musicians from Benin City- Edo State (Nigeria), He was inspired by Fela Kuti, Alpha Blondy,Osayomore Joseph, Baba Sissoko,Sir Victor Uwaifo,High Priest Osemwengie Ebohon, Peter Tosh, Ebo Taylors, Culture, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Bob Marley.
In 2008, month of November, he was arrested by the Italian Government and sentenced to three years imprisonment for accommodating illegal immigrants as his explanations or reasons was based on humanitarian services but unluckily his reasons was unachievable.
In the early 90’s, he professionally released his studio debut album “Big Man”(s1) featuring tracks like;
- Concept By – Fela Kuti
- Directed By – Collins Osagie
- Recorded By, Executive Producer – Lucky Unuaigbe
- Remix – Dj Oscar B
- Songwriter, Performer – Winning Jah
The album was in a vinyl format with a successful sales of 650,000 units in Benin city Enugu and Lagos state, by street hawkers and private music merchants, the album appeared massively on various deejay disco compilations, and aired on national radio stations, unfortunately the District police officer (DPO) “Okhoro Police Station” from the Nigerian Police Force, convocated his reasons of immediate ban, as regards to political unfriendly lyrics.(s1) (s2).The tragic weighed him down to vacate the entertainment scene temporarily to bounce back in 2014 with a new identity on stage with the stage name “RaPrince” later “Raseno” the efforts ended fiasco and he returned to his earlier act name “Winning Jah” which eventually beared him fruits worldwide.
In 2015 he collaborated with UNICEF and UN to fight corruption against fake International nonprofit associations working in Africa. During the campaign , he wrote and published a song, TO turn anthem, titled “To Whom It May Concern , composed and written by him, the lyrics were translated in three languages “English” “French” and “Italian” on the Video ,with copies deposited at National Library of Turin Italy. “To whom It May Concern” peaked on #1 at Italy Reverbnation reggae chart (The Italy Charts Change Location ) on the 10/02/2010 (s)
He is the Ceo of an indie record label named Enorecords Snc. , as a business oriented person, immediately he branded his name, he went into Agriculture deals, recently the director and founder of EnoGoAgric farms situated in Uhuonde local Govt area, the food initiative has given job opportunities to over 95 persons in the Ohuan village, alongside a guest house with over 150 apartments to support tourism in the local Government area.
In 2016 , he signed artists like Austin Peter to his record label “Enorecords”popularly known as King Wadada , Kora Award winner for best Africa Reggae 2010.
In late 2016, he condemned the famous act of injustice, religious crisis ,uncompromising muslim fundamentalist due to frequent terrorist attack, economic Churches in Nigeria and founded his religion “WinningJahrian” with over 700 practicing members, which initially adopted his philosophy and belief, with a consecutive growth daily, he converted from Rastafarian belief finally and created a sub rastafari religion “WinningJahrian” . In 2017, he converted over 1000 persons .(7)
Winning Jah preached to various Government officials like in European Parliament and Africa, to legalize marijuana, simply for religious and therapy use.(8) due to his concern on social illness and lyrics in his albums, he was honored as the recent “Nigeria King of Reggae”(9) (10)
He is the founder of Amc1d Aiutabambini Onlus, AMC1D PROJECTS INTERNATIONAL ONLUS,a global non profit organisation in Italy and Africa.
In 2001, he worked with blessed memory of Andrea Don Gallo, in the city of Genova Italy, were he directed community kitchen as a chef in Casa masoero , his relationship with the institutions became notable as he toured in streets and hospitals to support sick persons with music therapy, while on this trip, he quickly requested a licence to perform in the Tourist streets like “Milan Duomo“, “Acquario di Genova“, “Alba-Fiera di tartufo” “Firenze” and many more, were millions of Tourists from all over the world visited with no precise season, his Djembe street performance earnings created a massive “Afro Food Esotic alimentary Market” in one of the ancient streets of Pinerolo, called “Via Silvio Pellico 30” in Pinerolo city (Italy), the shop was first of its kind, being the first black rastaman to introduce Esotic African food market to the city, fueled curiosity and successfully generated incomes to be used in constructing new schools and renovating old schools in Africa, like in Mali, Nigeria, Cotonou (Republic of Benin) and Tema- Ghana, with the funds raised from street performance only.
He has promoted and donated thousands of free urine sacs for paralysed patients in West Africa, orthopedic kits and all important sanitary machines to various hospitals and individuals ( PWD) in West Africa, like in Republic of Mali, Republic of Benin, Federal Republic of Nigeria and many others. Since the year 2000, statiscally over 35,000 men and women in Nigeria only, has received micro finance support,in their new local markets or boosting old ones, as they attended his skill acquisition workshop of “Know how” techniques from Winning Jah. Over 3 thousand homeless families, victims of social illness from Europe and west Africa documented, received rented apartments and facilities to start up small scale business from Winning Jah, as a professional Djembe teacher, he has established over 150 free workshops for women and children as a second job opportunity, by empowering young willing people to buy musical or fabricated instruments after discovering the creativity in them.
In 2008, he decided to register a global Non governmental organization “Amc1d Projects International” after several years of running beneficiary programs, (A.M.C.1.D) is the acronym of “Association of Music and Culture 1 Dread” registered with the ministry of Finance in Italy. to become the umbrella body of over 100 branches globally as at 2014. and thousands of volunteers with majority of musicians, Doctors, entrepreneurs, Lawyers and other professional workers.
Winning Jah Quotation;
- Only ignorance knows the best on earth.
In various forums, he cited this quotations to disagree with the word “Best” as to choose best, you might have seen all in the essence of equal rights. he disagrees with the professionals who normally identifies best musicians while haven’t heard half of world ‘s artiste, various cultures , before decision is taken.
- Giving back is not an act of kindness but a religion.
He quoted this as one inspiration why he founded the “WinningJahrian” religion. as in it never comes easily to support the less privileged persons without a personal interest, but only few persons does, as a chronic philanthropist.
- It is advisable to put a trial closing your eyes while crossing major roads to discover the necessities of a physical blind man.
On this quotation, he intended difficulty.
- knowledge brings leadership and gaps brings eldership.
On this quotation, he intended Education and intellects
- To see heaven is to die now and to see hell is social illness.
On this quotation he intended practicals .
A physically blind person could lead Africa without mistakes but a technically, spiritually, intellectually blind, powered by egocentrism attitude could fuel a rapid drowning of Africa continent .
- Big Man (1990) [Debut Album]
- Nouveau Business (2016)
- Africa Inside Me (2017)
- Message (2018)
- Djembejazz (2014)
- To Whom It May Concern (2015)
- C KRIT(2016)
- Now I KNOW (Made In Africa version feat. Stephen Marley (2017))
- Rude Boy (2017)
- Chibok School Girls kidnapping (2017)
- EndTime (2018) ~ Paola Dondona (Editor)
Winning jah has performed both international and national important music tours, stealing reggae concerts , wehere listing roasters with co renowned artists like, “Jahcoustix” “RAPHAEL”, (S) Luciano Messenjah, Ky Mani Marley (s) “Baba Sissoko” (S) and many other mainstreams showcased alongside on main stages and also featured some in studio recordings. In 2008, he opened stage for blessed memory african music icon ” Miriam Makeba”, below is a short list of few artists he has worked with and collaborated with;