MONICA ENE OGAH is of Benue State/middle Belt Nigeria Descent, and the last of six siblings. She grew up under strict Christian parents and became very involved in the junior church choir from a very tender age of seven. Her mother was a choir mistress in the women’s department of the church choir. Over her teenage years, MONICA grew into the senior choir as a lead vocalist.
She attended primary and secondary schools in Makurdi, and later got involved in lending her vocals to various upcoming/established artists as a backup singer. In 2009, she auditioned for the second season of MTN Project Fame West Africa. She was short listed but never called back. Young Monica remained relentless. She discovered and developed her penchant for song writing and began composing for local talents in Benue. Taraba and Abuja.
In 2010, she gained admission into the School Of Nursing in Makurdi, and had gone half way into her second year training to join the medical field when she auditioned for the fourth season of Project Fame. This time, she was recalled and short listed amongst the last eighteen contestants to go into the Fame Academy. From here Monica took a leap of faith. She deferred her admission and joined the prestigious Fame Academy.
For the next ten weeks, she lived under strict tutelage from the Faculty comprising voice coaches, choreography , dance and performance routines, inspirational visits and sessions with established musicians and music business service providers, tough rehearsal drills etc. Her rendition of tuface Idibia’s classic “Only Me” was her most memorable performance and secured her a great level of followership and acceptance during the show.
In December 2011 Monica won the fourth edition of Project Fame West Africa, alongside the hearts of millions of Nigerians who grew to love the vibrant and homely Idoma princess. Her prizes included the sum of N2.5mm cash, a 2011 Rav 4 and an album production deal to cater to her album recording, plus music videos.
Currently, she is finalizing her debut album which boasts of production from notable producers like Tee.Y. Mix, Del B, Suspect, J.Sleek, wizboyy AND Legendury Beatz etc. Her current single is titled BODY HUG! a feel good high life love masterpiece produced by acclaimed hit maker Wizboyy. The video was directed by award winning cinematographer Clarence Peters. Her album is nearing completion and scheduled to be released by the end of the year.
Her musical influences include Beyonce Knowles (Vocal range),Brandy (harmonies), Onyeka Onwenu and Omawunmi (style) and Tiwa Savage (song writing)