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Beninois star, Okine storms Nigeria with soukous
By Sun News Publishing
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Photo By : Sun News Publishing


She is simply Okine and she sings soukous. Real name, Kinsou Odette grew up in Nigeria under the watchful eyes of late Pa Oschofa of the Celestial Church of Christ, who married her sister.

As a teenager, Okine left Nigeria for Cotonuo, Republic of Benin where she had her secondary school education. After school, Okine went straight into music and became an instant celebrity.

She says: “I discovered my singing talent at the Celestial Church of Christ. I was then living with late Pa Oschofa, who married my sister.

In her late 20s, Okine has conquered the French-speaking West Coast with her style of soukous. “ I am well known in Cote d’voire and other French speaking countries. I have performed in many concerts in the West Coast. I once performed at the same venue in Abidjan with Tuface. Right now, Nigeria is my main target because it has the largest market in Africa.”

Okine released an album entitled “Ewa Wa Gnom” in 2003, which was accepted in all the Francophone countries. Recently, she performed at the Bukky Wright film premiere and she was a delight to watch.

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