TY Bello Biography

TY Bello
TY Bello

TY Bello is a Nigerian born singer, singer, songwriter and photographer. She is best known for her singles Ekundayo, Greenland, This Man, Funmise and Freedom.

We’d be seeing TY Bello’s biography, date of birth, age, early life, family, parents, siblings, spouse, children, education, entertainment career, songs, albums, net worth, houses, cars, social media handles and everything else you’d love to know about her.

TY Bello Profile

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Full Name: Toyin Sokefun-Bello
Date of birth: 14th January, 1978
Age: 42 years
Parents: Remi Sokefun
Spouse: Kashetu Bello (married 2009)
Education: University of Lagos
Nationality: Nigerian
Occupation: Singer, songwriter, photographer
Genre: Gospel
Years active: 2003–present
Associated acts: Kush, Lara George, Tara Fela-Durotoye, M Sugh
Net Worth: $4 million

TY Bello Biography, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family, Education, Entertainment Career

Born on the 14th of January, 1978, TY Bello is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and photographer. She was a member of the now defunct gospel band Kush before splitting with them to become a solo artist.

TY Bello is best known for her singles Ekundayo, Greenland, This Man, Funmise and Freedom. She was born in Ogun State, Nigeria and has a degree in economics before practising journalism, and then moving into photography.
TY Bello came into limelight after becoming a member of the now defunct music group, KUSH (an acronym for Kinetically Ushering Salvation into Hearts and Homes).

Other members of the group included Lara George, rapper Emem Ema and Dapo Torimiro.
The group gained popularity in the early 2000s with their single, ‘Let’s Live Together’ and managed to release an album before disbanding.

She was also the official photographer to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan during his tenure in office and does work for Thisday fashion magazine. Toyin released her debut album, Greenland in 2008 and it was produced by Mosa Adegboye. The album reportedly took two years to develop.

She released her second album, The Future on the 19th of February, 2011 and it features cameo appearances from Tara Fela-Durotoye, Chude Jideonwo, Sound Sultan and Banky W. Her third album, The Morning Songbook was released on the 10th of October, 2014 for free download on Soundcloud and comprises of 10 tracks.

TY Bello is currently based in Lagos State and got married to Kashetu Bello in the year 2009.



In 2008, Bello released her debut studio album Greenland. It was produced by Mosa Adegboye and took two years to develop. The album earned her a Nigeria Music Award and a Sound City Award. Bello described the album as a journey of her everyday life. The album’s music embodies the themes of love, family and nation. Its title track is an inspirational song written to motivate Nigerians to liberate themselves from a place of despair to a place of hope.

2011–13:The Future, The Jubilee Collection and anti-rape campaign

Bello first revealed plans about her second studio album, The Future, while speaking to Ariya Today. The album was originally slated for release in 2011, and was ranked 12th on Nigerian Entertainment Today’s list of the 12 Albums to Buy in 2011. The singer said she worked with producer Mosa and recorded the album in a few months. 

On 19 February 2011, Bello released “The Future” as the lead single from the album of the same name. The song urges Nigerian youth to be the change they seek. The Kemi Adetiba-directed music video for “The Future” was released on 3 April 2011. It features cameo appearances from Tara Fela-Durotoye, Sound Sultan, Chude Jideonwo and Banky W.

Ore Fakorede gave the song a rating of 7 stars out of 10, adding that its “soft tribal drums, synths and a piano provide a vivid backdrop for TY to contrast her unmistakable voice against, and this she does brilliantly, bringing the poignancy in the song’s lyrics to life.

Dapo Osewa of Sahara Reporters described the video as “a narrative in itself that dares to capture the varying and boundless composition of emotion that is the face of the Nigerian.” Makeup brand House of Tara launched The Jubilee Collection, a limited edition line of makeup inspired by “The Future” single.

In October 2011, Bello was one of the celebrities featured in an eight-minute anti-rape video compiled by the Nigerian Ministry of Youth Development. The anti-rape video shed light on the victim of a gang rape at Abia State University in 2011. In December 2013, Bello released her single “Yahweh” featuring Wale Adenuga. The song features additional vocals from Nwando Okeke and Mosa. The first line of the song was written in 2004 during a photo-shoot.

2014:The Morning Songbook

On 10 October 2014, Bello released her third studio album The Morning Songbook for free digital download on SoundCloud. It was released without any promotion and comprises 10 tracks, including “Yahweh”, “Thirsty” and “Jesu Jesu”. The album features collaborations with M Sugh and Fela Durotoye. 

Udochukwu Ikwuagwu of the Breaking Times gave the album a rating of 7 out of 10, extensively stating, “TY Bello and Mosa deserve credit for the superb songwriting and production employed on this. At times, the vocal performance was bolstered by emotions rather than actual dexterity but the ease deployed by the back-up choristers made this ignorable. This project is one worth every dime even though it was given free; this project is one that will endure for a long while.”

2016:Olajumoke Orisaguna’s discovery

Bello was instrumental in the success of hairstylist/bread hawker Olajumoke Orisaguna whom she discovered in the background during a Lagos photo shoot with British rapper Tinie Tempah. After a makeover and professional photo session, Bello arranged for Orisaguna’s picture to appear on the cover of This Day’s Style magazine, and mother-of-two Orisaguna, who has since signed with an agency, is now a model.

Humanitarian work

TY Bello organises an annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphans in Nigeria. She is also the director of Link-a-child, an NGO dedicated to proliferating information on orphanages in Nigeria and seeking sponsorship on their behalf. In July 2011, TY Bello was honoured by the non-profit Communication For Change organisation in a five-part documentary film series titled RedHot.

TY Bello Net Worth

TY Bello is a top Nigerian singer and photographer. She is estimated to be net worth above $4 million.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with TY Bello on:

Instagram @TYBello
Twitter @TYBelloTweets

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