Exactly one year after Emma Nyra quit Made Men Music Group as the first lady of the record label – owners Iyanya and Ubi Franklin have replaced her with another chocolate skinned beauty named Tonye Garrick.
In April 2015, news went viral that Emma Nyra left MMG over reports of physical and emotional abuse from Ubi, whom she allegedly dated during her stint with the record label.
Few months after the saga played out in the media, Ubi wedded his wife Lilian Esoro – who’s currently pregnant with their first child.
With no love lost between Emma and Ubi – the label CEO has quickly found a replacement for her. He announced the new addition via the company’s Instagram page today.
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Iyanya also posted a press release announcing Tonye’s arrival to the group. Via his IG page, he wrote:
“Tonye is a Musical Artist, Songwriter and Creative who has taken the African music industry by storm with her ultra-sensational, sultry vocals and lyrics
“Born in England, Tonyé spent most of her childhood and adult years in Paris, Nigeria, and Washington, DC.
“From a very young age, she had already begun forging her musical path as she dabbled in dance and theatrical arts both in and outside of school. After obtaining a Bachelors’ degree in International Business & Fashion Merchandising from Marymount University, she did a stint in Corporate America. While she reached many heights in her corporate career, her love for music pushed her to reignite her childhood passion.
“In 2009, she took a leap of faith and set her sights on achieving her musical dreams. She auditioned for several music reality shows featured on major networks, including Pop stars 2, MTV’s Making the Band and many others. After the challenges of these experiences, she decided to carve out her own place in the music and performing arts industry.
“In 2010, she sang an emotional accapella titled “What About Us,” which captured the hearts of many, and was later used for the Nigerian Youth Presidential debate in 2011. The opportunity emerged as a new beginning for Tonyé; as it allowed her to fully immerse herself into recording her own music. #typeofwoman #mademenacademy #talent.”