Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk (popularly known by his first name Iyanya) is Nigerian pop artist. He was born in Calabar, Nigeria on 31 October 1986. He started as a singer in the children's choir in his local church, becoming the choir master.
In 2008, he lost both his parents. In the same year he won singing talent show MTN Project Fame and recorded his debut album, ahead of later renowned singers Praiz and Omawumi. 'My Story', his debut album, was not the breakout album he perhaps expected.
His breakthrough came after the release of 'Kukere', which became an International megahit. It was so popular it was featured on the UK programme Britain's Got Talent, as danced to by a contestants.
'Kukere' was released along with several other songs on Iyanya's sophomore album, 'Desire' in 2013. The album also had the popular 'Ur Waist' and 'Flavour'. After that album, Iyanya and erstwhile producer D'Tunes parted. His third album 'Applaudise' was released in 2015.
In 2016, it was announced that Iyanya was joining Don Jazzy's Mavin Records, a surprise to many because Iyanya was co-owner of MMMG, his former label. The new deal saw the release of an 8-track EP 'Signature' in 2017.