Muma Gee

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Gift Iyumame Eke (née Uwame; born 18 November 1978), professionally known as Muma Gee  meaning "do good Gift", is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, fashion designer, television personality and politician. She was born, raised, and resides in Port Harcourt. Uwame's first taste of stardom came through her song "Kade", which became the title track of her first official album, released in 2006. The single's accompanying music video directed by Wudi Awa, received five nominations, including two from the AMEN Awards (Best Picture and Best Costume) and one each from the Nigerian Music Video Awards, the Headies Awards, and the Sound City Music Video Awards.

Uwame rose to prominence in 2010 as a contestant on the celebrity edition of Nigerian reality TV series Gulder Ultimate Search.Prior to entering the show, she had worked on her second studio album The Woman in Question, that would be released a day after her eviction."Amebo" and "African Juice" were the two singles released from the album. Uwame had also collaborated with artists and producers such as Samini, VIP, OJB, Cobhams Asuquo and Terry G, among others. In 2009, she was nominated for four awards at the 3rd Nigerian Music Video Awards. In early 2012, Uwame started work on a new album called Motherland and has since released singles "Port Harcourt Is Back", "African Woman Skilashy" and "Jikele". As an actress, she starred in the Nollywood films Last Dance (2006), Solid Affection (2008), Secret Code (2011)] and The Code (2011). Among her accomplishments are numerous titles and honours such as, Oonyon 1 of Upata Kingdom, Queen of African music, Pop Queen, and Mrs. Ngor-Okpala.

Uwame's social life and alleged relationships have gained widespread coverage in the media, with the most prominent being her emotional affair with former GUS campmate Emeka Ike. In 2011, Uwame married actor Prince Eke, and gave birth to a twin boy and girl, on 18 April 2014.

Early life

Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to parents of Ekpeye group of Igbo tribe, Uwame grew up in a strict Christian household, the third of six children. Her father, who was involved in Military Medicine, died when she was a child.After her father's demise, Uwame was raised by her mother. At age four, she joined the local choir at her church, The Seventh-day Adventist. It was there that she began to realise her musical talent and potential. Upon finishing her primary and secondary school education in Abuja, Uwame enrolled at the University of Port Harcourt and earned a degree in Theatre Arts. In addition to her academic background, she owned and operated numerous other businesses including vehicle leasing company, restaurant, tailor shop and beauty salon. She also became part of Port Harcourt's burgeoning music scene, performing at nightclubs and inner city bars.

Politics

In October 2014, Muma Gee officially announced her intent to run for a seat in the federal House of Representatives via the Ahoada East–Abua–Odual constituency in Rivers State. She initially registered to run as a member of the Rivers State People's Democratic Party but later switched allegiance to the Labour Party, becoming the party's nominee for the seat.While elaborating on the reasons for her decision to join politics, Muma Gee described the move as the appropriate means to "liberate her people" who she says deserves representation that is qualitative and has their best interest in mind.

She was defeated at the federal election by Betty Apiafi, who ran as a PDP candidate and who has represented the constituency since 2007.

Personal life

Uwame lives in Port Harcourt with her actor husband, whom she has been happily married to since 2011. They are both devout Christians and did not participate in courtship.

As of 18 April 2014, they had two children, a twin boy and girl, whom they named Chika and Chisa Eke. Her third child and second daughter in 28 months, Okwuluoka, was born on the same day as her father Prince Eke on 18 August 2016.

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