Award- winning gospel artiste
Gospel singer and songwriter, El Mafrex, holds the record of the first black man to win the Scottish New Music Award, SNMA.
El Mafrex ( real name Mfreke Okon Ibanga) made the mark by winning the Artiste of the Year and U Recording of the Year at the 2012 SNMA. He was also nominated for Best Gospel Act consecutively at the 2012 and 2013 editions of Music of Black Origin(MOBO) Award.
His song ‘Jehovah’ which features the Christian Rock band, Royal Foundling, had more than 500,000 hits in the first five month of its release on YouTube. He released ‘That Man From Galilee’ in the first quarter of 2013, which debuted at number 49 on the iTunes UK Chart for Gospel and had over a million hits on YouTube in its first six months.
Mfreke began his career by forming a boy band called Men of Destiny, MOD, in 2001. With him as Lead Vocalist, the band toured Nigeria, playing at Gospel Music concerts and in churches. The band gave birth to Destiny Kids and MOD Dancers. He later formed another group, Da Grooves with two friends while at the University of Uyo where he studied Physics.
He started a solo career in 2004 and in 2005 won the Artiste of the Year at University of Uyo Students Union Government award.
In 2013, he led the praise worship session at the Guinness Book of Records monitored Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols.
Mfreke attended the Nigeria Millitary School, Zaria, the University of Uyo where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and the Edinburgh Naper University, Edinburgh, Scotland for a Master’s degree in Informations Systems Development.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates an award winning Gospel singer.