Disc Jockey, Entertainment Mogul
Who is Mr Prince Ekenyo Mohammed Omieh?
He hails from Bayelsa State, specifically from Odioma community in Brass Local Government Area. Notably, his father was the renowned and esteemed late King Cadbury George Omieh Igoni XXI, who served as the Amayanabo of Odioma Kingdom.
His early education in the early 1970s was quite mobile, owing to his family’s circumstances. Due to his father’s job, which required frequent relocation, he had to switch between urban and rural settings to pursue his primary education. His father’s work didn’t have a fixed location, so he accompanied his dad while continuing his primary education journey.
He began his primary schooling at the Township School on Moscow Road in Port Harcourt. Later, he briefly attended St. Peter’s Primary School in Odioma community. Ultimately, he enrolled at the renowned St. Luke’s School in Nembe, where he completed his First School Leaving Certificate.
Subsequently, he gained admission to Nembe National Grammar School (NNGS) for his secondary education. Later, he transferred to Enitona High School in Borokiri, Port Harcourt, and successfully completed his secondary education in 1985.
Following his secondary education, young Ekenyo developed a strong interest in soccer. He displayed considerable talent on the football field and actively participated in Port Harcourt football events during the late 1980s. His skills were recognized, and he secured a position as a player with the Niger Delta Basin and Rural Development Authority Football Club.
His abilities even earned him an invitation from the Nigeria Youth Fund Lagos league to take part in a nationwide football event. However, despite his promising start in football, his career was marred by frequent injuries that he sustained, which ultimately forced him to reconsider his path.
In the mid-1980s, recognizing that soccer wasn’t the right fit for him due to his recurring injuries, he decided to embark on a new journey. He shifted his focus to learning the intricacies of music and the art of being a disc jockey in Port Harcourt.
In his pursuit of becoming a skilled DJ, DJ Ekenyo found himself in the company of fellow students like DJ Gerere Feberisima, also known as DJ Dreg, and DJ Jude Tabai. This was around 1986 when he completed his training. Following his graduation as a DJ, he and his friends landed positions as resident DJs at the renowned Radio Rivers FM 99.1 in River State, Port Harcourt.
During their time at Radio Rivers, DJ Ekenyo and his friends left a significant mark on the station, injecting it with vibrant vibes and impeccable mixes that drew a large audience in the late 1980s. Their contributions greatly enhanced the radio media landscape in Port Harcourt and made Radio Rivers a go-to station for many in the region.
After making a name for himself in the radio industry, DJ Ekenyo decided to explore other avenues in the DJ business within the Niger Delta region. He left his radio job and ventured into playing at various nightclubs and studios in Port Harcourt and beyond. Some of the notable places where he showcased his DJ skills include:
- Music Machine Night Club in Port Harcourt in 1988.
- Aguarus Night Club in Port Harcourt in 1989.
- Night Shift in Lagos in 1999.
- Dreams Night Club in Port Harcourt in 1992.
- Soul II Soul Music Studio in 1993.
- Heat Wave Studio in 1994.
- Elution Night Club.
- Platinum Night Club.
- House Party Studio in 1996, and so on.
DJ Ekenyo’s journey through these various nightclubs and studios further solidified his reputation as a sought-after DJ in the Niger Delta region. His musical prowess and contributions to the local nightlife scene undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
Throughout his career, DJ Ekenyo left an indelible mark on the lives of fans and guests at the various clubs and venues he worked at. He became a recognizable brand and a sensation in the DJ business. During his time as a club DJ, he formed connections and friendships with other famous DJs in Port Harcourt, including DJ Ofori William, DJ Ejike, and DJ Andy Uduzu.
In the early 1990s, DJ Ekenyo embarked on a journey to Europe, spending time in countries like Holland and Italy. However, he eventually returned to Nigeria, specifically Port Harcourt. Over time, he decided to establish his own music studio, which he named “Showtime Music.” Additionally, he took on the role of Manager at the Platinum Night Club in Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. His expertise even extends to designing nightclubs, lounges, and bars.
As one of the longest-serving DJs in the Niger Delta and Nigeria, DJ Ekenyo Mohammed has adapted to the evolving trends in the DJ industry. He seamlessly incorporated innovations like the Pioneer SVM-1000 Audio and Video Mixer and other high-tech digital sound mixers, embracing the changing culture of disco DJing.
Today, DJ Ekenyo Mohammed stands as a legendary disc jockey who has achieved remarkable success in his field. He is happily married and has a family of his own, adding to his accomplishments both personally and professionally. His enduring career and commitment to his craft continue to inspire and influence the DJ community in Nigeria and beyond.
He held the title of Nigeria’s top Disc Jockey on three separate occasions. In 1989, 1992, and 1996, all DJs across Nigeria were invited to Lagos for a competitive event.
I have successfully established two prominent music studios: Channel O Music Studio at 18 Barthust Street and Showtime Music Studio at 207 Ogbunabali Road.
Furthermore, he boasts the distinction of being the longest-serving DJ, with over 35 years of experience, not only in the Niger Delta but throughout Nigeria. He has also selflessly mentored numerous youths in the Niger Delta and beyond, providing free training, earning him the well-deserved title of Legendary DJ Ekenyo Mohammed.