Profile Summary
  • Full Name
    Noella Wiyaala Nwadei
  • Age
    37 years
  • Date of Birth
    December 22, 1986
  • Pace of Birth
    Upper West
  • Nationality
    Ghanaian
  • Education
    • Kansec Secondary School
    • Kanton Secondary High in Tumu
    • Takoradi Polytechnic
  • Profession
    Singer/Songwriter
  • Net Worth
    Approximately $1.5 Million
  • Marital Status
    Married
  • Siblings

    Three Sisters

  • Spouse

    John Sherren

  • Children

    Not yet

  • Father
    Unknown
  • Mother
    Unknown
Profile

Noella Wiyaala is a famous Musician, who was born on December 22, 1986 in Upper West, Ghana. She is a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter who sings in her native language Sissala and Waala dialects and English, often combining all three languages within her songs.

Noella Wiyaala Background

According to Astrologers, Wiyaala's zodiac sign is Sagittarius. And the name Wiyaala means ‘the doer’ in the Sissala dialect.  She is well known for her single “Make Me Dance” and her androgynous image. After making her name in reality shows in Accra, she established a solo career in 2013 with the hit single “Rock My Body”, which won her two awards at the 2014 first edition of the All Africa Music Awards, the Most Promising Artiste in Africa and Revelation of The African Continent.

Wiyaala is also associated with UNICEF Ghana and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana in campaigns against child marriage, child poverty, health and sanitation. She headlined the 15th London African Music Festival in London.

In 2009 she recorded her first album “Tuma” (“Work”) in the Sissala language at Echo Soundz Studios in Wa, Upper West Ghana. Songs like “Dannu” and “Dirik…” soon became local hits.

Early Life

Noella Wiyaala was born in Wa, Upper West Ghana as one of four sisters and grew up in Funsi and Tumu. She got first singing lessons from her mother, a choir singer in the local church, and she has performed ever since she was 5 years old. Her surname, which she picked for a stage name, means "the doer" in her native Sisaala language. During her late teenage years, she played football as a midfielder.

She attended Kansec Secondary School and later Kanton Secondary High in Tumu, where she acquired a reputation for being a tom-boy, playing football and was in demand as a dancer and entertainer in school productions. She also attended Takoradi Polytechnic on an art and design course.

From early childhood in the Upper West Region of Ghana, Wiyaala was active as an entertainer, earning her first income as a performer in a local bar in Tamale. After attending Kansec Secondary High School, Wiyaala's musical career began in earnest when she joined the local music scene in Wa which centered around Echo Soundz Recording Studios. She performed at local events and recorded as a usually unpaid session singer for artists in the Upper West Region.

Career & Achievements

Discovery

Looking to establish a national career, she made the journey to Accra to audition for Ghana’s own “Stars of the Future”. At the third attempt in 2011, she earned her way into the finals, winning two Golden Moments awards.

She won the 2012 Vodafone ICONS Mixed Edition contest hosted by fellow Ghanaian DJ “Benny Blanco”, as part of the Ghanaian band Black N Peach, while singing Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best”.

Noella is outspoken on the male-dominated culture and polygyny of some African countries and stands up for women's rights and against family violence in her native Ghana. Her song "Tinambayai" in Sisaala language has been regarded as a protest against the exploitation of women in Africa.