#ManCrushMonday : The super-talented Cobhams Asuquo
When we talk about the man Cobhams Asuquo, the first thing that comes to mind is quality. He is a man with good taste and an amazing knack for producing quality music in the Nigeria.
Born on January 6th, Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo is married to Ojuolape Veronica Olukanni since 2 December 2010.
Cobhams Asuquo never allowed being visually impaired be a limitation, rather he went all out to be the best. He initially trained to become a lawyer before finally veering into his lifelong desire to do music full-time. Now he is a songwriter, producer, and singer. Some of his songs include Ordinary People, Stronger Than Before, Star of Wonder, One Hit.
The 37-year-old was once signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter then he formed his first music production and label company Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP) in 2008. Thereafter in 2016, he started Vintage Gray Media an entertainment company focused on discovering, nurturing and exposing extraordinary talent as well as creating different forms of audio content for corporations and the media alike.
Cobhams’ hit the international scene when he produced of Nigeria’s soul sensation – ASA’s debut album. He also wrote and co-wrote several songs on the award-winning album including the hit singles, “Fire on the Mountain” and “Jailer”.
Over the years, he has produced several interesting works with amazing talents like Banky W, Omawumi, Eldee, Sasha, Dare Art-Alade, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Djinne, Faze, Seyi Shay, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Ego, Yemi Alade, Bez, Omolara, Chidinma Ekile, Shola Allyson, Lara George, Ego, Silver Saddih, Flavour, Mo’Chedda, Yemi Alade, Praiz and so many others. In fact he is to be associated with anyone with an outstanding sound out there. Cobhams became an MTN Nigeria ambassador for its corporate elite customers in 2015.
On the international scene, Asuquo has worked with various African artists such as Sautisol (Kenya), Mafikizolo (South Africa) and Diamond Platnumz(Tanzania). Cobhams was invited by the ONE campaign to produce the anthem for the “Poverty is Sexist’ campaign titled, Strong Girl. He teamed up with various African female artists such as: Waje (Nigeria), Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Arielle T (Gabon), Gabriela (Mozambique), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), new talents Blessing Nwafor (South Africa) and the video star Omotola Jolade- Ekehinde (Nigeria).
The award-winning producer has arranged music, and performed with bands at international music events such as The Harare International Festival of Arts, the AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert with Asa and Angelique Kidjo; AFA Sponsored French Cultural Center Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa and many others like those. CNN Africa Voices featured Cobhams in a full-length interview in December 2011 and he talked about the advantages of being blind in an interview he had with BBC News Asuquo. At the TEDxEuston in 2012 where he talked about the gift of blindness, going to show that he took advantage of and chose to see strength in what people saw as a disability.