Search for courses or information

General news

Help make Olaedo a MOBO award winner

students in class

A talented UEL student has been nominated for a prestigious singing prize at this year’s MOBO awards.

Olaedo Ibe is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health but that hasn’t stopped her cultivating another career as gospel singer known simply as ‘Olaedo’.

The 20th Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards are scheduled to take place in Leeds on 4 November, and Olaedo is thrilled to have been nominated in the category of Best Gospel Singer.

"I felt so humbled and grateful when I heard I had been nominated,” she said. “I just started crying – tears of joy."

Born in the UK of Nigerian heritage, Olaedo started writing songs at the age of eight and began her singing career in her father’s church.  Earlier this year she released a five-track EP and is currently working on a full-length album. She balances this with her studies at UEL.

"It has not been easy,” she confesses. “I just encourage myself that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

“The way the course is structured helps a lot, too, because the lecturers provide all the materials I need via Moodle, and my lecturers – especially Dr Amina [Dilmohamed] and Dr Fiona [McGowan]

– encourage an environment within the class that promotes discussion and critical learning.”

Olaedo is trying to remain focused on her studies while containing her excitement about the awards next month.

"I'm looking forward to be in arena full of people with God-given talent, and it’s always good to see who wins what," she said.