Jane Awindor, best known for her stage mononym Efya is a talented Ghanaian singer, who doubles up as a songwriter and actress. Her unique vocals have made her fans fall in love with her music and earned her dozens of nominations and awards in the Ghanaian music scene.
From being born in a talent-filled family to pursuing music as a career course, Efya has mastered the art of turning her music to magic. As a result, she is considered a big name in the Ghanaian music industry, given to her original songwriting abilities that go hand in hand with her rich vocals. Read below to find more intriguing facts about Efya's life journey to stardom.
- Full name: Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor
- Birth name: Jane Awindor
- Nick name: Miss Jane
- Date of birth: 10th April 1987
- Age: 32 Years
- Place of birth: Kumasi, Ghana
- Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Actress
- Active years: 2008 – Present
- Music label: Starboy and One Nation
Efya's full name happens to be Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor, alias Miss Jane. As a Ghanaian native, she was born and raised in Kumasi, Ashanti Region. Her mother is called Nana Adwoa Awindor, and happens to be a television host and filmmaker in Ghana. The singer comes from a family of four siblings that includes a total of two brothers and two sisters.
Efya was a student in a girl's secondary school by the name Asantewa Secondary School located in Kumasi. She later moved together with her mother to the capital city of Ghana, Accra, following her mother's admission to the National Film and Television Institute (N.A.F.T.I.) school.
As a teenage girl, she was lucky to have talented family members who played a significant role in coaching Jane vocally, making her a great singer. As a result, she decided to undertake a theater and music course at the University of Ghana. Jane's passion for singing and learning enabled her to graduate with a degree.
Rise to fame
By enrolling for the Charterhouse's Stars of The Future, Jane managed to amaze the judges and the viewers of the T.V. show by her strong vocals. Even though she did not scoop the first position, she became the first runner up. As a result, she was awarded a free recording deal with Charterhouse.
The deal enabled her and the winner, Irene, to come up with a debut collaboration musical album named Unveiled, that was launched in South Africa.
Later on, the Ghanaian musician decided to go solo as soon as her contract with Charterhouse came to an end. As a sign of a new beginning, she decided to change her stage name from Miss Jane to here current popular mononym, "Efya."
Back in 2011, the beautiful Awindor managed to be signed by the record label "One Nation Entertainment."
Miss Jane's first album was a collaboration between her as the 1st runners up of Charterhouse's Stars of The Future show in partnership with the winner, Irene Logan. This was through a free record deal as part of their award.
T.I.N.T. that stands for This Is Not The Album was officially released on 12th November 2013. It contained a total of 13 songs. The songs are all about love as the dominant theme for her inspiration. T.I.N.T. comprises of Neo-soul, jazz, and R&B genres.
- Getaway - 10th November 2011
- Best In Me - 14th February 2012
- This Life
- A Moments Notice
- Weather 4 Two
- Sexy Sassy Wahala
- Commot featuring Black Magic
As Efya's third album, Janesis, was released on 22nd April 2016. The songs were inspired by her personal experiences. Some of the themes she featured ranged from love, hate, pain, among others. For example, Efya Forgetting me is an R&B/soul song that talks about an ending relationship and was released on 11th January 2014.
In the lyrics, she wonders if her lover has forgotten about her and reminisces about the love they made before the painful separation. On the other hand, Efya Until the Dawn is a lovemaking reggae beat song, with lyrics such as "I wanna make love to you until the morning, grow old and strong with you, until the morning, have a baby boy with you, we'll call him Kwame…" The song was produced by the famous producer Maleek Berry, who happens to have roots from both British and Nigeria.
Awindor has been privileged to work with some of the biggest names in the African entertainment scene. Such artists include; Akwaboah ft Efya and TxT in the song "Hold Me Down," which depicts a broken relationship and regret, Sarkodie ft Efya in the song "Saara," a love song that has gained over 1.5 million views on YouTube. Jane's vocals are also featured in the viral Wizkid single "Daddy Yo," among other numerous music collaborations.
- Forgetting me -11th January 2014
- One of Your Own – 16th July 2014
- Gingam Too Much
- Can I
- Jorey featuring Sarkodie
- Boy Bi Beh Gye
- Heartbeat featuring E.L.
- R.U.D.1 (featuring Shaydee)
- Getting You featuring Ice Prince
- Make I Love You
- Ooh Ooh Ooh featuring Mugeez
- Once Upon a Time
- Hele Mi featuring Stone Buoy
- Luv Luv Luv
- I Try
- 2 Chairs
Who is Efya's partner?
At 32 years, and being one of the most successful female singers in Ghana, Efya is still single! You may be wondering why? Miss Jane says that she is not ready for the entire marriage process. In an interview, she stated that she does not condone anyone who tries to pressure her to marry, including her family members.
At 32 years, Efya is growing young! Her beautiful looks complimented by her great sense of fashion and curvaceous body shape are to be admired. By visiting Efya's Instagram account, you are sure to get a collection of glamourous photos of her and her daily life errands.
The beauty rocks some of the best Ghanaian and Africa prints and a wide range of accessories that has attracted over 1.1 million Instagram followers. On her twitter, she boasts of over 1.3 million followers.
Efya's journey in the Ghanaian music industry has been inspiring and promising. From singing at a tender age, undertaking theater and music course in her campus life, being the first runners up in Charterhouse's Stars of The Future, to becoming on of the best female artists in Africa.
Jane has managed to work together with huge names such as Wizkid and Sarkodie, among most of her projects. Efya continues to produce great music for her fans as we await to embrace more of her musical projects.