For Babatunde Jezreel Okungbowa a.k.a. OJB Jezreel music is undoubtedly the essence of his life and making beautiful music the purpose of his existence. Jigga, as he is affectionately refered to by his Gbaja Street homies has been the creative force behind the numerous hits of a countless number of artistes. Name them, from Ruggedman, 2Face Idibia, Jazzman Olofin, Nomoreloss to Raskie, K-Show & Six-O, C-mion, Abounce, Jafaar, Amah, Funke, the list is endless.
“How did it all begin”? is obviously the first question any interviewer will ask this soft spoken, unassuming father of two. OJB isn’t so sure of when he caught the production bug but believes it started sometime in 1986. The artiste who confesses to having a rather uneventful childhood started making beats in backroom studios, first in his Surulere neighbourhood and later in other parts of the city.
OJB recently took the business arm of his game to another level with the signing of a distribution deal with Kennis Music, the record distribution behemoth run by industry fat cats, Kenny “Keke” Ogungbe and Dayo “D1” Adeneye. His first assignment was to do an urban makeover of Ace, the classic album by juju music maestro, Sir Shina Peters. The charismatic entertainer had also signed a deal with the enterprising duo for the re-release of his 1989 classic.
With an astonishing number of competences, OJB seems destined to emulate his number one role model, the legendary Quincy Jones.
1. ‘African queen’ song by 2face idibia was produced by OJB Jezreel in 2006
2. ‘Searching’ song and produced by Himself
3. “Kiss me again”- by D’Banj Ft. Ruggedman was also produced by Ojb Jezreel