Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name Di’Ja, is a Nigerian singer, visual artist and songwriter. She is currently signed to Mavin Records.
Early Life & Education
Di’Ja has lived in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United States and Canada. Her mother is from Northern Nigeria and her father is from Sierra Leone. At a young age, Di’Ja committed herself to academia and earned a double degree in Biology and Psychology. After earning the aforementioned degrees, Di’Ja found passion in music, art and philosophy.
Her music career started in 2008. In 2012, Di’Ja released several singles including “Dan’Iska (Rudebwoy)”, “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” and “How Can We Be Friends”. On February 14, 2014, Don Jazzy announced the addition of Di’Ja to Mavin Records. Her first official single under Mavin Records was also released on February 14, 2014. The song, which is titled “Yaro”, is an up-tempo celebration of love and commitment against all odds. It infuses Hausa and Krio dialects in honour of her Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots.
In May 2014, Di’Ja was featured on “Dorobucci” alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks. In May 2014, an animated video was released for “Dorobucci”. Di’Ja was featured on “Arise” alongside Don Jazzy and Reekado Banks. She recently released an EP.
Dija is married and her husband’s name is Rotimi. Their wedding took place during a very private ceremony in 2015.
In 2016, the happy couple had a beautiful baby boy.
In 2017, Di’Ja landed an endorsement deal with Makeup brand, Trim and Prissy.
Awards and nominations
In 2008, She won Beat Music Awards Best New Artist.
In 2009, She was nominated for Canadian Radio Music Awards Best Urban/R&B Single
In 2014, She was nominated for Nigeria Entertainment Awards Most Promising Act to Watch