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He was a musician of Igbo extraction.


He was born in Abakaliki, in present day Ebonyi state on 1st January 1950.

His mother was an Afikpo woman and his father was from Cameron, but now Obubra in present day Cross River state. 

Prince Nico Mbarga spoke Igbo fluently and sang many songs in Igbo language.

His most popular hits were SWEET MOTHER I no go forget you, Christiana and Aki.

He signed with Rogers All Stars, a recording company based in Onitsha, where he recorded "Sweet Mother".

He toured England, UK in the 80s, worked with Osita Osadebe and performed many times at the Plaza Hotel in Onitsha, Biafraland.

When he left music, he turned his attention to managing the four-star hotel that he owned, the Sweet Mother Hotel, located in the town of Ikom just minutes away from the Cameroon-Nigeria border.

He died very early at the age of 47 on 24th June 1997 via a motorcycle accident. He would have survived but for the poor healthcare system of Nigeria. 

He left behind "Sweet Mother" as the most popular song among Africans.

"Sweet Mother" is sometimes called "Africa's anthem" and has been voted Africa's favourite song by BBC readers and listeners.

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