BIO: Barbara Naa Okailey Nyarko (OV)

OV in Emergers 2020. Photo Credit:
OV in Emergers 2020. Photo Credit:

ARTIST: OV aka Okailey Verse aka Original Version

FULL NAME: Barbara Naa Nyarko

HOMETOWN: Adukrom Akuapem, Eastern Region

GENRE: Dancehall/Afro Swing

SKILL SET: singer

BORN: 4th December

YEARS ACTIVE: 2018 till present


ASSOCIATED ACTS: Stonebwoy, Kelvynboy


SUMMARY: OV broke into the music scene when she won MTN Hitmaker 7 in 2018. Since then, she’s been associated with Stonebwoy and has performed on several stages with him.

ORIGIN STORY: OV spent most of her life in the Eastern Region living at Adukrom where she was born. As a young girl, she was known more for her ability to dance and received several certificates for being the Best Dancer in Ghana Senior High School in Koforidua where she had her Senior High School education.

OV loved entertaining and always knew that she would become a star but wasn’t sure what exactly she wanted to do.

However, she did not think of music as a career path until friends convinced her to audition for MTN Hitmaker which she did and eventually won.

2017: Before joining hitmaker, OV had already dropped three songs and was making covers of her favourite song.

Her cover of Stonebwoy’s Tomorrow went viral and that got her a bigger fanbase

November 2018: Joined and won the MTN Hitmaker 7

Got signed unto Stonebwoy’s Burninton Music Group

2019: Finally addressed rumours that she was no longer with the Burninton Music Group and is quoted on GH Gossip saying ” Stonebwoy and I spoke before he made the public announcement. I can’t disclose everything we discussed. But he told me he didn’t want the mess to have anything to do with me. So he wanted me to be on my own so that whoever loved me will continue to do so and support me regardless of where I was.” 

ACHIEVEMENTS/CAREER MILESTONES: Won MTN Hitmaker in 2018, Got nominated for VGMA Unsung in 2018

INFLUENCES: Reggae, Afrobeats, Gospel, hip-hop

MUSICAL STYLE: OV says her music is not just dancehall but a fusion of all genres and basically calls her style, Afro Swing or fusion.

DISCOGRAPHY: All The Songs OV Has Released

VIDEOGRAPHY: Want Me ft Stonebwoy (2019)

Zaddy ft Kelvynboy (2019)

Forward (2019)

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS: VGMA 2018 Unsung [Nominated], Ghana Music Awards UK [2 Nominations] Eastern Music Awards [5 Nominations]

TRIVIA: OV loves to be happy and make people happy.

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES: Twitter (@OV_music_) Instagram (@ov_music_) Facebook (OV Music)
STREAMING ACCOUNT: YouTube (OV) and all music platforms.

Watch OV Open Up About Her Personal Life & More Below:


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