Francis ONAH-Adie is a renowned jazz musician, saxophonist, composer, arranger and singer. Born and
raised in the city of Lagos, originally from (Ogoja-Bekwara) Cross-River State, Nigeria, Africa. ONAH
began his musical journey at the early age of sixteen, having been influenced by many wonderful singers
of various genres. At 19 years old, ONAH would take a closer step to his musical career when he bought
his first trumpet.
He showed early promise, mastering the instrument, and standing by his trumpet for years before he
would later pick up the saxophone at 24. Having already mastered a metal wind instrument, it took
ONAH only five days to learn the rudiment. Because of his impeccable skills in playing such a complex
instrument, he landed an opportunity to perform at a concert organized by Alliance France in his
hometown in Lagos, alongside his former 'Black-Face Band' led by Seyi Solagbade.
This performance and many others afterward propelled Francis ONAH towards a lifetime of
opportunities. His incomparable talent won the hearts of many, which took his musical career to greater
heights. Since his performance in Lagos, he has continued to perform along with a lot of bands, played in
countless Jazz Festivals with bands like 5&6 Squad led by Yinka Davies, Ayetoro Band led by Funsho
Ogundipe to mention a few, and toured around the world with Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Band.
Because of these impeccable experiences at the early stage of his career, he began to establish his
purpose, which is to share the beauty of African culture with the world.
Having lived in Africa for most parts of his life, he cannot help but feel sentimental when it comes to
talking about his cultural roots. That is why in his musical journey towards success, ONAH dedicates his
pieces to promoting African ethnicity by mashing its artistic beauty to the power of Jazz. His passion for
the culture prompted ONAH to create his Debut album entitled “Ogoja City,” which aptly resonates with
the beauty of Africa and its cultural heritage.
Francis ONAH takes pride in the advocacy that he carries. In the years to come, he hopes that his goal of
sparking cultural awareness around the world can result in a place filled with a heightened appreciation
for the ethnic richness of African heritage. Through his poignant ballads and melodies, he invites
everyone to lend him their ears as he continues to grace them with the beauty of Africa, one note at a