Prince Nico

Prince Nico was a famous highlife artist In Nigeria.

He was born on January 1, 1950 and died on June 20, 1997.

Like Chief Osadebe, he was also a singer, record producer, and song writer.

His biological name was Prince Nico. He was a son of a Cameroonian father and a Nigerian mother.

Nico was born in Abakiliki.

Nico Mbarga grew up in Ikom. Ikom is a local government in Cross River State of Nigeria. Cross River State is a South-South State of Nigeria.

Prince Nico in his early life was into fishing and hunting before venturing into music.

Prince Nico learned most of his instrument playing skills from his father who was a vocalist.

Unfortunately, Nico lost his father at a tender age.

His father died leaving behind his widow, a daughter and three sons.

Nico started bearing the family’s burden after his father demised.

Nico didn’t let his early childhood struggles to stop him from pursuing his dreams.

He played a major role in the development of highlife music.

His popular song ‘’sweet mother’’ has been described as one of the most popular song in Africa.

The remix of ‘’sweet mother’’ has been recorded almost at every intervals by various artists worthy of mention is the ‘’sweet mother’’ remix by Tilda and Rocafil Jazz International.

The said Tilda and Rocafill Jazz International had remix many other Prince Nico Mbarga’s songs which is worthy of recommendations.

He formed his own music band named Rocafil Jazz.

The numerous of prince Mbarga’s remix which was done by Tilde was recorded by the Rocafil Group.

Besides music, Prince Nico Mbargaowned a four star hotel.

The hotel is located in Southern Nigeria, in Cross Rivers State to be precise.

Prince Nico Mbarga died in a road accident; precisely in an accident caused by a motorcycle.

His hit song ‘’sweet mother’’ is one of the songs that will never be forgotten.

In most birthday party that involves a mother[s]; the song ‘’sweet mother’’ is normally played.

This is applicable in Africa and in places where Africans exist.

Prince Nico’s band the Rocafil Jazz International was dissolved after a disagreement amongst the members.

His success in music diminished after the dissolution of the first Rocafill Jazz.

Prince Nico ‘’sweet mother’’ was recorded in 1976 and had sold over thirty [30] million copies.

Prince Nico while alive did a music tour to Togo; Cameroon; cote D’ Ivouire; Ghana; Benin Republic; Kenya  and Burkina Faso.


  • Sweet Mother.
  • Aki Special.
  • Christiana.
  • Happy Birthday.
  • The Man I Love.
  • Simplicity.
  • I No Go Marry My Papa.
  • I Love You, You Love Me.
  • Na My Choice.
  • Welcome.
  • Wayo In-law.
  • Sickness.
  • Onyeori Obi.
  • Family Movement.
  • Free Education in Nigeria.
  • Good Father.
  • Nature.
  • Lucky Marriage.

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