Palmira Mmerife Nkonye is a Nigerian based singer and song writer who hails from Arochukwu LGA of Abia state. She is the fourth of five children from (Lt) Mr and Mrs James Chijioke Mmerife. Growing up as a youngster, she was often teased by her family and peers who recognised her talent and named her in the lights of notable award winning international music icons such as Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, India Arie, Celine Dion, Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Kenny G, Dave Coz, Yanni among many others, as per her dedication and passion towards the mastery of her vocal ability and her addiction to their music.
Palmira attended 67 infantry battalion primary school (1990) and Imoye High School (1997).
In 2001, she decided to add a basic computer knowledge to her skills, which she obtained at Florin Computer College, and later studied Basic presentation at Federal Radio Cooperation Of Nigeria (FRCN) in 2008. While she was studying for a certificate course in an intensive business training at Edge Business School, she was admitted into the renowned Lagos State University (LASU) to bag the honour of a Bsc in Theatre Art and Music with Music as her Major. Her professional career in music began in the year 2000 as a backup singer to notable music icons across Africa. Some of which includes; Onyeka Onwenu, Sammie Okposo, Cobhams Asukwo, Ige, Bankole Wellington (Banky W), Wole Oni, Tosin Matins, Pita among others.
In the year 2007, it began to seem really like a career path for her in music after participating in the classic Star Quest TV reality music show and emerging winner of the contest under the group called D’Jewels which launched the professional platform for her music career. The group interminttently became a wild force of entertainment with nation wide tours along side A-list music superstars from across the nation and beyond. We graced platforms with internationally renown music superstars like Kanye West T-Pain and co. As well as Nigerian music legends – 2Baba (aka Tu face idibia), Psquare, KC Presh, Rugged Man, Mumma Gee and the list goes on. In 2014, I decided to go solo as a gospel artist and since then I have been privileged to both share and enjoy platforms with the very best of gospel music exports across the globe – Nichole C. Mullen, Micah Stamphley, Ron Kenoly, Lester Lewis, Sammie Okposo, Nathaniel Bassey, True Worshippers and the host of other anointed music ministers, at different occasions from concerts, awards to wedding events. This caused me to make major trips across major cities in Europe and Africa.
She is also the president and chief pioneer of the Prison Concert initiative called *FREEDOM IN CHRIST* an NGO established to reach out to prisoners across the nation through music, which had its first edition in 2016 and has since been a much anticipated event to look forward to. Palmira is excited and looking forward to officially release her first single(s) as a professional recording artist to register her music brand in the highly evolving gospel music industry as well as her cameo concert event with a listening party sometime later this year.