Emmanuel Izuchukwu Benjamin, popularly called by his stage name ‘Eben’, is a gospel musician blessed with a good voice and a unique grace to teach and minister God’s word to the people through his life-touching songs.
Eben who was born on the 9th of September into the family of six as the fifth child is a popular gospel vocalist, songwriter, and minister known for his Afro-pop, hip-hop-, and dance-influenced sound.
Raised in Lagos State, Nigeria in a family where Christian principles were nurtured and encouraged. Eben schooled at Orile Primary School, and later went to Community Grammar School, Orile, Lagos. He began his musical career in 1994 by singing in the youth choir, and later the mass choir at Winners’ Chapel.
This seasoned song artist is the CEO of Hammer House records and Hammer House Ventures. And he has graced platforms with Nigerian contemporaries such as Frank Edward, Sinach, Samsong, Sammie Okposo, Jahdiel, TSharp, and even legendary icons such as Onyeka Onwenu, Sunny Nneji and several others.
Before stardom, Eben has been privileged to minister at Pastor Chris’ phenomenal meetings with several thousands and millions in attendance, such as Night of Bliss events and Higher Life Conference’s in several parts of the world.
Eben came into limelight right after his first major public appearance, at a Youth Conference organised by Pastor Chris in 2005 where ‘IMARAMA’ was first heard, he released his first album; ‘ON THE ROCK’ the following year which was a national success.
With the call of God on His life he followed up with several equally popular albums including 2010’s Phenomenon supported by the hits song Super Man, Imele Papa, Siya Nma Nma and many others.
In 2013 he released yet another album but a worship album titled “JUSTIFIED”. This album reveals the worshipping spirit in Eben with hit songs like “you alone are worthy, Jesus how i love you, onye nwem, forever and ‘all the way’ (,a praise song that is blessing believers all around the world).
Just recently he released another worship album titled “MAGNIFIED” with awesome songs like ‘stayed on you’,’lifted hands, ‘idi nma’, ‘everything’ amongst others. This album is currently enjoying massive air-play both locally and internationally. While in 2016, he released his fifth studio album titled ‘Victory’.
Eben is a multi-award winning artist who have won multiple awards for his great work, In 2012, he won the PBO Musical Video Awards. 2013, he won the Best West Africa award at the Africa Gospel Music Awards and in the year 2014, he won the Album of the Year at the Crystal Awards, Song writers of the year, worship song of the year and BLW award 2015.
He is currently scheduled to minister alongside Tye Tribbett, Donnie McClurkins, Don Moen, Cece Winans, Sammie Okposo and Frank Edward at the 14th edition of the annual gospel musical concert called “The Experience.”
Eben Music Career And Rise to Stardom
Eben started by working as a studio background vocal artiste for so many years, Fortune smile at him when is career was ignited in 2006 when he released his first debut solo album titled “ON THE ROCK” which was spiced by tracks such as ‘Imaranma’, ‘God dey’, ‘Iwo Nikan’, I don hammer’ and many others.
With his Afrocentric rock music genre, Eben was able to steal the moment and shine brighter than the diamond, he has graced platforms both locally and internationally. Eben has won several awards and also earned couples of nominations which includes “best male artiste award’, African gospel music awards UK, Best national gospel awards Nigeria, best best gospel video NMVA and he has worked with veteran artistes like Sammie Okposo, Onyeka Nwensu, Sony Nneji, MI and Keffi.
In the year 2010, he released another album titled “Phenomenon” supported by the hits song Super Man, Imele Papa, Siya Nma Nma and several others notable tracks. Three years later he garnered some tracks and he released another album, this is yet another worship album which he titled “JUSTIFIED.” The highly anticipated album revealed the real worship spirit in Eben and it was home with tracks like You alone are worthy, Onye Nwem, How i love you, For Ever and All the way.
Just recently he released another worship album titled “MAGNIFIED” with awesome songs like ‘stayed on you’,’lifted hands, ‘idi nma’, ‘everything’ amongst others. This album is currently enjoying massive air-play both locally and internationally. In 2016, he released his fifth studio album titled Victory.
Eben name went viral after releasing “Victory” that so many emphases has been placed on his name making him more popular than several other Nigeria gospel singers.
Eben Net Worth
Eben is the founder of HAMMER HOUSE OF ROCK, with a business arm called the HAMMER HOUSE VENTURE which specialises in video and music production, event management and interior decoration respectively. Eben has proven himself beyond any reasonable doubt that he has come to dominate the Nigerian gospel music sphere, As we speak, Emmanuel Benjamin popularly called Eben has a net worth of over $350, 000.
EBEN FAMILY (Wife and Children)
Eben dropped his ‘bachelor status’ on Saturday, 30th of November, 2013 in a widely publicised wedding as he got married to a fellow gospel singer known as Jahdiel (Grace Okoduwa)and was joined in holy matrimony by pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy. The couple christian union is blessed with two sons.
Reason for falling in love with Jehdiel- Eben Reveals
Eben reveals how he was able to picked his bride from his throngs of admirer, admitting that indeed there was a lot of temptations around him back then before Jehdiel came into his life.
He said “Jehdiel is such a charming lady, she just stole my heart, she is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. She loves God and she is sold out on the gospel and anybody that loves God gets my attention. I think i’m lucky to have married someone like her.”
Eben said despite he had many women around him but God revealed to him that Jehdiel is the one for him, just has he reveal to her too. He said they have no choice but to get married.
“we are very close and it just dawned on me us that we were meant for each other, i just told her this was what i was feeling and before we knew it we were walking down the aisle” Eben expressed
Eben reveals that they met in a studio years back in Lagos when they were still unknown and they managed to keep their affair secret until just before they tied the knot.
However he denies there was any deliberate attempt to keep their affair a secret insisting that it was just the way providence wanted it because they never made any attempt to keep their affair out of the public glare.
Eben is full of gratitude to fans that have stood by his brand since he came into music professionally: “I want to thank my fans for being there for me all this while. Without you I wouldn’t be here today. Thanks for keeping it real.”
10 Unusual Facts About Eben
Emmanuel Izuchukwu Benjamin popularly called by his stage name ‘Eben’ is a gospel musician blessed with a good voice and a unique grace to teach and minister God’s word to the people through his life touching songs.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about him.
1. Eben was born as Emmanuel Benjamin on 9 September in Nigeria.
2. He is the 5th child of 6 children. He was raised in a family where Christian principles were nurtured and encouraged.
3. In 1997, he started singing at the youth choir of Winner’ Chapel in Nigeria. In 2006 he became a member of Christ Embassy founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
4. He started off as a rapper and was mentored by his older brother but later on went on to sing gospel.
5. Before breaking through stardom, he worked as a studio background vocalist and also recorded a duo album titled “Spirit, Soul and Body”.
6. He is the founder of Hammer House of Rock and has a business venture called the Hammer House Ventures.
7. His debut album “Phenomenon” features gospel musicians like Jahdiel, Dusky, MI and Iyn. The album went on to win an award at the Nigeria Gospel Music Award.
8. His album “Magnified” was well received and topped many gospel music charts both local and internationally.
9. He is married to Jahdiel, a Nigerian gospel musician and they are gifted with a baby boy.
10. He has won multiple awards for his great work. In 2013, he won the Best West Africa award at the Africa Gospel Music Awards and in the year 2014, he won the Album of the Year at the Crystal Awards.