Styl Plus (originally named Styl), is a Nigerian R&B and pop musical group. The name STYL is a combination of the first letters of the founders’ first names. The founding members were Shifi Emoefe, Tunde Akinsanmi, Yemi Akinwonmi and Lanre Faneyi.
According to Wikepedia, In 1997, Styl Plus was formed in Abuja by four members who all attended Federal University of Technology, Akure. In 1998 Lanre Faneyi died, and Zeal Onyecheme joined the group. This led to the group being renamed Styl-Plus, the “Plus” denoting the new addition to the group.
In 2002 Yemi Akinwonmi left the group and the musical band became a trio without adding a new member. Starting 2003, the group had its own record label, STYL-PLUS. In February 2017, it was reported that Tunde Akinsanmi left the group in 2012, leaving Shifi and Zeal as the flag bearers of the group.
In February 2006, they released their highly anticipated 11 track debut album “Expressions”. The star-studded album launch in Abuja and Lagos was rumored to have cost over N10 million making it the most expensive album launch in Nigerian history.
In August 2012, the group released “Alive” featuring rapper, Sunky. Their singles Olufunmi and Runaway were amongst the most requested love songs on all the major Nigerian R&B radio stations between 2004 and 2005.
“Imagine That” is the lead single from their official debut Album, “Expressions”. It has also been a massive chart topper, and has been used in numerous shows, including the pioneer edition of Big Brother Naija.
Other Songs like “Four years” and ” Iya Basira” were campus hits at the time of their release. Most graduating students still play “Four Years” at their send off party at various Universities all over Nigeria. In December 2016, the group was signed up by Eskimo Records and shortly released a new single ‘Aso Ibora’ translated as “Blanket” a day before Valentine in 2017.
The group has received numerous Nigerian National awards as well as International awards by Channel O, Amen Awards and Kora Awards nominees. In 2005, “Call My Name” won best R&B video award by Channel O South African music station.