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Nenna Yvonne


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It may be rude to stop and stare, but Nenna Yvonne leaves you no choice. At age 21, the
Nigerian-born/New York-raised pop princess already has the talent, pedigree, looks and
desire to reign over the charts indefinitely. Her latest single, “Go Around”—a sultry
electropop rave-up—boasts hundreds of thousands of spins on the internet. Three minutes
of succulent ear candy, it’s not only the product of a diverse musical upbringing, but a
harbinger of more cutting-edge crowd pleasers to come.

Yvonne has known her calling since childhood, but pop stardom was far from

predestined. The eldest daughter of four to loving but businesslike Nigerian immigrants,
she was expected to set an example and pursue law or medicine. Instead, at age 14, she
matter-of-factly informed her family that she would be making the four-hour daily
commute from Long Island to the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art
and Performing Arts in Manhattan, which counts Nicki Minaj and Kelis among their hit-
making alumni.

“I think it’s hereditary,” Yvonne laughs about her ambition. “I was pushing for this since
I was a little girl. I’m stubborn in a sense, and I’m not the kind of person that’s going to
look back and regret that I didn’t try something.”

The risk paid off all right. While enrolled at LaGuardia, Yvonne earned the distinct honor
of performing with classmates in a Carnegie Hall recital. “There’s people that work their
whole life to get that opportunity—violinists, cellists, opera singers,” she marvels. “At


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