After many years of hiding the love of her life from her music fans, in celebration of Valentine’s Day or as Janelia prefers to call it, “African-Love Day,” she recently took to the studio to have a photo-shoot with her husband, Femi Sanya; although, she had not openly introduced him to the world as her husband until now, Femi Sanya has always been with Janelia on stage as both the music director and bass guitar player of her band, Janeliasoul, as well as being behind the scenes. For instance, Femi Sanya is the producer of one of Janelia’s most celebrated songs, “Love Song In Yoruba,” as well as co-directed that music video and Janelia’s latest music video, “Bakassi” – Mr. & Mrs. Sanya recently celebrated their 12 years wedding anniversary and their union has been blessed with 2 lovely sons ages, 11 and 7.
The 2 met in the music industry while they were both touring with other bands in the U.S; back then, Janelia, a student and a graduate of Morgan State University, U.S.A, was a backup singer/dancer in a band and Femi Sanya was the bass guitar player of that particular band before he swept her off her feet and the 2 became an item ever since. Femi Sanya is also the brains behind some of Shina Peters‘ hits from the ‘90s; he, together with the Hausa drummer named, Ali Muhammed, forged the Afro-Juju style and Femi Sanya played the bass guitar behind all those Shina Peters hits Nigerians have come to love which includes “Ace,” “Shinamania,” “Experience” and “Kilode,” to name a few.
“Femi Sanya is a musical genius, he helped develop my craft and without him, I wouldn’t have a career as an artiste and a female band leader; our marriage has been about love, God, family, music, passion, artistic expression and sometimes even sweat and tears but overall it is a beautiful union which I continually thank God for. We are a power couple because in over a decade of marriage we have found ways of working in unity and synergy without compromising each other’s individuality; I am married to my best friend, my muse, my producer, my number one critic and my partner in crime. As some say in America – I’m his ‘Radada Chick’ and he is my ‘Nigger for Life.’ I look forward to many more years of greatness with Femi Sanya.”