Omilani has been a performing artist for most of her life. She began at the age of 5 in a Traditional Yoruba Dance Company and co-hosted a Children's Television Show, Kid Vidz until she was 14. At age 14 she got her own sit-com on WAUG19 called Queen Street named after her stage name Torkwase (Queen).
During that time she also made a name for herself as a award-winning poet, hip-hop artist, and community activist whose primary work was grounded in uniting the African-American and Latino communities.
There was also an exhibit about Omilani at the Exploris Museum where she was an Artist in Residence and a video of her was featured in the International Phone Booth where Omilani was able to showcase her cultural expressions and experience as an International Performing Artist.
She has been a beauty queen, in parades, won a poetry slam at Lollapalooza and has been honored by and received awards from the NAACP, the Urban League, Grammy, Delta Sigma Theta, NC A&T State University, and many more.
Ore Yeye O!
An important part of Omilani is the phrase, "Ore Yeye O!". The name comes from Oshogbo, Nigeria and it means water. Every year there is a big festival where the people shout out, "Ore Yeye O!" Which has been explained to mean, "goodness" or "kindness".
Omilani makes feel good music and inspirational films grounded in the concept of "Ore Yeye O". The phrase is both a tribute to Omilani's personal connection to Oshogbo and to the energy of love, benevolence, and goodness in the world.
She was named Omilani by her godmother, Omileye Adenle, who held the title of Yeye Osun Agbaye.
Omilani means water and as we see it, there is a fluid sound, creativity, and flow that comes with the Omilani brand of artistic works.
Water is essential and pure, it is spiritual. Omilani's main focus is on NeoSoul World Music, but has flowed into various creative markets since its founding in 2004.