Shifikozie Emuefe hooked up with Akintunde Akinsanmi at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), with Shifi being a quantity surveyor and Tunde an agricultural economist, they started the group with a third friend Yemi, then a fourth Lanre. They saw the need to identify this marriage of talent with a befitting title, thus the name STYL was carved from the first names of the members of the group.
In 1999, Lanre passed away leaving Shifi, Tunde, and Yemi.
Zeal then came into the picture and joined the boy group. In early 2002 Yemi left the group, leaving Shifi, Tunde, and Zeal as STYL-PLUS.