Category: Entertainment

My Mom Spent Almost Her Last Earnings to Make Me Walk Better- Abimbola Kazeem

In this exclusive chat with Emiralty’s Ayo Adams, Actor Abimbola Kazeem popularly known as “Jigan” bare it all about growing up, career motivation and upcoming projects. 

JIGAN AND HIS FAMILY BACKGROUND

I am Abimbola Kazeem also known as Jigan, born and bred in Somolu Bariga, Lagos state. I am from a family of eight; four girls and two boys, I am the fifth child, lost my mom some years back, but my father is alive supporting me everyday with prayers.

Meanwhile, Jigan is a personality that you can’t have a dull moment with when you are around him, he is full of life and has a big heart.


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I had my  primary education at Odunlade primary school, furthered to Morrocco comprehensive Igbobi college, and Olabisi Onabanjo University where I studied business administration.

HOW I STARTED ACTING

I started as a musician, and courtesy of shows, I met the likes of Kunle Afod, Baba tee, Sodiq Adebayo, Funsho Adeolu and Lala Oladapo. Steadily, I built relationships with them and the journey kicked off in the process. 

However, Sodiq Adebayo introduced me to the Adebayo family, That was how I met Oga Bello, Femi Adebayo and Tope Adebayo, I was under mentorship yet a family friend.


YOU HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY SINGLE IN A LONG TIME, DOES THAT IMPLY YOU FINALLY DROPPED MUSIC FOR ACTING?

No, I dropped a couple of singles and even videos,  a musical video directed by Rymzo and another by Akin Alabi, I am still doing both, I compose sound tracks for movies. Infact, I composed soundtrack for Bolowoyokun; one of my movies set to be released this Saturday, I am dropping my album early next year by His grace.

THE BRAND “JIGAN” IS GROWING MORE POPULAR IN THE INDUSTRY, WHAT BROUGHT THE NAME?

I got the name from the role I played in a movie  titled “Ijewuru”, produced by Babatunde bernard (Babatee). 


WHAT INFLUENCE HAS THE NAME HAD IN YOUR CAREER GROWTH?

Actually, I need to say a big thank you to the producer of the movie, the name changed alot of things in my career, the movie/name gave me the push to limelight.

YOUR DEBUT MOVIE AND OTHER MOVIES YOU HAVE FEATURED IN?



I started acting far back as 2006/2007, I featured in Mr Kola, a production of Okiki Afolayan as directed by Funsho Adeolu. Some other movies I have starred include: Jelili, Igba, Ita, Agidi, Arewa Oru, and I am also the  producer of Ajasa.

TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

Bolowoyokun would be released this Saturday on Libra TV YouTube Channel, Baba Oja and Asiyan are currently in the production process, I and my crew are working relentlessly to bring the best to the screen.

BEING IN THE INDUSTRY, WHAT HAS BEEN THE CHALLENGES TO YOU?

I have faced alot of challenges, but I am growing through them.

TELL US ABOUT ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT TOUCHED YOU



Sincerely, if you know me better, nothing gets to me, all the challenges that I have faced are fun and lessons to me.


DOES YOUR PHYSICAL STATE POSE AS A CHALLENGE TO  YOUR WORK?

Yes it does, somehow restricting me from playing some certain roles, but I am doing my home work to make sure as an actor i can play any role and with God all things are possible

LOOKING BACKWARDS, IS THEIR A STORY BEHIND THE PHYSICAL STATE?


Yes, I heard in a story by my late mom that a particular nurse “Mama David” gave me an injection on the wrong part and that was how I was crawling for more than 2years, my mom spent almost her last earnings to make me walk better.  So far so good, I am thankful to God He gave me a loving family, I love them and I will continue to make them proud.


IN THE INDUSTRY, WHO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOUR WORKING CULTURE?

If the likes of Funsho Adeolu, Kunle Afod, Lala Oladapo did not accept my friendship then, I may not have the opportunity of meeting the Adebayo family who paved way for me in the industry, they all inspire me. I love all my friends and colleagues, they are wonderful.


YOUR WORDS FOR UPCOMING ACTORS SCARED TO STEP OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE?

First thing they need is humility,it is very important and be friendly with everyone in the entertainment world, if you adhere, you are a star.

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Author/ Published: Ayo Adams (Mrweezy15@gmail.com)

Adaslim Returns With 3 Blockbusters-Kenny’s Divas, Papa Bomboy & How to Play a Player

 

Showbiz entrepreneur, Adaslim has returned to the Nigerian movie industry with a bang.

The American trained movie producer cum TV presenter announced her return to Nollywood with the release of three hit movies namely Kenny’s Divas, Papa Bomboy and How To Play A Player.
 

After working behind the scenes on the production of the three movies for several months, Adaslim hinted that she’s back to redefine the art of storytelling and movie productions in Nollywood.
With Kenny’s Divas being on the front burner of the new movies from Adaslim, the movie tells an intriguing tale of tangled pasts, romance and struggle for keeping an empire from crumbling.
 

Speaking on the movie, Adaslim says Kenny’s Divas will leave fans on the edge of their seats as it is filled with immense suspense as well as an unusual tangled romance.

“Kenny’s Divas is one movie after my heart. Aside going all out to get my godfather, Pete Edochie to star in the movie, I was awed by the sterling performance each act on the movie delivered and this I can say is what will keep the fans on the edge of their seats all through.
 

“I’ve been working for a while and not many knew what I was up to but it was indeed a lot of hard work with lots of resources also put to good use by my team. We have three movies shot and ready for the market and they are Kenny’s Divas, Papa Bomboy a comedy and a romantic drama, How To Play A Player,” Adaslim revealed.

Starring Pete Edochie, Adaslim, Juliet Ibrahim, Bryan Okwara, Oby Somina Okafor and Ruby Dabbour amongst others, Kenny’s Divas puts Adaslim on a whole new pedestal as a Nollywood producer that achieved an uncommon feat.
Kenny’s Divas sees Pete Edochie struggling to keep his jewelry and precious stone empire from falling while fighting for his love for Juliet Ibrahim with his protégé, Bryan Okwara. 

 The movie producer also sees to veteran actor, Pete Edochie getting his first kiss on a movie set with Ghanaian beauty, Juliet Ibrahim.
Written and produced by Adaslim, Kenny’s Diva was directed by Adim Williams, co-directed by Ifenna Eze, Malcolm Benson and Alexis Robinson.
Also from the stable of Adaslim are Papa Bomboy and How To Play A Player.
 

While Papa Bomboy tells the hilarious story of a landlord that is faced with two financially challenged single female tenants and several events that unfolded when he got entangled with one of the tenants.  How To Play A Player tells the story of a hardworking young man caught in a love fiesta with three different women from different walks of life.
Directed by Kingsley Iweru, Papa Bomboy which stars Eniola Badmus, Dayo Davies, Ejine Okoroafor, Randi Ossy, Uchenna Nnanna and Degri Emmanuel, is written and produced by Adaslim for Afrolens Media Pictures.

 
Written and produced by Adaslim for Adaslim Productions, How To Play A Player stars Alexx Ekubo, Derenle Edun, Adaslim,  Nora Roberts, Onyi Alex and Uche Nnanna.

Watch trailer of Kenny’s Divas

Watch trailer of Papa Bomboy

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Story by: Idris Bello (EmiraltyAfrica@gmail.com)

Published by: Ayo Adams (Mrweezy15@gmail.com)

Funeral Arrangements for Late Adebayo Faleti

​THIS IS TO ANNOUNCE THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR OUR LATE PATRIARCH, ALAGBA PRINCE DR. ADEBAYO MOSOBALAJE AJIBADE AKANDE FALETI.
TUESDAY 5TH SEPT, 2017: NIGHT OF TRIBUTES & PERFORMANCES: 

VENUE: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN. TIME:4PM
WEDNESDAY 6TH. SEPT. 2017:  COMMENDATION SERVICE.

VENUE: SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH YEMETU IBADAN. TIME: 12 NOON

THURSDAY 7TH. OF SEPT., 2017:

 LYING IN STATE AT HIS RESIDENCE, OLORORO, OJOO IBADAN- 8-9.30AM. 
 LYING IN STATE AT BCOS- 10-11AM.

LYING IN STATE AT NTA IBADAN: 11AM. 

LYING-IN-STATE AT THE HOUSE OF CHIEFS- 11.30AM. 

BODY LEAVES FOR OYO. SERVICE OF SONGS/CHRISTIAN WAKE KEEP VENUE: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, ISOKUN OYO, TIME: 4PM                

 ARTIST NIGHT: PLAZA DE HARUNA HOTEL, OYO -8pm.
FRIDAY 8TH. OF SEPT., 2017:

FINAL BURIAL CEREMONY SERVICE, VENUE: ISOKUN BAPTIST CHURCH OYO.

TIME: 10AM

INTERMENT FOLLOWS THEREAFTER AT AGBOYE VILLAGE, OYO VIA OGBOMOSO. 

ENTERTAINMENT OF GUESTS WILL TAKE PLACE THEREAFTER AT LABAMBA HOTEL OYO.

Signed:

Ayoola Faleti Esq 

For and on Behalf of the entire family
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Story by: Idris Bello (Emiraltyafrica@gmail.com)

Published by: Ayo Adams. (Mrweezy15@gmail.com)

Actress Remi Surutu Launches Foundation in Memory of Late Daughter

Veteran nollywood actress, Remi Surutu has announced the birth of a charity foundation in memory of her late daughter, Ayomikun Oladayo.

The information was passed through her Instagram page where she shared the name, purpose and aim of the foundation.  She wrote:

“The AYOMIKUN TONGUE OUT FOUNDATION is established to carry on the values that Ayomikun Oladayo stood for- charitable causes, music and comedy.

The TongueOut was her trademark gesture. She loved it, and it was a sign of her happiness.

Ayomikun lived an interconnected life. A lot of people knew her for good deeds.

As a sickle cell anaemia carrier, she didn’t let the situation define her standards. She rose above it all. She was always happy and of course, contented.

We enjoin you to follow @ayomikuntongueoutfoundation and repost for wider outreach,as we shall in due time roll out schedule of charitable activities in memory of our beloved Ayomikun.

Thanks.”
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Author: Idris Olakunle,08024701285, Emiraltyafrica@gmail.com

Editor: Ayo Adams,08147091733 (Mrweezy15@gmail.com)

15 Facts You Don’t Know About Late Adebayo Faleti

 In the early hours of July 23rd 2017, Ace broadcaster and custodian of the Yoruba culture, Adebayo Faleti passed to the great beyond.

  However, we have compiled  15 facts about  Adebayo Mosobalaje Ajibade Akande Faleti (OON, D.LITT, FNAL, JP, JP)- 1921-2017.


What else could a man have wished for in life or achieved?

1. Translator of Nigerian national anthem from English to Yoruba

2. Translator of President Babangida’s speeches to Yoruba

3. Translator of Chief Earnest Shonekan’s speeches to Yoruba

4. Translator of Governor Bola Ige’s speeches to Yoruba

5. Former General Manager, BCOS

6. Former Oyo State Director, MAMSER

7. Former Senior Research Fellow, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

8. He has more than 10 authored  books to his credit.

9. Author of more than 100 journals and papers

10. Columnist of Nigerian Tribune

11. Former chairman, Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture

12. Honorary Dr. of Letters: (D.Litt)  of Ladoke Akintola University

13. Officer of the Order of the Niger

14. Fellow, National of Academy of Letters

15. A great hunter and many more.

Indeed, an illustrious son and a prince of Oyo empire has gone. 

A great Nigerian has passed away 

Adebayo Faleti lives on!
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Author: Idris Olakunle,08024701285, Emiraltyafrica@gmail.com

Editor: Ayo Adams,08147091733 (Mrweezy15@gmail.com)


Top Pick Movies on Yorubaplus TV this Weekend


Yorubaplus TV is serving esteemed viewers with the best movie culture this weekend.  Enjoy the ride with the tailored movie list made for you alone.

See the list below:


1. Four Couples: With over 170k views in the first week of release is a  creatively-weaved movie that reveals the various uphill battles faced in marriages. 

2. Aduke Alajo (OWO MMM): An hilarious drama that explores the travails of a young thrift collector with a high hope/plan for greener pastures. What would she do when her plans fail? Full story on Yorubaplus TV

3. Ija: a story about two young ladies with similar nightmares. They are challenged with a hidden myth which requires an arduous task to manifest. Find out how they solve their mystery on Yorubaplus

4. Alaso Funfun: What is your perception about reincarnation? Do you think it is a myth or reality? Find out now in this yet another intense drama about life and death.

5. Blackmail: A wealthy man in politics has a hideous secret he thought was safe. A blackmailer pays him a dreadful visit and it seems all hell is about to break loose. What fate awaits our wealthy politician? Visit Yorubaplus TV for more.
6. Arojinle: It tells the story of few individuals who engage in degrading acts to fulfill their selfish interests. Find out how these acts ruined relationships, reputations and more in Arojinle this weekend.

7.Arulogun: An epic movie about a powerful warrior and demi-god destined to save her people from autocratic perpetrators.  Watch and thank us later!

8. Ola Inu Kan: Tells an emotional story about a financially handicapped family. All efforts to opt out of their life-saddening moments is thwarted by their closest confidant. Find out how they made their breakthrough on Yorubaplus TV.
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I am in a competition with myself- Tolulope Oke

In this exclusive time out with fast rising producer and actor, Tolulope Oke, We had her sharing the journey so far in the movie industry and her long term aspirations. Read the tell-all interview below


Good day, could you please give us a brief overview of yourself?

My name is Tolulope Oke, a film producer and an actor, I am from Ilobu in Osun state. I have a  christianity background. Studied sociology at the university of Lagos and also Dramatic Arts at the Obafemi Awolowo university.

When did you start professional acting?
It all started in 2005, the first movie  I featured in was Awure Eni produced by Muhydeen Oladapo


What inspired your drive to become an actor?
When I was young, I had always wanted to be a news-caster, but as time flies, I changed my mind and then go  into acting, I had the zeal to express myself through this dynamic art.

Tell us about your training as an actor.

I was trained on the stage and doing live performance was part of the training too.

What is your view about talent and knowledge?
Talent is God’s given gift while knowledge is a craft and research to know more.
Tell us about the movie projects you have been part of, Can you name the total number?

I have featured in couple of movies like Dazzling Mirage, Kurukuru,Kosofe, Orindola, Arewa Okunrin, Jenifa’s diary, Industreet, Eje,Biala, Sunmisola, Alebu, zone222, ogede,ijoba Ominira, Ijoba Ose kan,Ayomi, Isina, Araba, Awuru and more, I have lost count.


What motivated you to becoming a producer?
I just had the drive it is something I could do.



Your first movie production, OMIRAN, enjoyed massive positive feedback, what brought about the story?
Omiran is not my first production, I have produced 3 movies before Omiran. Omiran was my 4th production, the first three were Biala, Eje, Alebumi and Omiran. Different elements were put together for Omiran 

How has the momentum been for you since the production of your first movie?
The  momentum has been great.


Do you see yourself in competition with anyone in the industry?
No No No! I am in a competition with myself. Always trying to become a better person because that is all that really matters 
As a fast rising producer, what are your aspirations?
I just want to keep pushing myself to greater heights. It can only get better.
Which directors would you love to work with anytime soon?
Any good director, I love people with good work ethics.

What’s your take on the issues of piracy, funding and film marketing?
Piracy is killing our industry and I implore the government to kindly help us do something about it 

Who are your role models in this chosen career?
Funke  Akindele for Her Hard work, Genevieve Nnaji for her simplicity, Rita Dominic her style, Mo abudu for her tenacity. These are women I have watched closely while growing up and I am happy they are doing very well in their chosen careers, Tope Alabi inspires me too, I am inspired by her genre of music too. 
Do you see Nollywood growing to the level of Hollywood in ten years time?

Well, everything is in our hands, but you know the state of the nation,in as much as we try to put things in place in the film industry, it practically may not yield neccessary efforts as is expected.

Words to your fans and aspiring filmmakers
To my fans out there, thank you for your comments and critics, they actually finetune us in a way.  To those who are aspiring to join the film industry as writer, producer, actor , makeup, Costumier etc, Don’t stop grinding hard, don’t stop networking and make God the center point of your life.

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Edited by: Ayo Adams

Faces at Wumi Toriola’s Exclusive Birthday

It was an evening of fun and joy yesterday as friends and colleagues converged to rejoice with Wunmi Toriola on her birthday.

In attendance were  Oluwaseyi Edun, Adewumi Fatai, Sunkanmi Omobolanle, Aremu Afolayan, Folorunsho Adeola, Seun Oloketuyi, Olaitan Olaide, Afeez Owo, Abimbola Ogunnowo, Joke Jigan, Temitope Osoba, Victoria Kolawole, Temitope Solaja, Kemi Afolabi and a host of notable personalities.


See pictures below:

Story: Idris Bello.

Compiled/Edited: Ayo Adams

I Did Not Chose Music, Music Chose Me- Victor Adedeji

Victor Adedeji aka Cjsun takes us through his musical journey in this exclusive chat with Emiralty. He reveals the genesis, style, his long term aspirations and more in the music business.  Read more below!

GOOD DAY SIR, COULD YOU PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Victor Adedeji aka Cjsun, I hail from Ekiti State, Ado-Ekiti to be precise, I am an ND holder in business administration from the federal polytechnic of Ado Ekiti,Ekiti State. I occupy the forth position in a family of five.

WHY CHOOSE MUSIC AMONG OTHER ARTS?

I did not choose music,music chose me. Growing up,it has always been a part of me, I am always dressed and ready to entertain people, I also found pleasure talking about things around me,and basically the best way I can express myself is through music, It is a universal language.

 ARE YOU SIGNED INTO ANY RECORD LABEL FOR NOW?

No, I am currently not signed to any label

WITH YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC, WHAT IS THE UNIQUE TOUCH YOU POSSESS,THAT HAS TENDENCY OF CHANGING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA?

Originality is the tool I  am using to change the game, even though we sometimes derive inspiration from one another. However, you have to stay unique and always push to be relevant so you don’t come in a hurry and fade out in a twinkle of an eye. I am a rapper as well as a singer whose sounds are distinct from any other rapper. I am a lyricist that has every line telling a story.



WHEN YOU MADE UP YOUR MIND TO BECOME A MUSIC ARTISTE, HOW DID YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY TAKE IT?

At first they disagreed,but as time passes, they gave me their full support,most especially my mum and my sister, Linda Adedeji. They have always been my back bone.

HAVE YOU RECORDED ANY SONG YET OFFICIALLY? 

Yeah, I have about seven singles on air

HOW IS THE ON AIR PROMOTIONS LIKE?

I thank God for everything they are doing pretty well.

 WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

Almighty God 

WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF MUSIC?

Arrangement of sounds and selected language that will sooth and naturally touch anybody that encounters it.

AS AN UPCOMING ARTISTE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH US ANY EMBARRASSING MOMENT SO FAR?

I have been through a lot,but there was this particular day I went for a show at planet one,unfortunately they have started the show before I got there,so I was bounced out while I was trying to make my way in, the bouncer said my name was not on the list of the performing artistes, I waited  for so long to see the MC that invited me but all to no avail, It was a big slap on my face.


WHICH ARTISTES DO YOU WISH TO HAVE COLLABORATIONS WITH ANYTIME SOON?

 Phyno, P-square and 2face Idibia.

WHICH MUSIC PRODUCERS DO YOU LOOK UP TO HERE AND GLOBALLY?

 Dr Dre,Swiss beat,Don Jazzy and Master craft.

 LOOKING AT THE HIGH FIGURE OF UPCOMING ARTISTES, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU THAT YOU ARE A GAME CHANGER? 

 Because my sound is different from other sounds, my style is very effective and unique.

 WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM ASPIRATIONS IN THIS CHOSEN CAREER.

Being fulfilled and very successful.

ANY PARTING WORDS?

When the journey gets tougher,be stronger and always remember nothing good comes easily,don’t give up,be focused and keep your head up.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME SIR.

 You are always welcomewelcome
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Interview by: Idris Bello (@emir_amofin)

Edited/Published by: Ayo Adams (@ayoadams)

I DID NOT CHOOSE MUSIC,MUSIC CHOSE ME- VICTOR ADEDEJI

​Music Artiste, Victor Adedeji takes us through his music journey, inspiration, challenges and his aspiration in his chosen field in this exclusive chat with Emiralty. Read all below


GOOD DAY SIR. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Cjoyca Victor Adedeji,Aka (Cjsun )I hail from Ekiti State, Ado- Ekiti to be precise,Am an ND holder in Bussiness Administration,which I obtained from the federal polytechnic of Ado-Ekiti,Ekiti State. I am from a family of five, the fourth in position..

WHY CHOOSE MUSIC AMONG OTHER ARTS?

I did not choose music, music chose me,because it has always been a part of  me right from my childhood,due to my dressing and the way i entertained people,I like talking about things around me,and the only way I can express myself is through music. Moreover, it is a universal language.

ARE YOU SIGNED INTO ANY RECORD LABEL FOR NOW?

 No, I am 100% free.

WITH YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC, WHAT IS THE UNIQUE TOUCH YOU POSSESS,THAT HAS TENDENCY OF CHANGING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA?

Originality,though we all copy from one another,but you just have to be unique so you don’t come with a boom and then fade out within a twinkle of an eye, I am a rapper as well as a singer. My style of rap doesn’t sound like any other  rapper, I am a lyricist that has each of his line telling a story.
WHEN YOU MADE UP YOUR MIND TO BECOME A MUSIC ARTISTE, HOW DID YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY TAKE IT?

At first they disagreed,but as time ticks on they gave me their full support,most especially my mum and my sister,  Linda Adedeji, they have always been my back bone.

HAVE YOU RECORDED ANY SONG YET OFFICIALLY? IF YES, HOW IS THE ON AIR PROMOTIONS LIKE?

Yeah,I have about seven singles on air,thank God foeverything they are doing pretty well.

WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

 Almighty God

WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF MUSIC,IN THREE WORDS?

Afro hip hop.

AS AN UPCOMING ARTISTE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH US ANY EMBARRASSING MOMENT SO FAR?

As an upcoming artiste, I have been through a lot,but there was a particular day I went for a show at planet one,unfortunately they’ve started the show before I got there,so I was bounced out while I was trying to make my way in,the bouncer said my name was not on the list of the performing artistes, I waited for so long to see the MC that invited me but all to no avail.It was a big slap on my face.

WHICH ARTISTES DO YOU WISH TO HAVE COLLABORATIONS WITH ANYTIME SOON?

Phyno,P-square and 2face idibia.

WHICH MUSIC PRODUCERS DO YOU LOOK UP TO HERE AND GLOBALLY?

Dr Sre,Swiss Beat,Don jazzy and master craft.

LOOKING AT THE HIGH FIGURE OF UPCOMING ARTISTE, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU THAT YOU ARE A GAME CHANGER?

I am highly confident because my sound is quite different from other sounds ,my style is very  effective and unique,I dont sound like anybody

WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM ASPIRATIONS IN THIS CHOSEN CAREER.

Being fulfilled and very successful.

 ANY PARTING WORDS?

When the journey gets tougher,be stronger and always remember nothing good comes easily,don’t give up,be focus and keep your head up, life is beautiful.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME SIR.

You are always welcome.

Interview by: Idris Bello

Edited/Compiled by: Ayo Adams