HOW do you feel about your recent award at the MTV Africa Music awards?
I just thank God. I am happy about it and it means more challenge for me
to keep up the standard and keep working.
You have been performing in a lot of shows lately, where do you
get all the energy from?
Within Nigeria it’s all the fufu I eat you know….emm outside Nigeria na
burger (Just kidding o!) I think when your job is what you love to do;
it makes it easier for you. So I guess it’s because I love to perform on
stage and I love music.
Your latest album, Unstoppable doesn’t seem to be doing as well as your previous albums, what do you think is responsible for this?
I can’t really say because the kind of deal I had on this album had to
do with the marketers being responsible for the sales so na dem know
whether e sell or e no sell. I can’t really say its moving in terms of
selling in the market but maybe the buzz is not like that of the
Why is that?
I can’t really place a finger on what the problem is..
Do you think it has anything to do with you losing your touch?
I don’t think it’s the song, I think it is….. Wow! What do I think it is
now sef? (Pauses)
I think it is the promotional strategy that didn’t work well for the
You spent a lot of money establishing Hypertech, what happened to the label?
Nothing actually, it is just that right now I am trying to reorganize
and rearrange so that whatever Hypertech is going to be involved in next
time will come out well. You know it was my first time setting up a
label and there are a whole lot of lessons I learnt. And I believe that
is the way of life, we learn in order to grow.
Can you outline some of the wrong steps you made as regards Hypertech?
I am not going to answer all that. It is a baby company and like I said,
the promotion did not flourish as expected.
Why did you go back to Now music?
I think they are capable to do the job because I have worked with them
before and I think they will be able to carry me to where I am going in
terms of management.
There were speculations that R. Kelly denied featuring on your song entitled Flex, what do you have to say about that?
Let me just put it this way; R-Kelly has not sued me, so let anybody not
say anything. That is the only thing I have to say because it is now as
if I have to start defending. Let whoever said R-Kelly said that show
me a tape or something.
But you did feature R-Kelly, didn’t you?
Yeah. There was a collabo and whoever is trying to say there wasn’t just
want to rubbish my name. They are tired of talking about the baby mama
issue and they want to use something else to tarnish my image. It is
just the work of some people who are trying to spoil my name.
Now that a lot of people believe the rumour, don’t you think you should have R. Kelly officially make a statement about it?
Well, don’t worry, I am working on it. I am going to do something about
that soon. I will just say father, forgive them for they don’t know what
they are talking about.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I am packaging a Disc Jockey master mix. I am trying to pick a
DJ that can use my music and do the best mix. That is what I am doing
right now and it will be ready next month. And I am still celebrating my
ten years on the scene and there are a couple of events lined up for
that. I did one in Abuja and I am doing one in Bayelsa next month as
well. There is a whole lot I am coming up with but I can’t really talk
about them now because they are still in the pipeline. When e don done, I
go let una know.
I am working on another album right now and I am preparing for the UK release of Unstoppable.
Do you think the album will do better there than it is doing here?
It is doing better there. Many Nigerians told me that the songs are not
Nigerian enough. And I don’t know what that means. They say they are not
commercial; they said why I didn’t do something like what the boys are
doing right now. So I am like, the thing wey the boys dey do now, who do
am before the boys dey do am? Some people just want you to remain a
Nigerian artiste; they don’t want you to cut across to the other parts
of the world. I have heard it a lot that the album is not Nigerian
enough and maybe that is why they are not playing it.
Examining your other albums and this particular one, did you do the same things you did?
I will say almost the same thing. Not really the same but its still me. I
will say the only difference is one or two styles of music I introduced
on the album because I did some afro beats and I didn’t do so many
What do you think about the Nigerian music industry?
The industry is still in a little bit of chaos in terms of copyright
laws, in terms of combating piracy and artistes getting their proper
dues. I think it is still a little bit unstable but in terms of growth,
creativity and awareness, in Nigeria, the music industry is growing
fast. It is like that everywhere in the world; you have the very
talented artistes, you have the business minded artistes that don’t
necessarily need to be talented and you have those that don’t have both
the business and the talent.
They don’t have any business in the show. And then in terms of audience,
you have people who respect good music in Nigeria and we have those who
just want to party without listening to lyrics and then we have those
that don’t have respect for Nigerian artistes, they only respect foreign
artistes. Nigerians easily put people aside. We have a lot of great old
school artistes who no one talks about anymore.
People just come up today to say they are this and that whereas there are people who have been there from the outset and they really did a
lot of work in the industry and nobody talks about them today. I have
never seen any radio DJ come on air and play old school songs alongside
what we have now. But the way it is, when new artistes come up, they
just sideline the older ones. When 2face Idibia came on board, everybody
forgot about older artistes such as Onyeka Onwenu and Sunny Ade. I
think that thing is one thing that is really bad in terms of respect for
artistes. The way dem dey forget old school artiste dey very unfair. No
matta wetin the person do, Na only the person mate dey celebrate am
some time. In all, the music industry is growing pretty fast right now.
Recently at the Arthur Guinness Concert, P-Square created a scene in
your defence, what is your take on the matter?
We actually came back and some people tried to disrespect us. They
always disrespect Nigerian artistes when it comes to stuff like that. It
is not necessarily Guinness; it’s the people they employed. You know
they employ some agencies to handle stuff sometimes and these people
just disrespect Nigerian artistes.
And the Guinness staff actually came to apologize to us. That was why
myself and P-Square came back on stage to perform. I will advice big
companies to tell those who run the agencies they hire to stop
disrespecting Nigerian artistes. I left the Guinness show but the
members of staff who understood what went wrong, came after me and
pleaded for me to come back.
Why do you think these agencies disrespect Nigerian artistes?
It is because they tend to look at us on their own level and see foreign
artistes in a higher level than we are. It’s just like when you say a
prophet is not respected in his home. They want to impress foreign
artistes when they come to Nigeria. They want to kiss their butts or
something in that line. When they have shows like that, Nigerian
artistes also make demands but everything they would prepare would be
just for the foreign artistes. For instance, I made demands for my own
backstage arrangement and on that day, I come to the venue of the show
and they have a general backstage for all the Nigerian artistes and they
have one particular area for the foreign artistes. And then sometimes,
even the area that is created for the Nigerian artistes, when the
foreign artiste come, they deny Nigerian artiste access to the place.
Although sometimes, some artistes do not make these demands when we get
to the venue of the show, they complain that they are being maltreated
meanwhile in their rider they did not make these demands. Even those of
us who make these demands are not even satisfied and there are
confrontations and one just decides to refrain from displaying and
Who was 2face as a fourteen year old teenager?
I was very shy but very playful, very friendly but extremely shy.
Are you still shy?
Yes I am but I can’t afford to be shy anymore because of the line of
business I am in.
So how are you taking in all your fame?
Well I just look at it like I am still me. The fact that people know me
doesn’t change anything.
Do you think you would have made it this big if you were still a member of Plantation Boys?
It is only God and time that can answer that. Maybe I would have grown
bigger than this, maybe not. I can’t really say.
Are you guys planning a come back?
Right now, no! But we are thinking about
Are you planning to tie the knots anytime soon?
Hmm…I am already married o!
Really when did you do that and why did you hide it?
I no want make una know o!
Who did you marry?
Una no go let the person rest so….
Is it Annie Macaulay?
Don’t worry, you go know when we don tire to keep am secret. (Laughs)
So you are no more in the market?
No I am not o!
For the records, how many kids do you have?
Dem plenty o. I am still counting sef.
Don’t you think your having kids here and there will affect your career negatively?
One thing is that we are in Africa; it depends on which angle you are
looking at it from. Polygamy is a normal thing in Africa. I am not
trying to say anyone should do like I did; it’s a matter of how you want
to live your own life. What I did was the noblest thing I could have
done in that situation. I don’t care about what anybody thinks about me.
I just know that I didn’t kill anyone and I did not commit any crime
and I did the right thing given the situation. So, however anybody looks
at it is a matter of opinion. If they want to crucify me for it, no
problem, I go take care of my pikin them.
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