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Working with people like producers, director, executive producers and lots of people has also been so challenging. We have been together for about a year and half now. To your album, what is the title of your new album? It is my world. So, in other to make it interesting, I just added some melody to those stories.
And I think for my first album, it would be great to have it as the title. The album talks about love, fun, caution, some level of things. And you know, there are different aspects of it, heartbreak, all these are the things that I go through in my head. Even before the album launch, your name has been a household name.
What is the secret? I am still not satisfied. What I would say is that, it is all by the special grace of God. There are limits to what we can do and God takes control of other things. I was not one of those people that knew what to do before coming into the industry.
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The only thing I knew was how to sing. For me, it is while sojourning in the industry that I learnt many things. I think that was what has helped the brand to grow, knowing fully well that I want to do this and I am willing to overcome all the boundaries.
Also, I have a higher goal for myself. You said you have not reached the turning point. So, that is my own secret. Which of your tracks do you think brought you into limelight?
This is because, after that song, I was nominated for Channel O award. I won a couple of international awards that year because of the song. I won Defa award in UK. But to me, if you ask me, I would say that everything has just been a gradual process.
Each track I drop opens a different door for me. Did you actually pose nude in your new song, I Wish? I know most people have not taken time to watch the song and they are criticizing it based on what others are saying. They cannot speak from their own angle. So, I have decided to express myself the way the script says I should.
She was almost sad and at the same time, you could see the emotion on her face. It is about being able to express yourself and not lying about your feelings. Aside music and acting which you recently started, what else do you do? Tunnel was the first big movie I featured in. You have one of the best casts you can think of. It was directed by ex-BBA winner, Katung. I also run a private school with my mother. What is your driving force? My driving force is my passion for what I do.
Aside music being my passion, it is also like a hubby to me. I am also driven to make ends meet. For me, it is now a business because the Bible says that anything we lay our hands on shall prosper. I intend to prosper in it. When I say prospering, it is not only about music but also being able to encourage young people.
I want young people to know that if Waje can win a Grammy award, then, they can also do the same. I want them to know that if I can conquer Africa then, they can do the same.
I know how many people that have approached me and said that they are inspired by my music. Are you signed to Chocolate City? No, I am not signed to Chocolate City. I wonder why everybody is saying that I am signed to ChocolateCity. I am signed to Waje Music Entertainment. Are you telling us that you have a record label? When did you unveil the label? I have been running the label for a long time now. Artistes have been coming to me to sign them on but I keep telling them that we sign artistes on a partnership level.
So, it has always been there. You still liiok stunning without make up. The secret of my beauty is God.
You can ask my hair stylist, Elijah. He has been making my hair for a very long time now. Was music always in the cards for you? Did you have any other career planned? For me, music was always somehow part of the plan. When I was at school, I was on scholarship because I could sing, not because I was an A grade student or anything, even though say I de try. So somehow, music has also opened doors for me, I guess it was just natural. I had people in my life like Chris Madubuko, who was my mentor; he guided me to making the right decisions before music became a career.
At some point I started making chin chin with my friend, we were doing that to survive but crazy enough our chin chin was the best in Onitsha at the time.
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We used to sell a really small container for N and in two days we might finish frying 50 kilos of chin chin, just the two of us. Tell us how you music career finally kicked off? There were different events and people channelling me to the right crowd, sort of helping me be the artist that I am today.
How have you seen the Nigerian music and entertainment industry transform since you started? A great deal has changed. Waje if you do this type of music in Nigeria, hunger go kill you oh!
You look at people like Simi and Adekunle Gold, who are doing it effortlessly and they carry people along. The older crowd, the younger crowd, it just shows that Nigerians are evolving with music and we are beginning to enjoy our music more.
Our music is exported now. We have grown even though there is so much more to do. My creative process is weird because I go in phases. ByI had evolved into an artist who would hear a beat and freestyle and then write words to it. Now I literally just think about the song and I have this red diary I might not have the melody, but if the words come to me I put them down. The ideas just flow into my red book, that is the phase I am in as an artist. I would have to listen to the song a couple of times at home before I voice it.
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How did it feel being a judge at The Voice Nigeria? That is one of the miracles offor me. What did you learn in the process?