De­cem­ber 8, 2018

The Punch - - SATURDAY BEAT -

Re­cently, African China, whose real name is Chi­nagorom On­uoha, had to re­ply a troll on a so­cial me­dia plat­form. The Mr Pres­i­dent crooner had up­loaded a pic­ture of his un­com­pleted build­ing when an In­sta­gram user ad­vised him to com­plete the build­ing be­fore show­ing it to the world. The mu­si­cian im­me­di­ately replied the troll, which is not his usual prac­tice. How­ever, when Satur­day Beats had a tele­phone chat with him, he noted that his aim of up­load­ing the pic­ture was to mo­ti­vate the younger gen­er­a­tion.

“I was try­ing to mo­ti­vate the younger gen­er­a­tion to know that hard work pays, it wasn’t to show off. Young men that go to a club to pop cham­pagne are mo­ti­vat­ing oth­ers the wrong way. It is my so­cial me­dia page; what­ever

I do there is my busi­ness. I up­loaded the sec­ond pic­ture to make them know that a lot of money has been put into the build­ing be­cause the cost of build­ing a house these days is much; it’s not an easy feat.

“I am mo­ti­vat­ing them to in­vest in valu­able things, like houses. Some of these young guys stay on the La­gos Is­land; they drive ex­pen­sive cars but they still live in rented apart­ments. When their money is gone, they will start blam­ing the gov­ern­ment.

“While I was grow­ing up, it was old men who en­gaged in per­form­ing ri­tu­als, but these days, young peo­ple do these things the most. This is not what we want,” he told Satur­day beats. African China is pop­u­lar for us­ing his songs to ad­dress so­ci­etal is­sues, and when he was asked if he would re­lease a new song about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, he said he had talked about most of the re­cent hap­pen­ings in his old songs.

“There is noth­ing for me to talk about; most of the things hap­pen­ing in the coun­try right now have been men­tioned in my songs. Nige­ri­ans are not ready for the truth. I have sung about the sol­diers, poor salary and the well-be­ing of Nige­ri­ans in the past,” he said.

Asked if he had the in­ten­tion of

Cgo­ing into pol­i­tics, the mu­si­cian said.

“Yes, I have thought of go­ing into pol­i­tics. When some of the young politi­cians came on board, I got mo­ti­vated, but some­thing in­side me told me it was not yet time. I had to ask my­self ques­tions like when is that time go­ing to be? But I have not re­ceived an an­swer yet. I am still wait­ing be­cause I know these are the young ones that will ef­fect this dras­tic change. I want to see a time when votes will count. That is why I will keep ad­vo­cat­ing through mu­sic.

“I am sup­port­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion in the next elec­tion; I was very im­pressed when I saw a lot of young peo­ple con­test­ing in the up­com­ing elec­tions. I am tired of this old ca­bal. Most of them do not want to leave power; the youths have to par­tic­i­pate.

“The cur­rent mu­si­cians are not do­ing enough when it comes to pro­duc­ing songs; they are scared. To sing my kind of songs, you need facts,” he told Satur­day Beats. ome­di­enne and pre­sen­ter, He­len Paul, just added a feather to her cap in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Pop­u­lar for stand-up com­edy with her comic and ten­der voice, He­len Paul re­cently re­leased a song where she ex­pressed all the strug­gles she had passed through to get to this stage of her life. Speak­ing with Satur­day Beats, she noted that she was a record­ing artiste and not a per­form­ing artiste. He­len Paul em­pha­sised that she would only sing to ex­press her­self.

“What ac­tu­ally in­spired the song was the mo­ment I re­mem­bered a pe­riod in my life when some­one told me I could never get to their level. While grow­ing up, there was this par­tic­u­lar woman who used to drive me away from her house; she used to tell her son not to talk to me be­cause of my back­ground. “Sud­denly, she called me from the US and apol­o­gised, say­ing she was sorry. She asked if I was the pop­u­lar He­len Paul. She was shocked; she con­grat­u­lated me and told me to come and greet her any­time she is in Nige­ria. I was just rem­i­nisc­ing about it and I was amazed that she ac­tu­ally called me. “I was ac­tu­ally with Ayo Mo­gaji on a movie set and she was also shar­ing tes­ti­monies about how God had saved her and done things for her. So while we were talk­ing, I came up with the lyrics of the song. She en­cour­aged me to record the song, so that night, I called a pro­ducer and recorded the song. I am not do­ing it to be a mu­si­cian; I am more of a record­ing artiste, not a per­form­ing artiste. I still re­main a stand-up co­me­dian and a pre­sen­ter,” she said.

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