Iyanya is one of the guys in showbiz world today who make things happen. The MTN Project fame winner who is rocking the city with her Kukere hit track has explained what growing up was like to him.
Though, he said the early to grave of his parents prepared him for the big task ahead, notwithstanding he said he came into entertainment world to create his own history.
First of all, the discipline I got from my parents and the karaoke session I was always going to sing as a staff prepared me for Project Fame, because it was there I got bolder, my voice got stronger, I wasn’t just singing songs, I was singing classical songs.
I was singing these old songs so it made my voice bolder. So by the time I came to Project Fame, if I had sang like 20 songs in Project Fame, I had been singing like 18 in the bar before. So, all I had to do was just to perfect it. I was browbeaten; some people would say I am singing to steal their girlfriends. I have a scar on my head, I got that when somebody used a chair on me. I slept at the bar basically everyday, where people smoked I slept there and I always came out reeking of cigarette, he explained.
He further said, ‘’definitely people will look down on you doing jobs like that, but this is the same people when I get back there, they have to beg to take pictures with me. The place is now a club, so when I go there, I don’t go as a staff, I go as a star.
These days before I go there, I have this chair waiting for me in the VIP section. Sometimes you are just somewhere and you know the job is crap; people come there and laugh at you. When I was there, some boys will come with their girlfriends and spend money, they will tell me, “My girl wants you to sing.” Sometimes, if I say I can’t sing, they will be insulting me, “Are you mad? You are just a karaoke guy, what is wrong with you”, and I would start crying. Whatever negative thing people told me, I never really took it to heart.
I just channelled all my energy into hard work. So, whatever anybody told me that was bad, I just want to make good out of it. That is what I do. I am very thankful to everybody who had looked down on me, because they are the reason why I am here today,’’ he told us
Story by Babajide Ogunbumi/Nigeriafilms.com