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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: The Rapper, The Fashionista, The Advocate – It’s the ‘First Lady of Nigerian Hip Hop’, Sasha P!

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Sasha, real names Anthonia Yetunde Alabi is fondly referred to as The First Lady of Nigerian Hip Hop” and for good reasons too. She shot into the limelight in 2001, at a time when Nigerian music didn’t have as much acceptability as it does now, but has remained steadfast in her career and has grown in huge leaps as one of Nigeria’s few female rap artistes.

While in her first year studying Law at the University of Lagos, she caught the attention of music producer, eLDee and got her first record deal with Trybes Records. There she released hit tracks like “Emi le Gan”, “Work It”, “Oya” and her first album “Finally Here”. Now signed on to Storm Records, Sasha has continued to remain relevant and has blossomed into one of the biggest female brands in Africa. She is the recipient of several awards including Most Promising Female in Africa at the 2004 KORA Awards.

Sasha is also the Creative Director of her own fashion label, Eclectic by Sasha which has recently emerged into a retail line.

Stepping into Sasha’s apartment left me in no doubt of her deepest passions at first glance – fashion and music. Her apartment was neatly arranged with clothes from her fashion label displayed on a row of hangers and on a mannequin hung an unfinished gown which was already taking shape beautifully. Music, which was the platform that brought her into limelight was not relegated to the background as she proudly displayed her awards.

We had a long chat on how she broke into the music industry over a decade ago and her interesting journey ever since.

You’ve been keeping a low profile lately on your music career. What have you been up to recently?
I took some time off to work on my clothing label, Eclectic by Sasha, to get the retail line out properly and the machinery working. I also have other branches of the retail line that I’ve been working on. I’ve created two fragrances of which one would be released before the end of the year. I also have a book which I’ve been working on and it’s an extension of my upcoming album, ‘Sasha Speaks’.

A book? That’s interesting. Tell me about it…
It has poetry and lyrics. Rap is rhythmic applied poetry. I’ve always had a love for poetry. I want people to be able to appreciate the lyrics that go behind the music as opposed to just music on beat.

You mentioned something about fragrances. Are you coming out with your own line of perfumes?
Yes. The first fragrance is called Eclectic. I mixed a note with Mystique Perfumery and I’m very excited about the smell because we worked over a period of five months going back and forth. Now I’ve learnt everything about base notes and top notes. I went through a whole process before I decided on the fragrance and I’m very happy with what I have now.

The Early Years
You are known in Nigeria as the “first lady” of hip hop, being one of the first few female rappers in the country. Tell me about your journey to this title…
It really started as a hobby. I’ve always performed, danced or mimed since I was a toddler. I know that sounds very cliché but it is the truth. A couple of my friends when I was growing up were really into music, a group of boys, and I used to hang out with them a lot. Somehow, we got into the studio and I got my first experience of performing with an actual team. A friend also gave me the number of eLDee the Don and I called him up and I got a record deal two days after that and that is how I got signed so it became a professional job.

eLDee must have been quite impressed. Tell me exactly how you got the record deal with Trybes Records back then…
He initially asked me to freestyle but I don’t freestyle and I told him “I can’t freestyle but I can free write” and he said “what does that mean?” I said “give me a beat and I’ll write a verse and a chorus right here” because I had given him my demo and he didn’t like it. So I wrote my verse and I wrote my chorus and I left and two days later, I got a contract in my email and the rest they say is history.

Out of all the genres of music, why Rap?
People ask that question a lot but it’s what you are given that you use. I didn’t put my hand in some lottery and pick rap. It’s a God-given talent. It came natural to me. I had to learn to hone my skills and learn how to use it properly. Rap chose me.

You’ve spent a long time in the industry. Some people come in and we hear of them for one or two years and they disappear but you’ve been in it for over a decade. How have you been able to keep up for so long?
It’s the grace of God. I don’t have a formula. It’s just the confirmation of my dream that I’m in line with the purpose that God has for me because if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing then he is going to keep upholding you.

What was the initial attraction for you; was it the fame or the money?
It was just something that I was generally inclined to. My family is very musical so I grew up listening to all sorts of musicals, Sound Of Music, Jackson Five… and being the last of eight children, there was always some party or some ways to express myself. For me, it was just like stepping on to a bigger stage and I’ve always had this inner conviction that I have a message and I have to make a mark on my generation.

Was it lucrative right from the very start?
Anybody that says it was would be lying. The industry has grown in leaps and bounds from when I started till now. The fact that someone can release a song now and the next day in London, in America, everybody has heard it is a huge leap. When I was with Trybes Records, eLDee used to pay these street hawkers to carry our CDs. Then, nobody wanted to listen to Nigerian songs, let alone pay for it. The main thing is you have to be passionate about it first. It’s not a clear cut money-making scheme but it’s definitely very viable if it’s done properly.

Did you grow up listening to a lot of Rap Music?
It’s really strange. When Destinys Child started out, I was in secondary school and I used to be so excited and everybody would be asking “I thought you say you rap”. People expect you to listen to a particular kind of music but unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. I’m the cheesiest rapper you can find. I love R&B music. If I could sing, I would sing Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Brandy. But for rap music, the first real rapper that I got into was Tupac and I totally fell in love.

Choosing music as a career must have been met with resistance for most parents around the time you started. But you chose an even different path, Rap. What were your parents’ initial reaction when you decided to Rap professionally?
There was never an intial reaction because there was never a point when I came home and said “You know Mummy, I think I’m going to be a rapper”. It wasn’t new to anybody at home and when I started going to the studios, it was with my family friends so everyone knew. I remember when I wanted to do my SATs, it was about the same time I was starting my studio sessions so I took my SAT form money and paid for a studio session. My Mum was livid. But I always wanted to study Law and I didn’t move away from that so it wasn’t like I said I wasn’t going to school anymore.

As a lady, did you feel odd, venturing into a field that wasn’t really common amongst Nigerian female musicians?
It didn’t feel odd. I was used to being the only girl around the guys. I’ve always done a lot of things that were more male oriented so I felt right at home.

Was it tough to get your music accepted into the mainstream of the Nigerian music industry when you started out?
I’ve been blessed, I can’t lie. Fortunately for me, being on Trybes Records was a blessing. When we did the ‘Oya’ video, it blew up. People had never seen anything like it. We were speaking English, Yoruba and Pidgin mixed together; it was very fresh. The only challenge was that I was introduced to criticisms for the first time in my life and when my first album came out ‘Emi Le Gan’ it went bunkers. The acceptance was very overwhelming.

Who were the artistes that inspired you, local and international?
The artistes that inspired me at that time were Tupac, TLC, MC Hammer, Kris Kross, Fugees.  Plantashun Boiz, Trybesmen, Tina (she’s late now). There was Blacky, Ese Agese, so many people that made Nigerian music look like so much fun.

The Change Maker
I understand you started you started recording songs even before you got into the University. Why did you choose to study Law?
I’ve always wanted to study Law. I used to watch this series then ‘Jake And The Fat Man’. I got fascinated watching him in the court room, which really inspired me. I wanted to be a voice in my generation and I felt like for my voice to be respected, I needed to be part of the Law enforcement.

After graduating, did you go on to Law School?
No. I might anyway but I’ve already done some online courses on Mediation and I’m definitely looking into Alternative Dispute Resolution because I have a huge interest in that.

The lyrics of your songs usually have insightful meaning. You sing about prostitution, AIDS, love, confidence… What informs the kind of songs you write?
I just generally feel like everything should have a message. I feel if you have three minutes to say anything, at least say something worth listening to. When you look around this generation, you’d see that there are so many things that we take for granted but when we become leaders, we’d realize that these things we didn’t nip in the bud are actually serious so I feel I should use my music as a medium to say something.

You were an active voice during the fuel subsidy protests in Lagos earlier this year, joining in the street protests. What informed that decision?
At the time the subsidy was removed, I had started my fashion business and I was very affected by the fuel pricing. Until recently, my generation has been very complacent, we just complain, we don’t act but when I saw a group of young people, groups like Enough Is Enough, I felt like I needed to be out there. The first day, I missed the Ojota one but I went to Falomo and we were just about 20 people but by the fifth day, we had grown into thousands, marching around and it was very liberating to see that people were beginning to take control of their future.

Do you have any plans to go into politics?
I don’t think so. I just want to be a voice; I’m always going to speak my mind.

You sort of paved the way for other female rap artists since your debut into the industry. How do you feel about rap music in Nigeria now compared to when you started out?
To be honest, I think that there was a lot more creativity going on then. Everybody was just passionate about the music. There was a lot of intelligence then. I’m not saying there isn’t any now. If you hear someone like M.I. or Naeto C rapping, you’d see that there is a lot of intelligence in that but the songs are not as structured as they were back then. Nobody is trying to prove anything anymore because Nigerian music has sort of established itself. The difference is that music is more relaxing now, people are making happier music.

The Fashionista
Let’s talk about your fashion label, ‘Eclectic by Sasha’. When did you start designing clothes?
I had always designed stuff for myself even while in school and people used to order when they saw my designs on me. I made clothes for students from other Universities. From then, I styled people for TV shows, award shows, red carpets so it has been bespoke for a long time.

Who or what inspired you to go into fashion?
My mother. When I was growing up, she had a fashion line called Poise Fashion. I had Barbie dolls and I used to take small pieces of cloth and make small clothes for my dolls and that is how the interest started. When I got into music and needed specific clothes for my videos like clothes for a Traffic Show or something like that, of course I couldn’t find such clothes to buy so I had to go to the market and start buying fabric to make stuff for myself.

You’ve now crossed over from Bespoke fashion to building a Retail Line. How did this come about?
The business side of it started officially in December 2011. I stocked at L’Espace. We started with a hundred items and we’ve had a good run so far. Retail has always been my dream. I’ve always wanted to be like Nigeria’s H&M or Nigeria’s Forever 21. I love retail fashion because I think fashion is something that helps you express yourself and I don’t think you have to break the bank to look good. And that is where Eclectic comes in. We have versatile clothing but at affordable prices.

How affordable are your clothes?
Very affordable.

Really? How much is this dress you are wearing right now?
This dress is just N11,000

Are all your clothes locally made?
Yes.

Ever since you made your fashion label known to the public, you’ve been placed under higher expectations with respect to the way you dress to public events. How have you been able to meet these expectations?
I personally don’t live for anybody. I know it sounds a bit selfish but I think once you please God and you’re happy with your inner self, everything else will fall into place.

Personal Interests & More
What do you spend most of your time doing now, music or fashion?
I juggle both. Even while I was establishing my fashion business, I haven’t stopped recording. I was in Kenya for a couple of weeks in March, recording for the album. I’ve already released about seven singles off the Sasha Speaks album and there is more to come.

You have been romantically linked with Naeto C in the past. Was it a rumour or were you two actually in a relationship before?
It was definitely a rumour.

So who is the spark in your life now?
I really don’t talk about my personal life

But there is someone…
I didn’t say that. I think it’s best to concentrate on what I’m selling which is the clothes, the music, and positivity.

There is another round of rumours going round now that you are pregnant…
I am so not pregnant. From the time the person ‘speculated’ it till now, I should be about five months pregnant if I was said to be three months pregnant then. I don’t think a baby is something you can hide and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. My mother had eight children so if I have a baby now, I think I’m old enough to have one, old enough to be in a relationship, old enough to be married so I don’t think any of these are things you should hide. But obviously it is better to be married before you have a child, it’s only proper. The only baby that I have right now is Eclectic by Sasha.

Speaking of which, how old are you?
I’m 28 but my next birthday is this month.

What is the most disapproving comment someone has made about your designs?
A while back, someone tweeted a picture of herself wearing one of my designs and there were comments of how it was a copy of one of H&M’s designs. I should be offended but I was actually flattered because what I have is a retail line and anyone who is familiar with retail lines would know that there are trends on the runway and designers or retail companies do their own versions of these trends and make them affordable for people.

How far do you intend to take Eclectic by Sasha?
I’ve been advised to take my designs to the runway but for now, I’m just focused on making Eclectic by Sasha a household name. We are going to release an online store from where anybody can order from around the world. We cater for sizes from 6 to 16. We are trying to go national and then international.

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

81 Comments

  1. faith

    May 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    First!

    • UsaveOne

      May 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      …shall be the last! Thumb up to Sasha P!

      http://usaveone.blogspot.com/

    • loa

      May 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Lol, UsaveOne you’re so funny!

  2. nena

    May 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

    That patch patch skirt is jst a sin! Horid!

  3. nene

    May 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Well döne gırl!

  4. MISSGLAM

    May 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Makeup in first and second pictures done my ME!!! *smiles*

    • Gidi

      May 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Well done!!

  5. MISSGLAM

    May 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    *by ME!!!

  6. UC

    May 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    na wa which kind 28 yrs u bi, u don old pass 35 jooooo, but nice working u are doing keep it up, marriage is not everything

    • partyrider

      May 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      keep quiet there! what is it with Nigerians challenging everybody’s age?
      you dont know her personally so you cant even challenge her age,which in the first place is non of your business..hiss and i see no reason why she would lie..
      abeg park well and face front

    • labelle

      May 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      please, if you don’t have facts please don’t be mean. I know her personally and she IS 28. yes, she has acomplished this much at 28 and it’s amazing.

  7. christy

    May 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Nice

  8. mekhi phifa

    May 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Abeg abeg abeg abeg who dash am 1st lady? I hop we still all know say ds woman no get rhyme, no rapping skillz talkless of singing so plsssss b4 una give pesn 1st lady title do ur home work on Nigerian female rappers.
    Well she might be a fashionista….dts after Goldie….lol.

    • lily

      May 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      @ mekhi phifa stop hating… sassha is d first lady and shes got rhymes dat only eva can actually compete with her in my opinion. you dat is talkn abeg release ur album lets hear or better still go hug transformer. Sasha uv done very well for yourself and your family should be proud of you. plus she answered the questions intelligently and she thinks ahead. way 2 go gal!!!! keep d hustle

  9. meme

    May 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    just 11,000. hehe

    • jmayaki

      May 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

      i tire oooo. so 11,ooo is now JUST? ummmmmmmm

  10. lukout

    May 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    luv yu sasha………………..buh yur dress sense smtymz sha#sippin cold coffee

  11. mekhi phifa

    May 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Sasha pls wats d point lying wen u no some of us no u frm sec. sch. Plsssss u were born in 1980 dts no Big deal u ar 32yrs.

    • Gemini

      May 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Sasha finished from ISI in 2000, there’s no way she could have be born in 1980. If you said 1983, which i presume is when she was born, that would have made more sense. Please stop chatting rubbish.

    • Modele

      May 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

      And you know this how? You birthed her? She was born in 1983. Maths obviously isnt one of your strong points. I know calculators are very common in nigeria even though common sense isnt so common, pls buy one, more importantly?? USE IT. May God bless you with everything you wish her, Amen.

    • Gemini

      May 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Are you high on something? Or you just can’t read and comprehend? Did you not see that I was trying to say Sasha was born in 1983? Clearly you’ve just proved that you do not understand English. Please read carefully before you open your mouth next time.

  12. faith

    May 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    yea… her dressing sometimes no follow….cant call her a fashionista + she isnt a good rapper…she was just very lucky in her first album.

  13. gbebs

    May 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    “I’m not one of those people. I’m the cheesiest rapper you can find.” am I missing something or did she just call herself a cheesy rapper?..oh well thank God you said yourself Sasha. As for your clothing line, I like if people don’t just copy straight off high street stores, cos one of her designs exact same one was worn 4years earlier by Nadine Coyle of girls aloud, I think your customers deserve much more than that or don’t you think so? BN pls post my comment o 🙂

  14. Ron

    May 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Well done Sasha. You did music at the time when it was so unpopular and 10 years on you’re still here. That’s not a mean feat, like it or not. I wish you the very best in all you do.

  15. Blue ivy

    May 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Just N11,000????????

  16. NNENNE

    May 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    @UC… How is that your business? Get a life!

  17. Econcernme

    May 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    @mekhi phifa person dey make money, dey plan im future, U dey der dey beef, sid down dere. U may nt like her way buh som of us do. Lobatan…

  18. uche

    May 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Well done girl, you rock and have paved the way for so many ladies in the Nigerian music industry today

  19. Tony

    May 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    i luv ur music…but u’re a bit over weight….try checkin dat

  20. Freda

    May 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Pls can someone tell Miss Sasha, that there is another Nigerian Designer in the UK, whose line is also called ECLECTICS,for more than 15 years now her name is Helen Erabhor

    • fokasibe

      May 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Last I checked, ECLETICS and Eclectic by Sasha are varied and different! If your friend wants to own the term Eclectics, tell her to copyright it! Mcheewww.

  21. Freda

    May 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    she was one of the official designers for the miss world org, during Agbani’s reign

  22. bislly

    May 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Haha people. Show some love.And why can’t she be 28 going to b 29 dis month?Her mates at I-S-I Ibadan ,d secondary school she attended are around d same age bracket.
    Well done Sasha!though I no like that patch patch skirt.Guess u r being eclectic.
    Abeg try go to Law School oh.No resemble Omawumi.

  23. Diva

    May 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    “Eclectic” is a dictionary word , I strongly doubt anybody owns it! Won’t knock your hustle Sasha. Keep up the good work!

  24. Abakaliki

    May 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Quick Question: When last did you release a single? Like 50 years ago? So how are you the 1st lady of anything?

  25. Janded

    May 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Good one. Love her swagger

  26. tee

    May 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    @Freda Eclectic and Eclectics are 2 separate names!!! duh!!!!

  27. Uchechi

    May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Adeyemi..why will you refer to her as an advocate when she hasn’t attended law school? All the best Sasha..

  28. Dee

    May 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    N11,000 is very affordable??? ok oh!

  29. niks

    May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Can people stop gassing sasha..First lady of rap ???? When there’s Blaise..DPMO

    • Gidi

      May 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Blaise is dulling o!
      She needs to release that album.

    • Fatimah

      May 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Blaise who? hahaha, I laugh in madarin. The same blaise that rapped like how many lines in Oya and disappeared into thin air only to resurface in Maga no need pay and I no send you. Are you joking me? That one no be serious contender, where is she sef?. So far so good, the only other popular female rapper that is their mama is Eva Alordiah. That chic is damn good! over-good dey worry am. GIGO had like nine hot tracks!

      Evidence of Sasha’s talent is that Adara song, I really wish she would give us something that hot or even hotter this year.

    • Gidi

      May 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

      I feel you on the Eva stuff but i still think that Blaise is a much better rapper than both. Sasha is a lesser rapper than both girls. While Eva may have more street cred and is the rave of the moment, Blaise is a more complete artiste. Besides you missed her in Obi mu (remix) and Blaze. My view is that Blaise is not as commercial as Eva and even Sasha or Muna,that is her cross.

    • fokasibe

      May 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Gidi I’m so feeling you! I also feel Blaisé is the No. 1 female rapper in 9ja but unfortunately, she’s not commercially successful…and you forgot to mention her verse in M.I’s blaze off his debut album – Talk about it…..Eva is also on point with her game. No one should knock Sasha’s hustle though, she started at a time when there were hardly any females in the game and has left indelible marks. Big up ya self girls!

  30. iamfascinating

    May 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    go Sasha! love her

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  31. TeeTee

    May 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I loveeee Sasha – AWON aye!! go for your dreams girl…. the worst thing in life is not to go for your dreams all of you being mean , please let us know when your own single drops, when you have your own clothing line , and perfumes yeah? Here is a POSITIVE role model for girls , doing her own thing, no explicit or offensive lyrics, she doesnt expose herself, dresses decently, not a runs girl but you still can’t support ..Sasha, the God bless you , uplift you cause you attain great heights!

  32. christy

    May 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Why do age always spark up controversy,pple find it funny wen I tell my true age,so fulking wat?

  33. Diana

    May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Well done Yetunde. Keep moving forward. I remember you from salt & light camp Ibadan. As you keep progressing, please dont forget God Almighty the giver of the talent(s). You exist to make a mark for hi!m Selah!

  34. sleezyb01

    May 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    for those of u beefin and hatin,u pple shud for once stop it and start appreciatin,d fact is that she has been there for the past decade and she is still doin her tin,reps naija,so what is the fiasco abt if she b first lady..she has and still doin her tin…..she deserves it.

  35. Lili4lili

    May 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Stop hating guys

  36. Gidi

    May 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    this age challenges are beginning getting very boring and stale.
    Why do the moderators even bother to put up such lousy comments?
    If you want to challenge a person’s age,how about some proof of your claim?

    On the topic in question, i am not a very big fan of her music as i find her an average rapper,however she seems to have a sane head on her shoulders and continually pursues her dreams (unlike most of us) be they music or fashion.
    Much respect to her and i wish her the very best.

    • Fatimah

      May 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Gidi, I thought I was getting upset at the age issue oh. Funmi clocked 40 last year, peeps started making noise about it, I’ve been following FI for over 8 years and she ought to be 40! Same with Omotola, Genevieve was 32 last year, had a party to celebrate it, one idiot now said 33? again? Like WTF! All these underachievers, they can’t seem to wrap their mind around the fact that their mates or juniors are doing far better and achieved so much with their time.

      Re-Blaise: I guess I need to pay blaise more attention then because all I see is her forced ‘Da-Brat’ swagger.

  37. babajide

    May 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love and admire a woman who works for her money, but i dont like liars, she said she has a law degree, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKlgQeBmpu8, on television, so why tell otherwise here. This is what i hate about people, not keeping their stories straight. anyways the best of luck to you doll.

  38. feyi

    May 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    omo ibadan gaan, i smile when i see you. you go girlie!

  39. KingsQueen

    May 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

    i think babes is really talented but highly underrated, esp for someone who works so hard… i doubt the label is promoting her as much as they should, but if shes made it this far i’m guessing things could only get beta for her… wish u all the best SASHA P!

  40. Africanbeauty

    May 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Sasha has her own talent but Blaise hands down as Naija best female MC, Eva is coming up.

  41. Partyrider

    May 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

    You guys here are just annoying I swear..
    In case you don’t know,she was and is still called the first lady of rap cos she was the FIRST and ONLY lady to start rap in Nigeria..you get? Eva,Blaise and the rest came afterwards,and believe it or not she paved way for these ladies,and should be respected for that.
    Sasha is one person I respect,I really don’t even know why and she is intelligent. From the answers she gave to her tweets,you know she is smart and full of positive energy.
    And for her age,she has done very well for herself,I don’t know her personally but I’m proud of her.
    Sasha you need to come back strong,As in very strong .work on those lyrics and delivery style.i wish you all the best and I remain a loyal fan.
    Oh one last thing, ‘Adara’ remains one of the best female rap songs in Nigeria.go and contest it anywhere.
    Deuces.

    • Partyrider

      May 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

      …and I forgot to add,artists like Sasha are who young girls should look up too.,in all standards.
      God bless you Sasha and I pray He grants you more success. Amen.

  42. morenike

    May 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    You pple really need to chill. Sasha is 28. Yeas its amazing what she has done with herself so far and I am very very proud of her. Don’t make accusations or assertions when you don’t even have the facts.

  43. Ify

    May 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Go Sasha P! Love you lots and proud of you xxx to the dullards who made the comment about Sasha’s education… She has a law degree but didn’t do law school. Don’t be so quick to chat rubbish. #idiat

  44. Tiki

    May 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    i was hooked on sasha right from adara, and have remained hooked ever since. you rock girl!!!

  45. marvel

    May 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I have been indifferent to Sasha, as I don’t know her music but when I read this interview, I fell in love with her attitude and drive. To read the rather negative comments was depressing to say the least. I can now, hands on heart understand the scorn that a number of Nigerian young males have for the females. The level of self hate and hatred towards others is shocking to say the least. Something has to be done and quickly too…

  46. konnie

    May 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Shasha, you know you have a great singing voice. Keep up the good work and don’t listen to nay sayers. I am proud of you

  47. Bewi

    May 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I have never been a fan of her music.I think her delivery is a bit weak and her hey ryhmes are mediocre. That being said, she has done a good job of putting herself out there and constantly staying in the public eye.She has been able to diversify into fashion and i hope her retail lines continues to do well

  48. Amber

    May 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Just 11 k…yeah,datz no big a deal..stop hating peeps

  49. Diana

    May 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    @ Babajide – There is no inconsistency in what she said. She has a law degree from University of Lagos. However, in Nigeria you have to go to Nigeria law school to qualify as a Barrister. The fact that you have not gone to the Nigerian law school does not mean you dont have a law degree.

  50. Modele

    May 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Bravo baby! Remember you have family and friends who LOVE you no matter what! You make us proud. You have made a name for yourself based on your God given talents and will continue to excell as long as God is on the throne. Dont mind those without dreams or the know how to make it happen, they’re just beefing. Lol, hugs and kisses always. Thanx BN for the interview, very professional. Kudos to you.

  51. Hadassah

    May 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Some stooopid people are just yarning OP. Yes. I grew up with her. She was born in 1983, went to ISI, finished 2000 set. Started law at Unilag in 2002 and finished a year after the folks she entered school with. I understand if you wanna fault some of the styles she has been seen wearing but pls, she is well accomplished biko. If you dont agree….u fit go jump off 3rd mainland

  52. Dazzle

    May 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

    WOW! women are so mean to one another, your comments here are so hurtful, cut her some slack abegi!

  53. ify

    May 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

    having a law degree is different from going to law school ooooooooooo!!!

  54. Ziariz

    May 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    WOW! i don’t understand the beefing and hating and all by fellow women..seems y’all are jealous or what other reason.
    Sasha is the first lady cos back in 2001 , who else was doing rap then..let’s try and be a bit intelligent..biko!
    also she is really 28, she was in my younger brother’s class in I.S.I…back in Ibadan…
    let’s try and celebrate our own and stop bringing each other down..SMH

  55. Adedoyin

    May 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Whats up with this law school, no degree issue..Inasmuch as she finished her law degree, she is a law graduate and she can only be called a Barrister or a Legal Practitioner as the case maybe if only she goes to Law School….We should learn to appreciate other pple’s strenght than concentrating on their weaknesses..She is doing good for herself and the good thing is she is willing to do better and Yes i am a Lawyer..Go Shasha..I am proud of u

  56. OmoMakun

    May 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I respect Sasha’s hustle, but all this talk about her being the first lady of rap in Nigeria na story. I mean back in the day yes, but now, i don’t think so. Eva is a way better rapper than Sasha anyday, i’d rather pay to see Eva perform than Sasha, no hating.

  57. JAnomaly

    May 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Sasha made a name for herself. Ok, let’s learn to respect people who paved the way for others. Michael Jackson respects James Brown, even though he became a bigger artist than James Brown. So, Sasha you deserve the title of first lady. You are beautiful, and talented. I hate how Nigerians can be too critical, to a point where it becomes FOOLISH. I always say this, Nigeria will move forward than this if people can actually learn to encourage, appreciate and bring out the best in others. Time to change that NASTY attitude/behavior because the problem with Nigeria is Nigerians themselves, and it’s things like this affecting the country.

  58. Redcarpetgoat

    May 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    i gbadun Sasha jare. @28 she has done so well for her self. haters sit in public cyber cafe to type rubbish.

    • Naya

      May 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      No mind dem haters…….!!!!!

  59. my views

    May 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    @ Haters, find somewhere to sit! You should come back to criticize her when you have accomplished this much for yourselves. Have you ever seen any human being without fault or weakness? Fact still remains she will always be mentioned any time Nigerian female rappers are mentioned. It is so easy to fault another person if you have not gone down the same road. Sasha, well done. Keep going, keep moving ahead, you still remain your limit.

  60. Des

    May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    So i love Sasha since trybes record days.I love her dress sense and carriage. Am not a rap freak so i really dont care about Blaise or Eva but i think Sasha is a great artiste. U go gal!

  61. olah

    May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    i respect SASHA. I pray God crowns her effort with major success. Amen.

  62. zoe

    May 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Nigerians get problem no b small,y can’t y’all go carve a niche for yourselves nd leave sasha alone..she’s done well for herself ..i bet most of these plp are women..always beefing..haba!

  63. kem

    May 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    she got swag doh, stage presence and rap like a gifted child….that all i can say, much love

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