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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: “Clarence Peters & Don Jazzy Are Really Hot” | Controversial Singer Maheeda Dishes on Her ‘Sexy Propaganda’, Married Life, Raising Her Teenage Daughter & Much More

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Maheeda - October 2013 - BellaNaija (5)The story of Maheeda (real name Caroline Sam), is filled with all kinds of adjectives – sad, inspiring, happy, crazy and many more. After becoming an orphan, teenage Maheeda ended up on the streets and started leading a life of prostitution. Soon after, she found music to be her calling and she never stopped chasing the dream.

Back in July 2012, after a relatively short but very controversial music career, Maheeda ‘turned a new leaf’ and became a Gospel singer as she released her single, “Hallelujah”. Since then, she took a few shots at secular Afro Pop/Dance songs, “I Just Wanna Dance” and “Superman”. This turned a lot of heads as to if Maheeda had really turned a new leaf after all.

Also in 2012, she found love and got wed to her millionaire husband, Robert who moved her and her teenage daughter to settle down in the Netherlands. But, in recent months, news about Maheeda re-surfaced on Nigerian social scene like a wildfire, and it wasn’t about her music. The singer started sharing very suggestive images and videos of herself on her social media platforms, some of which include her bathing and wearing very revealing outfits.

So, BN had a brief Q&A session with the songstress, Maheeda to find out what’s really going on with the controversial artiste as well as what she might surprise us with next.

It’s been a while since you’ve been on the scene, on the blogs and in the news, what brought about the sudden re-emergence?
I really don’t know. I was just living my life and having fun. So, I decided to share it with the world and then, the world enjoyed it and took it too far.

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From how many pictures you put up daily, you really seem to love Instagram. What is it about the social media website that you connect to?
It is just really easy to use and fun. It’s also the best way to show off.

Some of your new Instagram photos and videos have become trending topics in online Nigerian circles. How do you handle this new popularity?
Popularity? (laughs). Honestly, I didn’t see it coming but I took it how it came. I have learnt that if life gives u lemons, you make lemonade.

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After quite a controversial career, BellaNaija even tagged you an ‘African Gaga’ back in 2012 {click here}, in July 2012, it was reported that you had turned a new leaf and become a Gospel singer. But, in the past two or three months, you have resurfaced with quite a new image that seems to contradict that. Is this a tale of ‘good girl gone bad’, or rather bad girl gone good gone bad again?
The truth is that I am just looking for a balance. I never said that I was a Gospel singer nor secular musician. At the end of the day, I prefer the best of both worlds.

Since you dropped your first Gospel single, “Hallelujah” back in 2012, we haven’t heard any other Gospel songs from you. Why the decision to go back to secular music?
Like I said, I never specified that I was a secular artist nor did I say I was a Gospel artist. I choose to take the best of both worlds and put it in my music. If I want to thank God for his mercies, I will. And, also, if I want to tell you that I love sex, I will.

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Since you got married last year, you’ve moved to Holland with your family. How has it been living there and what do you miss most about Nigeria?
Life in Holland is great. Apart from marrying a millionaire, the government has really made life easy for us here. So, honestly, I can say that I miss nothing about living back in Nigeria.

How has life been for you over there? Have you been doing any Non-music jobs?
No, I haven’t. I have just been attending schools and adding more to my knowledge. The truth is that after coming abroad, I realized that we really do need education in Nigeria so I decided to help myself out here.

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With a lot of your raunchy and suggestive new photos and videos out circulating, criticisms have arisen that you returned to your life as a street hustler. How does this make you feel? And, what do you have to say to your critics? How do you handle the criticism you receive on social media?
I’ll just keep this simple. It’s normal for people to want to criticize. At least, I am being educated here in Europe on what show business is and how to succeed in it. That’s all I have to say.

How has married life been?
Married life is like another school. I am learning how to love, how to forgive; how to share, how to care for and make love to someone who is imperfect, knowing fully well that you are not perfect yourself. I’m learning a lot. I’m also learning self control, forgiveness and faithfulness. It’s a big learning time for me. I just want to say that I thank God for my husband. He is my superman.

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How did you manage the transition into your new life in Holland and into married life?
Like I said before, whatever life gives you, the onus is on you to make something out of it. I have accepted the fact that I am now based in the Netherlands and as such, I have to be part of the people here. I have to settle down and learn a lot to share back home, to the people that want to be shared with back home. Basically, happiness is a choice. If you choose to be happy wherever you are, you can be… and, stay out of police wahala.

With your new-found buzz, what should we be expecting from you musically?
I have a lot of surprises in store (laughs). I can’t tell you quite yet.

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In your career, you’ve never been shy of controversy, as such, people are saying that your antics on social media website, Instagram are all just part of a big publicity stunt. What do you think about that?
They can say what they want to say. All join.

From comments on social media websites, critics have said that you look very fit for your age and status as a mother. What’s your secret to looking fit and having a bikini-ready body?
My secret is good, healthy food and lots and lots of exercise. I also try to work my body out when I am making love to my man (laughs). That’s my secret.

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Since your new slew of suggestive imagery on social media website, Instagram, you must have found yourself a new fan base. Do you think you might lose these ‘new’ fans if you stop being suggestive on Instagram?
I really don’t know. Even the feedback I am getting now, I have been really surprised how their reactions have been. Maybe they will surprise me again if that happens, but they are my fans and I just love them.

We have seen photos of you online at dance class. While you are still in school, what other courses are you studying?
I want to keep my fans guessing, so I can’t really say (laughs). But, what I can say is that I’ll give you a tip. Here’s the tip – I love showbiz.

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You have shared a few new photos and videos of your daughter on your Instagram page. She has really grown into a big girl. How old is your daughter now?
She is now thirteen years old.

With a young daughter, do you feel that your ‘sexy propaganda’ might be teaching her to do the same? How would you feel if your daughter started putting up semi-nude photos on her own Instagram page?
My daughter is thirteen years old and well- trained. Schools in Europe teach sex education. They teach them what to do as a teenager and they also teach them what not to do. At home as well, I put more light into what the school has taught her. My daughter knows her limits and I am a happy mum. Some pastors’ kids end up always being in clubs and it’s by their choice. One thing I’ll just say is that children will make choices. We, as parents, can only pray that they make good ones.

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What’s the next frontier you might want to sojourn into? Outside of learning showbiz  in school and your music career, where should we be expecting you? On movie sets or as an author any time soon?
I can’t quite let the cat out of the bag just yet. I’ll just say – maybe.

Your life story is somewhat like a ‘grass to grace’ story. You were an orphan who ended up going into prostitution but now, you’re married to a millionaire and live in Holland. Do you do any charity work?
Like you said, I am an orphan. I am doing the charity on me for now. And, I’ll be doing so at least until I, personally can do for more.

What are some of your hobbies and favourite pastimes?
Sex, dancing, reading and social media websites, Twitter and Instagram (laughs).

On your social media platforms, you have mentioned that you’re just doing what you do best and that is being sexy.Who does Maheeda find sexy?
I think that Clarence Peters and Don Jazzy are really hot. I like the kind of guy that talks less but does more. If you apply that in bed, hmmm, it’s really sexy. I love surprises, in and out of bed. I want to be ‘wow’-ed. I want the guy to make me wander (laughs).

Do you consider yourself a Nigerian sex symbol?
I really don’t know. Who is in charge of giving such titles? Who dey give title?

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Will you be collaborating with any musicians in the near future?
Hopefully, I will be collaborating with a few musicians in the near future. I am currently begging a lot of them now. Since they have now passed my level, I want them to pull me up to theirs but them never answer me yet. Let’s see how the Nigerian music industry supports their own. At the end of the day though, if they don’t support me, I guess it’s just between me and my God then. And, my God is one who makes a way where it seems to be no way.

Do you have any message for your fans?
Thanks for the love. I really appreciate it.

It was nice chatting with Maheeda and from BellaNaija, we wish her all the best in her future endeavours

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44 Comments

  1. Sexxie

    October 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Ngwanu!

    • nene

      October 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      lol

  2. Ziki

    October 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Nawa but she is hot sha

  3. FAR

    October 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    BOLD……Hmmmmmm! iamfar.com

  4. Mama Diva

    October 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    She has nothing to offer…NEXT

  5. nene

    October 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    i never heard of her till today, so i’m not sure who her fans are. she is lost and confused, but then i can’t blame her. if oyinbo no marry am, who go marry am. she’s the type they usually go for. enjoy ur life in holland.

    • ms lala

      October 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      BS….please don’t generalize and say oyinbo goes for her type…I live in LA and I dated my boyfriend from highschool through college and guess what he’s white, he has culture, manners and the love is real. So I guess Oluchi Orlandi is Maheeeda’s type…#ignoranceistrulybliss

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Ms lala, you can say that again. Ignorance truly is a mind-numbing disease.

  6. tope

    October 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    not interesting!

  7. QueenofEverything

    October 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    My suggestion is for her to get a shrink. She might not be aware but her prostitution from the past still has a hold on her. She really needs to address and resolve all that, from being orphaned at an early to the life she fell into. I’m certain there’s access to mental well being professionals in Holland. I wish her all the best but my biggest concern is for her young daughter.

    • TA

      October 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

      May God bless you for this post. I love the way you made your point without drawing blood! I hope she seeks help and let God heal her completely so she would know she can be truly happy without depending on money or sexualising herself.

      1
  8. Wale

    October 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Don’t know her but the video reminds me of Goldie. She is beautiful,can’t take that from her but obviously money miss road via rich Oyinbo man. Better he keeps her in Holland.

  9. Milly

    October 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    She is still possessed by the spirit of Prostitution! I am shocked that she has a teenage daughter,she is satanic singer!

    • lily

      October 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      ur comment got be bursting into laughter. na wa o

  10. ay

    October 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Hmmmm I wonder if her daughter will be proud of her after reading this interview. She’s so shallow

  11. Violet

    October 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    All I feel is pity for her, it’s obvious she’s trying hard to discover herself. Reading through her interview, I see someone who has been through so many abuse growing up. May God help her understand that SEX is not all that life is about. The girl-child suffers sexual abuse like hell,parents would hardly know. Let’s protect the Girl Child Today!!!!!

  12. Elizabeth

    October 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Really Bella Naija, really?

  13. Adeola

    October 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    What a ‘strongheaded’ interview. #thatsall

    • dont mention

      October 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      for the life of me,,, i dont know what u meant by ‘strongheaded’ interview but it got me cracking up like crazy in the bookstore….thanks for the laff, going through a breakup. i needed that….

    • iba

      October 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      WHAT DAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! LOL
      what does ‘strongheaded’ interview mean? lol lol lol lol
      MAKE UNA NOR USE LAUGH TAKE KILL ME O.
      i like this lady though. I really do. life is full of ups and down. the crazy and sane. the ones who do not necessarily follow the norm. I think i like this lady for some very weird reason now. I really like how this interview gave her a human face. Bella naija i must give it to you guys sha. such professionalism. i mean ive read an interview where they break people like this lady because of her past. i repeat i like this lady. she may not be your taste, but she is human and simply living her life. Let God be the judge at the end of the day

    • Jojo

      October 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Pls I beg of u explain what u mean by “strong headed” cos this got me into laughing so hard my kids went to call daddy for help.

  14. jeff

    October 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    every pic of her i see keeps me sexualizing her in my mind
    cant help myself.
    oya next abeg b4 i something happen

    • lily

      October 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      see monkey, she no free, pass

  15. Hausa Girl in Texas

    October 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Who’s she?
    Like someone said
    Haven’t heard of her either.
    Sex sells, in order to be famous
    You take it off or take provocative pics.

  16. Suyacrush

    October 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Soul searching can be a very long process…some find Jesus at the end, some have found him but are still looking you know?

  17. Omalicha

    October 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Gosh she’s so shallow and lost. Bragging about marrying a millionare and the nerve of her to say Nigeria needs education bla bla bla. Omo we know ur new found environment is shacking u but pipe down abeg. U have lied so much that its hard to even believe ur yarns now. For all we know u are in Netherlands doing prostitution and ur “husband” is ur pimp.

  18. nino

    October 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    This is random. I don’t really know her but she has great hairline…sorry that’s random!
    That’s said I wish she would seek help as she seems troubled.

  19. temmy

    October 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Nene finish d word for me..

  20. Idak

    October 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    BN is scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

  21. Modella

    October 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    How did BN knows,she has been into prostitution?

  22. i no send

    October 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    she’s pretty reminds me of kerry washington but i agree that her past as a street walker is causing a lot of conflict in her.

  23. slice

    October 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    she fine

  24. hui

    October 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

    “and got wed to her millionaire husband”..Got wed???

  25. Hurpeyeahmie

    October 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

    nonsense NEXT abeg

  26. Diseye

    October 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Like her honesty and openness (no pun intended o) but seriously she needs to pick a side. God help her

  27. paloma

    October 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    She pwety tho… @ Nene when did u become a psychologist????

  28. The Real Madam the Madam

    October 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’d never heard of her before but I like this interview. She no send. And she’s pretty hot.

  29. NkeiruO

    October 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I read this article the other day and I thought…wow Bella Naija really tried bring out better pictures of this lady then I’ve sen plastered on other blogs. However, I’m surprised when someone just me the youtube video this lady, Maheeda has done now. Does she have mental issues…suffering from something? Did she hold the husband hostage or even does she remember she has a daughter?!I thought Afro Candy was a handful but this Maheeda has surpass being cray. Cray.

    How does she think its her daughter’s school sole responsibility to teach her abot sex in this day? Normally I would read pass stuff and carry my thoughts…but I feel sorry for this small girl and I hope she will not be tarnished by being bullied my other children about her mom’s ways or even turn down a dark road cause of this lady. And we’ll the husband…I don’t have much to say except birds of a feather flock together….I hope he’s not a sick pervert for the sake of that child. It’s only that Champion video where she looks normal.

    • Ngozi

      October 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

      I think the reason everybody is bashing this woman, is because she has been into prostitution in the past, and let it be known. Had she kept quiet, her videos are not so bad compared with all the singers we have today. She even has a classy look. She is beautiful. Most of the singers out there, wear even skimpier clothes. She did not remove all her clothes or do porn like Afrocandy, so this is not comparable. Even Goldie and others have looked skimpier in dressing. What I would say, is that I do not support a shallow lifestyle, so I pray she does take her christian faith seriously. At the same time, there are many singers who sing Gospel, and also secular music, for example: Whitney Houston, P-Square(Bulie ya elu) has gospel in it, Brenda Fassie,etc. As an artist, I know it is common for artists, to respect their faith in their songs at times, but then continue singing whatever style they feel like. I pray Maheeda balances her career with raising her daughter right, and respecting her family. She needs to stop talking about her former life during the hard times, because people will not understand and will judge her. Also, many Nigerian girls have relied on boyfriends, sugar daddies and even prostitution in hard times, and many have married, had children and become respectable members of society. Many girls follow politicians around to gain monetary favors, students sleep with lecturers, etc, and these are not even girls facing hard times. Who knows what it was like being an orphan? For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Let Maheeda simply stop letting everybody know of her past, and people will have more of an open mind to redirect her behavior, but in a gentler, less judgemental way.

  30. Bobo

    October 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Nene shut your mouth….who are you that we know? What makes you better than her……let’s know who u are then we can judge how your life is better than hers……we have women worse than her who are married to Nigerians so don’t come here and talk trash……she is doing her thing, being herself so if u don’t like her that ur take…….besides oyibo will marry her cos she is herself and they generall accept you more when you are yourself not all you fake arse people who just see people and assume you are of a more superior breed than others….go take several seats Biko

  31. Bobo

    October 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    The hypocrisy in the Nigerian society is amazing……..we have a lot of you fake arse girls including some here who are commenting that do runs and cooperate prostitution yet you come here and judge others like you are better……it’s really funny……

  32. sisi eko

    October 29, 2013 at 12:33 am

    This is one of the many problems with Nigeria today, you give your opinion and people shut you down saying “who are you to judge” and so on and so forth. If we are not accountable to ourselves then who will we be accountable to. Some things are to be kept private, when anyone posts semi/nude pictures of themselves on social media they are asking for public opinion and scrutiny. There’s a line and we are crossing it as a society, five to ten years down the line our moral values will be nonexistence because people have been told to shut up and not point out right from wrong. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to speak up/out, but that doesn’t mean we should be mean and vile in our speaking out. This lady clearly has issues no matter what she says to the public or how she presents her sexual liberation, there’s something wrong and this is the only avenue she has to let it out. From her history she doesn’t know any better or have coping skills hence her “sexy” outbursts. Hopefully she finds herself soon.

  33. Gaby

    January 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I feel she’s really nice and outgoing but she obviously has issues.I think that the fact that she was once a hooker messed up with her.She needs professional help.

  34. primpty

    January 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Nigerians, with hypocrisy mostly the ladies, you like judging and condemning people, like what maheeda said in her interview, she want you all to talk and u are doing it for her. whether good or bad comments, we are promoting her with our comments. Most of Nigerian ladies likes to claim holiness but that is a big fat lie, you all are fake and prostitute as long as you have more than one man sharking you(even d one man sef, are u marry or engage to him). Please don’t come out here and call another person prostitute . After all even if na ASEWO she is getting paid unlike u pretenders that give yourself out for free and at d end get beaten and dump later like dirty. The worst part are the married ones that still mess around and still claiming holy while bring curse and downfall on the hubby, please make una SHUT UP. We like people that will gives us fake n sweet stories. No wonder our leaders keeps pushing us around. Been a prostitute is her past not her present. and Nigerian mentality about marrying to a white is so shallow especially if its a black woman. Please Nigerians we need to grow up.

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