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Iyanya on Yvonne Nelson, His Fluctuating Relationship Status & Criticism



Iyanya - Le Kwa Ukwu - October 2013 - BellaNaija (14)

Nigerian music star Iyanya reveals in an interview with iCampus Newspaper, the scoop on his relationship status, his ex Yvonne Nelson and criticism.

Read excerpts below;
On Nollywood: “I respect a lot of directors of some movies I have seen recently. Also Nollywood actors and actresses who have gone into producing their own movies have done well for themselves. But I feel like our stories are too predictable, no disrespect. There’s no suspense. I feel like you can just watch a Nollywood movie that you have never seen or heard of and tell the way it’s going to end before it does. But trust me; if any director partners with me to do a movie, it will be awesome.”

On filming a movie with Yvonne Nelson: “I have never been with her on a movie set so I don’t know how comfortable I will be.”

On if he’ll be comfortable shooting with her: “I don’t have any problem. I am doing business. I am not here for celebration or family ties. If you want me to do a movie with anybody, pay me and I will do it.”

On a sex scene with Yvonne Nelson: “I didn’t say that oh. It’s you that said it oh. I said pay me. Later I go see am for twitter that Iyanya said he will do a sex scene with Yvonne Nelson then the girl go come dey talk nonsense on top Twitter. Abeg oh!”

On Nigerian music today: “Nigerian music is music right now. I’ve travelled a lot and I’ve seen things. When they play Nigerian songs, I see the reaction. Our music has put Nigeria on the map; it’s one of the reasons many people know Nigeria. Its high time artistes get the support that they deserve. You don’t know what it means when Nigerians sell out O2 arena, or when Chinese people or white people are doing moves to Kukere? If you google it now, you will be amazed. We will be taking over the world.”

On relationship status: “Oh boy, it’s the two these days. Sometimes I am single; sometimes I’m in a relationship. You fit see me tomorrow and I go tell you say, “Oh boy, I don break up oh.” I fit wake up say I no do again. Then next tomorrow, I can be in a relationship. The thing just dey fluctuate. It’s not a do or die thing. Relationship isn’t what I’m after right now, I’m after the money. My problem is to make money and have like 20 houses in this Lagos – Island and Mainland. I want house for London, everywhere, so when people talk too much, I go just comot go my house for London go chill. How many relationship dey last without money? I’m just a natural guy. I’m a real Gee.”

On his fans: “I love my fans. I pray they keep believing. I pray they keep praying for me. I pray they see me as human. The fact that I am Iyanya doesn’t mean I can’t make mistakes. They should know that, and correct me constructively. They should not just start abusing me on twitter. That’s childish. They abuse you and when you abuse them back it becomes an issue. I think they just want to get attention. You don’t want to know the things I ignore. If I check my twitter now, someone is abusing me. We have never met but they are abusing me. The only relationship they have with me is my song. So it’s not cool.

On the criticism: “Ehn.. person go dey inside studio dey hustle hard to do music make una happy. You go manage gather 1500 or even pay BIS for one week dey abuse person wey dey hustle. It’s not kool. They should try to understand…”


  1. Ojimaojo

    March 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I Luv U Iyanya

    • HELEN

      March 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm


    • SuShi

      March 15, 2014 at 7:53 am


  2. Ogey

    March 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Dude sounds so shallow.

    • Hot sumtyn

      March 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      So shallow it’s scary

  3. Yelz, I will criticize this intervie;
    1. What’s with d pidgin English?
    2. Um, so we are basically soliciting for movie roles now?
    3. You have a house fetish???

  4. & y’all pls calm down, I ♥ iyanya too 😀

  5. ehi

    March 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    ” How many relationship dey last without money? ” #true talk

    • Bamitale

      March 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      na u know that one oo…my own lasted with or without money..nah when bobo wan start to make money sef he com ex me… shaking

  6. daniel

    March 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    i love u brother keep up

  7. dont get me wrong

    March 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Yvonne Nelson dey talk nonsense abi? I just dey waka pass oo.

  8. Annie

    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    u are really a real gee….funny guy

  9. quuen B

    March 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    You could have said all that u said without adding the gal go talk nonsense bit,bush boy,grow up!!!When you leave a relationship no matter how hurt both parties are u must learn to act mature and civil about it,u dont know whom u might need later in life,again BUSH BOY!!!

    • Eaglebabe

      March 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      thank you!!! You took the words right out of my mouth…Again again Bush boy!!!

    • Jaygirl

      March 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Couldn’t resist…..BUSH BOY!!!

    • Bamitale

      March 5, 2014 at 11:11 pm nonsense say weytin..he didnt av to add that part..oh well, na small pikindrome dey worry am.

    • it's not alright

      March 6, 2014 at 2:46 am

      neither could i….bush boy

    • The Buttery Hotness

      March 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      *joining the bandwagon because i can* BUSH BOY! Hehehehe

  10. X- Factor

    March 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Naaa.. that doesn’t make you a ‘real gee’ brova
    Respect for your hustle.. Congrats on your balling…All the best!

  11. doi

    March 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Please! Please!, you don’t need to be literate or old to sound like a matured man whose experience in life has improved both his manner of approach and intellectual.
    Am really disappointed at the image Iyanya displays for the future generation, I hope they know better.
    To Iyanaya, you really need to think before you speak, to avoid saying all the wrong things or just sounding like Lagos alaye boys.

  12. wunmi

    March 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Even when this dude tries, he still manages to rope himself in @ his Yvonne starts talking nonsense remark. And he almost scaled through this one

    • Bamitale

      March 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      u know!!! i was liking the interview until he got to that nonsense part…Humility sef no too dey hin body.

  13. Neva mind

    March 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    LWFMD!!!!!!!! “the girl go come dey talk nonsense on top Twitter”. Na Yvonne Nelson dey talk nonsense abi?? You will soon get your own OPEN LETTER

    • Canadathingz

      March 6, 2014 at 4:59 am

      That was the funniest part for me

  14. ContessaVlad

    March 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Love his realness but I think he’s disrespectful. I sense arrogance too. Never really liked his music…. it’s just me sha Dude needs to grow up, how about refusing to answer the Yvonne Nelson question? Would it have killed him? He sounds like a typical naija man wey just see money and the thing dey shack am

    • Omo Jesu

      March 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      yup…i share the same views.

  15. Grown Woman

    March 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Lmao funniest interview ever lol It’s Iyanyaaa….do your thing and win Miss Yvonne back pls 🙂

  16. choco

    March 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Shallow and unprofessional.

  17. @edDREAMZ

    March 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This guy na igbo man…all i was hearing is pay me and i will act a movie….. Funny interview i must say….

  18. sandra

    March 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    i think he sounded unprofessional and immature…c iyanya of yesterday. msheeew.

  19. NaijaPikin

    March 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Shallow and Immature is what I got from this interview.

  20. nene

    March 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    someone needs to advice him to just shut up and sing. iyanya face you work oh! dude talks to much and no one even cares because he’s not that popular.

  21. Icampus Newspaper

    March 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Please we need campus represenatives and reporters. Please contact us.

  22. Lols

    March 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The guy need to chill! This is not how to respond in an interview. Poor class. If you had a problem with the girl you dated, just let it go! To me it seems he is still angry for whatever reason. Man up and move on. She has!

  23. Nessa

    March 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    So unattractive from head to toe and immature, I can’t believe Yvonne Nelson had anything to do with this little person. Makes me really wonder about her.

  24. sabina

    March 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This boy needs to grow up…..and no body got time for his nonsense

  25. olori Tari

    March 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Omg who knew Iyanya was this shallow ? Lol I’m actually shocked…whaaatttt ? He actually said all that I just read ? Especially the bis one ? Rather funny how he wants people to “understand” and not spew negativity. But he just displayed and spewed all sort of negativity ? Won.da.fu ! I’m actually ashamed for him. I however, do like the whole pidgin thing…maybe it’s just me !

    • Omo Jesu

      March 5, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Its sad my dear…i was beyond shocked too at all the negativity..oh well, as long as it makes him sleep well at night….

  26. anonymous

    March 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I feel sorry for any lady who falls for this guy. Talk about FRUSTRATION! Why do you think Miss Nelson went all out last year to prove that she is the bomb. Upon all that I’m sure that she is still hurt. Ladies stay away from his TYPE [email protected]

  27. Priscy

    March 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Shallow and a bit rude…esp wit the Yvonne talk and the talk abt his fans who “manage to gather 1500 for BIS’ …imagine the BS coming out of his mouth. Without those fans, you are nothing. Local man

  28. Annonymous

    March 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Comes across as a very arrogant man. very shallow minded too. Mscheeeeeeew

  29. nique

    March 6, 2014 at 10:54 am


  30. usang

    March 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    all u guys shud just shut the hell up cause who god has blessed no man can cause, inyanya eyen efik we are proud of u keep making us proud

  31. *Real* Nice Anon

    March 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Isn’t this Yvonne Nelson thing old? Why are they always bringing it up? I can’t imagine having an ex talk about you over and over. Let’s move on. I’m sure she has.

  32. Laur

    March 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm


  33. Victoria velera

    July 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Iyanya it shuld hav been nice,if u had nt included insults.apologies,lols

  34. Alim

    July 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Yvonne na normal African bebs , she no over bad, Iyanya fit comot 100 yvonne nelson dem. make she go marry settle down , she no di grow younger, -like her

  35. elcee

    October 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    We manage buy bis abi??…i cant believe how shallow yhu are…totally uncool bro!!!


    July 11, 2015 at 11:59 am


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