She may be Daddy’s Little Girl but DJ Cuppy wants to be known for her talents rather than just the daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola.
The father and daughter have such a sweet relationship. Every time, the fast rising DJ has an event, her proud papa drops all to support her.
In an interview with Encomium Weekly, Cuppy who has been making headlines for months chats about her plans for the music industry, her background and being in a male dominated industry.
On if people take her serious as a DJ: “There are times when I go to an event and I am with my manager, they look at him and not me. There is this assumption that I can’t be the DJ. It’s something they don’t expect. But I love my job, yes!”
On how long she plans to be a DJ: “That is why I started my music company. As far as Nigerian musical content is concerned, there is so much potential here. I want to take Nigeria to other places that have different sounds, and with my job I am so fortunate to travel around. We underestimate the power of music here, people use music to interact.
In the long run, I want to have a company that will give opportunities to African artistes, a platform to launch themselves into the world scene. It’s great that I have a talent but how do I commercialise it? I am doing my Masters in New York, US. I am concentrating on Music Business. I am looking at the legal side of entertainment.
A lot of music artistes waste away because they are not well protected. So, my 10-year plan is to bring all these into the Nigerian entertainment scene.”
On her parents’ reaction when starting out: “I am lucky to have supportive parents. What stops young people from following their passion is the lack of support, not necessarily financial support. I have the most amazing team and people around me always advice me.
My parents push me to be a better version of me, I am not trying to become someone else but just being myself .
Growing was scary, I am very excited about my projects that sometimes I am overwhelmed. My dreams are bigger than me. I am blessed to have parents that support me in what I do, they push and challenge me.”
On getting recognized because of her father: “It’s true, I am following my dreams and doing an exciting project and yet it’s overshadowed by my background or influence. It’s quite difficult, talent and passion speak for themselves.
People sometimes doubt I could actually do the job. It’s a bit disappointing, I am a honest person, people should identify more with what I do and how passionate I am about it. We all have our platforms, it now depends on how you are making use of that platform.
You can get opportunity based on different platforms that can only take as far as you go.
After a while, if you are not good at what you do, then you won’t have anything to do afterwards.”
On if she will take over her father’s business: “My parents are so supportive of what I do, especially my mother. She inspires me, she is such a strong woman. Regarding future prospect, I think it will be better to do what you love.
When you do what you love, you do it well. It doesn’t feel like work because it is what I love doing. I see myself in the future doing what I love. I have a Masters degree in Business and if I decide to delve into business, it will be fantastic, but I am more passionate in what I do now.
I have always wanted to do my own thing whether creative or not, I got that entrepreneurial spirit from my father.”
On if being a billionaire’s daughter is an advantage: “There is always a good and bad side to everything. There are opportunities and there are things I miss out as regards personal life. Anybody that thinks being a billionaire’s daughter is an advantage must also remember there are disadvantages.”
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