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Charles Novia Calls Cobhams Asuquo Nigeria’s Own Stevie Wonder; The Most Talented Musical Genius on the Scene at Present



CobhamsCobhams Asuquo is one man with amazing talents.

Nollywood producer and director Charles Novia dedicated a blog post to Cobhams yesterday calling him Nigeria’s own Stevie Wonder and the most talented musical genius on the music scene presently.

He penned an article about Cobhams. Read it below:

I went surfing on YouTube last night in search of an old Stevie Wonder song I was looking for to complete a research. Somehow, after watching the video ‘So, what’s the fuss’ by the gifted musician, as if on impulse, my fingers typed ‘Cobhams Asuquo’ in the search box and for the next couple of hours, I was enthralled by the songs and short videos by our own version of Stevie Wonder, here in Nigeria.

Perhaps I had discovered my own personal Treasure Trove of great songs by Cobhams, arguably the most talented musical genius on the scene at present. I listened to great songs like ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Bless Ye Lord’and watched his interview on CNN uploaded on Youtube as well as rehearsal sessions he had on Project Fame West Africa. Last night re-emphasised what I had always known before now; that Cobhams is a gift to humankind through Nigeria.

His list of Producing credits are as impressive as his elder proxy-mentor Stevie Wonder, within our Nigerian musical space. Not many would know that Cobhams produced over a decade-old hit songs such as Maintain’s ‘I catch cold’ and ‘Amar Akhbar’ ( hoping I got that title right), as well as Faze’s debut album ‘Faze alone’ as with his sophomore ‘Kolomental.’ Does anyone remember other hit songs like Mode 9’s ‘Cry’, Dare Alade’s ‘Not the Girl’, and recent’hits by Chidinma, Timi Dakolo  and a few other artists?  His biggest Producing opus so far, as far as I can remember would be Asa’s debut album which was as phenomenal as it was a commercial success. This dude has been steadily giving us hit after hit songs annually and because of the lopsided musical direction which we have in Nigeria presently, less regard is given to the brilliance of his art while other musically-obtuse ‘beatmakers’ not as talented as him are having a field day.

When I see Cobhams on my television screen, I do not see a visually-challenged young man who evokes pity. I actually see a genius and one I am in awe of.  The guy is that great! And so, last night after watching his videos on YouTube, I felt something which both saddened me and yet made me hopeful for the maestro: I have this feeling that Nigeria may lose Cobhams to a more appreciative clime where his talents will be better appreciated. I can predict that happening in the nearest future. And why not? Cobhams is too big for this clime. He is too rare to be commonised by the unappreciative musical climate here and he is too gifted to be saddled with the mediocrity of the industry. And so, when he gets a better opportunity somewhere, he would leave.

If Cobhams relocates, he would be more like the proverbial Prophet with more honour due to him outside his country. For indeed, Nigeria has never given him a national award. The people out there barely understand his ecclectic style of music which is so elevated and far removed from the regular cacophony we are used to. This talented man should be far removed from the drudgery of artistic existence here in Nigeria. He deserves better. And from experience, I know that it is coming to him soon.

And when that happens, we will be the first to beat our chest to say that ‘He is a Nigerian!’or ‘He used to live in my street’or some fawning words like that. It is always the case. A good thing is never appreciated till it leaves your hands.

I see Cobhams soaring to new heights in 2015 and beyond. And the wings with which he would ascend will not be given him by Nigeria. This country is just his launching pad.

Go Cobhams. The sky is yours to soar and the stars are yours to touch a twinkle.

Source: CharlesNoviaDaily


  1. Missy J

    December 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I can just hug you right now Charles, everything you penned down is just on point. Cobhams is a rare gem and he really inspires me. How he does his production job in the studio is one big mystery to me that I must unravel. I also think Timi Dakolo should be rated that high.
    And Ordinary people by Cobs is a must listen.

  2. Duke of London

    December 30, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I concur completely with every line Charles Novia penned down. I know Cohbams is a genuis in the music industry. I really hope that more respect will be shown him. I think he is an embodiment of hope to all physically challenged. For once I agree with Charles, let us give honour to whom it is due.

  3. paulmirabilis

    December 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Yea, Cobhams is truly a genius. God bless him!

  4. somadina

    December 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Cobhams is indeed a great man.

  5. jhennique

    December 30, 2014 at 11:37 am


  6. Beeeee

    December 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I’m sorry but why does he have to be Nigeria’s “Stevie Wonder”. We have to start looking at ourselves like people of value. The same way they called Mo Abudu, Africa’s Oprah, or how some people call Genevieve, Nigeria’s Julia Roberts. Why can’t limit him to Stevie Wonder? What happens when he goes on to supercede Stevie Wonder. He is an amazing individual and should be celebrated as such. Not the next anybody. Nigeria is full of talented people. We should give them their honour and stop lumping them with others.

    • Anon

      December 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Sometimes, these descriptions are metaphors/used figuratively.

    • Beeeee

      December 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

      I know that. Has any upcoming person in America been called the next (fill in African’s name)? I am talking about the way we look at people in the Western world as if they are better than us. We should give credit where credit is due. This man is a genius and should be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour with hearing Stevie Wonder’s name attached to it. The fact that Stevie Wonder has been around longer than Cobhams does not mean he is more talented than him.

    • Tomilola

      December 31, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Bee. You spoke my mind.

  7. Beeeee

    December 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    *Why limit him to Stevie Wonder”

  8. jagz

    December 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    0ga cobhams is a genius,I love watchin him lecturing d project fame contestantz,d artiste he mostly wrks wit are phenomenal Asa,Bez,timi dakolo,joan Etc#TeamCAMP

  9. Kelly

    December 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I totally agree that Cobhams is a genius and that his musical instincts are top-notch. It is good to celebrate value when we see it. I personally make it a point of duty to make his songs go viral within my sphere of influence and people appreciate his music and say who is that guy? I love Cobhams and his work absolutely.

  10. Kelly

    December 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Charles Novia God bless you for bringing to our attention a great talent. I must say that I see what you’re seeing. Loftier heights is what I desire for Cobhams. God bless you.

  11. Thewickedone

    January 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Would he say otherwise, let thunder Fire am. He only just stated the obvious. We all know Cobhams is a genius & we all still acknowledge it till date

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