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Olamide on ‘My Africa’ | Talks being a Father, His Baby’s Mother, Never Listening to Fela Growing Up & More

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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olamide-Olamide is the latest entertainer to be interviewed on ‘My Africa’ with Andre Blaze Henshaw.

In the podcast, we get to find out more about the man behind the name – his background, his driving forces, previously untold stories and his plans for the future.

The interview is about 50 minutes long so we’ve got excerpts for you.

Read excerpts below.

On having a kid: I’m very happy with the fact that I have a kid right now. I just can’t live that young and reckless ‘Mr. Man’ kind of life anymore (Laughs).

On fatherhood: It’s nice, it’s good. I wasn’t scared at all. I’ve been longing to have a baby since I was in SS3 but I wouldn’t want to have a baby that’s going to come to this world and suffer.

On choosing to have a child now: I think I’m good financially. I’m more mature and all that.

On his relationship with his baby’s mother: We’re very cool. We’ve been cool from way back and we’ve been together for almost 5 years now. It’s not just some random chic that came around from nowhere. That’s just it.

On marrying his baby’s mother: That’s a question that is very hard to answer because Olamide is not God. Only God knows tomorrow.

On his biggest fears: My major fear is not making Heaven; the second one is failure.

On his fame: Nobody thought it was going to be this big for me…or for someone coming from Bariga, and you’re not even doing like Pop, RnB or something. You’re rapping, like rap doesn’t even really sell like that in Nigeria. And now you’re coming from the ghetto, and you’re not doing English rap. But glory be to God, I did a lot of hard work and it has paid for me. The grace of God has really helped me as well.

On growing up: I grew up knowing the ups and downs. My pops he didn’t really pay attention to the things he should have paid attention to. That’s why he had too many ups and downs back then; and because he was too bothered about so many people, and satisfying outsiders more than family. My pops used to spend for outsiders more than us back then so I think that really affected us in a way, like big time. Like when we were supposed to move out of the ghetto…even till now my pops built his house in the ghetto. I’ve been begging him like ‘Yo pops, let’s move out of Bariga’ but he just wants his people around.

On his love for music: My love for music came from influences from my neighbours and my parents. My parents listened to music a lot. You know all these Yoruba people nao, jaiye-jaiye people. They like faaji. So they play music a lot like Wasiu Ayinde back to back, Sunny Ade and all that. The only thing my parents never allowed me to listen to like Fela’s music. It’s crazy; they said Fela is too crazy. But they do listen to Fela’s music. They think Fela smokes, this and that, so they don’t want us to get influenced by that. Majority of my neighbours back then used to attend Catholic churches and they used to be in the choir so sometimes their choir members come to their place for rehearsals. While they are doing all that I’ll just be somewhere in the corner watching them so I actually fell in love during all that process.

On who Olamide really is: Olamide is a young black boy from faraway that believes there is more to music than staying in a box and saying ‘Yo, I do RnB, I do Hip-Hop, I do this, I do that’. I don’t believe in that. I believe music is music. Me making music is a result of influences from here and there; listening to Pasuma, listening to Orits Wiliki, Majek Fashek, Blakky, Eedris Abdulkareem and all these people.

On never having beef with M.I: Never! Let me shock you. The first time I met M.I, I met him through my former manager Tony Nwakalor. I think someone was having a birthday party – maybe Ice Prince or something – then M.I was the one who took us into the club. Back then there were some places I couldn’t easily enter, like the bouncers they were going to like just mess with me big time. But M.I took me in like freely and all. I can never forget that. I don’t know if he remembers though. So I’ve never had any issues with him. We’ve never met one on one and had any disagreements or something like that.

Listen to the interview below.

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

17 Comments

  1. kookie

    August 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

    It annoys me to no end when men, particularly those with kids out of wedlock, say stupid stuff like “only God can say” when asked to explain their refusal to marry. So God did not have a say when it was time for you to knock someone’s child up abi. Na now God go come get say. Mr. Oga just admit that you’re not ready for marriage yet and let that be it. I don’t know who you think you’re fooling, probably the girl who has been with you for over 5 years, has had a child for you and is still waiting for God to come and say. Mcheeww. And FYI living in sin with a woman you are not married too is a sure fire way to miss heaven. Just in case you are unaware.

    • Amiira

      August 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      You will be shocked that he has tied the knot already

  2. L

    August 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Olamide may God be with you and your family. There are some people who love you for you.

  3. Tosin

    August 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The excerpts are beautiful.
    Olamide, <3

  4. bruno

    August 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

    lol. if u are so cool with ur baby mama why wasnt she invited to the naming ceremony of the child. We saw zero pictures of her at the naming ceremony instead it was fashola we saw in all the pictures carrying the baby. LOL

    • SLA

      August 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

      uhh? you really think there will be a naming ceremony without the mother? loool…Maybe he selected the pictures sent to the media and excluded the ones showing the baby mama, There cannot be a naming without the mother.

    • Oma

      August 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

      STFU,
      You saw pictures of what Olamide wanted you ( the public) to see, you know nothing of this mans life or his child’s mother.. Borrow sense if you don’t have.

    • Tee

      August 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Just stop.. Did it occur to you her pictures were not released by choice. Not everyone wants their pictures in the public eye.

    • Austar

      August 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Errrrrrrm……. Why would a baby mama be invited to her own baby’s naming ceremony?? Bruno please receive sense IJN

    • Nana

      August 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Bruno, shut up already!
      In your village, people do naming ceremony without the Mother? Always talking nonsense. There were only like 5 photos or less from the naming ceremony on BN. Because you didn’t see the photos of her here doesn’t mean she wasn’t present. You always have stupid opinions to every and anything, go get a life already. Bitter, sad and petty individual.

  5. Tari

    August 20, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Badoo, that throat clearing is so disgusting.
    Please leave it for OBJ.

  6. temz

    August 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    OH wow, so he doesnt have plans of marrying her? SMH

  7. S,CODED

    August 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I was in the naming ceremony that day and sister Aishat was very busy greeting visitors and even bro darey too is there so guy no dey beeef . this is yusuff sulaimon,.

    • Amiira

      August 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Famzing… No one knows you, no one cares

  8. ojie

    August 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Young black boy from faraway? Are we in America? Is there any other dominant race in Nigeria except black?

  9. solomon

    August 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    solomon
    music

  10. k.b

    April 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    dere ar stil plenty ppl wu av no sense in dese our vicinity….. shey na all of us way dey Nigeria b black…. there are no ppl like adunni Ade abi or tonto dike…. mumu.

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