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Black Diamond! Wande Coal is the Cover star for Guardian Life Magazine’s latest Issue



If you’ve ever listened to Wande Coal then you’ll know that his sound isn’t ordinary. His style of music, which embodies a cross between RnB and Afro beats, never gets old!

On a chilled Sunday afternoon in Abuja, Guardian Life had an interesting chat with Wande Coal who talks about his transition from Mo’Hits, to Mavin Records and finally Black Diamond Entertainment. He also talks about some interesting facts you probably don’t know about him.

Read excerpts below


How did you get the name Wande Coal?

Wande is my real name and Coal is because of my dark colour.

What was the first song you wrote?

At the time I just would beat my chest and sing, Ololufe was the song that put me out there.

Which artist inspired your music career?

It was my 300 level, I remember Tuface came to the school, and everybody went wild. People were on him, and he came to one of the hostels and he sang. In my mind, I was like wow, I want this too. I have always been a big fan of Tuface.

Who were you a backup singer for?

I started off as a learner, I used to be a backup singer to D’banj and we would go on trips together until I became an artist.

How did D’banj treat you as a boss?

He was a militant! But in a good way, he was always positively driven and I learnt a lot from him.

Word on the street is that Nigerian artists are mimicking Ghanaian sound. What do you think about that?

I look at Ghana and Nigeria like Canadians and Americans. They are family, so both of us have something, but a fusion of it is what creates the sound. We speak Pigeon, they also speak Pigeon so they can flow with us, and I would say both of us rub off on each other.

Who are your main industry guys?

My guys are many, I’m that guy that hangs out with everyone. Just to mention a few, Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy and Flavour.

What is your favourite album of all time?

The Konvicted Akon album and Face 2 Face Tuface album were my main inspirations.

What’s your dream location and with who?

If I could be anywhere I would be in America, particularly Atlanta because it has a music vibe. I would be in the studio with Jazzy Fizzle or Wiz Khalifa.

What do you do in your spare time?

I play basketball; I’m usually the point guard when I go with my guys. I also swim sometimes.

Choose between Ghanian or Nigerian jollof?

I love both of them so there’s a problem, I can never choose which one I like better!

Favourite series at the moment

I am in love with Power, I’m actually watching it right now and Ghost is my favourite character.

For more on the interview click here


  1. ec

    July 31, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Black diamond.

    Why did they do you like this on the cover? Looks stuffed around the neck.

    • Ephi

      July 31, 2017 at 11:27 am

      So they should have used photoshop to “slimfit” his neck, then people like you will then complain that his head looks too big for his neck.

  2. Robin Hood

    July 31, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Very talented. but getting overweight. he looks like a doughnut

    • mr. x

      July 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      please does this qualify as an hate speech “he looks like a doughnut”

  3. aj

    July 31, 2017 at 10:31 am

    You people wey no look like doughnut,sausage or stuffed person-pls who know you?if i check wikipedia will i find your name there-he is doing well-he is talented-leave it like that….Not everyone can be lepa.variety is the spice of life.

  4. Miss shee

    July 31, 2017 at 10:48 am

    @ec and robinhood acting like demonic agents, early monday morning and nothing good seems to emanate from your inside. It is well o. We love Wande Coal regardless of you demonic inspired perception. Physical apperance demonic agent judges. May the love of God that we should have towards our fellow brethren renew you mind (Amen)

    • Ec

      July 31, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Oh shut up. Miss Shee

      Everything is demonic to an illiterate like you.
      Did i say I didn’t like his music? The picture doesn’t make him look good period.
      Go and pray your demons away.

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