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“I would never ever apologize for what family I’m from” – DJ Cuppy says as she covers November issue of Vibe Magazine



"I would never ever apologize for what family I’m from" - DJ Cuppy says as she covers latest issue of Vibe Magazine

Being a daughter of a billionaire oil magnate definitely did not stop Ifeoluwa Florence Otedola also known as DJ Cuppy from creating a name and brand for herself.

The superstar disc jockey recently spoke about the dismay she feels when she is put in the shadow of her father and it raised quite a ruckus on social media.

As she cover the November edition of Vibe Magazine, she discusses how her family’s fame affects her, her new single with TeknoGreen Light” as well as the disc jockey profession in Nigeria.

Read excerpts below:

On her family’s fame and how it affects her:

I would never ever apologize for what family I’m from and if anything, I can use my own opportunity to create more opportunities for others. I’m actually a hardworking young woman that has a passion for DJ-ing and that message has taken me a lot of years to come through. I’m still working on it, but I feel like, finally my work ethic is starting to speak for itself.

On her “Green Light” collaboration with Tekno:

Green Light” is my original song. I came out to the market with a song called I love my country” which was a remix, but “Green Light” is really me not hiding behind anyone’s record. Tekno and I wrote the song together, produced it, came up with it and I’m so proud of it. For me it’s such a breath of fresh air. Regardless of how well the song does- and it’s doing very well- I’m so proud that I decided to take a risk. I’m singing on it which is a new thing for me. I love the video, I just love everything about the song, Regardless of it being my song, it’s such a jam. I fall in love with it every time. Every time I hear it, I feel refreshed.

On working with Tekno:

Tekno is an artiste that I’ve always wanted to work with. If he’s not playing the drums, he’s playing the guitar or he’s playing the piano. I’ve always admired him. I literally cannot think of a bad Tekno song. He’s always working on epic stuff.  He’s just grown from strength to strength and as far as my debut single, I couldn’t think of a better artiste to kick it off with.

On the disc jockey business in Nigeria:

I feel like DJs are completely underrated, but then having said that, DJs are now getting the recognition they deserve,after so many years of playing artistes’ music, supporting artistes and breaking their records. Now, us DJs are taking that limelight that we’ve worked so hard for. You know there’s people like uncle Jimmy Jatt who really started this idea of a DJ being a brand, not being hidden behind the scenes or in a corner in a room and there’s amazing people like Spinall now really taking that force. For me it’s really exciting. As a female, I feel like we can take that branding force to another level. I could not think of a better time. When you think about how big African fashion, films, music and creativity in general is now globally, I couldn’t think of a better time to be a female DJ from Nigeria.

On affluence getting in the way of love:

I feel like for me, it’s hard to say because I’ve grown up in an environment where I’ve looked at people because of their ambition not because of what they have. A lot of my friends are go- getters. We come from different backgrounds and it’s almost like I’m a bit of a disappointment in that sense because I don’t act like someone they expect me to act like. I’ve dated people that have grown up completely different from me but the thing they’ve always had in common is that they’ve been ambitious. They’ve had careers, they’ve had very serious goals. So I don’t think that affects anything.


  1. Loki

    November 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Okay DJ Cuppy.
    I’m not sure I gleaned anything from this interview or if there was a point to it, but you seem alright.

    • Linda

      November 24, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      ???????????she’s a NMF as Evelyn Lozada will say

  2. observer

    November 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Pls keep quiet! Who is asking you to apologize? Just looking for attention and relevance. Abeg go and sit down jor, you come across as boring and trying too hard. You never hear the Dangote girls making so much noise up and down social media.

  3. Lilo

    November 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Ifeoluwa cuppy otedola you talk too much…I thought you were admirable when you didn’t say much now you are just like broken record

  4. Cece

    November 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Oh my God. Again? Apostle will hear of this.

  5. Simi

    November 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Non muther fxxxxxg factor

  6. TheTruth

    November 25, 2017 at 2:16 am

    This girl should go and sit down somewhere. She’s so irrelevant, other than the fact that she is a rich mans daughter. Bella, it’s like you no longer have any topics to post

    • seriously

      November 25, 2017 at 3:59 am

      BN, posting her like she got something good to say. Anyway, I blame myself for giving her the attention she’s desperately looking for. Dj cuppy knows nobody expects her to apologize but just desperate for attention. I mean, less privileged people don’t even apologize for where their family comes from.
      The point is, she’s acting like her super special talent got her this far. Just like some people, it’s their looks, some great marketing brand and looks(Kardashians) and for her part of it is who her daddy is.

  7. Spunky

    November 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Make una free the chick na. Haba!! Not a single positive comment. Cuppy, you sef too talk. Press is good for your brand but try granting interviews without the sentiments. You will be fine.

  8. SassyAF

    December 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Everyone in the comment section all up in their feelings. Y’all gon be fine. She’s on her shit though.

  9. Weedspiration

    December 2, 2017 at 8:42 pm


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