Budding singer, Niniola, first came to prominence on the music reality show, MTN Project Fame.
Born and raised in Lagos state, Niniola attended Apata Memorial School and the University of Lagos were she studied Biology Education.
The afro-pop singer talks to PREMIUM TIMES about her stint on Project Fame, and how that experience prepared her for a career on the larger Nigerian music scene.
PT: How is life after MTN Project Fame?
Niniola: Life after Project Fame has been eye opening. In real life, there’s no spoon-feeding as opposed to life in the academy where everything, like publicity, is handled by Project Fame. Starting my musical career has been exciting as well as challenging. But I’m grateful to God, my parents, Project Fame, my management – Naijareview, and everyone who has been supportive.
PT: You must have learnt a few things in the house; how helpful are those things to your career now?
Niniola: I was blessed to have been tutored by professionals in dance, drama, vocal delivery and its application on the big stage. The show encourages singers to perform with a live band to a live audience at the risk of heavy criticism from the judges. Thus, a reminder to always give your best. I hold on steadfastly to all I have learnt.
PT: How did music begin for you?
Niniola: Music started from my home; listening to my parents’ records. My Dad was a music lover with an amazing collection.
PT: You have released two singles so far, Ibadi and Akara Oyinbo; what inspired them?
Niniola: I have actually released three songs Ibadi, Gbowode and Akara Oyinbo. Ibadi which means backside, was inspired by my Yoruba roots. Dance with your backside just like women at a typical “owambe” party. Gbowode means to bring the money. It pays to work hard which in turn has its results. Akara was dropped in February for lovers. It simply means cake. Honestly, the response has been amazing. Good to see people loving my music and supporting it; it gives me the energy to do more.
PT: Since you started releasing singles have you felt any pressure to “blow”?
Niniola: I’m new to the Nigerian music industry, but the grace of God and hard work will take one far. I have what it takes to break out because God’s on my side. I have support from family and friends, Naijareview , my amazing fans. Hardwork and perseverance; Niniola is a performer.
PT: Who are the artistes you look up to and why?
Niniola: I have great influences both locally and internationally; singers like Angelique Kidjo, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Dolly Parton and so on. They all stand for originality.
PT: In four years, where do you think your music career would be?
Niniola: In four years, I pray to have touched millions of lives with my music all over the world. Also won prestigious awards and of course, the Grammys.
PT: What songs are you listening to right now?
Niniola: I’m listening to Gotye -Someone (that I used to know) , Funmi Aragbaye and a bunch of studio recordings that I’m working on.
PT: What’s your ideal kind of man and have you met him?
Niniola: A goodhearted man. Well, I wish I could (talk about him) but I like to keep my private life, private.
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