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Exclusive: My inspiration comes from my root – Victor Ademofe

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In this interview with WuzupNigeria, multi-talented instrumentalist, Victor Oluwadamilare Crown Ademofe shares a mind-blowing tale of how he kick-started his career.

Ademofe notes that he has performed with legends in the music industry, the likes of Sunny Nneji, Lagbaja and some others.

Ademofe in his interview, has these to say:

How did you become a trumpeter?

I arrived at playing the trumpet with my attachment to the boys brigade in the early 90s. I remember that the church I was playing the drums for as a child relocated to Ogun state and I had no choice than to join my family church (Holy Trinity Anglican Church Mushin) which was the foundation of whatever I am doing now.

How did you hone the skill of playing the trumpet and how long did it take you to know how to play efficiently?

I learnt to play the trumpet from the platform of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Mushin as church was the most viable place of learning music in those days and it is still a place of learning till date.

I remember going to virtually all good trumpet players around that time for lessons, learning one or two things at that time.

Taiwo Fakoya took me from inception and was later inspired by a brother called Sola of Ofada, Mr Gbenga Oyategbe who lives in the United State, Nathaniel Bassey and Mr Biodun Batik who I studied under at the Lagos State University in my undergraduate days.

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As a trumpeter, you must have been influenced by musicians, can you mention some of them?

As a trumpter, I must say that I’ve been influenced by many trumpeters, from Nathaniel Bassey, Biodun Batik, Bra Hugh Masekela, Fat Navaro, Victor Olaiya, Clifford Brown and so much more.

Many years ago when I met Bra Hugh Masekela for the first time in person, he listened to me play and later asked him while we were having a one on one discussion about what he thinks I should do.

He said, ‘you are fantastic and I love how you play but you may never have a voice’. He admonished me to find my sound by going back to my root and he said that this advice he is giving me was exactly what Fela Kuti told him many years ago.

What inspired you to take to music in the first place?

What inspired me to take on music? I must say that music chose me. I expressed such an amazing gift of music as early as age four and the rest is history. The gift is a path that lighten the way of a person and I embraced it. Though, my mother didn’t want me to become a musician not because music was bad in itself but because there were no credible subjects around us. She wanted the best for me but she didn’t know drifting me from my core purpose was an invitation to frustration.

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She later had to succumb after attempts of studying accounting at Lasu and business Admin at laspotech was futile due to lack of concentration as a result of lack of interest because my attention was solely on music. All she did was to encourage me to go study music as a course in the university which I did and we had rest afterwards.

How many songs and albums do you have to your credit? 

I have an album tagged Jehovah and other singles which are part of my new projects. I’m a live musician, recording musician and a speaking musician at seminars, events and workshops for over 25 years now.

Music is one of the finest things to do. It has helped me to know people at different levels and given me the freedom to be expressive as much as I could which has enabled me to help hurting people through my songs and do much more.

What has been the memorable moments in your career and life so far?

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Every event is memorable but one that stands out was when I travelled to Greece in 2006 with a band led by Sotiris Papadopoulos, we had a misunderstanding that led to playing on the street of Athens just to keep shape because we couldn’t afford a studio for rehearsal. We did this for over a week where lots of passerby’s stopped to watch us play and also appreciated us with lots of cash.

Ayun ile is one of your songs played on Africa Magic, how has that song brought you fame and what inspired the song? 

Ayun ile is a song of hope and encouragement for people who their loved ones are far away. The song has given me popularity in a way because of the good airplay it has enjoyed on African Magic Yoruba. I have seen the video of children singing the song and also a few musicians who did a cover of the song. I must say it has had an impact on my influence and reach positively.

How/where do you see your career five years from now?

I see myself being a musician of positive impact and joyful influence to the world with a couple of albums, awards, giant stride initiatives and witty musical inventions to my credit.

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DNA reveals American singer, Justin Skye, may have Nigerian roots

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Justin Skye, Nigerian singer Wizkid’s ex-girlfriend, has revealed that her roots trace to West Africa, Nigeria to be specific.

Justine Skye confirmed that she is a Nigerian after claiming she undertook an Ancestry DNA test.

The 24-year-old American singer shared a chart of the DNA test results on her Twitter page which revealed her roots in Nigeria, recording 43% possibility.

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Sharing the table, Justine cheekily tweeted:

I always knew I had some Nigerian in me.

 

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I was almost raped in my final year, Eniola Badmus reveals

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Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus has shared her near-rape experience while she was in secondary school.

According to an interview with The Punch, the actress revealed that most women have experienced sexual assaults and the crime linger because the authorities have refused to implement strict punishments for perpetrators.

She said:

“Firstly, whether people are saying the truth or not, 95 per cent of females are sexually harassed on a daily basis. Because there hasn’t been stiff punishment over the years, this act has continued to linger from one generation to the other.

As a young girl, a lot of things happened to me and I’ve also seen a lot of things. I grew up in a polygamous home and a lot of people lived with us. When I was in my final year in secondary school, I was almost raped. It was a very close shave. I was saved by a guy called Michael Akinyemi.

“I don’t know where he is now but I can’t forget him. He was injured in the process but he saved me. I was practically five minutes away from being raped. I didn’t report then because of the stigmatisation. The experience was really bad because my assaulter was bent on raping me, hence we struggled so much. I still remember the guy’s name but I would leave it out.’’

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I hope when my ex hears my album, he has a meltdown- DJ Cuppy

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DJ CUPPY

Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, better known as DJ Cuppy has been pushing her yet to be released album ”Original Copy.”

While fans are anticipating the release of the album, it looks like DJ Cuppy is creating what looks like a controversy ahead of the new album.

This comes as Cuppy in the latest tweet wrote,

“I hope when my ex hears my Album, he has a MELTDOWN.”

However, she didn’t mention the name of the ex she was referring to.

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In another report, DJ Cuppy recently shared the artwork of her album.

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She also revealed she featured 14 artistes on the album.

DJ Cuppy wrote,

“14 different artists on this Album… Your girl really finish work o!”

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