An upcoming Kwara based act, Olayinka Issa, has revealed reasons why artistes in the state usually are prone to relocating to Lagos state.
In an exclusive interview with News Hub Mag!, Yinka noted that the state has a long way to go in the entertainment industry despite the fact that it has an array of budding talents.
In his words, “We have a long way to go in Kwara state, we have so many talented young people in the state but no support. I don’t know whether it has to do with our religious leanings or anything like that but the truth is that we really need support from stakeholders, individuals and most importantly the government.
“This lack of support and encouragement is part of the reason everyone is running to Lagos. The word on the street right now in Kwara state is that, ‘If you can’t go to Lagos, you can’t make it’, that is the slogan.
“Yet, we have so many talents that can conveniently rival any Lagos based artiste the difference is the environment we find ourselves. I believe we’ll get there one day, sha. But we still have a long way to go.”
On how he started in the music industry, Yinka disclosed that he started doing music at a very tender age between the ages of 7 or 8. “You know, I was just mimicking other artistes, copying others and trying to make my own version out of all these.
“Throughout my Secondary School days, I was known as a singer or one who mimics other artistes. But I started professionally in my teen years, specially I did my first single when I was 16 years old,” he recounted.
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Yinka who describes himself as an ‘Art born’, says he loves doing music. “I love music, music is in my blood, I sing always, even on my dreams at night. You can always find me either writing lyrics or in the studio,” he said.
On what he hopes to achieve with his talent, the upcoming act says he wants to use his talent to change the world. “I’ve got this in me and I know other artistes do, too, but I have what they don’t have, and that’s passion and an undying commitment to my talent,” he said.
The promising act who said the Nigeria entertainment space is not crowded explained that the industry has the capacity to accommodate and employ as many talents as are ready to come in.
“The level we are now in Nigerian music industry can’t be compare with the 80’s and early 90’s cos we’ve really grown. Nigerian music industry can compete favorably with any music industry around the world, even Americans. In fact, all eyes are on Nigeria right now, they are all afraid of us. Lol,” he said.