Nneka interviews with Vanguard’s Allure where among others she talks about music as a deep calling for her, using music for social change, her vision for Nigeria among others…Check out excerpts from it below!
By Patricia Omoiqui of Vanguard
(The interview was conducted in Philadelphia)
Allure: Welcome back to Philadelphia, Nneka, I appreciate that you’ve taken time from your busy tour schedule to talk with me today. Congratulations on all of your breakthroughs.
Nneka : Thank you very much. In reality, I don’t take them too seriously. I mean, the music is more about the content. If I see that people understand the message that is the most important thing. Then I am happy. Winning awards, of course, gives you more publicity, a way to approach getting a bigger audiencepeople that you would not have had the opportunity to reach if you hadn’t won an award. It is a good thing, but I do not allow these things to distract me.
Allure: Now you have three CDs, Concrete Jungle in addition to Victim of Truth and No Longer at Ease, a contract with Sony, and you are touring Europe and the U.S. When you started singing, did you ever dream that your career would take off this way?
Nneka: The funny thing is that I was never into music. I did sing once in a while in church, once in a month. I always felt everyone else could sing better than I did.
Being a musician had never been my goal as a child or something I wished I would become. Funny wise, music found me.
The first time that I stepped out of Nigeria, it was the year 2000. I went to Germany. Germany is the extreme opposite of Nigeria. In Nigeria I did not have the opportunity or the space to think of what I would like. Your mind is working faster than that. It was more of a hustle thing. That was my life.
I came to Europe and I said to myself, “Listen. Now you are on your own. You need to work this out. You have chances here in Germany that you would never have gotten in Nigeria. You have to open your eyes, take advantage of them.”