It has no doubt been a great year for Iyanya, Kukere singer and record label owner. The singer has sealed profitable and notable endorsements with MTN, Zinox Computers and Solo Phones, in addition to being named the top selling artiste on MTN’s caller tunes platform.
The singer, who is known for his muscular appearance, got his fame on the reality TV show, Project Fame in 2008. He is known to share photos of the trappings of his new found wealth on social media and this practice has brought Iyanya some flack from fans.
In a recent Punch interview, the R&B-turned-hip hop artiste clarified a few controversies and some of his plans for 2014. Excerpts from the interview below:
On Why He ‘Boasts’ On Social Media
“I didn’t buy four cars in one day o. I only bought just one which I posted on Instagram. So I don’t know where people got their own story from. We have four cars in this house. I also do not get it when people say we (artistes) show off on social media.”
“I mean if God has blessed me, there is no reason to hide that. We are not showing off. After all, everyone knows Inyanya’s story. Whenever I post pictures of my cars or money on Instragram, the public should understand that it is just my own way of saying if God can do it for me, He can for you too.”
On His International Recognition
“I am not half as appreciated in Nigeria as I am overseas. I guess that is the many rewards that ‘Kukere’ has earned me within a short period of time. The track is the most requested of all my songs at home and abroad. The Soul Train nomination was the icing on the cake for me, I felt proud walking and sitting close to my role models at the award ceremony. It was a life-changing moment for me.”
On His Investment Plans For 2014
“I am also looking into investing in the oil and gas sector in the New Year, because I feel investment is key. Artistes must learn to invest because the fame is temporary and sometimes a façade. Truth is you will not always be in the spotlight and you may become bankrupt if you are careless with funds.”