Ekiti State-born Niniola Apata, higher recognized by her stage identify, ‘Niniola’, broke into limelight shortly after rising third runner-up within the sixth version of MTN Mission Fame. Famend for her electrifying show of stage vitality, vocal energy and stage craft, she has been capable of create a world of her personal within the Nigerian music business by hardwork, resilience and consistency. As our Star this week she takes on how she developed curiosity in music, profession success to date and extra. Excerpts…
How did you develop curiosity in music and never one thing else?
My curiosity in music was because of boredom as a toddler (laughs), it’s humorous however true. My mother and father didn’t take me out and I needed to get busy, so music occupied my time.
What influenced your repertoire of songs throughout childhood?
As a baby, I obtained my repertoire of music from my mother or father’s data and that of my older siblings; no matter information they performed I listened to.
Which artistes have influenced your type of music?
Wow! I’ve an limitless listing of musical influences; to call a number of, there’s Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, The Beatles, Shakira, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Beyonce, The Cranberries, Angelique Kidjo, Funmi Aragbaye, King Sunny Ade, and so forth.
Many would say your emergence as third runner-up of MTN Venture Fame season 6 was what shot you to fame, do you agree?
In as a lot because it gave me a terrific platform (of which I’m perpetually grateful for), I received’t say it was a serious motive, as a result of I needed to get a administration group, launch my debut single and the comply with-up singles, be taught so much concerning the music enterprise, and so forth. I needed to work laborious alone to attain my life-lengthy dream as an entertainer; which remains to be an on-going course of.
What offers you the sort of vitality you often exude everytime you carry out on stage?
That’s the grace of God. The stage is my playground, so to say and I mainly have enjoyable. That’s the time my inside “extrovertish” nature (allow me to make use of that phrase) comes out to play (laughs).
Inside 4 years of breaking into the music business you’ve gotten been in a position to drop some hit singles presently having fun with large airplay, featured on the remix of Eddy Kenzo’s ‘Mbilo Mbilo’, and carried out at main reveals. How have been you in a position to obtain all of those?
Properly, I’ll say I’m barely three years within the business as a result of I dropped my debut single “Ibadi” in March 2014. It has simply been the grace of God, laborious work, helps from household and associates, the media, my administration and naturally the followers, whom I name household.
How had been you in a position to get Sarz to provide your first official single ‘Ibadi’?
All I did was google up the “Finest/Prime Nigerian Music Producers” and his title popped up on all of the lists. I checked out his work, liked it and contacted him to provide my debut single.
What’s that one factor you hate concerning the Nigerian music business?
Effectively, I don’t hate something concerning the trade. I simply pray for regular progress/construction within the music business.
Are you in love?
Oh sure I’m child.
What’s the biggest worth you’ve paid for love?
Time, as a result of my love for music has taken all my time
Are you able to give up music to your relationship?
That’s not attainable! Not for something/anyone will I give up music. I received’t be in such an unsupportive relationship within the first place.
What’s the most embarrassing second of your life?
Once I farted within the midst of individuals.
To you, what’s the place of intercourse in a relationship?
Intercourse is over rated.
You have been nominated for main awards in 2016 however gained in just one class, how do you are feeling about this?
Nicely, a nomination itself is a win; nominations and precise successful is an enormous deal/recognition, nevertheless it gained’t cease me from working more durable. The truth that I used to be acknowledged did it for me. The awards will come my expensive.
How do you’re feeling to have gained the Greatest African Collaboration award on the final AFRIMA?
I really feel so blessed and elated. Greatest African Collaboration, not Nigerian or West African. I’m grateful to God, my East African brother, Eddy Kenzo, Naijareview, and naturally the followers that voted.
Do you’re feeling threatened by the likes of Tiwa Savage, Omawumi, Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay and the likes?
Ah! (Laughs), Oh no, they’re my seniors o! I met them within the business, they paved the best way for females like me, and I respect their craft. I can solely admire them however won’t ever ever really feel threatened by sisters; there’s sufficient area for everybody.
What’s your tackle the credibility of music awards in Nigeria?
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