I knew Dr. Sid in University and even though he was in UCH (University College Hospital), we always knew him as an entertainer. When he came up on the music scene a few years ago, I immediately connected him with the person I knew in school because of his unique name; Sidney. I’d never known anyone else with that name. Probably because of that, I have always rooted for him and followed his career closely. Imagine my shock when I discovered (from reading this interview no less), just who his father is. This interview was published on Punch. Read excerpts below…
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On making his father Proud…
To be honest, my father is already immortalised through the way we live our lives. I have a family name to protect and I also want to be known as Justus Esiri’s son. He is being remembered and celebrated through my actions. I am a representation of his legacy and I can’t reveal what my family’s plans are in this area. Irrespective of what comes my way, I always remember that I have a name and pedigree to protect.
On the pressure of being his father’s son
Yes, it has and right from the outset of my music career, I was committed to building my own name and brand. I didn’t want to ride on the fact that I am Justus Esiri’s son. Till date, some people still don’t know that I am his son. This is good for me because it made me realise that all I have achieved in my career is by merit and not because of my father’s name. I would also be lying if I say that my father’s name didn’t open certain doors and make certain things easier for me. I have attained a certain level of contentment, so I don’t need to prove myself to any one.
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On how marriage has affected him
Marriage is the hardest and best thing I have ever done. I have learnt how to adapt and connect more with my wife. I thank God that I have such a beautiful wife who is understanding, loving and caring. She loves me more than I love myself and constantly encourages me to be better.
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On the reality of being a father
My wife took some time away from work to raise our daughter. After our wedding, she was supposed to start her business but she became pregnant and had to adjust to her new role as a wife and mother. Now that she is back to work, I have taken up the daddy role, which includes changing diapers and caring for our daughter at odd hours. I am extremely happy and I have never felt this way before. A lot of people hear about marriage and think it is hard. It can be beautiful if you work towards it. I remember us quarrelling two days before our wedding and even threatening to pull out. But, our love for each other has kept us going. Right now, our marriage is on autopilot and we are just cruising because we understand each other absolutely.
Source: Punch Newspapers