Fans of Nigerian musician, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk have been wondering about his whereabouts particularly since he seems to be missing in action. Iyanya came into limelight after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa in 2008, and is best known for his hit single “Kukere”. In a candid interview with Benjamin Njoku of Vanguard, he shares about his career path and what he’s been up to.
Read excerpts of the interview with Iyanya below:
You are a product of reality TV show. If you didn’t participate in the first season of Project Fame West Africa, which you eventually won, would you have become what you are today?
Obviously, I don’t know God’s plans for me. But probably, I would have gone into business because I love money.
Have you thought of giving back to the platform that brought you into the limelight?
I set up the Iyanya Foundation which is my own little way of giving back to the society. Besides, there are other things I do which I don’t want to make public.
One doubts if you have been able to make another great songs after your hit single, Kukere?
I have been making great songs since I won Project Fame. I never stopped.
But the songs never enjoyed massive acceptance like Kukere did?
That’s what you think and that’s what the people think. But all I know is that I have been making great hits after hit.
You just returned from your European tour for your Signature EP, how was the tour?
It was great and one of my best tours.
How can it be one of your best tours when you have gone back to your roots, which is RnB?
That what the people think. I am a musician; I am allowed to be versatile. I won a competition in 2008. While the competition lasted, I had 10 weeks to do RnB or rock. I had no time to settle down for one. I have people who love the guy that won the first season of Project Fame as well as people who love the Kukere singer. I always try to balance it but it’s okay for everybody to have his or her opinion. I’m cool with it.
Has Iyanya found love?
I’m not in love with anybody. I’m focusing on other things, but even when I fall in love, I’m not gonna reveal that to you guys. If somebody tells you guys this is my babe, the whole world will know about it. Over the years, I have learned to keep things to myself. I will show you guys my videos, I will show you guys my songs but I don’t think I will want to show you my babe.
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But what about Yvonne Nelson!
That’s almost 10 years. She’s probably married now. It’s an old gist.