I recently released a single titled For My Matter remix featuring Patoranking. The video has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube in less than a week and I am very glad about that. I also took a year off to rebrand. I am also working with more female artistes and there are different sides to me that people have not seen. My album will be ready for release in late 2016.
I have a different look and sound. I am now doing a lot of ‘worldly’ sounds, so I can market myself better to the world. I have not modified my body in any way. What I simply mean is that I am more polished and I am also more covered up. I am older now, so I am more about building my brand into a household name.
While I was away, I performed at shows in Dubai, Malaysia and United States of America. I also embarked on a tour of Canada within that period. I focused on recording new music and the only difference was just the fact that I was away from Nigeria. That was why a lot of people felt I had relocated to the U.S. It was necessary for me to take that time off because I wasn’t pleased with the direction I was headed. I also wasn’t happy with the way I was being portrayed in the media.
So many untrue stories were written about me. By design, I didn’t grant any interview that would have enabled me to talk about them.
No, it wasn’t because I was with my family. I was only upset about what people thought about me.
No, I didn’t. I had always planned to return to the Nigerian music scene but I needed time to fix myself up.
I have only been doing music for three years. I was doing music professionally in the USA before I moved to Nigeria in 2012. Throughout high school, I participated in talent shows, and played sports for my university, which enabled me to sing the American national anthem at every home game. In 2009, I opened up a show for P-Square during their U.S. tour and decided that I wanted to venture into entertainment full-time. I released my first single in 2012 and I am happy with what I am doing right now.
I have my own label now, Nyra Nation and Nyra Empire. I want to handle my own projects, so I can see and track my own revenue. I can make my own money and also bring up other artistes when the time comes.
Obviously they didn’t.
I did air my grievances but they were not addressed. That was why I left the label.
I actually wasn’t in a relationship with Ubi. He made all that story up. Personally, I don’t want to speak about it.
People will always have negative things to say about anybody and sometimes it’s good and at other times, bad. My sister told me to be calm and not respond to everybody that has something to say about me.
I have worked with the likes of Cynthia Morgan, Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay, and Victoria Kimani. I have a good relationship with other female artistes. I respect them so much and I know what we go through as female artistes in Nigeria. I will definitely work with more of them soon and I can’t wait to release my new work to the public.