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Popular Yoruba actress Laide Bakare courted a huge scandal few months back when she got married to another one without dissolving her previous marriage. The new marriage which has produced a baby boy received several knocks from her estranged hubby and critics.
ENCOMIUM Weekly stumbled on her and she granted them a rare audience on her new marriage and motherhood and more…
Pictures Above are Laide with her ex and present husbands, while below are excerpt from an interview
You just came back after giving birth to your new baby boy, how do you feel?
- I feel great, I feel blessed and I can say God has really been so good to me. And that’s why I would always say learn to be good all the time. Also, I felt it’s good to be myself and not believing in negativity. Life is like pages of a book which you read daily.
As for the joy of motherhood, I just give thanks to God that I now have what I desired. My desire was to have a boy and a girl. I adore a male child. I am so happy. I remain my humble self. I know myself and nobody knows me more than myself.
You said nobody knows you more than you know yourself, does that have to do with the scandals and rumours which engulfed your marriage?
- Yes, because it was all blackmail. I can’t join issues with blackmailers. And I just concluded such is life. Life is a teacher, the longer you live the more you learn. It just shows the extent to which people can go to blackmail someone.
Being whom I am, I always believe in God and that no matter how devilish a person may be, he can’t destroy the work of God in me. And whosoever God has placed in high places, nobody can pull her down.
All these allegations, I don’t know the objective but I guess it’s a calculated attempt to bring me down by all negative forces. I just decided to keep quiet because you are being spoken of because you are relevant.
Who is your blackmailer, is it your first husband?
- I don’t know. And I am not interested in knowing. All I am interested in knowing is God. However, all I can say is that when God is working on, no man can destroy such work.
Your marriage was secret. All we heard was that you had remarried and next you were about delivery, why the secrecy and hush hush?
- Obviously, I love my life to be as private as possible. If anybody felt its a bad choices, he’s entitled to his own opinion. My opinion is that since I am a popular entertainer and a public figure, I deserve my private life which is reserved exclusively to me alone.
There should be a limit to my public life. I don’t believe in advertising my private life. Also, I don’t celebrate failure. I cherish my family and I don’t want anybody to shatter my home. My home and private life should be reserved for me. It is not for public consumption.
You said you don’t celebrate failure, are you referring to your failed marriage?
- I just don’t celebrate failure. I believe in the good and bad part of life. That means if its rough today, it could be well tomorrow. Thus, if you don’t have such a mindset, you begin to find things so difficult.
How would you describe the new marriage?
- You can’t change who I am. I don’t talk about my marriage. I can’t talk about my love. I just don’t find it convenient discussing my love. It’s nobody’s business. I am in love, good. I am remarried, good. I have a new kid, good, I am who I am, good, I am contented and I am so happy with my life. Thus, anybody who is not happy with my new found joy should go to hell.
When the brouhaha was going on, your previous husband made several allegations against you and called you several derogatory names, what’s your take on these stuff?
- I was nursing my baby when it all began. I was in a joyous mood and proud of who I am. I was grateful to God for what He was doing, thus I never noticed all he was saying. That’s the simple truth. I don’t ever want to notice anything.
What’s the lesson learnt?
- Nothing sincerely, I was not bothered.
Would you describe your previous marriage as good riddance to bad rubbish?
- I won’t talk about that marriage. Never!
What are you working on now?
- On November 24, 2013, my production company will come up with the official album launch of my artists, T Code. And we would hit location very soon with two new movies I shot partly abroad while nursing my baby boy in America. They are entitled Iron Lady and America Psycho. They would hit the cinema soon.
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Nobody knows tomorrow, that is the testimony of Kcee, the Limpopo master.
Kingsly Okonkwo, better known as KCee, is making waves at the moment but the young man will not forget how he was seen and in fact, labelled a ‘rejected and dejected’ artiste before his fortune later changed. No wonder he is still amazed at the height he has achieved since he went solo a couple of years ago.
In his words: “God, the industry, and my fans suddenly made me a super attraction of the industry. Every single I drop got me more fans, made me more loved, and ranked me a level higher than where the last track stopped. It’s simply amazing.”
Having released a number hit singles that have received massive airplay, Kcee said he is all set to launch his debut album – Take Over.
“It’s amazing how things have turned out so sweetly and successfully for me, my brand, and my record label. Releasing a debut album is definitely a major career milestone,” the Limpopo master said.
Kalu Ikeagwu is undoubtedly one of Nollywood’s sexiest bachelors & actors..He opened up to Daily Sun on why he is not yet married..
- “Do I want to get married? Yes. But that would be when I find the right person; I mean that person I love so much and want to spend the rest of my life with; that’s when I’ll settle down.
The reason why I am not married now is that marriage is very important to me. I have come to terms with the fact that marriage is the most important institution from God. And I take that very seriously. Ultimately I would like my relationship with my wife to be like that between God and the church; that’s why it is important to me. I wouldn’t say it’s been challenging though. I have gone through a lot of experiences that made me wise. When I get married, my experiences would make me a wise, good and a loving father.
I like a woman with a great sense of humor; that’s very important to me. And of course, she has to be very attractive and intelligent. Above everything else she should have a close relationship with God because that’s very important to me as well. That’s exactly why I am yet to get married. I want to be successful in my marriage just as I am in my career.”
Olawale Ayodele Ojo, winner of the MTN Project Fame (Season 6), in a recent interview about his experience in the competition and other issues
Shortly after you were announced winner of the MTN project Fame, you said your mind was still blank to express how you felt. It is about 48 hours now, so how are you feeling?
I feel blessed. I feel that everything around just worked for me this season because I didn’t really expect to come out as the winner this season. It’s about God because I don’t believe there is something I did that others didn’t do. It was the grace of God and the people that voted for me. I’m really grateful to all the people that believed in me and voted. I wouldn’t have won without them. Basically, I feel this is God’s grace because at a point in the competition, I was almost evicted, so when you look at everything from beginning to the end, you will realise that it is God’s grace.
If you didn’t envisage winning the competition, what was your plan when you registered to participate at the auditions?
I came up to register when ASUU was on strike, and this was my first time to participate in a music competition. I didn’t really come with too much determination, but anywhere I find myself, I always try to give my best in all I do. So, when I got into the academy, I didn’t have a choice than to give my best for everything.
So ASUU strike actually pushed you to Project Fame?
Yes, but I believe that is how God wants it to be. The strike is a blessing in disguise for me.
Who is Olawale?
I am a normal guy and like I said, I am into sales and repairs of phones and laptops, and I do that in school just to make some money. But I love music so much. I play the piano, drums and I sing in my church choir. I was the music director of my church choir for two years before I left for school. Basically, that’s just me. My life has just been music and business. I just try to add value to myself.
Tell us more about your experience as a phone and laptop repairer?
I started as a lover of gadgets because I know much about gadgets. Like some people will call me pimp. I use to pimp their phones. It was expensive then to put some media applications like Bible on phones. It was a luxury then, and that was what I was actually doing. I later graduated into selling phones. I started knowing the problems that are peculiar with some phones and how to fix them. I didn’t really go for any special training though. I am not saying that I am very good at repairs, I do it basically based on the experience I have with phones.
How lucrative was the business, and did you sponsor yourself to school with it?
I didn’t sponsor myself to school, my parents did that. But there are some extra money needed in school that you can’t ask your parents; that was the type of money I was making. At times, I feel like taking some responsibilities myself, so I need to get extra cash.
As a millionaire now, how do you intend to cope with your colleagues in school when the ASUU strike is over? Will there be any pressure on you?
I think the only change is that I meet a lot of people and people know me now. I wasn’t this popular, but now I am popular. I think that is just the difference. I am still Olawale. The only thing different is just that I am now popular and I have to be more conscious of my career now because I have to work more on my songs. I have to make sure I don’t disappoint my fans out there. The work has changed.
Project Fame had produced five previous winners before you. What are your plans to rank among the most successful ones?
Basically, I am sure that those that have won it before didn’t achieve that because of what they did, but that is God’s plan for them, and I believe that God’s time is the best; if you come out at the wrong time, then you might just crash. I am putting everything to God and I will just play my part, work hard and make sure I write good songs. But everything depends on God. He knows when He needs me to come out, when people needs to know me. My music will not be a do-or-die affair. I didn’t bring myself to the Project Fame academy, God did, and He is able to sustain me.
You sound very religious…
I won’t say that I’m too religious, but at the same time, I believe so much in God. Looking at my journey from the beginning of the competition to the end, it has been God. I was almost evicted at a point.
You started from the church as a choir coordinator, and now you are a winner of the project fame. Are you going to play gospel or secular music?
I’m not doing gospel music, and my personal composition at the Project Fame finals wasn’t gospel music. I believe that God created love and dance, which is not bad for us. I don’t believe that everything should be gospel; music should be either positive or negative. Even if a secular song has a message of love, it is good, but there are some music that don’t deliver love, and I wouldn’t go into such music.
Before the Project Fame competition, how well did you study the Nigerian music industry?
I am very observant and listen a lot. I don’t really listen to Nigerian music, but at a point, I realised that my culture is important, so I started listening to it. I actually wanted to know what they do that make people scream and shout their names, understand their kind of music and know the type that sells. For a song to sell, it has to have African trade mark on it, either you put Yoruba language or you put pidgin English. WizKid, 2Face, P-Square and others put something of these languages into their music; that is one major thing I have discovered. With that, their music flows in a way that even a roadside mechanic can get your message and enjoy it. That is music that both the rich and poor can listen to.
Are there any Nigerian artistes that you draw inspiration from?
I don’t draw it from one person. I draw experience from different sources, so I will say they all have their own peculiarity. I am a very flexible person, and have decided to throw myself open so I can learn a lot. They are all great, so I will try picking one or two things from each of them and add them to my own and pray better things will come out of it by God’s grace.
Despite having a good music background before coming to the Project Fame, what have you learnt in the academy?
I have learnt to have confidence in myself. I sing in church but have not been in this kind of platform before. Project Fame is my very first experience, the first time I will appear on TV. At a point, I became nervous. The first time I came on stage, it was written all over me that this guy is scared, but the Faculty members worked on me. I really appreciate them. They helped me manage those weaknesses and now, I’m more confident on stage and believe in myself, despite the fact that I have a small stature.
What was the most challenging thing you encountered in the academy?
Like I said, I do business, so am used to it. I don’t have problem with my co-contestants, don’t quarrel, and I don’t get angry easily, so everything was just fun for me.
While the competition lasted, was there any other contestant you had feelings for?
You were never close to any of them?
One thing is that throughout the competition, I made sure I wasn’t too close to one person. Samuel was my birthday mate; Roland’s bed was beside my bed. As for Immaculate, I learnt from her. But I didn’t really have a favourite.
Since you emerged winner, have you spoken to your girlfriend on phone?
I don’t have a girl friend.
Nothing, I’m still young.
How old are you?
I’m just 25.
That is not too young to have a girlfriend
I see myself as a young boy. Look at me, do I look like someone that can maintain a girlfriend?
But you’re now a millionaire. Your level has changed?
It’s not about the level, I’m still Olawale and I don’t look like someone that can maintain a girlfriend.
Where do you see Olawale in the next few years?
Majorly, I see myself as a very different person, coming into the music industry with my own originality, and I don’t want to lose it for any reason.
Who is likely to be the first artiste you will work with?
I don’t know. I can’t really predict. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Source: PM News