Happy Tuesday my lovelies! Welcome to another new feature on 360nobs fashion; LUCY’S COVER SHOOT STAR. Every month we profile a hot celebrity on the radar and ask them your most burning questions complete with a fashion spread. I’m so excited as we would make this feature as interactive as possible.
My cover star for the month of August is Chidinma The Voice.
Chidinma is warm and welcoming in every sense of the word. I remember the first day I met her, it was backstage at the Genevieve Magazine photoshoot and I walked past her focusing on WAJE. I know I know I know, I should have said hello and introduced myself but we Nigerians don’t like to be called “famzers”. Chidinma was the bigger person and introduced herself. She quickly made me laugh by snatching my Ituen Basi ring and insisting she wears it throughout the shoot. Striking up conversation with her was so easy you didn’t have to think of the next sentence, she’s funny and a bit sarcastic and CONFIDENT! She appreciates a sexy outfit and is obsessed with her beautiful curly Mohawk, (I have never seen a curl out of place). I picked Chidinma because of her realness and down to earth attitude. In a world where people are becoming increasing snobby and are constantly looking for ways to isolate others…. Chidinma is a breath of fresh air.
Here is Chidinma, as candid as ever.
• Who is Chidynma?
Chidynma is a girl from Umuahia in Abia state, I’m the 3rd child out of 4. I was born in Texas, raised in Port harcourt, and went back to America for university. I graduated from Northeaster Univeristy in Boston with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I am a christian, I love to smile, I love to laugh, I am very spontaneous and energetic. I love fashion, I love shoes, I love my family, and music is my drug.
• What was growing up like for you?
Growing up was a whole lot of things. I grew up in a very religious home, but I remember that my house was a lot of fun. My family is quite energetic and affectionate, so there was almost never a dull moment. My dad was very playful, but I still got spanked when I misbehaved. I learnt to be independent quite early, because at 15 I moved without my parents to start University in America. I think that aspect has helped really much, because I’ve learnt a thing or two about survival.
• MUSIC. How did it all start?
Well, I have been singing for about 20 yrs now, and it all started in the children’s choir at my church in PH. As a loud soprano voice, I always used to get noticed, until the day I was given a solo.. Lol, but on a more serious note, I’ve always been in music one way or another. Either in a choir, or part of a group or as a solo act. But professionally I’ve been working on my craft, recording and all for over 4 years now
• Knowing you are an engineer by profession, what major challenges have you faced so far?
My degree says I’m an Engineer, but I’ve been working my whole life with dreams of being an entertainer. One major challenge is that I don’t have my family around, because I moved back by myself to chase this. I had to start a new life, new location, new friends, etc.. But this has made me value what I do more, because it is a lot of hardwork.
• What inspires your music?
Life experiences play a huge factor. I also play close attention to what’s happening around me and others.
• The industry has got so many talented artistes, Who are those you see yourself working with in the nearest future?
I would really love to work w MI, rap is one of my fav genres, and Wande Coal. I would also love a trio w Waje and Tiwa, that’ll be explosive.
• After hit singles, ‘Obimmo’ and ‘woozy woozy’ , what next from Chidynma?
I’m getting ready to release another single, so watch out for that in the nearest future.
• Who is(are) your role model(s)?
Musically, I would say d’adra crawford, she is part of the group called anointed. Her voice is just simply divine.
• What won’t you be caught dead doing?
I would not be caught dead cheering for Real Madrid or Chelsea, lol… Barcelona all the way, with Man U on the side 🙂
• FASHION! What does it mean to you?
Fashion is an extension of my personal expression. I see it as art in motion.
• A little black dress or a colourblocking dress?
A little black dress any day, very versatile
• Ever had cause to bite your fingers over something you did?
All the time, I’m very human. From something as little as not leaving the house on time, and joining Lagos traffic, to forgetting my passport at a shop at the airport
• What else do you do when you are not at work/in the studio?
I love watching movies, and just hanging out with my close friends over a nice cocktail. I love shopping online, I’m an expert at that.
Stylist: Lucy Phil-Ebosie
Stylist assistant: Oluwaseun Asaaju
Make-up: Lucy Phil-Ebosie
Photographer: Peter Bello for www.360nobs.com
Interview questions by Titi Reju.