The One-On-Ones: Ebisan (Season 2 Episode 5)

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Happy Thursday! It’s midway point in Season 2, and I have the person with the most melodious voice to enter the Nigerian industry in 2011.

Ladies & gentlemen, meet Ebisan.
Wana: Good morning Ebisan.
Ebisan: Morning!

Wana: How are you this morning?
Ebisan: I’m doing great thanks. Can’t complain.

Wana: So let’s get to meet you. What’s your full name?
Ebisan: Ebisan Olubukolami Itseoritsewarami Damola. There’s more but I shan’t bore you with the rest. Those are the names on my birth certificate so we’ll stick with those for now.

Wana: Lol! Where are you from?
Ebisan: My father is from Lagos and my mother is from Delta.

Wana: What’s your date of birth?
Ebisan: Well I won’t tell you the year because you won’t believe me but incidentally my birthday is in two days.

Wana: Lol. We want to know! We’ll believe O:)
Ebisan: Nah, let’s just say that in my mind I’ll be sweet sixteen on the 25th hehe! You’re only as young as you feel!

Wana: Hahaha! True. Growing up, what artistes influenced you to follow the musical path?
Ebisan: I enjoyed listening to a wide selection of artistes from Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Elton John to Sade, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston. The varied mix definitely helped to shape my eclectic nature.

Wana: No rap/hip-hop whatsoever?
Ebisan: It’s funny because I recall writing down the lyrics of some of P. Diddy’s and Tupac’s songs only to memorize and perform them to my sister. I must have been 12 or 13 then. It was lots of fun! As I grew older I started to appreciate the likes of Common, The Roots, Mos Def and so on. It was like discovering a treasure. Even Lauryn Hill was a gifted rapper! Good music is good music whether rap or otherwise.

Wana: On your road to stardom, what challenges have you faced?
Ebisan: My journey in the music industry has been a very interesting one. Coming out of my shell and socializing a bit more has been a great challenge. Being an introvert doesn’t quite cut it in this industry so I’ve had to make some changes. Other than that, everything else has been a lesson or a blessing! I really cannot complain.

Wana: What genre of music do you classify yours under?
Ebisan: I can’t be placed in a particular box because of my eclectic nature but I will say I put a bit of soul in everything I do. There is always a soulful twist in my music, whatever the genre.

Wana: If you weren’t into music, what would be your career path?
Ebisan: I’d be a Psychiatrist because I’d love to help people. Also because I’m intrigued by the human nature.

Wana: Looool! That’s a funny way to help though.
Ebisan: Really? I feel mental health is just as important as physical health.

Wana: Sharing money would be an even better way to help.
Ebisan: Sharing money isn’t an occupation though, it can be done regardless of what career path we’re on but yes that’s also an option.

Wana: In the Nigerian music industry, are there any artistes/producers you’re looking forward to working with?
Ebisan: I have a long wish list and as Christmas is fast approaching I’m hoping Santa grants me my wishes lol I have been fortunate to have worked with some talented people so far. My next single features an awesome singer, Chidynma. We worked with DJ Klem and produced something I’m pretty excited about. It’s different from anything I have ever released before.

Wana: Awesome… We’re expecting some awesome stuff then. Away from music now. What’s your relationship status?
Ebisan: I’m not married to anyone but Jesus at the moment, lol, That’s all I can say about that!

Wana: So you’re single and not searching?
Ebisan: Haha, Your Honour, I plead the fifth!

Wana: Lol! So far, what’s been your proudest moment ever?
Ebisan: That’s a tough one because I have quite a few proud moments, from graduation day to my first ever stage performance in primary school. One that does stand out has nothing to do with music though.

Wana: Which is?
Ebisan: I had a friend who was stuck in a dead end job for years. She was seriously underpaid and under-utilised so I made it my mission to help her get a better job though she seemed to have lost hope. Eventually, I succeeded and the day she called to tell me she got recruited was a proud moment for both of us. It feels great knowing you’ve positively affected a life.

Wana: True. How do you like to cure boredom?
Ebisan: Getting bored is nearly impossible because there is always something to do. Apart from music, I love art, sports, novels, my close friends and of course food. So when I’m not working, I’m either painting, jogging, playing tennis, hanging out with my friends or eating chocolate! There’s always lots to do!

Wana: Hahahaha… You play tennis very well?
Ebisan: I’m confident in my skills though I’m no Serena!

Wana: Lol. What’s the worst nickname you’ve ever had?
Ebisan: “Chinch” apparently because I was a very tiny child.

Wana: Looool! If there was one person you could meet, dead or alive, who would it be?
Ebisan: Maya Angelou but ask me tomorrow and I just might say Bob Dylan!

Wana: Hahaha… Nice. Before we round this up, I want to give you some options, and you’ll choose 1.Okay?

Wana: Moin-Moin or Dodo?
Ebisan: Dodo all the way! I think I’m the only Nigerian who doesn’t like Moin-Moin

Wana: Loooool! You’re now officially a weirdo.

Wana: Ice Prince or Naeto C?
Ebisan: I am soooo not falling into that trap! Lol… Next!

Wana: That’s the last question, actually. Thanks for the interview, Ebisan.
Ebisan: It’s been fun, thank you!.
Mayowa “Wana” George
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