Olamide recently sat with Hip TV to discuss his music, the Artistes on his label and, why he might not be signing a female in a while.
The hitmaker who has topped every chart possible since his emergence in the music industry about five years ago, was quite explicit in his latest interview, talking about his utmost dedication to his craft and how hungry he was to have attained his present position.
However, he might have been lowkey handing out tips on how to be at the top of your game in just five years but what made headlines after that interview aired was his opinion about women in the Industry.
When asked why he has not signed a female artiste to his label, the Shakitibobo Singer said
See, it’s all about the grind for me men, it’s all about the grind and the hunger, so I am not looking for a diva… if I’m going to sign up (any lady) it must be someone that is very very hungry, as hungry as I am men.
Now, while he is being factual and truthful with the above statement, what he said next might rub off a lot of feminists wrongly.
Now, notice I said feminists not necessarily women. And that is because not all Feminists are women.
For them, their lifespan in the Industry can be very short unlike the guys, we can be here for another twenty/thirty years if God wants it to be like that. But for the Ladies once you’re not sexy anymore or once you don drop one people go start to dey change am for you.
I am a huge fan of Olamide, I have been from Eni Duro, a track my brother Temiloluwa played so much I started chanting the lyrics in my subconscious in a short time. However, this statement has never been more wrong.
Now, let’s start with his reference to guys being relevant in the Industry for two to three decades. In the Nigerian music scene, over the past years, how many of your favorite male music Artistes have managed to be relevant for that long?
No be fight, let’s make a list; Sunny Ade, Victor Uwaifo and Victor Olaiya are one of the very few male Artistes who have been relevant for over two to three decades. Tuface who is undoubtedly a legend in the making has not even crossed the ‘over two decades relevance’ stage.
The Fuji stars (Kwam I, Pasuma to mention a few) are probably the only ones who have passed the over two decades mark in recent times, and you’d agree with me that their audience is quite limited.
Now, let’s talk Tiwa Savage and what her emergence in the music Industry did for the women. When she came, she was not exactly what people were used to seeing but after a period of time, everyone got used to her style and her music.
Tiwa did not only make history by being as influential as any male performer in this generation, she also created a bigger opportunity and raised the bar for other female artistes.
And in our recent exclusive interview with Waje, the Singer revealed that now that the women know the formula, they are using it and it is working for them.
This means that the women now have equal ticket sales, equal sold out shows, equal endorsements and equal relevance with the men.
This means that somehow, in the past few years, we have been able to see that women can do what men can do and whether or not you’re a mom, you can still slay those charts.
And whoever said being sexy was limited to pre baby body? Hello, have you seen Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, Adaeze Yobo, Venita Akpofure and other moms who bounced back after welcoming their little ones?
Essentially, all Olamide needs is a woman who can be a diva and can still slay charts a la Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade and trust me, as long as he is looking for, he would find.
I can’t wait for the First Lady of YBNL anyway.
Watch Olamide’s interview about signing women to his label below, starts on the 3:24 mark