Abia State born R&B, highlife and dance-hall singer, Monday Ohabuiro Chijioke Benson, popularly known as OYO C has finally hit the music world with his new music video, titled; Onuru Ube.
It is interesting to know that the talented musician has been rocking the music scene for over a decade now. His new single; Onuru Ube, is currently speaking volume and enjoying airwaves at the moment.
However, in a chat with our correspondent, Rahman Ismail, the singer explicitly spoke on the new single and the Onuru Ube video among other sundry issues. Excerpts;
What is the latest from your end?
Yeah! Just released a single titled Onuru Ube where I featured Sean Breeze, produced by Mr E and directed by Irok Virnlz.
What is the meaning of the song?
Onuru Ube is an extraction from Ibo Language and it’s a means of expressing dissatisfaction to your brother or uncle who has money but not willing to extend helping hand to the siblings but prefers to respond to the needs of his girlfriends instead.
Is it your true-life story or mere fable?
It’s my true-life story. It’s something that happened to me as a person. I used the title purposely to communicate and express my pains to the concerned individuals in my family who are in the position to help but declined.
Don’t you think this would trigger more enmity between you and the concern persons in your family once they listen to the song?
Not at all! The song is a piece of advice for whoever is treating his or her family in such a manner. I am cool with my family nothing like enmity between us. The message of the song is something that travel far beyond my own experience, it’s something to be digested by whoever is the victim. Do you know that I might also be the victim of the song to others within the family who thought I have more than them but decides not to help. The person you are accusing of not helping you has his own shortcomings unknowingly to you.
You never can say where the shoe is pinching him. In a nutshell, the message of the song is a signal to being kind to your family whenever they are in need of your help because if the table turns around they are the one that will be there for you.
Is this your first single ever?
Nope! I have done series of singles in the past among which are: “Duro” Igbo version, “Come Be My Sugar”, “One Raa” and host of others.
Do you sing in Igbo Language?
I use pigin English with the touch of Ibo flavour
How long have you been in the music industry?
I started professionally in 2009.
How can you describe the experience so far?
Wow! It’s being so rough and cool as well.
Have there been any point in time you feel like quitting?
Sure! It’s been a very struggle moment for me when I first started, at a point I felt like quitting and venturing into another business but immediately I got that negative thought the encouragement came from nowhere and I suddenly had a rethink.
What is keeping you going?
I will say it is fate and believe in God’s power of turning things around. I am beginning to see the turning up of people courtesy of this new single.
Have you shot the video?
Yes, the video is the talk of the town right now. The video is making me proud because I have never experienced the kind of acceptability I am getting from the video before. People love it and the traffic keeps skyrocketing on a daily basis, just Google OYO C BABA to catch the glimpse and it is streaming live on some cable TV stations and radios.
How can you describe the quality of the video?
It is superb my brother, is it the serenity of good location used or well experienced and wonderful production crew or massive equipment that matched up with international standard used? I wouldn’t want to talk much on the quality because as the saying goes, “a good product needs not an advert, it’s automatically advertises itself through referrals.”
Who do you model yourself after?
I love and look up to all great artists that are doing well in the industry because they dish out something that people want, that’s what make them great musicians but personally I am passionate about Timaya and Flavour. Whenever I listen or watch Timaya’s video I see the part of me in him. I love his charisma and energetic performance. It’s part of my dreams to duet with him in the nearest future.
Talking about your stage name, OYO C, how do you come about it?
The whole acronyms were the extraction of prefix from my grandfather’s name, father’s name and my real name, everything coming together to form OYO C.
Have you been signed to any record label?
Yes. I am currently signed under Face Reality Record.
Are they in Lagos or Abia State?
None! Face Reality is an international music label based in Europe.
Let’s shift base to your private life, is OYO C married?
Not yet. I am single and searching.
How can a very handsome man like you be searching?
Yes my brother because it’s complicated.
How do you manage women, being a celebrity?
I am able to manage them effectively by the grace of God.
What would be your reaction if a strange lady throws a shot on you?
Laughs… I can’t shun her all I need in that respect is diplomacy. If a lady walks up to me and said to me she loves me, would I say no I don’t love you? NO! I will only play along with her and show her how beautiful it is if we can just be friend, that’s if I don’t have any affection for her.
Say a word to your fans?
Thanks to you guys, I love you and I promise never to let you down, keep subscribing to my video and listen to my vibes. I love you all.