Popular singer, 9ice recently contested for the Federal
House of Representatives, Ogbomosho North/Ogbomosho
South/Orire Federal Constituency on the platform of his
party, APC but lost out at the primaries.
However, in a new chat with Showtime Celebrity, the lanky
singer revealed that he has not given up on his political
ambition, and says he even aspires to become the governor
of Oyo State. He also speaks on his relationship with his
estranged wife, Toni Payne. Excerpts:
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learnt from
your experience in politics?
I’ve learnt that Nigeria lacks leadership. It’s ‘moneyticians’
that they see, and they have no choice
but to follow whoever they see. During the course of my
campaign, I learnt a lot, and I got closer to the people. I
listened to their yearnings, and realized that they want a lot
of things, but are not getting what they want.
I will also implore people who have the passion to lead their
people to offer themselves up for service. The people that
we have there now are not leaders; they’re just there for
whatever they’ll gain.
This is your first shot at politics, but what would
you say is your ultimate ambition?
My ultimate ambition in politics is to become the governor
of Oyo State. However, I’ll still run for the Federal House of
Representatives to serve my constituency in the next
election. I believe I can serve in that position very well, and
I also know that I stand the chance to become the governor
of Oyo State.
What’s your relationship with Toni Payne now?
We don’t have any relationship outside my son, Zion. She’s
doing fine, and I’m doing fine as well. We both take care of
You once said that bloggers should not upload
your songs again, what’s your problem with them?
I’m still saying that. How could they be offering my songs
for free when same songs are available at iTunes for
certain price? My problem with them is that they should not
put up my songs for free when same songs are being sold
somewhere else. There will be a time I’ll also release some
songs for free. It’s not charity; it’s business. I have to
Your voice has changed over the years, what’s
the real cause of this?
As at the time I recorded my first album, I was 24 years
old, and if you compare that to when someone is 35 years
old, you can see the changes in the physical body and
every other aspect. Age has a lot to do with that.
Another factor is that most times when we go for concerts,
the microphones and other sound equipment are not right. I
end up shouting at the top of my voice. Imagine someone
doing that consistently for five years. After the release of
‘Gongo Aso’ I was doing shows all over back and forth for
almost five years. Sometimes, you rehearse your songs on
a particular key, and when you get there for performance,
they play a different key. So with all these, there is the
tendency to lose your voice, and even get the voice