Sunday, 6 August 2017

Anambra base journalist dumps profession to music

An Onitsha based correspondent of Orient Daily Newspaper, Afam Aminu Chimezie has hit the Nigerian-High life pop music like a colossus.

The Udi, Enugu State born journalist cum musician who released his debut album, “Give my people a chance”, which is marketed by “Blessed J.B.O music” told journalists in Onitsha yesterday that one of his reasons of venturing into music which he claimed was an inspiration from God was to preach the message of morals and good governance in Nigeria, a country he criticized for encouraging all forms of evils immorality, corruption and bad leadership.

The songs which have just been released into the market will soon hit the air waves across the South East Region and the South South with tracks like “Nigeria”, “M.I Okpara” (Ochichi Obodo), “Nwanyi Amusu (witch) “cannibal” and “Give My People a Chance”, which is the title track, criticizing the political class for causing hardship and division among Nigerians.

Afamso Chimezie a name which the young musician has adopted as his stage name said that the era of duplication of other people’s songs was over and unacceptable as he boasted that all his songs were composed, written and arranged by him speak of originality.

The young and talented singer, journalist who bestrode the country’s musical industry like a colossus, however, stated that after conquering Nigerian music scene, he hopes to spread his music to other parts of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean because of the beautiful and melodious rhythms coupled with the messages of good and responsible governance as embodied in the album.

Afamso Chimezie who holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication, Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts Degree in History and International Studies from Tansian University, Umunya, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka respectively said that his mission to delve into music with a five track album appeared to him in a dream where a set of musical instruments were presented to him by a strange man.

Whether if he would be dumping the journalism profession for music, he replied, “I am not thinking of doing that for now. Journalism is my first love. When I get to the bridge I will cross it. It has exposed me to a lot of things in life. My only regret is that journalists are only remembered when they are still active and contributing to build people, but easily dumped and forgotten by the elites.

He, however, lamented that government and the copy right commissions are not doing much to curb the issue of piracy in the creative industry.



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