This weekend got me thinking of upcoming artistes having suicide thoughts and the ones that have committed the actual suicide 😭
The news of Olanrewaju Pelepele Makanaki, a former YBNL act who died after committing suicide came as a big shock.
Dear upcoming artistes, when your career journey seem to be demanding suicide, that is clearly a time to check your premises and check yourself.
Killing yourself would be the dumbest thing you can do. What if your time to blow is near?
What if there are better things coming your way that is not even music?
As an upcoming artiste, below are 5 things you should consider instead of killing yourself because you are not blown yet:-
1. Don’t Be An Ingrate, Thank God For Life
If you think because you are not blown yet, God doesn’t have plans for you, you lie!!!
Come to think of it, you are waking up every morning full of strength to go about your daily activities, you get inspiration to do songs, you pay producer and promote your songs in the little way you can.
Where do you think the grace to do all these things are coming from?
Oh! from God abi?? and you cannot trust the process and trust God to turn things around for you? issokay!!
My brother, it’s better you think twice before you commit suicide because if you do, we (Naijafleek) will post it and after posting, people will talk, your name will blow, your pictures will be everywhere.
But what’s the point when you’re already inside grave receiving punishment from God for taking your own life?
2. Think About The A-List Acts Who Came From Zero To Hero
Remember that every blown artiste you know today were at some point an upcoming artiste.
Wizkid was once a studio rat in Murdock studios in Ojuelegba, nobody knew him then but see Wizkid today, now a Starboy.
You all know the story of Patoranking, the gala seller in traffic who is now a music star.
Don’t let me even talk about Olamide, the unknown rapper in the hood of Bariga who is now living his big dreams in the music industry.
Ask any celebrity artiste you see today, most of them went through something worse than what you are experiencing now. If they had committed suicide, wetin for be their gain?
Meanwhile, you all should know that getting to blow as an artiste is not as hard as staying blown.
What if all you are going through now as an upcoming artiste is to prepare you for a longer stay on top in the music industry?
Think about it!!
3. The Little Fan Base You Have On Social Media Is A Sign That You Are Growing
Social media has made it easy for upcoming artistes now to make their voice heard unlike years back when upcoming artiste can only blow through lots of radio airplays.
As long as you’ve got people following you on social media, liking your music posts and dropping some positive comments about your music, it means you are growing.
The few people who love your music craft will spread your gospel.
Look at young singer, Zinoleesky, he was doing what rappers are doing on Instagram till he became widely known in the industry.
Appreciate the little fanbase you have, every big things started small.
4. Life Is Not About Music Alone, Checkout Forbes List And The Black People Doing Wonders On The List
We all know Wizkid, Davido and some other Nigerian artistes are not on Forbes list of the Richest in Africa now.
There are people making billions of dollars from their businesses within Africa.
For God sake, life is not by music alone, if you think music is not your thing after spending up to 4-5 years, you can as well switch to other businesses.
This is the bitter truth Feel free to switch to other businesses you think you can fit into. Afterall, you are pursuing music for the fame, money and good life.
If you do other businesses and you make cool money, fame and every other thing can follow.
Infact, you can use money you made from other businesses to invest in music and succeed easily.
5. Not Everybody Will Be Big To The Level Of Wizkid And Davido
Now, let me say this point blank. No be everybody go blow.
In a university class of 40 students, you can have just 10 first class students, 20 third class and two second class, does it mean, the third class students should go and kill themselves?
No be everybody go blow like Davido and Wizkid, there will always be A-list, B,C,D up to G list in Nigeria’s music industry, just pray for grace and preserve your life so that when you time reach, you’re not in the grave.
Just because you are unknown now, does not mean the world won’t celebrate you.
Take a look at Zlatan na!!
Two, three, four years ago, Zlatan wouldn’t have thought he will be blown to the level of rolling with Davido, Burna Boy and other big artistes in the industry.
If he had killed himself two years ago, would he have achieved all he has achieved today inside grave?
You don’t know how close you are to your dream, don’t go and die, keep moving.
6. If You Ever Think Of Suicide, Just Do A Song On It, Don’t Kill Yourself
Music is a thing of the heart, if you ever had a suicidal thoughts as an upcoming artiste, put all your thoughts in a song and create a strategic promo around it.
Sincerely, many people will be interested in your case and will want to listen to your song.
Fast-rising act, Jaido P did this when he had suicidal thoughts and since then his career has witnessed growth. He released a song titled “Grace” to pour out his suicidal thoughts.
You all remember Skiibii, what comes to your mind when you hear that name? Of course, it should be the death stunt he pulled some years back and you would agree with me that his career got a significant boost from that.
Daz how stars do! they turn their weakness to strength and turn their threat to opportunity.
Saturday 19th October 2019 was a day so phenomenal. At the prestigious Pelican Hall, Pelican International Hotel, Chevy View Estate, Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos was the gathering of who is who for the GRAND FINALE of Nigeria’s topnotch Reality TV Show to support young aspiring entrepreneurs, The Young CEO Reality TV Show 2019.
A fiercely contested journey which began on 14th of September with a grand opening and had 25 rising entrepreneurs drawn from diverse fields nationwide but with only top 5 making it to the end, witnessed the parade of stars, experts, business moguls and lavish media professionals in a night of glitter and glamour.
The row call of attendance was sauced with the presence of one of the official
headline sponsors, Prince Christopher Nebe, MD/CEO of Phamatex Industries Ltd; who stormed the venue with heavy security detail and the presence of senior executives and CEOs of other corporate sponsors such as AfriOne, Green Lotto Nigeria, NTEL, OHWow Popcorn, Silvertine International Autos, Dabinchi Global Limited, Delaquine Services, Mavin GRANDPA, President of Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria AMAN, Mr Akinpelu, Tochukwu Micheal, CEO Asandrea Fashion, Jossy Vasachy, Chita Agu Johnson, Nollywood Actress, TV Host and Producer, Esther White Bassey, Multiple Award Winning Teen Actress and Producer, families and friends of the hubmates. The Judges, David Agu, CEO Entrepreneur Africa, Chisom Egwuatu, CEO The Vain Stores and Temi Ajibewa, Author, Speaker and Business Coach. The Hosts, Bimbo Abayomi, CEO Messenger Network, Teniola Akinpelu, CEO Afrikan Island Fashion, Nonye Chidolue, Founder CHEGCAF.
The high point was unveiling the winner of the grand prize. Young, Beautiful, Gentle and Intelligent are what describes the personage of Chidera Vanessa Akamelu who clinched the grand prize of 1 Million Naira and a Multi Million Naira Car. The runner ups who emerged were: Josephine Chisom Okonkwo, CEO Odettegrand, Kester Gfella, CEO Light House Entertainment who won an all expense paid trip to Dubai for 1 week holiday and business tour, John Oho, CEO FXTicari INC, Mabel Christian, CEO Belluxury Emporium.
The winner of The Young CEO Reality TV Show 2019 is a thriving entrepreneur and founder of an online store, Trendy Closet By Dera. Chidera is currently studying French as part of her leap towards taking her brand to the world. The epochal show which aired daily for 35 days on DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES Via NTA 2 CH 5 and ONLINE at www.redcarpetontv.com came to close amidst thunderous ovation and media paparazzi by NTA and Red Carpet On Tv. The
winner is billed to begin her media rounds and courtesy tour alongside her runner ups in few days to come.
Stay tuned for more updates and follow us on social media platforms @theyoungceotv
Imade Adeleke and Jam Jam seem to be emulating the impeccable (and expensive) sense of style of their respective celebrity parents. Both kids who are offsprings of two of the biggest Nigerian entertainers, Davido and Tiwa Savage, were at Nickfest in Lagos, and these kids were dripping in finesse.
Imade Adeleke who is the daughter of Davido and Sophia Momodu, was dressed in Dior from head to toe, while Jam Jam – who’s the son of Tiwa Savage and Ex husband Tee-Billz was draped in expensive Balmain shirt and trousers. The clothes are rumoured to cost over $10,000.
Both kids are known to be the best of friends and it’s easy to see why. The adorable duo gave us some of the cutest pictures of the day and seeing them together was one of the highlights of Nickfest 2019.
The 2019 Nickelodeon festival is proudly sponsored by Maltina, the family-friendly beverage that pulls no stops in putting smiles on the faces of its millions of consumers across the country. Maltina hosted thousands of kids at its Happy Land during Nickfest, and these kids had the time of their lives as they got to play on the bouncing castle, meet “Happy the Mascot” as well win prizes and rewards courtesy of Maltina.