When we met Nigerian Rising Star Okiemute, she looked calm and collected. Her sassy look would really tell us the love she has for Kenya. The singer , songwriter, dancer and a fashionista has a variety under her name apart from her sensational musical voice.
The singer who won MTN Project Fame after beating all able men and women who also trailed behind her. Here are some of her reactions to the questions we paused towards her during the interview.
QN :Kindly describe yourself,
Okiemute is a musician, dancer, actress and also a graduate.
QN: When did you commence your musical journey, professionally?
Well, I can say , I started music at a tender age but professionally in 2017.
QN:Which is your favorite song?
My favorite song is,” Trouble.” (She sings the chorus of the song .)
QN: What’s the secret code in your songwriting process?
Most of the time I write songs in accordance to how I feel at certain moments. I also enjoy to vibe then I come up with words.
QN: You’ve worked with big producers such as Masterkraft in your production. How did you manage to meet the big producers?
When I came West Africa Project Fame, I had an opportunity to choose producers whom I wanted. That’s how I chose Masterkraft. He not only created the beat but also contributed to the song. He made sure I was comfortable whenever I was recording my songs.
QN: What three things did you learn from the West Africa Project Fame?
I learnt to have a thick skin as a musician,to be consistent and also believe in yourself so that you can make others believe in you.
QN:Who inspires you musically, coming from a country where we have big names such as Yemi Alade?
I don’t have basic inspiration but I love their works. I love Yemi Alade because of her passion for music. I also love Tiwa Savage for her hard work and focus.
QN: Which Nigerian languages do you resonate with in your music?
I do a mix of Yoruba, Igbo and also my tribe in my music. I just to what I feel would work out with the song.
QN: How do your fans and Nigerians receive the fused songs?
Nigerians love music despite whichever tribe you sing on. If it is a good music, it is good and they enjoy it. There’s no segment for specific tribes.
QN: What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered in your musical journey?
I don’t call it a challenge but I can say the process is what we learn through. When you are joining the industry well for people to know you and accept you, it is one thing that I have gone through but I have managed to resonate well.
QN:What advice would you give to young women who would love to be like you or more?
I will tell them to be themselves. You can only be a star if you be yourself. Every star shines separately.
QN: Which Kenyan singer do feel inspires you?
At the moment I will say Nviiri. I love his sound.
QN: Which project are you pulling through now?
I have just released my EP. That’s what am working on. I have shot a video for songs like trouble.
QN: Which countries in the world would you love to travel to ?
Kenya has been my dream country. Here I am. United States and any other Asian countries.
Parting Shot, Please
I would love all my fans to check my songs on Youtube and Songa. They can also follow me on Instagram-theokiemute and @theokiemute.