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AYOLOLA Seeks Professional Fame Outside Project Fame

08 Dec 2012

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF MTN PROJECT FAME WEST AFRICA SEASON 5, AYOBAMI AYOLOLA NICKNAMED A.Y.O. BY FRIENDS IS CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM. AN INDIGENE OF OYO STATE, A.Y.O. IS THE FIRST OF FIVE CHILDREN. HE WAS BORN IN KANO AND SPENT ALMOST HIS ENTIRE LIFE LIVING IN THE CITY BEFORE RELOCATING TO LAGOS IN 2001. THIS GRADUATE OF BIOCHEMISTRY FROM COVENANT UNIVERSITY SPOKE TO LANRE ODUKOYA ABOUT LIFE OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY


HOW I DISCOVERED MYSELF…
Iwould say I was born into music. My father used to be a choir director for 10 years. I used to attend rehearsals with him then in Kano; I stayed with the instrumentalist then  and started learning to play instruments. I started singing at age 6 when I performed Silent Night with my sister on Christmas’ eve. Thanks to my father.

THE FEELING OF VICTORY…
Victory in Project Fame is sweet. Who does not like good things? I’ve enjoyed it; I’m enjoying it and I hope more comes. It has been a good ride so far. It comes with its challenges.

MANY HURDLES…
There were so many of them - having to stand out, having to be unique, ups and downs. But so far, they all made me a stronger act. I’m set to take on the world.

PARENTS’ REACTION …
My parents are my biggest fans and critics. They love the fact that I’ve been so gifted by God and that I’m using it impressively too. My parents would support and pray for me. If they had millions they would give me to pursue my music career. I remember sometime ago, my father would always shout at me if I lose my voice. They are in support of my music as long as I don’t derail while pursuing a cause.

WHAT STARDOM HAS CHANGED ABOUT ME…
It has changed nothing. To be honest I’m still me, the same guy.

MY KIND OF MUSIC…
I’m still in the process of discovering myself; it’s a journey, I’ve done RnB, I’ve done reggae, Naija pop, I’m on Afro. So, it’s a process.

WORLD OF MUSIC AND MOVIE…
Who says it’s not possible to do music and movie at the same time? It might be difficult but I’m ready to ply the route as an actor that I’ve been before project fame.

I’M A MESSANGER WITH A
SERMON…
It is my responsibility as a responsible adult to make sure that whatever I preach - be it love, justice - to make sure that I do not negate my message. I’m not going to tell you my approach but I’m going to affect lives positively. I won’t sell drunken lifestyle or extravagance. I will say what people want to hear in a moderate way.

ME AND MY FEMALE FANS…
They are Kokolets, using the words of our brother Dbanj. Women are but a blessing; same thing with men. We are all blessings. Who doesn’t want blessings around them? I think it I’ve been enjoying the blessings of God. I have many female friends and male friends, I love people around me, I love creative minds around. I’m mature and well raised to know how to manage people and show them respect. All these virtues are working a great deal.

WHAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING IF NOT MOVIE OR MUSIC
I would have probably played football. I was a goal keeper at some point in my life. I did some for the Covenant University. I could have been an artist as well.

WHEN TO EXPECT MY SINGLES…
If I tell you a date now, then I’ve broken the suspense. All I can tell you now is that it’s dropping sooner than you’d imagined.

MY MOVIES TOO…
It will be very soon too.  I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet but I’m working on some already.

FRIENDS AFTER THE PROJECT FAME …
Marvelous, Adetoun and Oyinkansade have been my pals since we left the house.

WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY IN LIFE
I would have spent more time with my grandma before she passed on.

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