The world is her stage, Anuoluwapo Samantha Ozigbu, a singer, dancer and entertainer, who prefers to go by the stage name, Anu knows well enough where her career is coasting. She makes no pretense about her determination to conquer the world with her sonorous and velvety voice, dancing prowess and entertaining mix. Born in Florence, Italy to a mixed parentage (Her father is from Imo State while the mother is from Lagos State). She reveals her passion to LANRE ODUKOYA
How did you end up a singer?
As a little girl, I was a delight to watch as I took part in art, ballet, drama, singing and dancing events during my primary school days at the Saint Saviour Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos. At age nine, I represented my school at the debutant UNICEF ‘roll out malaria and kick out polio’ musical concert, among others. At Queens College Yaba,Lagos. My combination of natural beauty, brains and artistic talent stood me out as I won many laurels for the school and myself at different academic, singing and dancing competitions.
How did you return to entertainment after studying Economics at UNILAG?
To be frank with you, it’s just the singular act of courage. It was the same that has set me on the path to destiny as I encountered Atunda Entertainment, the record label that opened a new vista for me and eyes to the world of possibilities in the entertainment industry. Although I had harboured some misgivings about the industry; all that faded away the moment I came under the wings and tutelage of Atunda Entertainment. I was intrigued by the ways things were done at Atunda Entertainment which were quite different from others. Because of this, I decided to apply and be part of the group. Since I started with my record label, I’ve never looked back as like the famed Helen of Troy who sought to conquer the world with her beauty. I’m seeking fame courtesy of my natural talents. I don’t want to be a one hit wonder.
Beyond singing, you’re also a good dancer…
One of my strongest points is my diversity, ability to adopt and take advantage of my ‘Africanness’. These are what stand me out. Dance comes to me almost effortlessly. I put so much zest in calculating my moves and ensuring they are also entertaining enough. I can sing to arouse your emotions at any time and I can also do love and romantic songs as well as good dance hall music. Although, I’m more at home with Africa percussion and musical elements, my greatest desire is to appeal to the world by producing world class music. I don’t want to appeal to the African market alone but to the world market. I want to produce works that will be both entertaining to Nigerians and the world at large.
How do you plan to ensure that your naivety is not taken advantage of?
I’m aware of the oddities that go with the entertainment industry, especially for a young and beautiful girl like me. I’m not going to be dampened by all that because I have resolved to be true to the art and I trust my prowess enough not to be a disappointment to the women folk.
With the amount of spotlight on you at the moment, how do you feel?
I feel a sense of fulfillment majorly because it is what I have always felt and dreamt of having. I am not going to be discouraged by the odd stories that I hear because I’m confident about where my dreams, hard and smart work are taking me. I am going to be an inspiration to a lot of young girls.
Don’t you feel stressed out, always rehearsing songs and dance at the same time?
I enjoy doing what I am doing. Once you enjoy doing what you are doing and you make it your career you are going to be successful. You will always be looking forward to another session of what you love doing. I enjoy it, I take a little rest when it’s necessary but I’m always willing to return to rehearsals. In the nearest future, I see myself respected for my ability to perform, my creativity as a song writer, singer, dancer and entertainer. All these drive my zest.