The Abia State R~B, Highlife and Dance-hall singer, Monday Ohabuiro Chijioke Benson, popularly known as Oyo C has finally hit the music world with a new video. His new single titled Onuru Ube, is currently enjoying airwaves at the moment. In this piece with Rahman Ismail, Oyo C bares it all about the single and the new video-Onuru Ube. Enjoy the excerpt…
What’s the latest from your end?
Yeah! Just released single titled Onuru Ube where Oyo-c baba ft Sean breeze, produced by Mr E and directed by Irok Virnlz.
What’s the meaning?
Onuru Ube is an extraction from Ibo language and it’s a means of expressing dissatisfaction to your brother or uncle who has money but prefer to respond to girlfriends need at your expense.
Is it your true life story or mere myth?
It’s my true life story. It’s something that happened to me as a person. I used the title purposely to communicate and express my pains to the concerned individuals in my family who are in position to help but declined.
Don’t you think this would trigger more enmity between you and the concern persons once they listen to the music?
Not at all! The song is a piece of advice for whoever is treating his or her family in such manner. I am cool with my family nothing like enmity between us. The message of the song is something that travels far beyond my own experience; it’s something to be digested by whoever falls in that category. Do you know that I might also be seen in the same light by others within the family, with the thought that I have more than them but decide not to help? The person you are accusing of not helping you has his own crisis, unknowing to you.
You never can say where shoe’s pitching him. In a nutshell, the message of the song is a mere signal of being kind to your family whenever they are in need of your help because if the table turns, they are the one that would be there for you.
Is this your first single?
Nope! I have done series of singles in the past among which were: “Duro Igbo version”, “Come Be My Sugar”, “One Raa” and host of others.
Do you sing in Igbo language?
I use Pigin English with the touch of Igbo flavour
How long have you been in the music industry?
I started professionally in 2009.
How can you describe the experience so far?
Wow! It’s being so rough and cool. So it’s with mixed feelings.
Had there been any point in time you feel like quitting?
Sure! It was my struggle moment. When I first started, at a point I felt like quit and venture into another stuff but immediately I got that negative thought the encouragement would come from nowhere and I will suddenly have a rethink.
What’s that spirit that is keeping you going?
I will say it is faith, my belief in God to turn things around. And I have received positive responses from people, concerning this single.
Have you shot the video?
Yes, the video is the talk of the town right now. The video is making me proud because I have never experienced the kind of acceptability I am getting from the video before. People love it and the traffic keeps skyrocketing on a daily basis, just Google OYO C BABA to cut the glimpse and it’s being streamed on some cable TV stations and radios.
How will you describe the quality of the video?
It is superb my brother, is it the serenity of good location used or well experienced and wonderful production crew or massive equipments that matched up with international standard used I should talk about? I wouldn’t want to talk much on the quality because as the saying goes, “a good product need not an advert, it will automatically advertise itself.”
Who is your role model?
I love and look up to all great artistes that are doing well in the industry because they dish out something that people wants, that’s what make them a great musician. But personally I am passionate about Timaya and Flavour. Whenever I listen or watch Timaya’s video I see the part of me in him. I love his charisma and energetic performance. It’s part of my dreams to duet with him in the nearest future.
Talk about your stage name OYO C how do you come about the name?
The whole acronym was the extraction of prefix from my grandfather’s name, father’s name and my real name altogether to form OYO C.
Have you been signed to any record label?
Yes. I am currently signed under Face Reality Record.
Are they in Lagos or Abia State?
None! Face Reality is an international music label based in Europe.
Let’s talk about your private life, is Oyo C married?
Not yet. I am single and searching.
How can a very handsome man like you be searching?
How do you manage women being a good looking public figure?
I am able to manage them effectively by the grace of God.
What would be your reaction if a strange lady throws her shut at you?
(Laughing….) I can’t shun her all I need in that respect is diplomacy. If a lady walks up to me and say she loves me, would I say no I don’t love you? NO! I will only play along with her and show her how beautiful it is if we can just be friends, that’s if I don’t have any affection for her.
Reach out to your fans?
Thanks to you guys, I love you and I promise never to let you down, keep subscribing to my video and listen to my vibes. I love you all.