Popular singer, born Chinedu Okoli, better known by his stage name, Flavour N’abania, has said he does not regret having babymamas as he maintains good relationships with them and his children. He went on to say he has a good chemistry with popular petite singer, Chidinma aka Miss Kedike. Flavour talks ‘Chemistry’ with Chidinma.
In a chat with the Punch, the singer known for his waist dance and chest-baring disclosed other things about him, including Yemi Alade who once said she was crushing on him.
See excerpts below…
Flavour talks ‘Chemistry’ with Chidinma
You’re seen as some sort of sex symbol, how does that make you feel?
“It feels great and it is a motivation for me to keep working hard on my music and also my body. I visit the gym three times in a week even with my busy schedule. Though it is not easy, it is what I have to do.”
Yemi Alade once said she has a crush on you, do you feel the same way about her?
“Yemi Alade is a very fantastic talent and she is a hard-working woman as well. I admire her a lot as an artiste.”
At a point, you were also quite close to Chidinma; is she someone you can date?
“These people you are mentioning are colleagues that I respect a lot. We have had opportunity to work several times in the past and I wouldn’t deny that we have a good chemistry.”
What’s your relationship with your baby mamas and children?
“I have a wonderful relationship with my children and I love them so much. I am also on good terms with their mothers and everything is fine.”
Do you sometimes wish things didn’t actually go that way?
“There is no point regretting anything in life. Whatever will be will be. I can only do my best at all times.”
What kind of woman does Flavour like?
“I love a woman who is not fake; she has to be natural at all times. She has to be someone who knows the difference between Flavour and Chinedu. To cap it all, she must be God-fearing.”
What’s the funniest experience you’ve ever had with a fan?
“I have had so many crazy experiences with fans. But it’s all good because I know they appreciate me even though they could be crazy about the way they show it sometimes. The way they express it might not be the way one wants it at that moment but at the end of the day, it’s all about love. There have been times I go to some African countries to perform and the stadiums are usually filled up, with some people even crying. That makes me emotional because it shows that there is nobody that cannot make it, despite the background. I appreciate the fans always.”
How do you draw your inspiration?
“I get inspiration from the people around me. Right from time, I always relate with people who are older and more experienced than I am. That way, I get to learn a lot of important things. I like original and creative people who I can tap from. I also draw inspiration from the things that happen around me, or from what I read. I am never in a hurry when writing songs; I love to take my time and get it right. If I don’t feel a connection with the lyrics and beat of a song, I wouldn’t release it. I see a song as a piece of art or like when you are cooking a pot of soup. Every ingredient has to be in the right proportion for it to come out well. And that’s what I do.”
What has stardom robbed you off?
“Stardom has robbed me of a lot of things but I believe that, in life, there is no gain without pain. Ordinarily, I love to lead a simple life but that’s not possible anymore. As human beings, there could also be times that I’m dealing with some personal issues but people wouldn’t want to know. They would expect you to be smiling all the time; and if you don’t, they would accuse you of being proud and snobbish. But the beautiful thing is that I am living my dream.”
Do you have plans to bring up new talents like some of your colleagues are doing?
“Yes, it is something I have always wanted to do. But the industry is not well set up; the African music scene is still growing. I wouldn’t want to sign deals with people and have issues with them later.”
What kind of issues?
“It’s common around here to have contract breaches and other things like that. And there really isn’t anything in place to protect your investment.”
How do you like to dress?
“I always love to appear classy at all times. I also like clothes that show off my muscle because I do a lot of hard work to have bulging biceps.”
Apart from music, what other interests do you have?
“I love football and if not for music, I’m sure I would have become a footballer.”
How do you unwind?
“I watch football a lot and I also play video games,” he added.