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Why I decided to stay in Ilorin as up-coming artist – Frequencie



An Ilorin based music artist, Eyanro  Oluwasegun, has resolved to remain in Ilorin, the Kwara capital, to become a role model that would build young talented artists in the state.

Oluwasegun, popularly known as Frequencie, said he was set to release 38 songs of his Extended Playlist (EP) at the end of February under Soft Life Style (SLS) record label.

According to the young artist, “I resisted mounting pressure for me to relocate to Lagos because I believe I can make it in Ilorin”.

The popular “Wazobia” crooner told newsmen on Sunday in Ilorin that he had written over 5,000 songs to his credit, while over 702 songs were under various stages of processing.

Frequencie featured late Rapper, Dagrin, in his song titled “E je kama Understand Ara Wa”, just as he also collaborated with Shan Tissle and Vector in one of his singles.

Oluwasegun, who obtained his first and Masters degree from the University of Ilorin, observed that Ilorin had become a hub for young talented artists and should make maximum use of the natural gift in them.

The musician disclosed that he performed at Felabration 2017 on invitation of Kuti’s family because of his genre and type of music, which is modeled after the late Afro beat Maestro, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Oluwasegun, a native of Aiyetoro in Kogi State, said he had been singing since his formative years, noting that the genius in him prompted people around to support him.

“I have been singing right from my childhood. As I grow older, we started attending carnival at Taiwo Isale (in Ilorin) and people started saying I have talent that I should start writing my own songs.

“I started writing officially in 2007, which was the year I first entered into the studio and recorded my first song.

“I have both talents. I can write my own music and I have the voice to sing my own song. But the finance of sponsoring oneself is very high,” he said.

He added that he downloaded different sounds and did the recording himself all day and night as well as being a ghost writer.

“I involved in ghost writing because Africans do not understand the occupation of song writing. In 2015, I was deployed to Sokoto for my NYSC.

“When I saw the infrastructure of NYSC in Sokoto and coupled with the way we were fed, it was very painful to see the condition of things there.

“My colleagues and I decided that we should have a theme song, and that was what made me to sing “Wazobia” in 2016.

“I redeployed to Ilorin because Sokoto wasn’t good for my career.

“That year, I got an email from Fela Kuti’s family that I should come for Felabration 2017, so I decided to be in Ilorin to become role model to young talented children,” he said.

The artist said he built a studio for indigenous artists for recording because he believed Lagos would not be impressive.

“In 2017, we recorded free for over 100 students from all higher institutions in Kwara Stste; they were so excited that they have something like this in Ilorin”, the musician said.

He then called on government to stop the attitude of attending to individuals and the penchant for importing artists to the state to the detriment of indigenous artists.

Oluwasegun also admonished youths to understand themselves and stop chasing shadows, adding that they must also work hard and be rest assured that Nigeria will be great.

He further urged the state government to build theatre halls to attract people to Ilorin and make the city more popular.

The popular “Wazobia” crooner said the use of the facilities would also go a long way in providing employment opportunities for young artists from the state.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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