‘I AM NOT MARRIED TO FATHER OF MY BABY’
+ Why I am organizing Bosslady seminar
On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Afro-pop singer, Taiwo Elizabeth Olapeju, better known as Easy Lizzy, will be staging her first Bosslady Seminar workshop, and it promises to be one of its kinds. The event which is billed to hold at Eko FM Multipurpose Hall, Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, is expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of life.
ENCOMIUM Weekly had an interview with the talented entertainer on this including her failed relationship with father of her baby when she visited us on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
It’s been a while we had a chat with you, what exactly is going on now from your stable?
I thank God for my life and career. Although, the journey might not be that rosy, God has always been there for me. Now, I am coming out better and stronger. Easy Lizzy is rebranding. And trust me, Lizzy now is quite different from what people used to know. Apart from music, I am into motivational programmes, event management. I organize programmes and all that.
The last one I did was the free seminar for kids from primary one to six. The one I am working on presently is called Bosslady project. And I am organizing a seminar, called The Bosslady Seminar/Workshop, with the theme, Empowering Nigerian Women to Increase Economic Productivity. And that’s holding on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Eko FM Multipurpose Hall, Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja, Lagos.
Who are the target audience?
Our target audience are teenagers from 14 upward. Also, single mothers, widows, school dropouts and few others. The essence of the programme is just to encourage young ladies as they grow up to start having a kind of mental alertness and orientation on how to make use of their talents in a positive way.
We will also harp on skill acquisition in various areas, so that they can be independent. Our major focus is entertainment and the reason is that the industry is flooded with young ladies who are claiming to be models, dancers, musicians and all that. And those who understand the trend know directly or indirectly most of these girls are into prostitution.
So, that’s why I am trying to focus more on the entertainment industry. And that informed inviting the likes of Kaffy, Mercy Aigbe and more. At least, from their experience, they can learn one or two things. A lot of these young girls are not even called in the entertainment industry but may be due to peer pressure or they just wanted to live large without passing through all the rudiments of life.
We just want them to know that they can as well discover their natural talents and be useful in other professions than staying where they’re not called. That’s why in our programme, we still have people from other professions apart from entertainment.
We have Ayobami Kareem, the CEO of Whiterose Properties and Interior, On Air Personalities – Morayo Afolabi-Brown, Labi Olayori and Slimeytee. We also have Toyin Lawanni, Demebi Judy Udeaga and more. It’s going to be a kind of eye-opener for all the youths out there.
How prepared are you for the programme?
I am seriously working towards that day. Preparations are in a top gear and I and my team are leaving no stone unturned. We’re sending invitations to about 40 schools in Lagos state because we believe students in Senior Secondary School (SSS) are the main target. So, we’re looking forward to welcoming our guest speakers for the day and role models from all walks of life that will serve as inspiration to their direct beneficiaries of the programme.
Who are the guest speakers that day?
I have Pastor Ufoma Williams, a motivational speaker. She’s going to talk about realities of life. I also have on the list, Hon. Desmond Elliot and his wife, Mrs. Elliot. I am also expecting Lagos Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Fibisola Akande and her counterpart from Ondo state, Hon. Commissioner Simisola Odumbaku and a host of others.
Aside seminar and workshop, will there be anything like side attraction?
Definitely, I have some young artistes that are going to perform at the event. So, it’s not going to be a kind of talking all through. There must be a kind of digression. But the kind of music people will enjoy that day is going to be highly inspirational.
It’s quite different from all these club jams. Even with that, we’re still going to enlighten our female singers that any time they’re writing songs, they should always make them inspirational, so that they can inspire lives.
Being a seminar, a lot of people will think it will attract gate free, how much are you charging per head?
I am not charging a dime. It’s a sort of community service project. I have passion for organizing programmes like this. I thank Mrs. Funke Moore, General Manager, Radio Lagos for her support. She supported us with the venue free. When I told her about the programme, she felt the essence of the programme and she promised to give us the venue. And that gesture alone has gone a long way to encourage us.
A lot of people have bought into the initiative and they have also pledged their support in various ways. We’re not targeting any profit from. It’s just something I personally love doing. So, the admission is free.
But what’s the motive behind this when you’re not targeting any profit?
I am just fulfilled doing it. This is not my first community service project. I have organized free seminar class for primary school pupils and it was very successful. And I am even coming up with another edition of that this year. It’s more like I look forward to a day a company can say ‘Lizzy, come and organize this community service programme for us’.
I believe I am building a profile for myself and working hard for a better future. So, I feel fulfilled that I am touching lives.
Your career has been on the low side, especially since you had your baby, why?
Not because I had a baby. But in the last electioneering campaign, I was actively involved. I was actively involved in the last campaign that ushered in Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. That platform really gave me a rethink about my career and I decided to go back to the drawing board.
Now, I do more mature music. Way back, I couldn’t really get myself right with the kind of fuji-pop music I was into. But now, with my experience in the campaign period, I now said to myself ‘Lizzy, you have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new’.
Now, I have started working on a video and by the time it comes out, you won’t be disappointed. You will see a better Eazy Lizzy.
That means it’s not going to be fuji-pop again?
It’s not going to be fuji-pop. I do more of afro-pop now laced with gospel flavour. So, I have a couple of Christian and inspirational songs that will be released soon.
Let’s go private, what’s the truth about your marital status because a lot of people are confused as to whether you’re married or just a single mother?
Thank you very much. The truth about it is that I am not married but fully engaged now. By the time you start seeing me again, you will be seeing me with my spouse. And thank God for the kind of man I have in my life. He’s so supportive, he encourages me a lot. He is more like a father to me. He knows everything about me. He accepted me for who I am and very caring. I am sure, very soon you get to see him. He will definitely be at the event that day.
Is he the same father of your baby or another man?
No, I am not getting married to the father of my baby.
It’s so unfortunate that things didn’t just work out according to plan. Man proposes, God disposes. And I must move on. And I thank God, I have moved on. Very soon, I will settle down with the man to spend the rest of my life with.
Can you unveil his identity now?
Don’t worry about that now. You will surely meet him one-on-one soon.
- TADE ASIFAT