Iyanya Mbuk, the Kukere master, is one Nigerian artiste who is on a steady rise without any sign of stopping. The Calabar born hit maker, who recently grabbed a $350,000, one year endorsement deal with Zinox Computers Group, makers of Nigeria’s first certified branded computers, only turns 27 on October 31, 2013, and is also said to be erecting a N200 million mansion. Just coming on the heels of his NEA triumph and hanging out with American RnB superstar, R. Kelly, Iyanya is hoping to win more awards with his fresh nominations for the 2013 BET Soul Train Awards with his smash hit single, Your Waist, as well as the Channel O Most Gifted Male Video Award with Flavour there to be won.
In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, the first MTN Project fame West Africa winner expressed his delight at the due recognition he is getting in the industry, his viral 18+ video, Head Swell and much more…
Congratulations on the NEA.
Thanks so much.
Would you say this is your biggest award thus far?
I wouldn’t say that. I’ll just say it is one of my awards that I’m thankful for. Every award, for me, is big so. I can’t call the NEA the biggest. Every award for me means I’m appreciated and for me to work harder so they can appreciate me more.
How many awards are in your kitty now?
About five or six
So, which awards are absent in your collection that you are aspiring for now?
I believe God for MOBO. I basically want to win every award that makes you feel accomplished. I and my team try all the time to get there, and I’m looking forward to it because we will get it by God’s grace.
What brought about your viral 18+ rated video, Head Swell?
The whole idea was that we just wanted to shoot a viral video, we didn’t want to shoot a regular video for the song. In everything we were saying or doing in that video, we started with 18+, meaning if you’re not 18 and above, it’s not for you.
I was working basically. In fact, I’m still doing one or two things and I’ll soon be going back there to complete what made me stay behind.
We saw your picture with R.Kelly in the States. Is there a collabo or any partnership in the offing?
No it’s not a collabo. It was his party and we went there to have a good time. Kelly loves Africa and Nigeria in particular so I had a great time.
What about your She Can Get It dance competition, how’s it going?
It’s still going on, people are sending in entries and when the time comes, we’ll find a winner.
The whole of $10,000 is to be won, why are you giving out that much?
I even wish I could do more and probably give everybody some money because I have realised my fans have contributed immensely to the growth of my career, so I don’t think it’s too much to give to anybody who wins. It’s just my own way of giving back.
Is it true that Iyanya is erecting a N200 million mansion?
When you see it. For now, I don’t want to say anything. As I am right now, there is nothing I cannot buy for myself. There is nowhere I can’t go, there’s nothing I can’t do. So, I’m alright.
How much are you worth now?
I really can’t tell you but I can assure you that I’m very comfortable. Money is not a problem for me now and I’m thankful to God for everything because it is not by my power but by the grace of God.
Last, when will you do an international collabo?
It’s actually one of the things we are working on right now. So my fans can just expect more from me. I’m thankful to them. It’s not been easy, I thank God that we’ve come this far, and I pray for understanding and for more hits.