‘I feel blessed’
Kukere master, Iyanya on Thursday, October 31, turned 27 and celebrated it in a most elaborate fashion with a star studded lavish party thrown for him by his label partner and manager, Ubi-Franklin.
Earlier in the day, he paid a visit to the Ikoyi Prisons where he entertained inmates and celebrated with them after which he partied with friends later in the evening at Bee Hive, 31, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The afro-pop star was joined by several celebrities including Timaya, Don Jazzy, May D, Selebobo, Jude Okoye, Shakar El, Naeto C, Kay Switch, Dr. Sid, as well as label mates Basci, Emma Nyra and Tekno.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s Daniel Fayemi who was at the birthday party spoke with the celebrant as well as the CEO of Triple MG, Ubi-Franklin.
‘I FEEL BLESSED’ – Iyanya
Thanks so much.
What are you most thankful for at 27?
First, I’m thankful for life and I’m thankful for success.
How do you feel about the luxury gifts you have been getting?
I feel so blessed, really.
You got a N4 million gold Rolex from your manager, how do you like the gift?
I’m delighted. I wasn’t actually expecting that much but I love it.
Why did you choose to celebrate your birthday with prisoners this year?
People don’t really remember prisoners and there are lots of people in there that are better than people that are here but found their way there one way or the other, I felt like reaching out to them and celebrating with them.
What would you say is the most valuable lesson life has taught you?
I believe the most valuable lesson is not to underrate anyone.
You and Ubi just signed Tekno onto your label, why did you snap him up?
The dude is talented and obviously he’s ready for the game. So people should watch out for him.
‘I wish him all the best’- UBI FRANKLIN
I just want to say I wish him all the best.
Whose idea was the concept of the much talked about cake Triple MG made for him?
It was mine.
Did you know it would create so much buzz?
Yes, I did. I knew what I was expecting. With proper planning and the right people around, you can do anything.
How long did it take you to plan the party?
It took me two days to plan.
Was Iyanya involved in the planning?
I did not involve him at all. He had no idea till he got there.
Can you give an estimate of how much the party gulped?
We spent $19,000.
You also gave the birthday boy a nice gold Rolex, how much did it cost you?
– DANIEL FAYEMI