‘At least, I have a house’
MUSIC star, Awodunmila Akinmayokun Olusegun, better known as Mr. May D, has for the first time opened up on the controversy trailing his acquisition of a building in Magodo GRA, Phase 2, Lagos.
Welcoming ENCOMIUM Weekly to the wondrous edifice which is one part of a twin duplex on Adeleke Adekanmi Close, the Sure Boy exponent admitted he now lives in modest opulence. And pressured to confirm the exact cost of the beautiful structure he has now remodeled to his taste, he said the most important thing is that he now has a house.
May D also took us through his journey to stardom, his relationship with P-Square (owners of his former record label), why he is not in a hurry to marry the mother of his first child. And much more…
It is God. Na God sure pass (He begins to sing).
What are the major challenges, so far?
Basically, the challenges are not far from the normal obstacles that limit Nigerian artistes, especially the up and coming ones and the general challenges of life. As humans, there is nothing I face now that nobody has not faced before. So, I’m just going to say, we thank God.
How have you confronted these challenges?
By doing the right things at the right time.
So, what would you say is the sweetest thing about being a music star?
(Laughs) I don’t have to go to work every day to earn a living. I don’t have to wake up at 5 o’clock to go to work. I thank God for that.
What about the hard part of your job?
The hard part of my job is travelling. I’m constantly out of Lagos and outside our shores.
What is your ultimate dream in music?
I just want to succeed. I basically want to be a success.
What is new for May D?
My album, Chapter 1 is new. It is well appreciated here and beyond Nigeria. Just get ready for more videos. I have dropped some already.
Under whose label?
My label, Confam Entertainment/Sure Boy Record.
What is Confam Entertainment all about?
It’s our outfit for show business. I have my manager, Mr. Raji Shehu, who helps with the artiste management.
You’ve got a first lady here?
Yes, there has to be a first lady. And when she is selected, you would certainly meet her.
You’ve got no artiste yet?
We are on the watch out for great talents. My manager is on the hunt.
At what point did you start working with P-Square?
I started working with them in 2008/2009. We signed a recording deal in 2010.
What really caused your split?
I believe God said it was time for Mr. May D to take the wheel of his ship by himself. So, I decided to follow God’s directive. I believe God’s time is the best.
So, there wasn’t this big fight or any serious issue?
Not at all.
Do you miss them?
Of course, I miss them.
You regret leaving them?
What’s your relationship with them right now?
We are brothers. Our relationship is cordial. Don’t forget they feature in a song in my album, You Want To Know.
Lately, May D has been living large, so to speak. How does it feel to be up there at the moment?
Like I always say, I thank God for His divine grace and mercies. It is not that I want to be a pastor. It feels great and fulfilling that one is climbing up the ladder of stardom. That’s how I feel right now.
Many are still talking about your Magodo GRA Phase 2 edifice. How long did it take you to acquire this structure?
I got here a year ago.
You got it and later developed it to your taste?
I don’t want to talk about this right now because it is my personal business. I just moved in here and made it to my taste.
There was this controversy in the social media. Some said the building is not worth N150 million, while your friends and fans insist it’s over the amount, considering what you’ve put in so far?
People can say whatever they want to say, do whatever they want to do, the most important thing is I have a house.
Has this always been your dream house?
We have to start from somewhere. And I believe we have started.
Another question on the lips of many is who you are getting married to. Is it your babymama?
My answer to this is that I love a lot. I’m not going to let anything take the thing I love. So, if I decide on who to spend the rest of my life with, you would know. Please, be patient with me.
So, you still love your babymama?
How can I hate her?
But is marriage on the cards, that is between you and her?
I believe marriage is not something you rush into. When the time is ripe, you would know. Nobody even has to tell you.
Where is she with your kid right now?
She is in her home. They have their own apartment.
Baby boy or girl?
He is a sure boy.
How old is the baby?
Eight months old.
What is his name?
What are your real names?
Awodumila Akinmayokun Olusegun.
What are you most grateful to God for at this stage of your career?
I’m grateful to God first for my life. That is the best opportunity any man has in this beautiful world.
Who is the artiste that inspires you most?
Jay Z and Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Can you please tell us more about Mr. May D?
I was born in Warri, Delta State. But my dad is from Ekiti State. My mom is from Ogun State. We are five boys. I came to Lagos in 1990.
How old were you in 1990?
I was old enough to come to Lagos. I attended Greensprings Montessori School, then Kings College and the University of Lagos, where I studied Mass Communication.
That means if you were not a singer, you would have been a journalist?
I would have been your contemporary, my brother (laughs).
What are your other siblings doing?
One is in South Africa, the next is in the United States. Another of my brother is my banker. He works with Zenith Bank Plc and the last is in Covenant University.
What do your parents do?
My mom is a teacher. She is a principal in a state school. My dad was a banker, but now a businessman.
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, October 15, 2013