Kelvin Obinna Anyanwu popularly known as Waconzy in the music circuit is out again with a single entitled Amosu from the album Money Bag Guarantee. It was his hit number entitled, I Celebrate that catapulted him to stardom.
The graduate of Project Management from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, was on the campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan during the last general election. In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the Imo born entertainer said he was prepared to go on the road for Jonathan’s second term bid if he’s invited.
What’s new about Waconzy?
A lot of things are new about me, from my outlook. The dreadlocks are no longer there. From my mentality, I am a lot calmer. And now I have more responsibilities for team members. I am now a CEO. There are also stakeholders and we take decisions together.
A lot of people think you have not been visible lately?
They might not be wrong though. For me, I believe when I get to a particular level, I will hit a particular milestone. And I am getting to that level very fast. Within a year, I was able to make a lot of impact round the world, and that was very fast for me.
There were some things that were not in place for me, so, I had to go back and put my life together. While I was putting my life together, I was working on my new album. Money was not a problem for me but I needed to rearrange my life to create a stronger platform.
The answer to that question is, I try to have a perfect balance for my life and my career. A lot of people keep chasing fame and forget their life.
Don’t you think the music industry is more competitive now?
It was also competitive then, and also now. I love it because I am a success. I always conquer. All I need is a little time to understand the terrain and I prefer the tougher terrain because that is where my real creativity comes out.
Everything is in place for me now, anybody you see as number one to me is nothing because we have done our analysis and we are already rolling out. Everything is in place, competition is nothing, because at the end of the day, when the kitchen gets too hot, a lot of people will run away.
What has been the pains and gains of being a musician?
For me, I don’t regret anything. Anything that happens to me, I still give God the glory. I won’t say it’s painful but I think it would have been a lot better if I grew up with my mother and father together. There would have been a lot of things I would have learnt that would have helped me. But it is still okay, because I learn the hard way. For my career, there is no pain.
I thank God for that. A lot of doors have been opening from the Presidency of different countries and I have been able to go round the world. My primary dream which is to be a voice for the people, a voice people can reckon with. I have been able to achieve that to a reasonable extent.
Why didn’t you grow up with your parents, are they dead or separated?
My parents are not something to worry about right now. What I am saying is, your foundation affects you in some way somehow to a reasonable extent. If they were together, there would have been a lot of positivity in my life.
What about the challenges of the profession?
I love challenges. If there is no challenge that means you are doing rubbish. Basic challenge for everybody is to get things sorted out, record good materials. In the early part of my career I was able to sort that. Got my recording and DJ studio. I bought all the equipment. The challenge which all of us don’t take too serious is publicity. Even if you have the best material in the world and nobody knows about it, it’s nothing.
Is it difficult to maintain stardom. In this side of the world?
It is very difficult for those who are mistaken it. For me, I have always been myself. I just try to get better, I don’t try to act like another person. It has always been myself. I just try to get better, I don’t try to act like another person.
It has always been me, the same Obinna Kelvin Anyanwu. I don’t add sugar and salt.
Can you tell us about your new single?
Amosu is a single off The Money Bag album, my music is expression of self, what I have been through and how to make people learn from my challenges.
If you believe in yourself, you will achieve what you want. Amosu talks about spiritual part of life. The word Amosu means enemy of progress but if you look at the deeper context you can say it’s spiritual but by the general context it means enemy of progress. Some people don’t believe spiritual forces exist.
I used Amosu to make people believe that anything that is said in the Bible is real. There are powers, but we should only bow to the power from heaven. The song, Amosu, was inspired by my ex-girl while I was in Port Harcourt, but I thank God, evil can never win good.
When is the full album dropping?
That is the question people keep asking me. The album is out. It is called Money Bag Guarantee, but we will soon release the deluxe version. We invested in online sales, so that we will go worldwide.
The truth about the album is, it has been selling very well. It has sold more than half a million copies, but our target is five million copies.
What other investments do you have?
I am the CEO of DV8 innovation International Limited. We own a lot of companies under it. we have DV8 Media Innovation that takes care of the entertainment part and the record label, DV8 Event Solution, DV 8 Import and Export, DV8 Active Solution, DV8 Power which is in charge of inverter. DV8 is a conglomerate that is managed by professionals. We are doing a lot apart from music.
Will you say you are living your dream?
I am living more than my dream. People say I was silent for a while. I actually had more than I expected. I am living a lot more than I dream.
Your not growing up with your parents, do you in anyway have their support in your career?
In Nigeria or anywhere else in the world, you must start being independent. My mom supported me, but my father never did.
Recently, you bought a new Range Rover jeep?
I have cars. My coming to Lagos, I have decided to live a low profile life. I love cars. I buy them to make me happy.
What lessons did childhood teach you?
My childhood taught me I must be the best dad in the world. I don’t even want to be like my dad. My children won’t go through what I went through.
You used to support President Goodluck Jonathan, would you endorse him for 2015 if contracted?
I am not a politician. But he can still do better. I am not saying he’s not doing well, we all have our challenges. If you want to face those challenges, face them or you leave.
Everybody has his belief, and it’s not 2015 yet. Let 2015 come. But I support people for general interest.
Would anything change about your music, as trend evolves?
I am not a trending person. When I made I Celebrate, the melody and storyline was not trending. I like to stand out, away from the crowd. What is trending will always be on the trend when trends changes, automatically everything dies.
Where are you taking your career to?
I would have been Mr. Kelvin Obinna Anyanwu, who came, saw and conquered and setting a milestone for people. One of my seven point agenda is to conquer music and the managerial industry.
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, September 24, 2013