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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Was Not Happy With My Son As An Artiste – Flavour Nabania


If Flavour Nabania had listened to his
mother, he would have missed out being
the multimillionaire music star that he is
today, the reason is because his mum, who
recently disclosed on the Tv Reality show
called Supermom, that she never wanted
him to be an artiste, played against his
ambition.

His mother, Mrs Onyinyechukwu Jane
Okorie never wanted her first child to go
into music. Rather, she had always dreamt
and hoped that he would become a medical
doctor since he was doing really well in his
sciences.

But her son, whose real name is Chinedu
Izuchukwu Okorie, had other ambitions.
Speaking on her initial opposition to
Flavour’s musical dreams on this weekend’s
episode of the Supermom Celebrity Edition,
she says,
“Those days, nobody wanted their child to
become a musician because they used to
drink and they were wayward people. I did
not want that for my child. More so, even if
he wanted to do music, I said it should not
be outside the church but I didn’t reckon
with what God had in store for him.” She
had genuine reasons for her reservations
for musicians.

It was an era when home-grown musicians
were hard done by the economic situation
of the country. It was an era also when
these entertainers were no different from
the hoi-polloi. Flavour’s mum was a lowly-
paid clerk in the Anambra State Board of
Internal Revenue and she was encumbered
with training and fending for five children.

Most times, as she reveals on the show, she
had to go to Onitsha -which was almost two
hours away -every morning to return at
night.

Things were so bad she devised the food
code 101 (one in the morning, nothing in
the afternoon and one in the evening) and
in worse scenarios, it would be code 010. ‘It
was hard for her as a civil servant to take
care of five of us’ Flavour reveals. She
laboured to make sure her kids turn out
well.

Thus, when her first child started toeing the
path of music, she was understandably
miffed. Indeed, Flavour’s position in the
family thrust many responsibilities on the
reed-thin young man and the family’s
economy was in tatters so much that he
had to start selling ‘ice water’ on the streets
of Enugu where he is hero-worshipped
today. These struggles did not break the
resolve of Flavour to make it big in music.

What kept him going however was the fear
of failure and what his mother would say if
he didn’t succeed.
“I saw my mum as my biggest challenge
and I was ready to prove her wrong,” he
adds. Thankfully, he has paid his dues and
the dividends are now rolling in. Riding on
the huge success that has trailed his second
album, Uplifted, which contains hit tracks
like Ashawo and Adamma, Flavour is one of
the breakout stars of the last five years, and
constantly referenced as the revivalist of a
dying genre, highlife.

Today, Mrs Okorie is proud of her son and
the height of success he has attained
already. Even if she isn’t referred to as
‘mama Doctor’, she is fulfilled to be called
Mama Flavour. “Now, if any of my children
wants to go for music, I would give them
my full support,” the proud mother says.

1 comment:

  1. This is a happy news for mum and son but if it has been the other way round, a typical Nigeria woman will be singing a different song.

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