Maheeda is one entertainer in Nigeria that embraces controversy anytime it comes her way. She’s been known for her very racy and raunchy pictures, video, and performances on social media, but in an interview with Enconium magazine she opens up about her marriage, her gospel music past, her issues with Afro Candy, and the talk of jealousy between her and Tiwa Savage.
Here are some of answers she gave:
You were once a gospel artiste, what happened?
I think what happened was just spiritual maturity. At a stage in your life, you have to take a break and grow up or else everything will just be wrong. I needed to grow spiritually. Christians call it born again. I am standing in the gap not for Christians or for Muslims.
At the point you attained spiritual maturity, did it work?
It worked. I just discovered a light because in every light there is a greater light. Some Christians just stop halfway, that is why they remain poor but you have to make something out of it. You need to study well if you really need something and God will show you how to make it.
You sound very religious?
Yeah, of course, I am religious because I still believe in God and nobody can take that away from me. Jesus is the best thing that happened to my life.
Do you belong to any religious sect?
No. This Sunday I go to Christ Embassy, next Sunday I go to House on the Rock or even Redeemed. I am just anywhere Jesus is. When it comes to my music, I am in the middle because I have fans that are Christians, Muslims, lesbians and gays.
As a born again, it appears you don’t have a problem exposing your body. Why is that?
True, I don’t have a problem doing that but I think it is because of my job and I know most Christians won’t understand it. But I just believe that this is what I have to do, to get attention, especially when it comes to my job and I just believe His grace is enough for me. He loves me more than my ‘nakedness’. If you see God as a Father because He sees you as a daughter, I would not because of your nakedness want to ruin you or kill you. That is how I see God. He understands me. He hates me but He loves me at the same time.
I understand you are married, are you still with your husband and does he support your career?
I am still very much in my marriage and my husband does not have any problem with what I am doing. He supports me.
Can you tell us a bit about your husband?
I am sorry, I am leaving him out of this conversation because that is what he wants and I respect his decisions.
In your recent video, Naija Bad Girl, why were you naked?
I did the video naked because I want people including the media to talk about it and that is happening already.
Are you thinking of promoting ‘porn’ through your video?
No, I am not but maybe I am promoting it in a different way. My intention is for people to talk and to get more attention and I did it and got what I wanted.
From observations, it was discovered that there is a kind of rivalry between yourself and Afrocandy. What is going on?
I really don’t know, maybe she feels threatened. I used to feel threatened as well, it is normal. Sometimes I feel jealous of Muna, Tiwa Savage. I feel like why are you having all those things which I don’t have. It is just normal but it is the ability to control it that really matters.
So tell us, where do you make your money?
(Laughs) I make my money from shows, invitations. Some people invite me and I get paid just to sit down and drink, take pictures for birthday parties, weddings and many more. Sometimes, I perform, sometimes I don’t. I also do modelling. In Holland, I did two modelling jobs, one cost about N2 million and the other was close to a million naira.
What kind of modelling do you do?
I am into nude modelling and sculpture modelling where one is moulded naked.
It seems you have not learnt from your past (having a baby early, being an orphan and also going into prostitution), with the way you have been parading yourself?
Sober? I have come to that point of my life where I don’t judge people. The way you learn is different from the way I learn. The way you see things is also different from the way I see things. If you think someone is doing something the wrong way, why not pray for them instead of criticizing them, because the more you criticize in bad faith, the more you are destroying them.
Bottomline is that we are not all the same. Maybe this is my own way of learning. I may not learn the way you did, just give me time because you never know what will happen at least. When there is life, there is hope.
Don’t you think what the critics are saying should change you?
I would say no, because I don’t think what they say would make me stop what I am doing. So, what they are saying would not stop me from doing what I am doing. I will keep moving forward until I get to a stage where they have nothing to say again. Most of my critics are down below talking and I am up there. So, if they want me to listen they should come up there, so we can rub minds.
Despite the fact that you go nude to gain attention for your music career, it seems not to be paying off. Is it because you’re not there yet?
One thing people don’t understand is that, I am a showbiz girl. If music is not paying, modelling will. If that does not pay, acting would pay. And if they are all not paying, I would move into something else because I don’t give up.
What is your beauty routine like?
It is supposed to be sleeping a lot, drinking lot of water and also eating fruits and vegetables but I am not really doing it because I have been busy and not really working except I’m on holidays which is very rare.
How do you relax?
Having good sex with my husband. Massage also helps.