One of Nigeria’s finest female voices, EME First Lady Niyola, made some insights as to why she couldn’t drop an album. The singer who recently released a new single with veteran Fuji artiste Pasuma made fans what kept her from releasing an album and how she feels about the music industry now.
Niyola stated I’ll health as the core reason she was unable to put out an album which she planned to do this year. She also expressed how she felt about her female colleagues not having enough avenues to express themselves. She bears her mind in the epistle below.
At the beginning of 2016, I had two goals: to release an album and to launch my movement to empower young women. Having been in the music industry for over a decade, I’ve been opportuned to experience a lot, from the inception of this generation of music to what it has now grown into. While it is commendable that it’s grown so vast, it’s still disheartening that a lot of talented singers especially women have no real avenue to express their art . Certain standards or the lack of it stymie the thirst to grow one’s craft because there’s no real need for perfection.
I spent the most part of the year tending to a health condition abroad and as such, I was unable to release an album this year but with my voice, I can still give power to women from all walks of life, encourage them to defend who they are even if it means being different.
So, starting with my area of expertise which is singing, I have pulled together a number of my friends; young, gifted, passionate female musicians and we’re going to showcase how we love it done.
In this untamable hysteria, I bring you an evening of live music tagged Yours Truly on the 15th of December 2016. It’s for every young woman out there who deserves more, who wants to do it their own way, who want to be heard and seen and known. Every young woman who can and will do more. It’s for US 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽. Yours Truly