Artist Esegine Allen, also called Orezi, talks with Olushola Ricketts on his childhood, how he nearly turned into a college dropout and his plans for marriage.
Where were you brought up?
I was born in Ibadan but my parents moved to Lagos when I was three years old. I had my elementary education in Lagos before proceeding to Command Secondary School in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. For my higher education, I attended the University of Lagos.
How did your parents react to your decision to do music?
My parents felt my love for music was consuming my time. I was doing music while in the university and I almost became a dropout. I became tired of school and I felt doing music was the only thing that could make me happy. But my parents pleaded with me to finish my studies before I pursued my love for music.
How did you combine education with music?
It was very hard for me to concentrate in school and I usually missed lectures. All I wanted to do was to go to the studio and every show in Lagos. Anywhere D’banj or Tubaba was performing, you would see me there. Then, I would come back to the hostel very late at night or early in the morning, which made me too weak to attend lectures. In fact, it affected my grade at 400 level but I thank God I eventually graduated.
Are you happy with what you’ve achieved so far in 2018?
I have achieved some of the things I set out to do this year. But musically, I have not done much this year. I have only released one official single this year, Whine for Daddy, in which I featured Tekno. I also released Ijo Wakanda but I will call it a momentary song, not a single.
Why did you team up with Tekno?
I love Tekno; he is my friend. Before Whine For Daddy, we had wanted to do things together, but we became busy with other things. Early this year, I called him and told him about the song. Afterwards, we went to the studio and produced Whine For Daddy. I have got positive feedback from the song. Anytime I perform it, people appreciate it.
Why did you reduce the pace at which you put out songs?
By now, I should have put out more than a single but I got busy with other things. I actually took a little break from music. I have other things that I needed to attend to; music is not all there is to me, but I am fully back now. I plan to release more singles and I may also put out an album before the year runs out.
Don’t you think leaving your former record company affected your music?
It has not affected me in any way. Like I said earlier, the only reason I left music briefly was for me to focus on other things.