Engenni born Onisojikume Bethlehem who is known on stage as Jikume is a topnotch Port Harcourt based entertainer whose career has continued on a steady rise. We caught up with her despite a very busy schedule to discuss her latest stride, the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and other matters.
FR News: Tell us about yourself
Jikume: My name is Onisojikume Bethlehem with the stage name, “Jikume aka Oshikiri”, from Isua-Joinkrama town of Engenni Kingdom in rivers state. I am a musician and generally Into Entertainment Business. Also, am a journalist and I belong to a political party.
FR News: What first got you into music?
Jikume: My getting into music doesn’t have what got me in aside the strong passion for singing and dancing as a child even before I knew the word: music. When I started hearing new beautiful words/sounds in my head, writing down and singing them in secondary school, I realized I was born for this.
FR News: How would you describe Jikume’s kind of music?
Jikume: My kind of music marries all sounds that i have loved growing up blended in Africa’s exceptional sounds. i do afro/soul & afro-pop.
FR News: What collabo are you looking forward to?
Jikume: I look forward to doing a collabo with many people depending on the genre I have in mind but my one-time life wish is to make a collaboration with my role-model Beyoncé Knowles: it’s been my dream from childhood.
FR News: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Jikume: Opening a show for Beyoncé Knowles will be a great challenge, learning opportunity and a push on myself all-round so yes! That’s the kind of challenge I look forward if I have to choose anyone.
FR News: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Jikume: I would probably be a big shot in the media sector as i have such great passion for journalism and broadcasting. Also, a great chef/food-drink-relaxation business owner.
FR News: Which event would you say is your star-performance so far?
Jikume: my 2019 performance at the second edition of entertainers’ night with Governor Nyesom Wike.
FR News: If you were called up the stage to do a song that’s not yours, what song would that be and why?
Jikume: I WAS HERE By Beyoncé Knowles. It’s really deep for me because it hammers on purpose. I believe we are not just passersby on earth but here to add goodness to mankind leaving positive footprints on the sands of time through our god-given skills/talents.
FR News: Tell us about your song, Love Me Crazy
Jikume: My song love me crazy is an expression of appreciation and love to a lover/spouse/better half who has shown one beautiful crazy love. It’s like saying: thank you for loving me crazy, I too love you crazy.
FR News: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Jikume: Mmm trouble? Well, I always avoided trouble o. Ok maybe been slapped by an army man during 2015 general elections and the only god knows where strength and mind i got to not feel it but fight back. lol
FR News: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Jikume: That holding on to my dreams and faith in Christ for all-round fulfilment never goes out of style and never lets one down.
FR News: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your career?
Jikume: COVID 19 affected me so much. my primary business is music and that has to do with performances, working on songs, videos etc. with everywhere on lockdown, financially and physically I was down. Secondly, I host one of the biggest events in Port Harcourt, Oshikiri concert (now Oshikiri festival) and that too couldn’t hold. My other business as a social media manager for organizations also was on hold. It was traumatizing. I almost broke down emotionally and psychologically but the word kept me strong.
FR News: What do you think is the major challenge of the entertainment in the industry in Port Harcourt?
Jikume: The major problems we have are:
a) Lack of national/global entertainment media houses/coverages to enable our contents to be seen and compete favourably.
b) Lack of involvement of investors even when we have so many individuals and private businesses that should be partnering us. (c) the absence of government to plays a great role.
FR News: Some entertainers in your city have had to relocate to Lagos to make it big, are you also planning to do the same?
Jikume: There was a time without social media. Things are different now. Yes, I certainly will go to Lagos and every other part of the world too as the business directs. But not the usual relocation to blow! You can blow from anywhere with the right money for publicity and songs.
FR News: You appear to draw so much inspiration from the success of Burna Boy. What’s the connection?
Jikume: Well, I know and remember when he was begging assistance from someone I too was begging assistance for my music as he too was almost a decade ago. If he can make it, so can i. it’s just time and chances. Also, he is my Ogbogolo-Engenni brother.
FR News: If you could change anything about the industry in Port Harcourt, what would it be?
Jikume: I will get the private sector and government and able individuals to understand how important the entertainment sector is to the state’s revenue generation, security, employment and empowerment of youths and people of all ages; thereby getting meaningfully involved as Port Harcourt is green land for the entertainment business.
FR News: What’s next for you and where do aspire to be in the next five years?
Jikume: We just released my long-playing list: oshikiri coated through oshikiri entertainment int’l ltd. and right now, we are about shooting the long-awaited visual for love me crazy. Next plan is to push up everywhere it deserves to be for millions of fans to enjoy around the world.
Well, in five years, I should have done at least my first global tour.
FR News: What does Jikume do in her spare time?
Jikume: My spare time is usually my Oshikiri rivers pot time lol. I enjoy cooking my delicacies and enjoying with family and friends at home. i also love swimming and just writing down what I should be doing in a decade.
FR News: You pose a lot with food on social media, would you say you are a foodie?
Jikume: Yes ooo! I’m proudly a foodie joor. hahahaha especially if is fish or has to do with everything seafood and other nice proteins. I just love love love playing around with food. 😍♥️♥️
Segxzy: Why We Released ‘Now Na Morning’
In this interview with Eric Olusesan,Port Harcourt based artiste and music producer Segxzy reveals the idea behind his latest release titled “Now na morning”.
Eric:Tell us about yourself?
Segz: I am Segun Ola-Fadunsin, popularly known as Segxzy. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering Auchi Polytechnic (HND) and University of Portharcourt (B.Eng), third child from our mother. Am also fortunate to be the CEO of Segz Records.
Eric: How did you start out in music?
Segz: My career in music kick started on February 2019 after I crashed on a 1200cc power bike. I call this a miracle to have been alive and fully healed in a space of 7 days. It was actually a gory experience which in turn inspired me to release my tales using Rhythm and sounds .
Eric: What’s your perception about the Nigerian music industry?
Segz: Not bad and not too good. I will say in a nutshell that we need unity in the Nigeria music industry. We all need to be our brother’s keeper. Not just in the industry but Nigeria as a whole.
Eric: Your latest single, “NOW NA MORNING”is currently the enjoying massive airplay, tell us more about the song?
Segz: My recent single titled “Now Na Morning” which I featured Godrik is an Amapiano style, ‘Now Na Morning’ means a whole lot. It’s a message to encourage everyone that in what ever situation you see yourself don’t give up but rather see it as the beginning of the day as the day starts with strength. It means so much and will take the whole day if I continue just on this, Now Na Morning is basically your own definition for most situations you find yourself in, So far, my fans have been positively encouraging with their incredible response to this single.
Less I forget the Inspiration actually metamorphosed from the challenges I have faced in life which in turn made me stronger by the day.
Eric: What would constitute success for you as a musician?
Segz: We will see success when music industry in Nigeria turns out to be where you don’t need to be financially buoyant before your songs are been noticed. This is something I hope one day will come to play. I don’t see music as just you making fame but what you impact with your music.
Eric: Do you believe in public or social media display of wealth by celebrities? Will you do the same when you make it big?
Segz: Lol. This is not called for I must say. I rather not say if I will do same if I make it big like you ask. Food for thought (What makes you big)…..
I so much believe in this saying… IT’S NOT A PLACE THAT MAKES YOU COMFORTABLE BUT YOU MAKE A PLACE COMFORTABLE FOR YOURSELF. I do believe some people know me and they can testify if am the type that display wealth…
Eric: You also run a record label, tell us more about it?
Segz: I am just lucky to be an Executive member of Segz records. Segz Records is into all it takes a media house to do… From Photography, DJ Services, Recording, Artistic Management, Training and lots more. We are located just in the axis of Igwuruta of portharcourt to be precise.
Eric: Who were/are your mentors in the music industry?
Segz: I like to keep that to myself for the now, cos Now Na Morning
Eric: Tell us about your little beginnings. How did you nurture your dream?
Segz: This is topic on its own. So far so good we have been coping doing our very own best to see it pull through.
Segz: What kind of atmosphere or mood inspires you to write your songs?
It is highly unpredictable, most times from deep thinking, funny enough Now Na Morning was born right while on transit enroute Nigeria from the United Kingdom.
This and more are my forms of getting inspired but above all, God remains the greatest creator through which my contents are created.
Eric: How would you describe your style of music and what kind of people does it appeal
Segz: Waoh… if u look into my works properly you will notice it’s different. I don’t believe so much in a particular style of music. My aim is to pass a message across, so when people ask for the style, I simply say… GOOD MUSIC.
Blair Underwood ends 27-year-old marriage
Popular American actor, Blair Underwood, and his wife, Desiree DaCosta, have divorced after 27 years of marriage.
The “Quantico” actor and his spouse, who got married in 1994, stated that they’ve parted ways and would remain “the best of friends and co-parents” to their children.
Newsmen write that the couple is blessed with three children –daughter Brielle, 22, and sons Blake, 19, Paris, 24.
The couple wrote on Instagram: “After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It has truly been a beautiful journey. Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children.
Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.
“We thank you all for all your support throughout the years & we humbly ask for privacy & understanding during this new season of change. Blair & Desiree Underwood.”
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