I’m Not Running For Any Political Office’ -Wasiu Ayinde



Wasiu Ayinde in this chat with Paper Mache’s Yomi Popoola speaks about his new concert, his problem with the leadership of Nigeria and other things…

Your new album is titled State Of The Nation, what informed such title?

The State Of The Nation is about the situation we face in our country, the country is falling apart day-by-day, the problem is getting serious everyday, the peace everybody expect in running a nation is becoming a mirage and I felt its for people like us to come out and lend our voice like we use to do because we can never rest.

What about the ‘Sikiru- Olamide’?

‘Sikiru-Olamide’ is about the old and new generation, it is to say to you that these problems concern everybody. We are passing a message and the message was seriously passed.

Why the choice of Olamide and not another artiste?

I will tell you that my relationship with everybody was so great and I’ve featured people differently, I featured 9ice in another assignment that borders on development and the life of the women, the mortality situation. I also featured other artistes too. Having Olamide at this point in time is also good and like I said it borders on a message between the old and the new to come together and say we are sharing the same understanding and we want solution in this matter.

Talking about the peace you earlier mentioned to have been preaching, we used to have this situation between fuji artistes that we can call a battle for supremacy, what can you call the situation presently?

The issue that I think is dear to my life is about the moving forward of the nation, good presentation of music and entertainment, its not about personalities. We get it wrong, every time we try to personify issues…we want to know if K1 and Shina Peters are on talking terms. Many people don’t know that Shina Peters and I are childhood friends and we still maintain our relationship to this present moment, but for you to convince the people they will want to be seeing you together everyday, if they don’t it means there is a fight. It can’t be like that, we are all very busy.
Can you say you have a good relationship with the likes of Pasuma and Osupa?

I have a good relationship with everybody, what I don’t like is when you personify issues by mentioning Obesere. I am a senior colleague to all these great people, its a wrong notion when people say I’m fighting Saheed Osupa, this man is so junior to me. When we talk about fuji music this is my 43rd year as a practising artiste, I’m a senior colleague to all these guys you are talking about. We are colleagues, yes! But even in your own journalism I know there is respect, so that’s the way we should see it. So for you to be asking questions about me and Obesere is like you are asking a father ‘do you talk to your son?’, this is very demeaning and unfair, let’s stop this!

Why is it that an average fuji artiste marry more than one wife, is this peculiar to fuji artistes?
We were in this country when Fela married 27 wives. Whatever anybody decides to do about his life we should not criticise it. Even in the bible Solomon married 300 wives and had 700 concubines,the world did not crucify him.
Seems many artistes at the moment have departed from singing songs that carry strong messages, what we now have is just the beats and sound, as someone that have been in the industry for many years, does this bother you?

There are lot of artistes that are passing their messages if you listen to them very well. It is trend because the world accepts it. But what I personally feel is that they should allow the message to come out clear to the people, let people hear what they want to hear, but the leadership has been faulty to the level that everybody are just looking for money, we thank God for whatever the situation is because if you see Femi Kuti on stage performing you will definitely know what a good performer is.
Talking about your political ambition, is it true you relocated to your hometown where you just built a country-home so as to actualise your ambition?

I’m not running for any political office, I am an entertainer and a very serious musician. My movement from here back to Ijebu-Ode is not politically motivated, I could move to Ibadan, I have a very big house in Ibadan for the past 21 years and I always go there. People always come to see me there and they didn’t say I live there because I wanted to contest in Ibadan. I grew up in Ibadan, I’m a serious nationalist.

You coming up with a new stage performance called the Unusual, what is unusual about this concert?

Unusual will be unfolding itself little by little. We won’t sit down here and reveal what is unusual because that is the magic of the market, but it will soon come to the public. The magic behind it is that we want to present music at its best.

Fuji music you mean? Why did it take you this long to do the unusual?

Not only fuji music, music generally and we’ve been doing it but we think as at now it is important we put more pressure on our people, more importantly the leadership. When a nation is drifting apart give them what can unite them, Nigeria is in a serious mess, the political class have failed us, they have turned us into something else.

Is it right to say your musical tours have been responsible for your album not coming out regularly like before?

I will tell you something. When you are a touring act and for that matter you are at the centre stage you have the opportunity of meeting and interacting with a whole lot of artistes from different countries. You will meet many other popular artistes from other parts of the world who are also on tour. A tour is like a World Cup where you see people from America, Togo or Ghana coming together, eating and drinking, like the best of Argentina and Brazil, they will interact and what is different is maybe their language and the country they represent. Likewise a tour,it is a global thing and the record is there, a tour is not something I’m just starting, I’ve featured at different highly rated musical concerts across the globe and I still come out with new albums, fantastic albums. I also have singles, so there’s no way a show can slow me down or affect the production of my albums, I’ve been touring the world for decades and now I have a single where Lamide featured on one of the tracks