by Anike Jacobs
Growing up for me, was a lot of staring at the clouds, playing out in the yard, going to the farm with my Mother and a lot of experienced Nupe and Fulani men as we lived in the North at one time. Bida Niger state.
Unforgettable childhood experience:
On one fine Sallah day we scurried around the Emir’s palace excitedly.
There were camels and horses on the roads, with fine riders gallantly clad in long rolls of expensive fabric with varying degrees of vibrancy.
The Emir gave to us generously, with a broad smile on his face, in our minds we were rich!
I unfortunately do not have a typical day routine. Routines can be boring sometimes especially for a creative. Sometimes I want to sit and write. Sometimes I want to spend the whole day thinking and asking all the ‘why’ questions. Some other times I feel like painting my face and I just sit there at my workstation getting creative with Makeup.
Haha! Music doesn’t work like that. At least not for me. I am Christian all my life and I live by faith and love. But music for me is more an expression than a declaration of religious beliefs.
The appreciation for me comes from myself first, then people. I focus on my people. I do this cause I love it. And the love comes right back. From the very talented producers I work with, to my managers, my band, my fans, my family and friends. If the people around me appreciate me and I appreciate myself and my efforts, what more am I looking for outside biko?
What has Eva been up to lately, are you working on any new projects?
We just finished working on my debut album “1960”. It has taken a toll on me and right now I just want to be with my fans and family and share this music with them.
“1960” the album is my first and I am so proud that it’s mine. I am very excited about it and I am beginning to get quite confident that my fans will love it as much as we did making it.
It features production from Tintin and Gray Jones, two producers I hace worked it so much in the past couple of years.
Sarkodie, Olamide, Femi Kuti, Sir Dauda, Yemi Alade and Darey Art-Alade are the incredible artistes I was blessed to work with on this album and every collaboration is so perfect thatvit seems perhaps I couldn’t have had a complete album without it.
I am also currently working on several projects on the Guinness #MadeOfBlack campaign, I am on the road a lot shooting videos off the album as well.
My new video for the single “War Coming” which was directed by Mex, premiered about a week ago and I am working on the promotion of that.
I do not know how this happened but everyone loves it! It has gotten so many great reviews and my fans are very excited about it.
“1960” will drop any moment now but fans can begin to explore it on the website www.1960thealbum.com
Why you shaved your hair?
I really just wanted to prove to myself that I could go bald. I did it and liked it, thank God! I have been very playful with my hair all my life and I do look forward to the countless things I want to do with it still.
There has been a rampant increase in Domestic Violence against women and rape menace in Nigeria, as a woman, how do you think this problem can be solved?
First I think any man who cannot contain his anger within him or channel the energy someplace else in the time his emotions are fired up, is hardly a man at all.
This isn’t a problem that can be solved, except of course you want to remove the emotion of anger or whatever it is that breaks a man’s ego down in minute particles to the point where violence seems a logical response.
If you don’t give value to yourself, enough to know when to take a walk from a relationship that brings you pain, enough to know when to walk away from a man that is quick to aggression or has shown aggressive tendencies, enough to look yourself in the mirror and realize you deserve better and much more, then there’s a problem.
So there’s a lot of work to be done in building value for ourselves as women.
I look forward to a Nigeria where a girl is respected for the genius encapsulated between her ears, for her immeasurable contributions to society, and not objectified and seen as just hundred yards of marriage material, or property acquired.
There are a lot of young women stuck in relationships where face battering has become the order of business, yet they stay on. Afraid to walk away because someone or something has made them believe this is the best man they could ever get. Or the men are finished in the world.
Most of the time, women are worried about what people will think if their marriage were to fail, and so they stay on in such relationships which is rather sad.
In this society there is a shameful pressure on marriage, especially towards young girls, and these girls are faced with hurried decisions on relationships and marriage to the point where they are willing to settle. For anything sometimes.
“If I leave this one, where will I go? Who will love me? Who will take care of this and that? How will I find another man? How will I survive?” And this list goes on till we lose another girl. Another queen.
Value. Girls need to begin to know what they are worth and begin to build that value for themselves. Do not settle for just anything wearing boxers inside trouser.
On the other hand, as much as we hate to admit it, there are two sides to a coin and in some cases girls are just as responsible as the men are.
Our tongues can be sharp sometimes and we do get disrespectful.
If you bruise a man’s ego by disrespecting him or saying things you shouldn’t say, a hand can land on your face in slaps faster than the speed of light.
If you are in a relationship with someone you cannot completely respect and adore, pull out
Rape in and of itself is a whole other thing. You never know the devil lurking around. I empathize with anyone who has gone through that or experienced it. It is such a terrible thing for anyone to go through.