General News | 4 June 2016 10:15 CET

I never planned to go into politics- Onyeka Onwenu


Onyeka Onwenu fondly called the “Elegant Stallion,” may have started singing from the womb because her mother was a singer and she was equally born a singer. There was a time her song filled the airwaves in the country. Some weeks back, she had performed alongside King Sunny Ade her song, “Wait for Me” and it brought back memories again.

She said “My mother taught me how to sing while I was three. She would take me around the town to raise money for orphanage homes. She also taught me some songs and would do duets with me. Surprisingly, my mother wrote, “Ochie dike Nne.” She was a fantastic singer and a fantastic actress. That was how I grew up. I inherited singing and I also inherited the work ethics and the commitments to use my talent to help the society that has made me what I am today. So, it has always been with me.

When she performed Wait for Me with Ade “It reminded of the good old days. That guy (Sunny Ade) has not really changed. We did the song when it wasn't the usual thing for artistes to come together and collaborate. We had three songs altogether (two of them were on social issues) and we took time to promote them. It's still on, unbelievable. And it's a great thing to see young artistes who are flying the nation's flag all over the world and they are still growing strong.”

She has been in politics but never planned that “ I never planned to go into politics, even though I was born into a political family. My father was the first Arondizuogu man to be in the House of Representative in the first Republic.”

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