6th October, 2022
Though not many Nigerians will not rank him high as a musician, Big Brother Nigeria, BBN Naija 2021 winner, WhiteMoney believes that he can win what many globally regarded as the ultimate prize in the vocation – the Grammys.
The reality TV star revealed his big music dream to Chude Jideonwo on #WithChude television programme on which he discussed his victory at BBN in 2021, his music career and ambition to win the Grammys.
WhiteMoney’s Grammys ambition fly in the face of the scorn that met his song, ‘Selense’ released soon after his BBN’s victory in 2021.
But the reality tv star said the feedback will not affect his ambitions to win the big prize in music.
“It didn’t affect me like that, to be very honest,” he said of the vicious feedback.
He added that he is not usually moved by such my emotions and will keep on doing music until he wins the Grammys.
He said, “If you talk, it hardly gets to me because once I do what I am satisfied with, any other thing is Jara. The thing is that the song that I drop if you give it to one of the A-List artists, it will get more buzz than what it is now, but of course, I was known for cooking in the Big Brother house, if it’s not cooking nobody wants to hear it.
“And I’m in a position where I have to constantly prove myself that I can do this and actually cook and be successful at both of them. But I won’t be the guy that gets old and regrets doing what he didn’t love. I’ll keep dropping it and I know that one day, White Money is going to get the Grammys.
“Even the big celebrities get criticized. In fact, the criticism I got for Selense, is not up to what I got for Na We We, the one I featured Zoro, but it helped the music to enter Apple’s chart in two days. Up till now, I am still promoting the song, and the comments on YouTube now are positive”, he added.
WhiteMoney also spoke about how he has been able to improve himself despite not having much formal education.
“The biggest teacher any man can have is experience. The second teacher anyone can have is life, and the third is people, not even your parents. You need life, people and experience to become a better person in life. School won’t give you that experience you need. The school will give you theory; life will give you practical.
“For example, the highest educational qualification I have is O’ level, National Examination Council (NECO), that’s all I wrote. I didn’t write WAEC, JAMB or anything, but I still speak good English. I hate reading, but I love to listen, so I watch a lot of movies and emulate the way they talk and it impacted me. If I am to act the role of someone with an American accent, I have to watch five Black American movies.
“By the time I’m done with them, it automatically programs in my head against the shoot the next day. It helps fine-tune my English, and how to read contracts and sign them. I stopped at NECO because that was where the money stopped. It was my uncle who sent the 3,500 for the form. It was like two days before it closed that I got it, and I passed very well.
He also shared how poverty helps him remain tenacious in spite of rejections, “The biggest motivation for me is poverty. If you love your situation and the way you are, then don’t work. But if you are tired of begging for handouts, not being recognized, or tired of Grammys. Poverty will motivate you to go out there and do something for yourself. So, poverty pushed me to audition four times in a row, and I won the fourth time.