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Tems, Ayra Starr have achieved more than Fela - Odumodublvck

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By Taiwo Okanlawon

Nigerian rapper Tochukwu Ojogwu, popularly known as Odumodublvck has claimed that the duo of Tems and Ayra Starr have done more for the Nigerian music industry than Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and Afrobeats megastars, Wizkid and Burna Boy.

According to him, being a successful female artiste is the hardest job in the world.

Odumodublvck stated this while featuring in a recent episode of the ‘Cocktails & Takeaways’ podcast hosted by Madame Joyce.

In his words, “When I was coming to London, I was on the same flight with Tems’ manager, Don Awoniyi. I told Tems, ‘Big up, you did it. What you and Ayra Starr have done is bigger than anything Wizkid, Burna Boy, and even Fela have done. Quote me anywhere.

“Because as a female artiste, out of every 10 show promoters, 5 want to have sex with you, out of every 10 producers, 5 want to have sex with you, out of every 10 artists that you look up to and need help from them, 5 want to have sex with you.

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“I can’t imagine being in that situation. And after dodging all those things, you still make good music. Remember, the number one hardest job in this world is being a woman.

“The second hardest job is being an artiste because there are over 100 million artistes. How are you going to make it out of the thousands of songs that drop every day? Why should they listen to your own?

“It’s not like you’re doing a job that your payment is guaranteed. As an artiste, there’s no guaranteed payment, you’ve to make it for people to pay you. It took me about six years to get my first good cheque. So imagine being a babe and an artiste and you still make it. That’s impressive.”

Ayra Starr and Tems recently released their albums, ‘The Year I Turned 21’ and ‘Born In The Wild’, respectively.

‘The Year I Turned 21’ became the first album by a female Nigerian artiste to debut on the U.S Billboard 200 while ‘Born In The Wild’ became the highest-peaking album by a female Nigerian artiste, charting at 56.

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