Welcome to the first ever 'Getting to know' series on our blog. For now i am doing the interviews so i wanted to start with some of my favourite artistes.
Now a lot of people might have first stumbled on Ugochukwu Oluwadamilare Nwaokobia (we will still with Ugo or Ugovinna moving forward, lol) as a finalist on Project Fame but i actually heard of him before that during a One Mic Naija concert.
I had a lovely chat with Ugovinna recently so sit back, relax and o, s.h.a.r.e
AMN: You have a sort of kind of long name. Lol. What nicknames do you have?
AMN: Do you remember your first girlfriend ever?!
UGO: Ha ha ha. Let me tell you who my first secondary school crush was. Her name was "Vera" and this was when I was in jss1 and I was in love lol.
AMN: Lol. If i hear! So what was the first instrument you picked up?
UGO: The recorder, and that was when I was 6
AMN: People do this singing thing for different reasons. Why do YOU sing?
UGO: I sing because, I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, His eyes..lol.
So far, it's been my best gift as a person and I started to harness it really early in life. Making music gives my life a meaning. I say, 'so far' though because life is full of surprises and you never know what I'll be up to tomorrow 😉
AMN: Ghen Ghen. Maybe like become an astronaut. Lol. But seriously, apart from singing, what else do you do?
UGO: For many years now,I've invested a lot of my resources into farming; first working for my dad on his fish farm when I was younger and now my cousin Joshua (Ushmor) and i have an existing partnership. Very soon I'll be ready to share more about it, I believe farming holds an important part in the future of Nigeria and I'm taking my chances there.
AMN: Makes us think of your song, "Rain on Me" in a different light now! Lol. Let's go back to random stuff, like, what is your favourite colour and favourite character from an animated series?
UGO: Green, and The Hulk. He's such a menace
AMN: What are three items you would take with you to a deserted island?
UGO: My guitar, a good supply of water and a note pad/pen.
AMN: One song right now you wish you wrote?
UGO: Over the years as a song writer I've had a lot of songs like that, but right now ,I wish I wrote "Shape of you" by Ed Sheeran
AMN: Your top three favourite places in the world?
UGO: I be Papi water o lol. Santorini, Seychelles and Ibiza and Zanzibar. I told you, papi water
AMN: Rice with no stew for a year or soup with no swallow for a year?
UGO: Omo na soup o, soup without swallow. Afang soup and goat meat is soup too na!
AMN: What you want for your birthday?
UGO: A Sony music "Artiste, producer and song writer deal", and a collabo with Ed sheeran
AMN: Amen to that! Now let's go back to the music. Tell us a bit about what you are currently working on.
UGO: I am really excited about the projects I'm working on now. "The midnight collection" and "Omo mama Caro".
TMNC is an acoustic body of work i am putting together for indigenous Ugovinna fans including myself! I am a big fan of alternative music and I've always fancied myself as a bridge between Nigerian alternative music and the fast rising AfroPop vibe; to be able to create music that both categories of listeners can appreciate. The kind of music that can survive the playlist of every typical Nigerian, only offered in acoustic brilliance. I've been working on the project with Cobhams Asuquo, Vintage Gray media and my band " The Vyberators" because every song on the project is recorded live.
(We raised our eyebrow a little here at the name of the band)
"Omo mama Caro" on the other hand is a project I believe will give an insight to the becoming of Ugovinna; an artiste not bound by genre, expressing myself in whatever manner I choose.
Over the years I've been inspired by a wide collection of artistes and I've come to enjoy a lot of genres. I hope to be able to deliver my versions of music in vogue without losing my essence and touch. Some trap soul, Afro pop, basically anything that appeals to me, i want to explore.
It's a collection of my experiences from my ikorodu days till now.
AMN: Thank you Ugo! We wish you all the best!