Zaaki Azzay, the veteran singer, recollects that when he first began his music profession, producers and sound engineers used to chortle at him and name him names.
In an interview with Saturday Beats, he mentioned, “It was not straightforward (as a result of) it was very aggressive at the moment. It was discouraging as most individuals didn’t take me critically due to the a part of the nation I come from. They didn’t consider that anybody from that a part of the nation may do properly in leisure.
“When I needed to contract a producer, pay for a studio session or work with others in the music industry, I got the nonchalant attitude of, ‘let’s go and do anyhow because this man obviously doesn’t know what he is doing’. They laughed at me and called me names such as ‘Gambari’ and ‘Aboki’, asking which kind of music I wanted to sing. When my song, ‘Fatima’, was released, they were shocked by what I was able to do. From there, I started getting respected. At that time, there was no hip hop (music) in Nigeria.”
The Kaduna State-born singer additionally acknowledged that the conversations he normally had on his TV programme, ‘The True Nigerians (Heroes of our Time)’ made him return to highschool.
He mentioned, “On the programme, I’ve interviewed lots of outstanding Nigerians, and generally, and we normally discuss Nigeria’s historical past. That acquired me curious about going again to highschool to check Political Science.
“Also, I believe everyone should contribute to (the growth of) Nigeria, irrespective of how bad the situation may be. I also feel that there are questions one cannot (adequately) answer unless one studies Political Science, which exposes one to the history and genesis of practically every issue concerning Nigeria.”
Requested if he could be contesting any place anytime quickly since he studied Political Science, Azzay mentioned, “I want to be ready if given the opportunity. When one has a passion for Nigeria, there are times that one would want to do more than one is already doing, whether or not one holds any political position. It is just the way corruption has eaten deep into Nigeria; if not, political office should not be that attractive. It should be of more service than embezzlement or what one can gain through abuse of power.”
On the notion that northern entertainers don’t relate properly with their counterparts within the south, the torchlight-wielding singer mentioned, “It was like that however not anymore. Northerners have begun to see the significance of the leisure trade. A few of them have even gone to the extent of encouraging their youngsters to enter trade.
“At that time, people saw musicians as uneducated rascals who were not to be taken seriously. (But) over the years, given the achievements of Nigerian entertainers and the international attention they are currently enjoying, everything has changed. People like us made the sacrifice for those enjoying it now.”
Azzay additionally lampooned the federal government for not giving the trade sufficient help.
He mentioned, “The leisure trade must be a supply of disgrace to the federal government of Nigeria, as a result of with out their help, individuals within the sector have achieved a lot.
“I think the only way the Federal Government can curb insecurity and checkmate the issues of unemployment in Nigeria is through the entertainment industry.”