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Before Stardom with With…Folabi Nuel

Folabi Nuel

What inspired your journey into singing and songwriting?

I grew up in church and was in the choir for a long time but I attempted songwriting in secondary school. I did that to express my feelings and comfort myself. With time, I started to write worship songs for my choir in school and after some time, began to record them. That was how my journey started and here I am now.

What keeps you motivated?

Knowing that my gift is a blessing to people keeps me motivated. I have several testimonies from people saying that a particular line from my songs gave them hope and inspiration or they gave their lives to Christ.

What challenges did you face on your way to stardom?

I got a lot of “No” especially in the early stage of my career when I was trying to collaborate with some people. I thank God for where I am now; those people are now the ones reaching out to me for collaborations.

Back then, I got comments such as “no, wait for your time, you sound funny, you need to develop yourself” and some people were like, “we are not on the same level.” As an independent artist, I raised money for myself. I remember that for my first project, I had to sell my laptop at the time to fund it. I am grateful for where I am today.

Has stardom deprived you of anything?

Yeah, stardom has deprived me of my privacy. I am keen on privacy but I am gradually getting a hang of it. I try to keep my family private.

Are you still friends with people who were with you before stardom?

Of course, I am. I am still friends with most of the people who knew me before any fame or recognition because those were the ones who technically love me. Apart from the few who feel threatened by my success, those are not real friends, but most of my friends are still the closest ones.

How do you handle advances from female fans?

There is a limit and I draw a line. There are some direct messages that I receive and when I see them, I don’t think twice, I block them so as not to encourage further advances. Again, I have mentors around that keep me grounded and level-headed and I inform them of every single step.

Tell us about your new projects.

I recently got married and released an extended play love song. I am also working on a collaborative project with some people.

What else do you do apart from making music?

I have also delved into creating content for organisations.

What’s your advice to aspiring singers?

They should know why they do what they do, once they figure that out, every other thing becomes a bonus. That your “why” will keep you motivated on days that are not so great.

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