Majek Fashek: How I spent over N35m to rehabilitate him – Hajia
*Set to launch new album
BY BENJAMIN NJOKU & ANOZIE EGOLE
When many are still doubting the possibility of his returning to the studios, after years of unprofitable journey into the wildness, Nigeria’s reggae legend, Majekodunmi Fashek, popularly known as Majek Fashek is on the verge of releasing his follow-up, comeback album. Majek is one of Nigeria’s greatest reggae artistes, who ruled the airwaves in the 80s with his hit track, “Send Down the Rain.” The Chief Executive Officer of his management company, A-Plus Global Entertainment, Hajia Amina Dangaji, who disclosed this development to WG last weekend, said, her company has spent over N35 million to get the reggae master back on his track. According to her, “When I met Majek, I saw nothing wrong about him… he was still composing and singing his songs. His greatness and musical skills remain untainted in anyway. However, what I think some people misunderstood about Majek is his deep spirituality. Let me tell you, Majek is a strong spiritual person and a prayer warrior. All these are clearly evident in his songs,” she added.
Hajia who spoke shortly after she was crowned as Nne Oma-Ndi-Igbo, at the grand finale/ Awards night preceding the Igbo Film Festival, held at Duban Hotel, Ikeja, embarked on a project to rehabilitate the reggae star. She however, took it upon herself to provide him with a well-furnished bungalow and a car. Buoyed by all these goodies and prospect of better days ahead, Majek returned to the studios and has completed work on his follow-up, comeback album.
The widely-travelled entrepreneur cum philanthropist who hails from Edo State further disclosed that massive promotion plans are underway to help resuscitate Majek’s dwindling music career, as well as embarking on a musical tour of some European and American cities.
Tell us more about the project to rehabilitate the reggae legend, Majek Fashek?
Majek is my boyfriend, my husband, my good friend and my son. I am very close to him. Presently, we are working on his new album which will be out this week. The producer is Chris Okoro, one of the best Producers in Nigeria. Now, there are a lot of changes in him. I do not need to guide him to talk unlike when he was dumped in my house. During Adams Oshomole’s campaign, I went with Majek to the place. So, there are a lot of changes in him.
Are you planning to embark on any musical tour with Majek?
Yes, I am planning a big tour with him. I am going to see Her Excellency in some states because of him.
Why are you supporting Majek?
I am a hardworking woman with a lot of investments. Talking about why I am supporting Majek, I do not believe that when somebody dies, we will start celebrating the person. I believe that we should render help to the person when he or she mostly needs it, and not probably when he is no more. I do not want Majek to die because I was once his fan when he was ruling the airwaves. I have never met him before in my life until recently when I started working to revive him.
I was in my house one day when they brought him and consequently dumped him there. I thought he was dead. And the worst part of the whole drama is that I cannot trace the whereabouts of the people that brought him to my house. But I believe they know that I run an entertainment outfit that was why they dumped him on me. So, I decided to take the bull by the horn.
Can you tell us how much you have spent so far on Majek?
I can’t really say the exact amount for now. But I know I have spent over N35 million. I have been able to get him a house and a car. His wife even came to me and spent almost a week in my house before they moved to Majek’s house. She really appreciated me and I must tell you the truth, it has not really been easy.
Tell us, how do you feel having this honour, Nne-Oma ndi igbo?
I see it as a miracle of God. I do not even know the organizer of this programme before now. One day, a number called me and said that they would like to honour me with an award to show my excellence and commitment to the course of promoting and supporting young musicians. Actually, I am into film production so I have been supporting so many of them when the award came, I was not that surprised. I have tried to touch people’s lives many ways through my NGO either in music, film or football .
Are there any plans for you to stop helping people?
I can’t stop helping people because God said, when he blesses you, try to touch other people’s live. I do not have any condition for helping people. I can help anybody.
What did the award mean to you?
The award means a lot to me. I see it as a sense of belonging because of all the people around, I am the only person that was given an award. Initially, when they were calling me for the award, my sister was afraid. She was telling me that they want to initiate me and advised me be very careful. She really discouraged me. I told her this is not initiation because I travel a lot and I help a lot of people so you do not know where my reward will come from.