BY BENJAMIN NJOKU
*Plans to do collabo with younger brother
If Nigerian International and Chelsea FC midfielder, John Mikel Obi is not making waves today in his chosen career-football, he probably would have pitched his tent in the music industry.
This stunning revelation was made recently by his younger brother, Patrick Tochukwu Obi, while officially unveiling the six artistes who are signed to the soccer star’s records label, Matured Money Minds(MMM) which he established last year.
Patrick, popularly known as Edgar and a fast rising act, disclosed further that, Mikel’s undying love for music informed his decision to invest in the entertainment industry.
According to Edgar, also an ex-footballer and former playmaker for Pepsi Academy in Jos El-kanani , “If Mikel wasn’t a footballer, he would probably have taken the same path in life with me.”
He hinted that the soccer star is planning to do a collabo with him.”Actually, I was with him a couple of weeks ago and told me concerning his plans to do collabo with me. Hopefully, you will be seeing that happen soon.
Disclosing further, Edgar said ,Mikel has written a couple of songs, adding, his closeness to Psquare is not unconnected with his passion for music.
Edgar however, plays hip hop and R n B, and was formally based in the UK before he later relocated to the country. Last year, he dropped his single under MMM Records mixtape.
“I have already made up my mind before relocating to Nigeria that I was coming home to do music. While I was playing football, I was at the same time doing my music. I always knew that if it wasn’t going to be football, it must be music. Unfortunately, football didn’t work for me. Once I was above 21 years, I did not see any need to pursue a career in football anymore. That’s why I delved into music,” he narrated.
Continuing, he said, “I have never wanted to be carried by my elder brother. It’s actually very difficult for people to see reasons with me. I don’t believe that somebody should carry me to my destiny. Mikel had no hand in my football, not because he doesn’t love me or he doesn’t have the belief in me but because I wanted to be in control of my destiny.”
On why he prefers to sign on new talents, Edgar who manages Mikel’s record label explained that he believes in discovering talents. Last year, MMM signed on six artistes including Splash, Charass, Kido and Mr Jay who have been working tirelessly with sound engineers and producers to take the industy by storm.
Accordig to the rising act, “the artistes are planning on how to get stronghold in the industry by releasing one or two individual singles into the market.”