By ANOZIE EGOLE
Barely few years after she ventured into the Nigerian music terrain, this scintillating singer is gradually moving up. The Delta state born, rapper, Eva Alordiah, a.k.a, Eva, in this revealing interview, talks about her love for dogs and rats; her challenges as a female rapper and other personal issues.
My name is Eva Alordiah, I am an Isoko girl from Delta state. I am from a very simple Christian family, I am a lover of animals. I am a Computer Science graduate. I have always loved music and I think doing music now will not be a surprise especially, to my parents. This is something I have always loved. I am also, a professional make- up artiste.
I have my own make- up outfit here in Lagos. I am currently doing music and make- up together. I wanted to be an animator because of my love for cartoons. I also love to draw and that was why I studied Computer Science. What I really wanted to do was computer animation but the course was not in any Nigerian University curriculum.
So, I decided to start with a first degree in Computer Science,hoping to move on from there to study Computer Animation abroad. I am still in love with that and it is something I would do at a later stage of my life. Right now, the part of me that likes to draw, I have converted it to make- up artistry. You know it is all about drawing and painting. I have not dropped any album yet but I have dropped a free tape last year because, my fans wanted that. I am seriously working on my first full album.
I just finished working with Femi Kuti and Darey Art-Alade. I chose music because, music is life. Working with Femi Kuti was a wonderful experience. He is an amazing friend. We were friends for a while before we even thought of working together. Connecting with somebody from that lineage is very imperative. I think Femi Kuti is such a great mentor to have.
My going into music could be said to be because of my mother. She was an amazing singer. She used to sing a lot when we were growing up. She had so many musical tapes. My mother was a good fan of Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, amongst others. I would say that my musical life really started from my mother. I am also a writer.
When I started writing music, it was just fun. I am currently a writer for a couple of magazines. I am also a fashion designer because my mother taught me how to do so when I was growing up. I know how to draw, I do make up. I love music, I love to dance and perform. I love to do anything that is creative.
Coping with other female artistes in the industry will never be a problem to me because, I am a different person and they are all different people, and we are all called to do different things. I have never felt like I’m competing with any body because everybody has his/her own part to perform. My name and my style are unique. My name is not their name and their names are not my name. I do music my own way , likewise everybody. The fact that I don’t do what they do makes me unique.
Talking about my looks, everything goes to my mother. She is a nurse and she brought us up very healthy. I have always maintained a strict diet and exercise. I work- out and exercise a lot. I drink a lot of water. I don’t stress myself because I don’t think there is any need to worry in life. I also trust in God so much because I know there is nothing too big for God to do. I try as much as possible to maintain a very close relationship with God. You know, once in a while, we fall but I try as much as possible to still maintain a closer relationship with God.
I think everything that happened to me in the industry, has a reason. I don’t think there is anything that has happened to me that I regret. Everything that happened helped me to grow up to the person that I am now.
The major challenge in promoting a song I would say is finance. There is no money anywhere. I have to fend for myself for sometime now. Being a woman that wants to survive in the industry has many challenges. I have some personal challenges. There is no inspiration anywhere. When you let yourself lose focus because of this, then the challenges come in.
I have gotten to a point where I felt like, I was not doing music any more. There are some artistes I could ‘kill’ to work with; like, Jesse Jags and 2face. I will also like to work with Sade Adu because I just feel like we can connect on a bigger level. That is not just on the barest minimum of music. Music that can grow a new generation. I will like to grow my music.