Seyi Shay: My mother told me to leave UK for Nigeria if I wanted to make it
The ‘Yolo Yolo’ singer said the global interest in the music genre was a long time coming.
In an interview on BBC Africa’s What’s New?, Seyi Shay said: “I just feel like it was just a matter of time before what is happening now with Afrobeats happened.
“We don’t even have to struggle with our identity anymore because the whole world is on the Afrobeat wave.”
The singer, who said she’s experimenting with different music genres, noted that although making music in Nigeria is hard, she can’t give up.
“I continue to do music, as hard as it is to be an independent musician in Nigeria and Africa,” she said.
“It’s hard. I want to give up so many times especially because it has been so long. When I think about my mum, I can’t give up. And I love it. She was right.
“The wave is big now and I am part of the people flying the flag for Afrobeats, globally.”
She disclosed that her later mother was behind her decision to relocate from London to Lagos to pursue a career in music.
“Before my mum died some years ago, she said to me: ‘Seyi, this music that you are doing here in London is nice, it’s good but it’s going to be hard for you. Why don’t you go home to Nigeria and do music.
“I think that’s really where you’re going to become something. And I said: No Mum. What am I going to Nigeria to do?
“I didn’t really think about doing music in Nigeria at that time, but she was right. I flew out to Nigeria, teamed up with the right, influential people in the music industry.”