A Nigerian singer, Omogo Chukwuka, better known by his stage name, OnlyoneVibezz, says the music industry is capable of taking huge Nigerian youth off the streets with the right investment.
OnlyoneVibezz, from Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Monday.
He said that the industry has given those with passion and drive for music a means of livelihood across the music value chain.
According to him, the industry currently employed about one million people and with the right investment, the industry will employ more youths than any other sector in the country.
“This industry employs managers, producers, song writers, videographers, photographers, sound engineers, instrumentalists and so on.
“For example, Nigeria’s music revenue grew from about 36 million dollars in 2014 to 53 million dollars in 2018 and projected to generate 86 million dollars, that is about N23.3 billion in 2021.
“Music has placed Nigeria on the global map and if you ask me, I will say that the music industry has fostered more beneficial international relations than any other sector.”
On his prospects and how he plans to navigate the music industry, OnlyoneVibezz, pointed out that most successful Nigerian musicians were not known before they became famous.
He said that there is no monopoly in the market, adding that everyone has a fair chance at winning the hearts of the fans if he or she has something unique to offer.
The graduate of Information and Communication Technology, from Ebonyi State University, said that his passion for creativity and music took over immediately after graduation.
“It’s a very competitive industry but there is a lot of love in it, but like I said, it is all about the fans and your music.
“My focus is to make great music that will transcend the continent and use music to build love, peace, and unity.
“My vision is to become a global citizen and use my platform to inspire the next generation, promoting peace and unity among Nigerians,” he said.
He described his lead single, “Calling” which talks about a call to someone he loves, from his Extended Play (EP) Vibezz, as a “global tune” that everyone can vibe to.
He said, “Every day of my life reveals a new and a clearer picture of who I am, what I am capable of, and where I will love to be.
“Every track on my EP, therefore, explains how I feel at a particular time and a reflection of who I am, what I want and what I visualize.”