BORN on November 21, 1973, Samuel Ishaya, the third runner up at the Arise Nigeria concert last year, is from Sabonkisha in Kaduna State. He attended Special Signs Secondary School, Ikara, Kaduna State. He later worked as a textile designer in Kaduna from where he delved into music in 1998. Samuel, who has collaborated with some Nigerian artistes, among who are Daddy Showkey, DCM boys in Warri; and reggae artist, Mayar General, and is set to embark on a 36-state musical tour, tells DAMILOLA ADEKOYA what fashion means to him.
Definition of fashion: Fashion is distinction! Setting one aside and giving oneself a spectacular image.
Style of dressing: I like cultural looks; a little bit weird and African; I’m not too much of a corporate person. I like being so unique, something that would give me an outlook of distinction among people.
Uniqueness of style: Being humorous!
Favourite colour: Wow! White. It depicts to me, excellence. Anytime I see white, I feel so inspired, rich and strong.
Turn on: Beautiful women move me.
Turn off: Ugly face!
Most embarrassing moment(s): I think it was the day I was called to sing at a concert and when I got to the stage, I started singing not knowing that the microphone was bad. It was quiet embarrassing.
Happiest moment(s): The day I found my wife!
Describe yourself in three words: Humorous, musical and deliberate.
Inspiration: God inspires me.
Motivations: I like attention, so when I discover that music interests me, it gave me a good picture, direction and something that could give me attention with people. I love to interact. That motivates me a lot.
Philosophy of life: Just sincerity!
If you were given an opportunity to change something in Nigeria, what would it be?
The Nigerian music scene. I will say that there are a whole lot of what I consider noise in the music we listen to. The lyrics are not too relevant. I’ll really do something on the industry.