Nigerian music industry has helped youths move from abject poverty to wealth — Olabode

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Fast-rising singer, Bello Olabode, with the stage name Fabulous Ice Kid, says the music industry has helped a lot of young people move from abject poverty to wealth.

Olabode, in a chat with The PUNCH, noted that the music industry has had a positive impact on Nigerian youths.

He said, “The music industry has helped a lot of young people move from abject poverty to wealth through their hard work. The list is endless and I must say if not for God and my music, I don’t know where I will be.

“We see the rise in insecurity and my music speaks against such menace. I urge the youth to stay away from crime and drugs. Music is big business in Nigeria and across the world; and I must say, in the last 20 years, music has taken a huge number of young persons out of the street of crime, drugs, and all sorts of illegal activities.

“Music brings hope and that is why you see the likes of Wizkid and Burna Boy doing it big across the work. Davido is hugely accepted across Africa. For Nigeria, it’s a good thing because now, people know us as the giants of music.”

Taking a trip down memory lane, the singer noted that his parents were a bit sceptical about his choice of music as a career path.

He said, “My parents are very welcoming, although they were sceptical at first. It all began in secondary school. I discovered my talent, then I took it seriously; started listening to a lot of hip-hop, pop, and rock music.

“I have local and international music artistes who have influenced me in my music — the likes of 2 face, Jay-Z, etc. I polished my talent by learning from the great artistes and here I am today, thanking God for how far he has brought me and where he is taking me to.

“It wasn’t easy because I had to really hustle from the bottom to pave my way through; but thanks to the family and friends who believed in my dreams.”

Speaking about his latest project titled ‘ICEY VOL:2’, the singer said, “This EP is first giving thanks to God and also meant to inspire the youth away from crime and drugs.

“This project is basically a solo EP because I want the world to hear me first; then subsequently, I will have features. Fabulous Ice Kid is here to stay and will make great music for fans. Trust me, you all won’t regret it.”

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