By Theophilus Molokwu, Christopher Emuekpere and Chika Osuagwu
Born in Urbana County, Illinois, Uchenna Ejike-Charles Jr. aka Uchie the African Rockstar is set to rock the entertainment scene. With six singles to his credit, it would seem he is on course. In this chat, Rockstar, who says his role models are Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston and Fela among a host of others talks about his new single entitled Full Stop featuring Ike-god.
Tell us about growing up and how you started music?
All I could remember are smiling faces, laughter, joyful and cheerful times especially when I sang or danced. In my secondary school days I had this strong feeling I would be famous. And then one day I was invited to do back up and the moment I heard my voice on playback I knew music was my calling.
What was it like growing up in the US?
Initially my aim was to hurry up and finish university and come back to my girlfriend whom I promised marriage but I learned so much beyond education and I realized it was better to just do what I love doing. And when I started producing music it was hard to concentrate on anything else.
Has there been any time you felt like quitting because of challenges?
Many times I would say I am done with music but I still find myself trying to inspire others by not giving up. I feel Nigerians are somewhat impatient about everything including me. A lot of people I know were claiming to help my career only to get impatient and quit on me despite the moneys spent. But now maturity has set in and I have a different perspective about working with people.
How are Nigerians warming up to Full Stop?
The support has been massive on social media. It is more than I bargained for. My management team is doing wonderfully.
What do you sing about?
I sing about love, wonderful moments of joy and how I would love to feel it continuously. I sing of places I would rather be. I sing about struggles, break throughs, frustration, good times and trending issues.