CHIDINMA: The missing nightingale!
The eclectic singer wormed herself into the hearts of millions of Nigerians after winning the third season of the erstwhile reality TV show, MTN Project Fame West Africa, in 2010. She instantly wrote her name in gold, setting a new record as the first female singer to win the music competition.
Though she might not be as popular as she was at her peak, Chidinma Ekile still commands a lot of respect and attention as far as the contemporary Nigerian music scene is concerned.
She braced up for challenges of her new status, releasing hits after hits and causing many to refer to her as the female version of Starboy, Wizkid, having kicked off her music career almost the same period. They both witnessed steady growth in the industry until recently when it looked like the former’s career is diminishing.
Chidinma was not just a talented singer, she was also very admirable owing to her petite stature and contrasting matured voice. But judging from the way things seem to be, it’s obvious that the nightingale is gradually losing grip of the unique voice that earned her a standing ovation during that her moment in history.
Winning the MTN Project Fame West Africa, the petite singer set her mind on conquering the country’s music scene. And not too long after she launched out her music career, she released her debut single “Jankoliko” featuring Sound Sultan on February 2011. She was able to capture the hearts of so many fans who believed that she would go to places with her enviable talent.
Then, while several past winners of the music competition were struggling to find their feet in the nation’s music scene or better still, have failed to live up to their billing, Chidinma emerged from the blues to change the narrative. She proved everyone wrong, rising above board to hold her own in a male-dominated industry.
Even when the competition was stiff in the industry, Chidinma was not looking back as she kept releasing hit songs that were topping different music charts on radio and television. She became one of Nigeria’s biggest female singers, contending with other superstars such as Tiwa Savage, Waje, Yemi Alade and Omawunmi.
But as a songwriter once noted, it’s not how you start that matters, rather it’s how you finish that matters most. And for Chidinma, it’s neither here nor there. One recalls vividly when the ‘Kedike’ crooner was ushered into the mainstream music world with high hopes as a star she was destined to be.
As a matter of fact, she edged them out to win the award for “Best Female West African Act” at 2012 Kora Awards. The soulful singer also won “Best Pop Extra Video” at 2013 Nigerian Music Video Awards with other multiple nominations. With the release of her video for “Emini Baller” she became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart. Her self-titled debut studio album, ‘Chidinma’, which she released after her solo single, “ Jankoliko” was a commercial success. The album was supported by her singles ‘Jankoliko, Carry You Go, Kedike and Run Dia Mouth’ and her fans have not stopped talking about the album.
However, with the tremendous impact Chidinma has made on the country’s music scene, it’s worrisome that the talented singer has decided to be silent in recent times. Many have attributed her silence to her parting ways with her long time record label, Capital Hills Records, which is managed by Clarence Peters and iLLBliss, while others have blamed it on some unforeseen circumstances around her. But the question is: what’s happening to the career of the ‘Kedike’ crooner.
Those in the know, said the singer walked out of her record label, following irreconcilable differences concerning sharing formula of music shows/concert, endorsement and other sources of revenue generation regarding her music.
Meanwhile, reports said that Chidinma was signed by Capital Hill Music in 2011, on a 5-year record, management and publishing deal, and she has failed to release an album during that time. Her deal reportedly expired at the end of February 2016, and the singer did not bother to chase a renewal as she walked away. Till date, Chidinma never said anything concerning her parting ways with her record label. But it’s believed that her decision not to renew her deal with the label has not only affected her flourishing career, but also, her visibility in the industry.
Apart from this, the singer also has had her fair share of scandals, which many suspected was responsible for the current challenges confronting her career. It was once rumoured that the soulful singer was having a secret affair with the Highlife musician, Flavour N’abania. Though they came out to debunk the rumours; the pictures they shared on social media speak for itself. The internet was set agog, when the two singers shared a passionate kiss after one of their performances and even more when he collaborated with Chidinma in the single “Ololufe” which was shot in Cape Town. The same way it was rumoured that the songstress at one time or the other romantically linked to music stars such as Dammy Krane, Tekno, Falz, Kiss Daniel and Phyno.
On her alleged relationship with Kiss Daniel, Chidinma said “I don’t like to speak about my relationship or love life in public. There is nothing to talk about me and Kiss Daniel; people can say anything they want to say.
Whether I am in a relationship with him or not, everyone will get to know later. I find it weird that I am always linked to one musician or the other. At times, it takes extra effort for me to convince people that certain reports about me are untrue.”
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