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Fruitful Mekwunye takes a new leap


Fruitful Mekwunye

To members of the public, the name Chief Fruitful Mekwunye whose stage name as a musician is Professor, might not be familiarly known as a musician, but this does not mean that the light-skinned stoutly built Delta State born is new to music.

Professor, a scribe of the Performing Musician Association, PMAN, has been in music for as long as he has lived.

However, he just completed work on his first album that is expected to drop anytime soon.


Speaking on why it took him so long to announce his musical career, Professor said he had to bury his music dream for so long because there was no encouragement and that he was too busy struggling to survive such that following his dream was the least he could think of.

He, however, believes coming out at this stage of his life aptly depicts that a dream is not dead until you are dead.

“Music is inborn, it is a talent and when you have the talent, it is either you actualize it earlier enough or actualize it later.

In my own case, I was supposed to have actualized mine in my early age but in those days musicians were regarded as hopeless and jobless people and even lazy people.

You rarely could see talent hunts like we have these days, so most of the dreams were buried,” he said, noting further, “I had the zeal to release and play music but no help was coming forth so I had to look for menial jobs and dirty jobs to sustain me.

But what I believe is that, a dream is not dead until you are dead. That is what I have proven.”

The debut has four tracks, which was coordinated, contributed to and produced by versatile Juju singer, Yinka Best.

The musical effort titled, Ogo Oluwa (Glory of God) has tracks such as Iyawo mi gbadura fun mi, a Yoruba highlife track aimed at making family units stronger, Bed of Roses, a R & B flavour, Africa, a Calypso Soca with Reggae mix done to remind Africans of their identity and Nigeria, a tune tailored to address societal ills.

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