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Niniola: Dede, Dan Foster motivated me to be better


Recounting her experience and significant influences on her rise to stardom, former Project Fame contestant and queen of Afro-house, Niniola Apata, certainly doesn’t mince words.

The multi-talented artiste recently spoke about her West African Idol audition and how a combination of multiple failed auditions, grit, and hard work were instrumental to her success story. She also spoke on the challenges of growing up in a polygamous home with three mothers, her brand’s future, and more.

In a chat with host of #WithChude, Chude Jideonwo, the singer with rave making hits said the constructive criticism of judges at the show like Afrobeat icon, Dede Mabiaku and late radio personality and former media consultant, Dan Foster, motivated her to be better.


“When I heard about Dan Foster’s demise, it hurt me so much because I said I was going to look for him and hug him because his words were like sandpaper. They were rough but smoothened me.

“Dede helped with my confidence and helped me realise and maintain that the voice is there. He said: ‘You have it, don’t let anyone tell you don’t have it; all you can do is work on it, harness it’. I told myself after West African Idol that I was going to work on myself and be so good that no-one will be able to question my craft,” she added.

When asked about her work ethics, Niniola said, “Hardwork is very important and it will never go in vain. Just be yourself, and the world will listen to you.”

Meanwhile, the Afro-house queen is set release her new EP, entitled Sixth Heaven, which she said will drop on March 5. The singer made the disclosure via her Twitter handle.


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