It is not news that Nigeria is gaining ground in the entertainment industry, not just in Africa but in the world at large. Thankfully, we are about to see a glimpse of what the world of these incredible artists looks like in an interview with an upcoming Nigerian artist – Belliyah.
Belliyah began by stating that her real names are, Ebele Precious Chukwuemeka.
Then she proceeded to reveal that she grew up in Lagos State, Nigeria. Originally from Anambra State Nigeria, Belliyah has an Igbo background, though years of living in Lagos also gave her an ear for the Yoruba language.
Narrating her childhood experience, she described it as being both calm and humble, pointing out that she lived in a peaceful and favorable environment, as she recalled.
Belliyah revealed she has always loved singing. It has been her hobby since childhood. So, she sang in churches and other events for the sake of passion. But it was not until 2017 that she took up singing as a professional career. She also dropped her first single that same year.
Though majoring in Afro beats, Belliyah disclosed that she was mostly inspired by international artists like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and other gospel artists like CeCe Winans. Her songs according to her, have a strong theme of love and a clear depiction of everyday societal pangs and bliss—everyday life depicted in what can only be described as “artistic”.
Belliyah explained that she draws inspiration from the environment she finds herself in, and tries to paint accurate pictures of the world — around her — with her music, with the intention that the people connect with the music, and her.
And talking about connecting with people, she mentioned that she also loves connecting with people through her talks on the radio as she is a Radio Personality. This alongside her music career, works in harmony to enable her to reach new persons and pass her message.
When asked about what she does during her leisure time, she narrated that in her spare time, she enjoys flipping the pages of books—reading stories and getting insights. One of her favorite reads, as she mentioned, is “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama.
She also pointed out that her style of music is unique in and of its own as it is carefully synthesized from true-life events.
When asked who she would possibly love to Collab with, she disclosed that there are some Nigerian female artists she admires and would love to work with, which includes Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade, to mention a few. She expressed appreciation for their works and even admitted that it would be nice singing alongside them someday.
Now signed to Tuffgig Music Empire — an international, US-based, record label — Belliyah described the label as a platform that will enable her to live her passion. With world-class equipment and a superb team, the record label has been both a vehicle for success and a second family for Belliyah.
One of her biggest dreams, as she narrated, is to become a household name in the near future. To serve as an inspiration to young people, and also better the society with her music.
However, understanding the challenges many young Artists face, Belliyah also made it a point to encourage them. Encouraging them not to give up. To be humble and pursue their dreams.
She concluded the interview by encouraging everyone to love their families and appreciate those who support and care for them in general.
We are yet to hear the best of Belliyah. Till next time, peace.