I’m among those who pushed Nigerian music industry to its current level – African China

Nigerian reggae and dancehall singer, Chinagorom Onuoha, popularly known as African China, has said he is among artistes that ‘pushed’ the music industry to where it is now.

The ‘Mr President’ crooner said that he and his fellow artistes who held sway in the early 2000s deserve credit for laying the foundation for new generation entertainers in Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday Beats, African China bemoaned the lack of knowledge and appreciation for their efforts by the young musicians.

African China

He said the competitors during their era were the likes of American superstars, 2pac Shakur, P Diddy, and Busta Rhymes. He added that Nigerian artistes were not competing with each other, rather they remained united in trying to push the industry.

China said; “Collaboration is something we cannot rule out in the industry. But, things have changed, and I understand. However, I don’t like the fact that when younger artistes see the people that laid the foundation (of the industry), they don’t respect them.

“They don’t know what we went through. These days, it is easier to stream one’s songs on digital music platforms. Before, those sites were not accessible to Nigerians. Back then, we would go to cyber cafes to do things like that.

“Then, people were not paying attention. We were just trying to make them love Nigerian music. In those days, we were competing with mega American artistes such as 2pac Shakur, P Diddy, Jenifer Lopez, R Kelly, and Busta Rhymes.

We were not even competing with fellow Nigerian artistes, because we were all united in trying to push the industry to where it is today. We are not asking the young artistes to give us money, but to respect us, if not for our age, but at least for the sacrifices we made for the industry.”