I wasn't fully paid until years later – Moses, winner of Nigerian Idol 3

Moses Obi-Adigwe, winner of Nigerian Idol 3, has explained factors that have worked against him since leaving the reality show in 2013. Despite his obvious talent, Moses is yet to live up to his potential. As the winner of the competition, which was sponsored by a telecommunications firm, he was supposed to take home a brand SUV car, N7.5 million cheque and a recording contract worth N7.5 million.

However, in an encounter with Sunday Scoop, Moses said all the promises made by the organisers were not fulfilled. He said, “There was so much I didn’t know at the time and there was no one to tell me about those things. I had to learn myself on the road. Nothing was also what it looked like; the promises that were made by the organisers were not necessarily fulfilled. There were lots of dramas, issues surrounding the whole Idol thing. These are things I’ll rather not get into because I am over it. Maybe sometime in my life, I will write a book and talk about it. But at this point, it is not something I want to dwell on as it makes no sense holding on to negativity. I was given my car, but I collected my money after a really long time. It was spread over a couple of years. Though it was part of the agreement that it would be spread, it went beyond the duration of time we agreed upon. The public didn’t know all this. No doubt, Idol gave me an exposure but it didn’t come with the blessings I thought it would come with.”

According to the musician, another factor that limited him was his desire to do mainstream music after winning Idol. “Mainstream music has never been my thing; I think that was part of my issues at the beginning too. My style is more of Afrocentric, which is a bit laid back. I feel the industry is in a better place now than it was before. There is more appreciation for good music; people are now paying attention to the content, lyrics,” he said.

On why he hasn’t released any song for the past four years, Moses said, “I was then trying a lot of new things that were not me. When you start doing things that are not true to you, it affects you emotionally and psychologically. There was a bit of that at a certain point. I experimented and did what I wanted to do, but I needed to come back to who I am. I had to abandon a lot of old recordings I did because the sound was not me. So, what I am doing now is live music and the lyrics are true to who I am or trying to be. I have not released any song in the last four years and I am not in a hurry. Even though I want to put out a song, it will be from the audio of my live performance. There is an emotional originality that you have during live performances, which you cannot replicate in a studio. The kind of music I want to do is not about being a recording or performing artiste. I also have a production company now where I produce my own TV shows.”

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