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I formed all-girls band to encourage Nigerian girls to have role models, says Nigerian Idol winner


LAGOS – Yeka Onka, the winner of the first Nigerian Idol music talent hunt, said she formed an all-girl music band because she wanted to encourage every girl-child to have a role model.

Yeka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that she wanted to be unique by doing something different from what others were doing in the entertainment industry.

Yeka (Onyeka Onwuka) won the ‘Nigerian Idol’ contest sponsored by one of the nation’s telecommunications outfits, Etisalat in 2011.

“Unfortunately in Nigeria, they expect every tall, slim looking girl to be a model or be into fashion, but I didn’t choose

music, music chose me.


“So, I just fell in love with it and I ran with the groove and here I am enjoying what I’m doing.

“I have an all-girl band and I did that because I really wanted to stand out from the crowd.

“I just wanted to create a different name for myself and I wanted a situation where every Nigerian girl-child would have a role model.

“When I was young, I always wanted to play an instrument; my parents were actually musicians but I was too stubborn to settle down and just learn one.

“So, growing up and becoming a musician, I’m like, okay, how about I just have an all-girl band and that’s cool.“

Yeka also disclosed that she was working on a number of songs and videos that would be released in coming weeks. (NAN)


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