We now turn our attention to this rasta-haired Nigerian artiste by the name Ebenz. His full names are Akintujoye Ebenezer Folasele and he hails from Ondo state. He has two tear-shaped tattoos on the right side of his face and that makes him somewhat interesting.
He is a recording and performing artiste, song writer, actor and instrumentalist who basically does classical Afro pop so tune in and find out about him;
How did you come about your stage name?
My real name is Ebenezer and this is exactly where I came up with my stage name. Ebenz is simply a short form.
What inspired you to venture into music
I actually started exhibiting my singing abilities in church from a young age as a drummer. And since that time, I have invested a lot of time and interest in music.
Tell us about your Childhood and family background
I’m actually from a polygamous family, it was a kind of home where where no one cared about what you had. Things were not easy throughout my childhood days and we had a lot of tough times while growing up.
We know its not easy, so how do you combine music and academics
Yeah, combining music and school together at the same time is really not easy at all. Well this has been a serious issue for me right from the period when I lost my dad. And ever since then, I have not been able to further my education due to financial challenges.
What has been your greatest challenge and success as a budding Nigerian artiste
(Chuckles) My greatest challenge ever came on the day I went out for a show at a very distant place and I had no cash on me. So I and my friends had to trek back home.
And my greatest success as a Nigeria recording artiste came on the day I finally shot my first video. After couple of months, they started showing it exclusively on TV stations across Nigeria.
You have a unique style, which top artiste would you like to feature and why
Yeah, II’ll like to work with top artistes like Tu face Idibia, Davido, Sarkodie, Sean Tizzle, Rayce, 9ice, OriseFemi, Flavour and Timaya. All the artistes I just mentioned are so unique in the music industry and they have touched many souls. I believe that if I can work with them, I too can be super and greater.
Do you have any upcoming projects we need to watch out for?
Yeah I am still on my new video, also still touring clubs. I also have a project already cooking with Rayce, so watch out for it because it’s coming very soon.
Who is your role model
Sean Tizzle is my role model and he inspires me a lot. I respect him so much.
Where do you see yourself 2 years from now?
Wow! In the next two years I see myself making it big and getting Grammy award nomination.
Download his jam titles “Duro” here