At a bar named HOLLYWOOD in the heart of the city of Shanghai, China. I wept.
I really don’t know how it happened, but when the water works came, It just wouldn’t stop.
I had heard of the stereotypes but never before had I experienced it first hand. it was breathtaking.
I walked past my Kinsmen in the arms of my boyfriend, a caucasian male. As I did, I sighted them. I knew who they were because I could smell the Igbo pride in them from 50 yards away but just to be sure, I let out a greeting. ‘Ndewo unu o’ is all I had to say to get the confirmation that I needed.
I saw one of them up close, come out of the shadows of his corner as his face muscles tightened in the shock of me speaking his local dialect, he then belted out ‘ewooo’ in what I thought was a silent exclamation of shock, trying to figure out what I was doing in shanghai and why I was having fun with the elite.
It hurt so bad, and the resounding question in my mind was, why only Igbos? Is there a drug ring in the east that no one is aware of?
I was filled with bitterness, anger and spite towards these my brothers draging the name of my tribe and culture in the mud.
They were almost 16 situated outside that club at different places.
they all had their spots , they all dealt differently. Each had his poison of specialty.
They were all drug dealers in China. ALL IGBO! All fully grown, able bodied and employable men. All maybe fathers and husbands to beautiful people at home, all on the streets of shanghai in the night saying ‘Breda, anything you want, I got you’ to all white men they see on the street.
And yet, there are Igbo people like me , who would get offended when people say that the igbo man has lost his ethics and has become a slave to money.
I expect a few Igbo to come at me for this write up but I have never been one to mince words or hide my feelings, this was very dissapointing to witness first hand.
Lets be better. Igbo Kwenu.
Hello Guys, Korra here!
I recently made the decision of a life time to move for a year to one of the fastest growing economies in the world China. I know many people would think this is a crazy thing to do given that I have recently released a fresh new hit song ISAPASS out with one of the most respected vocalists in the country SOUNDSULTAN, produced by one of the moistest producers I have ever worked with Couby aka DJCOUBLON however, this wasn’t a rash decision, it was borne out of despiracy to make something of my time before it is all gone.
Most of my core fans know my story but for those who do not know, let me acquaint you. I am a lover of the arts. And, when I say lover, I mean lover in its truest form. I have had a desire to entertain for as long as I can remember, my earliest memory of which was me dancing for all my neighbors at the estate I was born, the only memory from my childhood. This passion drove all my actions, decisions and choices in life. I graduated from University in 2011 where I had bagged an honors degree in Business and Education, Got a fantastic job in a reputable bank only to leave to chase my dreams in Dancing, Music, and modeling.
To the outside eye, I had succeeded. to the novice and the lame man on the streets I was as rich as he or she dreamed to be and had all I needed at my disposal. This wasn’t true.
THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY IS FAKE
All the dollar bills and the drinks, the flamboyant lifestyles and the cars are all a facade. Or maybe they aren’t but I can bet that 89% of the riches are not acquired from music sales and cannot be tied to entertainment. I can only write this because I have experienced it first hand. I had a team, I had a PR person, the whole yards and still…NOTHING.
I had been a professional dancer for 7 years. I still am. latin, contemporary, ballet, belly dance, and Odissi. I thank God for the gift of dance because, without it, I wouldn’t have survived these years of NOTHING!
The industry is a vicious cycle and no one cares to admit it but its the sad truth. It takes true passion to stick it out, grace, talent and of course a lot of hard work.
I had all of those but meennnnn. You also have to have some balls and bills.
To make it as an artist you have to have a banging song from a producer of note, a dope video, the media at your beck and call and loads and loads of ads, both online (youtube, Instagram, twitter and different sites) and offline. ALL THESE WOULD BLEED YOU DRY FINANCIALLY.
I went in clueless with a fire that wasn’t hard to see. My first video cost 1,200,000 on October 2013
promotion campaign rounded up to 800000 but the music sales even after a massive campaign was 25$ on iTunes, Spotify and tidal. ps: the song is the bomb, even till date.
The second video cost about 850000 to execute, I featured another artist and it even looked better than the A list videos around that time. Promotion campaign was about 400000 naira and its sales grossed about 13$ online.
hosted a concert that cost about 800000 to execute at the Hardrock cafe, this was to release my EP which had 9 songs. Zero profits made till date.
Now take note, I was independent, no record label to foot the expenses, this was because I wasn’t one to wait for people to believe before taking all the actions that I needed. I was one to grasp what I wanted if I had the means. I would work runway jobs and do various dance jobs, dance in several music videos, save up to be able to afford a video for my own music, the promotions. the hustle was real.
Don’t be quick to call me a fool. I was only passionate about my craft. I still am about the music, but lord did it drain me financially. It was like continuously throwing money into a well which had no bottom.
But guess what, once in a blue moon, the industry throws you a bone and you are briefly acknowledged for your continuous fruitless investments. this is done with the help of award ceremonies and honorary celebrations. Then the cycle continues.
PIRACY being the norm here in NIGERIA is the order of the day, the content creators like me who really love what they do and spend millions on achieving it never get a dime. it’s crazy. And so, on the 17th of March,2017 I left, to escape the vicious circle. Doesn’t mean I would stop expressing myself through music or making amazing videos to satisfy my fans, but I want to get some MONEY! the real one, not the fake ones you see on TV, not the one we all pretend to have but don’t, not the ones we all struggle for the big corporations for, but the actual ones you make from doing what you love. I am teaching dance and English and performing here while I learn Chinese, one of the hardest languages ever and to be honest, I am 7 hours ahead of home and 23 hours away but I am glad I am getting paid and no one here is telling me that rendering my service for free is A PLATFORM.
I’d be home before too long. I love my #teamkorra. You mean the world to me. New music coming. ISAPASS VIDEO DROPPING SOON. Check out my Instagram and snapchat for all the details of my STAY in the middle of the world.
Ngwanu Ciao. One love.
It is official, tonight at 9pm, Korra is set to thrill her fans with the most scintillating belly dancing ever seen in Lagos. Skye lounge, the rooftop bar of the Eko hotel and suites is the place to be tonight.
You snooze? You loose out on an amazing experience. Taste Arabia right here in Lagos.
Other amazing talents on the show include DJ ELIO, ONE MAN SHOW BY JOE. All this is powered JOHNNIE WALKER. Organised by Nathalie.
On a beautiful Saturday night, surrounded by friends, family and well wishers at the romantic luxury destination popularly known as the Temple Cottage in Victoria Island, Lagos , Korra Obidi officially unveils the ‘THE KORRA’ COCKTAIL.
The hot new drink formula ‘THE KORRA’ was created by premiere mixologist and Chef, Cyril Hawkins.
When asked what the inspiration behind the drink was, Korra replied “summertime! I want it to taste like the warmth of summer, the beach and everything nice. Ask for ‘THE KORRA’ at a bar near you.
STAY TUNED AND WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE FULL RECIPE.
Dance, a universal language. Korra Visits the social dance Scene in Lusaka Zambia and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The beauty of a structured style of dance like latin, ballroom and standard is its unwavering nature! Take a Nigerian salsero for example to Oman, deep in the gulf, and ask him to dance with an Omani Salsero, they would both dance like they’ve known each other all their lives!
This was the case with Lusaka and Addis, where Korra visited. The dancers were all beautifully dancing like they were born together! It was an exciting time for Korra as she was welcomed and treated with utmost hospitality in both countries. She danced with as many dancers as she could and made sweet memories never to be forgotten.
Live, Love, Express.
Korra Asks Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo a ‘Daring Question’ at the AFRIEXIMP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN LUSAKA.
Korra Obidi is spotted in the Airport Lounge of her home state Delta, Nigeria, where she attends the inaugural ceremony of the newly elected Governor Dr Arthur Ifeanyi OKOWA. The pictures behind her would soon be taken down and the new Governor and President’s pictures would grace the walls. #change