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I will win Grammy awards one day – Whitemoney

REALITY TV star and singer, Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney has told all who cares that one day he will win the coveted music award, Grammy. 

 The Big Brother Naija Season 6 (BBNaija S6) winner disclosed this in a chat with Chude Jideonwo on #WithChude, where discuss winning BBNaija in 2021, his music career and his ultimate goal of inevitably winning the Grammys. 

Whitemoney on the show also discussed not having a degree and how watching foreign films and observing people have helped improve him. 

He said, “The biggest teacher any man can have is experience. The second teacher anyone can have is life, and the third is people, not even your parents. You need life, people and experience to become a better person in life. School won’t give you that experience you need. 

“The school will give you theory; life will give you practical. For example, the highest educational qualification I have is O’ level, National Examination Council (NECO); that’s all I wrote. I didn’t write WAEC, JAMB or anything, but I still speak good English. I hate reading, but I love to listen, so I watch a lot of movies and emulate the way they talk and it impacted me.” 

 “If I am to act the role of someone with an American accent, I have to watch five Black American movies. By the time I’m done with them, it automatically programmes in my head against the shoot the next day. It helps fine-tune my English, and how to read contracts and sign them. 

 “I stopped at NECO because that was where the money stopped. It was my uncle who sent the N3,500 for the form. It was like two days before it closed that I got it, and I passed very well,” the he added.  

 The song writer also shared how poverty helps him remain tenacious in spite of rejections. “The biggest motivation for me is poverty. If you love your situation and the way you are, then don’t work. But if you are tired of begging for handouts, not being recognized, or tired of Grammys. 

 “Poverty will motivate you to go out there and do something for yourself. So, poverty pushed me to audition four times in a row, and I won the fourth time.” 

 On handling vicious feedback from the audience on his song, Selense, he said, “it didn’t affect me like that to be very honest. If you really watch the show, or if you ask people, they’ll tell you that Whitemoney has zero impulses; my emotions are zero. If you talk, it hardly gets to me because once I do what I am satisfied with, any other thing is Jara. 

“The thing is that the song that I drop if you give it to one of the A-List artiste, it will get more buzz than what it is now, but of course, I was known for cooking in the Big Brother House. If it’s not cooking, nobody wants to hear it.” 

“I’m in a position where I have to constantly prove myself that I can do this and actually cook and be successful at both of them. But I won’t be the guy that gets old and regrets doing what he didn’t love. I’ll keep dropping it and I know that one day, Whitemoney is going to get the Grammys. 

“Even the big celebrities get criticised. In fact, the criticism I got for Selense, is not up to what I got for Na We We, the one I featured Zoro, but it helped the music to enter Apple’s chart in two days. Up till now, I am still promoting the song, and the comments on YouTube now are positive,” he added.

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