Chukwugoziam Obi aka Emma Nyra sat down for a chat with the Punch where she talked about her reason for leaving her former label – Triple MG to her rumoured relationship with Ubi Franklin.
What have you been up to lately?
I recently released a single titled For My Matter remix featuring Patoranking. The video has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube in less than a week and I am very glad about that. I also took a year off to rebrand. I am also working with more female artistes and there are different sides to me that people have not seen. My album will be ready for release in late 2016.
Isn’t a year too long a time to be away from the music scene?
While I was away, I performed at shows in Dubai, Malaysia and United States of America. I also embarked on a tour of Canada within that period. I focused on recording new music and the only difference was just the fact that I was away from Nigeria. That was why a lot of people felt I had relocated to the U.S. It was necessary for me to take that time off because I wasn’t pleased with the direction I was headed. I also wasn’t happy with the way I was being portrayed in the media.
How were you portrayed in the media?
So many untrue stories were written about me.
Why didn’t you throw light on the stories?
By design, I didn’t grant any interview that would have enabled me to talk about them.
Was it a depressing time for you?
No, it wasn’t because I was with my family. I was only upset about what people thought about me
Did you consider quitting music at the time?
No, I didn’t. I had always planned to return to the Nigerian music scene but I needed time to fix myself up.
What label are you currently signed on with?
I have my own label now, Nyra Nation and Nyra Empire.
Is this a deliberate decision?
I want to handle my own projects, so I can see and track my own revenue. I can make my own money and also bring up other artistes when the time comes.
Didn’t your former label, TripleMG, do all you mentioned above for you?
Obviously they didn’t.
Didn’t you ask questions, speak out or air your grievances?
I did air my grievances but they were not addressed. That was why I left the label.
It is believed that when an artiste is in a relationship with his or her label boss or label mate it spells doom for his or her career. Do you agree?
I actually wasn’t in a relationship with Ubi. He made all that story up. Personally, I don’t want to speak about it.
What is your relationship with your former label boss, Ubi Franklin, like? Are you both cordial?
No, I wouldn’t like to speak about that.