As with professionals from every walk of life, wherever they might be in the world, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has certainly had its impact on the lives and work of creatives. Someone who understands this quite personally is Nigerian singer-songwriter, Tolani, who became a recognised face (and voice) on the music scene within the last few years.
Some of her most notable tracks include Ba Mi Lo featuring Reekado Banks, Maybe Baby and Liar.
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My song “LIAR” came out this day last year!! Even though the song is a bop… it actually came from a place of real hurt for me. I feel blessed to look back a year on and feel better about that time. A reminder, given what we are going through now, that the hardest of times always pass. Grateful for everyone who has and continues to show me love 🖤🖤
In an intimate interview with Inside Africa in her home, Tolani opens up about some of the ups and downs of working and making music in these unprecedented times. However, she admits, “it’s been a really good time for creativity; it’s been a really good time for introspection, which I’m sure we’re all doing, and writing. [I’m] trying to make the most of this time, to do the most work.”
Tolani also believes it’s one of the best times to work as a creative in Nigeria. “People are excited by the art, fashion, music, film that’s coming out of Nigeria. It feels like part of a movement, in this day and age, to be a Nigerian creative.”
Watch a clip from the interview below: