We catch up with Carol Jiani a UK based Nigerian recording artist for the second time on the continuation of an exclusive interview. The “Hit ‘N Run Lover” singer is honoured with BEFFTA Entertainment Icon Award 2014.
If you missed her first interview, you can read it here
Carol Jiani is a very lovely woman who knows a lot about the music industry because it has been part of her life for so long. She once again let us in into her world, talking about Her Award, Music and projects at hand.
We are aware you received a BEFFTA Award this year, Congratulations can you tell us about it?
I received the BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON AWARD very proud of this indeed .Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde became the first movie star to be awarded with the special BEFFTA honorary award in the film category in 2012, other high profile personalities who received BEFFTA special award this year include Sir Trevor McDonald OBE recipient of BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award.
I would like to see these changes with the Africans .Support each other .Pay people to work i am tired of seeing Africans pay venues ,hotels etc… without question and yet when it comes to paying the Artist to perform they do not respect and honor this. It is a job for those that believe even the Bible said that if you do not work you will not eat. We have people that will get up attend church on Sunday but not practice what they preach PAY THE AFRICAN ARTIST TO PERFORM PERIOD.
Thank you for asking me about this i support a few back home and here in the UK in 1986 when i was signed to MCA RECORDS i performed for a few AIDS CHARITIES AND HOMELESS CHARITIES . Well in the last few years i started to concentrate on our heritage because we have so many problems back home with healthcare . People are dying back home we do not have a healthcare system like the NHS to support people.As a recording Artist in the public eye it is a duty to lead the way to help make change.So many have asked for help well you see it people are hungry the West are more generous Africans do not support as they should, only 4 Africans supported my cause and made Donations. My fans Western fans support my causes they have kept this going. Africans need to change their thinking and support our own.
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What are the projects you have at hand and what are you aiming at in the nearest future?
You have been in the music industry for a long time what advice to you have for aspiring musicians?
I would say to Artist’s remain humble because without the fans we would not be who we are . Thank them all the time i reply to all my fans. Learn the business side of things understand it and never drop your standards get paid it is a job period.
So tell us, What are the list of your favourite things?
My favorite things. I love flowers Roses and Peony. I love collecting vintage Jug and Bowls and vintage Tea Cups and Saucers.
Thank you very much for the time and interview. We wish you all the best in your projects and hope to have you some other time.
Interviewed by: Noellin Imoh