In our chat room is the young talented Miss Mary Chukwuyem Okoro, also known as K BABY, from Idumogbekun, Alionye Quarters in Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State. She was born on the 18th of October, 2006 to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Chukwunyem Okoro; a family of four. The 13 year old singer is presently an SSI student of Mater Dei Secondary School, Oraifite, Anambra State.
In this chat she reveals her love for music, her family and her aspiration.
How long have you been singing?
Since, I was eight years old.
We have heard about your songs and watched your videos, why do you like singing?
Singing is my passion, it is what I love doing best because it gives me so much satisfaction.
How did you discover you can really sing?
I did not really discover it myself. It was discovered by my producer, Frank Osadebe, he owns a studio in Lagos.
Do your parents or any members of your family sing?
No, I am the only one that sings in my family.
So how did you develop your passion for singing?
I just like singing and try so much to write my songs whenever I am free.
Is your passion for singing not affecting your academics negatively?
No, it is not, as I sing during my leisure
How do you cope combining your singing with academics?
I always make out time. It is not strenuous; I only go out for shows on weekends and holidays.
Do you usually take permission from school to go out for shows?
Yes, my Principal, Fr. Gabriel Ogwuagwu often takes me to events where I sing.
Who is your mentor?
Fela Anikulapo Kuti
What are the traits you found in Fela Anikulapo Kuti that makes him your mentor?
He is fearless, he says the truth and does not compromise irrespective of whose ox is gored.
Can we say you are fearless and are we to expect such traits of Fela in your music?
Yes, in a way
Who are those you would be bold enough to tell the truth to?
To the people that indulge in evil acts
What kind of music do you sing?
I sing inspirational songs and sometimes, hip-hop
Does Rev Fr. Gabriel take you to hip-hop shows?
No, he does not. He only takes me to shows where I perform inspirational songs
Who then takes you to hip-hop shows?
My mum does and that is when I am on holidays
You are already in the lime light like a celebrity, how do you cope with your friends and classmates?
My friends and classmates still relates freely with me. I have no issues with my friends.
What class are you in school?
I am in SSS I
What are your best subjects?
Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
What are the challenges you face in your musical career?
Sometimes, I have stage fright but recently, I have been able to overcome that
Who are your target audience?
The young and the old
What would you like to study in the university?
I would love to study Medicine and Surgery so as to become a Neuro-Surgeon
How would you be able to balance your passion (music) with your career (Neuro-Surgeon) as one must take priority? Which would you give priority?
I will try and create time for both, but for priority, when I get to that bridge, I will definitely cross it.
Tell us something about Ika?
I speak a little bit of the Ika language. I love Ika land, it is my root, whatever, home is the best. I have met some inspiring Ika personalities like Hillary Ibegbulem, Joe Morgan among others.
Have you ever performed in Ika land?
Yes, I have. I performed during the first Ika Carnival, and at the Governor Victory Concert at Asaba.
Would you want to come back to Ika to perform?
Yes, very well, as I am looking forward to opportunities for that
Being a young girl, can you mention a few of those challenges young girls like you do face while growing up?
Child abuse, trafficking, rape, early marriage, prostitution, slavery and they are often used for domestic labour.
What advice do you have for young people with talents like you?
I will advise them to try as much as possible to show it to everyone that they have talents and not keep it hidden. And then, the sky will be their starting point.
What advice do you have for parents?
They should take it easy on their children, make out time with their children and always give their children listening ear.
Should we expect songs from you in Ika Language?
Yes, hopefully someday.
In what way can the government can assist your musical career?
In any way they can, maybe by inviting me to sing at government functions.
Your favourite food?
Pounded yam and banga soup.
What do you have to say to your fans and friends?
They should expect more hits from me and I thank them for their support so far, as I look forward to more of their support.
What is your expectation in your singing career?
I want to be known globally
In one of your musical videos ‘PEACE’ you sang about poverty, hunger and injustice. What spurred you to write that song?
It is as a result of the incessant killings in the country as at that time, especially the herdsmen killings. I had to be a voice to condemn such acts, as children suffer most in such incidents
What are your hobbies?
Singing and dancing. At my leisure, I often sing or ask my friends to dance with me. We really love dancing.
Are your parents in support of your music career?
Yes, they are totally in support of my singing, even my dad sometimes assists in writing some of my songs.
What do you have to say to your parents?
I must say a very big thank you to them for their support and encouragement. I also want to thank my Principal and the entire management of my school. I want to assure them all that I will study hard so as not to disappoint them.
What do you have to say to the Governor of Delta State?
I have heard so much about him and I would encourage him to continue in his good works, as he is really working hard. In fact, I made a track in honour of him because of his laudable achievements in the State. May God continue to bless and protect him in Jesus name.
What inspires your songs?
Nature and anything around can drive my inspiration.
What should we expect from you in a few years time?
Expect to see me sitting on the sky.