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‘Omo Ogungbadero’ set to rock Naija music scene



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HE is young, tall, dark and talented. Above all, he is a handsome dude, a perfect ladies man any day. But Tokunbo Ogungbadero popularly called Destini (Omo Ogungbadero) does not seem to have time for women at the moment. He is chasing his music career.

This was what informed his decision to relocate back to Nigeria from Ghana where he had been over a decade ago. “I took the decision to relocate back to Nigeria because this is where my music would be better appreciated due to the language (Yoruba) I use in singing. The music industry here (Nigeria) is very robust and wide, it can accommodate everybody. Aside that, I am a Nigerian who is free to come and go anytime. I have had a successful stay in Ghana, I have a small business that is growing and I have been doing that (business) alongside my music. This is the best time to come home for my people to have a taste of what I have been giving to people in Ghana since 2008,” the soft spoken young man said after his performance at celebrity hangout, O’jez restaurant, inside National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos last Sunday.


Omo Ogungbadero’s performance at O’jez stunned the large crowd gathered to enjoy the weekly O’jez Sunday Nite Family Jamz. His delivery of Dem Lyk Moni, a soft critic of politicians and their perceived love for public funds was classic. He rounded his performance up with Horse Power, an Afro hiplife number that sent some people on the dance floor. Comedian and compere of the show Elder O had to specially call the young artiste back on stage to take a bow, after his act. “Destini (OmoOgungbadero) is a talented hip life/afro pop singer and song writer born in Surulere, Lagos State of Nigeria. I left for Ghana at the age of 16 years. I fell in love with music at the age of five when my Dad use to play songs by Fela, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade before my dad passed on, by then we were living close to King Wasiu Ayinde around Falolu Road, so I had to find my way out to some of his rehearsals because I wasn’t given the opportunity to show up there. I finally had the opportunity to start up my music carrier after I left Nigeria for Ghana where I worked hard and set up a home studio where I do my demos. It is safe to say I started music professionally in 2008”.


Destini who has 15 songs with videos shot for some of them would like to describe his kind of music as “Highlife mixed with some kind of African pop dance tune.”


He is optimistic that his coming back to Nigeria would yield positive results. “Now that I am in Nigeria, I want my fellow Nigerians in Nigeria and in the Diaspora to give me the opportunity to showcase my talent and style and to affect them positively. I am here to help bring more shine to our music industry. I want to believe that the reception would be good because I am not here to compete with no one; I am just here to add more value to what is on ground. I am loyal to all that has held fort since and I appreciate their efforts too, but there is something I want to let them know, I am not here to compete with anybody,” Destini said.

The artiste came from Ghana with his manager cum producer Beat Makarula who he described as “a brother and my manager”. Beat Makarula is to Destini what Don Jazzy was to D’banj and now his Mavin Crew. He revealed that he would be bringing his studio from Ghana to Lagos as soon as he settles down.

Incidentally, D’banj is his role model in Nigeria. “I think the artiste worthy enough to be my role model should be D’banj. I really feel that guy’s swag,” he submitted.


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