This Nigerian music is now a barber.
African China needs no introduction even though he has not released a track for a long time. The dancehall singer in a recent interview said that he is not broke even if his music is currently not trending. According to the singer he invested his money for a rainy day unlike some of his counterparts that can’t feed themselves now.
In the recent interview with Punch he said he invested by opening a hairdressing salon, a boutique and a studio.
‘By opening a hairdressing salon, what I have done is invest for a rainy day. If you check properly, you would realise that some of those who began their careers about the same time I started mine are now broke. Today, a lot of them cannot feed themselves and their dependants.
‘Before fame beckoned, I used to work as a barber at a salon and I am not ashamed to say that. Now that I am African China, I know this business idea would generate income on a daily basis because people always want to look good. The salon business is not the only business I have. I also have a boutique in Surulere, Lagos. I have a sound equipment rental business and I have a record label that is as old as Kennis Music.’
When asked about working with new school artists, African China said: ‘I don’t have anything against them. I am friends with them and I am also an elder brother to them. Recently, I contacted Tekno for a collaboration but he has been busy. There was a time I needed to do a song with Ice Prince and I tried to reach him. His manager kept playing hide and seek with me. As a result, I lost interest. When Burna Boy was the rave, I telephoned his mum who was his manager at that time. They didn’t revert in spite of the fact that I telephoned them several times’.