Music is a talent but very few people will resign from a lucrative banking career, just to fulfil their passion about being a minister in songs. Mrs. Anna Ibrahim a musician, business woman, housewife and a mother, is a talented gospel artiste. ANNY (that is her stage name), is a Masters Degree holder from Bayero University Kano and worked in the Banking Industry for several years before quitting to pursue her vision of music and also went into private business so she could have time for her family.
Married to Mr. Olawale Ibrahim, they are blessed with two beautiful kids. Anny recently launched her second album at the prestigious Royal Tropicana Hotel Kano. It was a well-attended, star studded event. It brought top gospel artiste from different parts of the country and the highlight of the album launching was the presence of Kefee, a gospel artiste with several national and international awards to her credit. In this interview few days after the album launch/music concert, Anny expressed her joy, happiness and gratitude to God for making her dreams come true and the album launch a success. Enjoy it:
How did you feel when you saw the huge crowd at your 2nd album launch?
I must say I was very happy. When I came into the hall and saw a lot of my fans already seated long before the time of the launching, I almost cried. I am so grateful to God for making my dreams come true. The album launch was very successful. Everything went well and people came in large number and you could feel the excitement in the atmosphere.
The album launch was so star-studded with lots of gospel music artiste. The crowd screamed when they saw Kefee. How were you able to bring Kefee inspite of her busy schedule?
Like I said before, I am so elated that God made the album launch and music concert a success. I really wanted Kefee and my producer Mekoyo to be around for my album launch but it was a bit difficult because she already had lots of activities, concerts and programs lined up. Somehow, she made it to Kano. Now, it was really fulfilling for me, because that was the first time Kefee would attend any album launch in Kano. My album was also the first collabo any artiste in Kano would be doing with an international star of the caliber of Kefee. Am grateful to God for making it happen.
You and Kefee did a song in your new album called “Come and See”. How was it like working with her in the studio?
Well, Kefee is somebody I respect so much because she has really done well in the gospel music industry. We are from the same state (Delta) and same tribe (Urhobo), and we have so many things in common because we have been through challenges in our different ways but God has helped us to overcome them. So when I was putting together my second album, I wanted to do a collabo with someone who is far ahead of me, someone I can learn from and draw from his/her wealth of experience in the music industry. So I talked with my producer Mekoyo that I would like to do a song with Kefee and he said its okay. So we talked about the idea with her and when she came for the audio recording, she liked the song. She is like a sister to me.
You also did the video of the song with her. How long did it take to complete that video?