Moses Obi Adigwe, 22 year old winner of the Nigerian Idol 3 competition, is the new sensation in the music industry with the release of three of his songs. In this interview, he speaks about the competition that brought him to limelight, among others
Weekly Trust: It’s been five months since you won the Nigerian Idol 3. How has it been?
Moses Obi Adigwe: Life since the show has been amazing. It’s like I’m living out my very own fairytale with an awesome happily ever after. It’s been an amazing four months since that faithful day when I was announced as the winner of the show and each and every day I thank God for the wonderful people who voted for me and made this dream come true.
For wining you got a whooping prize of N7.5million, a sports car and a music contract. What have you done with all that money?
The prize package is amazing isn’t it? Well with the cash prize I’ve been able to relocate to Lagos and set up myself nicely. Pay my Tithes and look after my family. The remaining is being invested both in my music and other things. It isn’t really wise to spend all the money at a blow, an opportunity comes but once so I have to be wise in spending the money.
Did you plan to be a musician or it was just something that happened by chance?
I’ve always truly wanted to be a musician, tour the world and perform with the top artistes. I used to dream of the glam and the fame and sometimes in my room I’d pretend I was on stage in front of thousands of fans and perform my heart out. Music has always been in me for as long as I can remember. Right from when I was a toddler playing in the mud in my underwear with my dogs running around me I used to sing this little rhyme I made up. As the years progressed I got better and better at it and joined the choir in church and groomed my voice. I’d say I was around 12 when I first thought of music as a profession and I’ve kept that dream alive through the years and finally it came through.
What prompted you to go in for the competition?
I’d always been in love with the idols show worldwide and I’d sit and follow each episode and sing along with the contestants on television. One day it clicked to me that I would want to be on the Idol stage one day. So right after school I heard the auditions were coming to town and decided to try it out and hoped for the best. Today the rest is history.
What was your experience on the competition like?
The show was an awesome once in a lifetime experience. From stage to stage, eviction to eviction it was intriguing, stressing and fun. Making new friends, learning new tips and techniques all in one show was awesome. Getting the chance to associate with legends and celebrities was just epic. I had a lot of fun in the house and some crazy times with the contestants. I don’t regret any moment in the competition.
Who amongst the contestants would you want to work with in the future and why?
I think I’d like to work with Efezino. I love her voice and I think we’d be able to come up with some pretty nice music.
At a point you were evicted from the competition but somehow you were brought back. How did that make you feel?
When I got evicted during the top 30 stage of the show it hurt quite a bit but I just decided to move on with my life. I refused to be brought down by it and let it get to me. Then a few weeks later I got the call that the judges wanted me back on the wildcard show and I was so excited and grateful for that opportunity. For me I see every disappointment in life as a blessing and this instance was one of them.
Is there anything you miss about being the ‘Moses’ you were before you won Nigerian Idol?
And what would that be? For the most part I don’t really miss much about the old me because I’ve tried to maintain who I am and still keep it real. However, sometimes I do miss being able to some things in public because it’s almost like everywhere I am there’s someone who recognizes me from the show. But I love every second of it.
While in the competition, who did you see as your greatest threat?
During the show everybody was fair game and we had an equal chance of being evicted but one of the people who had me worried was Abasiakan. I considered him to be the next best singer after me and that always made me strive to have a better performance than everyone else. I always turned to do that extra thing that would make my performance stand out. He was my greatest threat in the game.
How did you come about being called ‘Moses the teddy bear’?
For the answers about the name “Teddybear” you’d have to ask Jeffery Daniels and Femi Kuti because they were the ones who nicknamed me. But the name fit perfectly with my personality and stature. They would always refer to me as ‘the chubby cute sweet guy with the amazing voice’. And somehow the name has stuck with me even after the show. I walk down the street and people call me teddy and when I introduce myself they say “no, that’s not your name from the show, you are teddy bear” it’s funny most times.
You recently released three new singles. How have they fared so far?
I released three songs. Number 1, Love In the air and Love letter ft. Eva Alordiah and so far the reception has been amazing. We’ve had thousands of downloads and lots of great reviews. I really thank God for his grace on my music. Each song is different in style and direction and each represents a different side of who I am as a person and as an artist.
What inspired the songs?
‘Love in the air’ was written on a beautiful sunny day, the kind of day that promises a lot of things. I wrote Number 1 a while ago when I saw this really happy couple and I thought of myself in that kind of relationship and sang to my mystical partner. Sounds crazy right! Love letter was written in the middle of an inflated crush on someone who shall forever remain anonymous.
How was growing up like?
I grew up in a family of four kids and I was the youngest child so that was a trip on its own. My dad was pretty strict and he was clergy also. I went to Command Secondary School in Abuja, then went on to study Political Science and Public Administration in the University of Benin. I graduated last year.
What do you miss about your growing up days?
What I miss most about being a kid is just being a kid. There is this freedom which you are naturally entitled to as a child. I miss that a lot. Being a kid is awesome, its one stage in my life that I would love to have again.
How did your parents take the news of your win?
My parents were ecstatic when they heard I won. Rumor has it my dad couldn’t sit still for hours. It’s amazing and a blessing having that kind of support from my family. I wouldn’t have gone far in the competition if I did not have their support and blessings.
Now that you are a superstar do you plan on furthering your studies?
I might go on to study for my masters’ degree sometime in the future but right now I am very focused on building a successful music career.
What embarrassing moments have you had since you won the competition?
You want to end my career before it starts shey! I am not spilling about any embarrassing moments, at least not now. Wait till my ten year anniversary or something. But for now, I’m not sharing embarrassing stories yet.
Success sometimes comes with its challenges. What has been yours so far?
I think so far I wouldn’t call anything I’ve been through a challenge. It’s been difficult coming this far but then again nothing good comes easy. It’s definitely not been all sweet and rosy since the show ended but each hurdle has helped me grow and become stronger. It’s really not been easy getting to this point where I have three amazing songs rocking the airwaves with the videos coming out shortly and still maintaining balance. But I thank God for His grace and also for my family, friends and fans. Without them there would be no me today.