Bukky Wright’s son grants his first media interview

Up and coming artiste, Ojay Wright, is
the son of popular Nigerian actress, Bukky Wright. In this interview
with Saturday Beats, the young lad talks about his career, love life and
relationship with his famous mother

How would you describe your genre of music?
I don’t really have a specific genre of
music but if I am to classify my kind of sound, I would call it afro-pop
which is more or less the new school sound that we have today.
What does your new song, Kritical265, mean?
To be honest, the number, 265, has
nothing to do with the title of the song. It so happens that when the
person that produced the song wanted to save it on his system, he just
included the number 265 after Kritical and I liked how it looked, so I
decided to title the song, Kritical 265, just the way it was saved on
the producer’s system.
You started out as an R‘n’B singer, why did you switch to singing high tempo commercial songs?
It is true but these days, everybody is
saying that it is the ‘streets’ that fetch the money; so we had to do a
club song for the street. That is what the public wants. I can make such
songs but it is just not my style. I am someone who loves to get out of
my comfort zone and that is why I made a song that people can dance to.
However, when it comes to making music, you have to be able to
diversify. I remember about 10 years ago when it was mostly foreign
songs that were played on the radio and in clubs. But today, things have
changed. Nigerians now demand for songs that they can relate to. Nobody
wants foreign music anymore. The market basically pressured me into
delivering a ‘club’ song to Nigerians.
So what is happening to your career as an R‘n’B singer?
I already have some songs in that genre
but everything is a process and everything takes time. For instance, my
next song is very different from Kritical265. It tilts towards R‘n’B.
Why do you sound like Davido?
Personally, if you ask me, a lot of
songs produced in Nigeria are all similar and they sound alike.
Everybody is trying to make the same up tempo beat with the same type of
‘street’ lyrics. If you listen to some of the songs being produced
today, you will notice that some of the lyrics are being recycled. So,
if they say I sound like Davido, I am not bothered. Inasmuch as we are
all making the same type of music and everybody is using the same type
of beat, I think in some months’ time, we would be able to differentiate
my sound from other artistes’. I am working very hard to stay in this
industry and as the son of Bukky Wright; I can confidently say that I am
here to change the game.
What school did you attend?
I went to Rutgers University, New Jersey, America, and I studied Biological Sciences and I graduated in 2014.
You keep mentioning your mother’s name in your music, how about your father?
My father is very supportive of my
career. Initially, he did not know what I was doing till he read it in
the papers. He called me shortly to ask what I was doing and said that
he heard that I was screaming my mother’s name in my songs. At first, he
was not supportive because he was offended that I did not inform him
before I decided to make music a career. But he is fully in support of
my career now. Also, we had some personal issues we were sorting out at
the time and because of that I didn’t want to involve him initially. But
right now, he is trying to help the brand grow. I don’t think he is
really bothered about the fact that I call my mother’s name in my songs.
The reality is that she is my mother and he should be happy for me.
But normally children of the rich and famous hardly leverage on their parents’ name in this industry…
I am deliberately leveraging on my
mother’s name. Initially I did not want to but things are getting really
tough in the music industry especially since the new guys like Wizkid
and Davido came into the picture. It is really tough for you to ‘blow’
nowadays. When I started out, I avoided using my mother’s name and I did
not want to have anything to do with her when it came to my music. But
when I came into the country last year, I had several meetings with
public relations executives and we realised that the best thing to do is
to use what you have to get what you want. When everybody finally pays
attention to me, I can show my fans the reason I am into music. I am not
really bothered that I leverage on my mother’s name because I tried
things the other way and it did not get me anywhere.
You are signed on to your
mother’s record label and you are also fond of mentioning her name in
your songs. Don’t you think people would see you as a ‘mummy’s boy’?
To be honest, I don’t care. I really
don’t care if people see me as ‘mummy’s boy’ because I want to make
music and I think people should pay more attention to my music rather
than my relationship with my mother.
But if you are perceived as a
‘mummy’s boy’ and you sing songs for the ‘streets’, don’t you think
there would be a conflict of character when your fans think about your
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a street
boy but I am making a record for the street. These are two different
things. If you want to perceive me as a street guy, that would be a
wrong notion; but if you perceive me as a ‘mummy’s boy’ making music for
the street, then that is a much better description. I am not a street
guy so people should not get things confused.
If you were not a musician, what would you have become in life?
If I was not singing I would have been
in medical school right now. I was supposed to be there in September,
2014 but music brought me back home and we made a collective decision
that it is time to focus on the music. I have two degrees now and I am
not rushing to get another one because I am still very young. I am just
22 years old. However, you never know what the future holds.
Have you cancelled your dreams of becoming a doctor?
No, I have not. That is why I said that you never know what the future holds but for now, my focus is on the music.
Are you in a relationship?
No I am single. I have female friends but none of them is my girlfriend.
If you are given a chance to date a Nigerian celebrity, who would it be?
Nobody, I am not attracted to anyone of them.
When it comes to women, what is your ‘spec’?
I like ‘thick women’ with big butt. I would say that Yemi Alade is alright.
Have you ever had sex?
Yes, I have.

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