Nina Orji is a gospel musician, a broadcaster and a motivational speaker, she talks to teenagers to inspire them, this serves as her own way of contributing to the society and impacting her world. In a brief discussion with TOP SOCIETY, she let us into how she became a gospel musician.
Tell us, who is Nina?
My name is Nina Orji, I am from Abriba, a place called ‘Small London’ in Abia State. I am from a family of seven and I happen to be the fourth. I had my primary school education in Jos, Plateau State where I was born and brought up by my parents. And I schooled at Abia State University where I studied Government and Public Administration. Thereafter, I moved on to work with an Engineering company in Port Harcourt as a procurement and logistics officer, later I left the company and started doing business like buying and selling of jewelries. But in the process of doing business, being a Christian, I had always loved to sing and serve God which I do enjoy for the sake of passion only to discover that I am more than this. Something kept telling me I needed to impact lives. So, that made me moved closer and closer to God, I left my normal Christian life until the Holy Spirit made it clear to me that I need to go into music. Music happens to be the number one thing I sought after because I took it personal with God. The spirit of God led me into singing gospel songs. Though, I could not sing very well but thank God I was able to do a song and within a short time my album came out and it was fine and the album is like a stepping stone for me in life. So that gives me the confidence to keep going, because the album has blessed so many lives around me. The message in my album is life and filled with the power of God that is why it is affecting lives positively.
What is the title of your album?
The first album is titled “Beauty Is In The Heart”, that Beauty In The Heart actually came as a result of what I went through when I left work, it affected my person, my mood and general ways of life. So when changes occurred, everything went to normal and I have a sense of direction as a result of this transformation. So beauty is really from the heart and not within.
How many albums have you released so far?
I have done basically three albums. Two on promotion while the third one is the one I am currently working on now. The one I am promoting now is Divine Articulation.
What gives you inspiration musically?
My inspiration comes from within because when I meditate, I read , analyze what God can do, my personal experiences with God and challenges around me, all gives birth to a song. In my latest album, there is a particular song that really hit the market and stood out as a blessing because of the message in it, the song is IMELA. Imela came from a prayer, whenever I am down and I play the song, it lifts my spirit and I am encouraged.
What are the challenges so far in this music industry?
Challenge is not what comes and go it is an assignment for another level because when I started I did not have so much money, I started out of so much challenges and trials. I was at the stage of why me? Why all these things are happening to me? The challenges made me to go personal with God. The word “Challenge” to me means an assignment for another level. Even as I am seated here there is so much I want to do and all that. So, I call them assignments for the next level. If a situation is so tough for me, I look at what I can do at that moment to resolve it and let it go. Even president Buhari has his own challenges where he is. Challenges are always there, it all depends on how it is been managed or handled.
What other things do you do apart from music?
I do motivational talk show. I love motivating people. Though I have not formalized it as an NGO, but the way it is going for now, Nina Orji is a brand. I believe in motivating and transforming lives. I motivate anybody I come in contact with, in year 2015, a vision for a talk show came up. And the Nina Orji motivational brand came. So I have been doing motivational shows beyond my world even beyond my expectation. My motivational talk at times goes on internet and people see it and they are blessed. I have a project on the vision on how to organize people for a live meeting on a motivational talk show. I want to make a live impact, a one on one talk show that will benefit people positively.
Though I have not formalized it as an NGO, but the way it is going for now, Nina Orji is a brand. I believe in motivating and transforming lives. I motivate anybody I come in contact with, in year 2015, a vision for a talk show came up. And the Nina Orji motivational brand came. So I have been doing motivational shows beyond my world even beyond my expectation. My motivational talk at times goes on internet and people see it and they are blessed. I have a project on the vision on how to organize people for a live meeting on a motivational talk show. I want to make a live impact, a one on one talk show that will benefit people positively.
Is the gospel music business lucrative?
There is a way it goes. It is a step by step thing. To me your popularity and fame comes first before patronage. It is lucrative when you make your impact and awareness and if it is accepted people will buy your product. Before, people do not buy my product, but now there is a good patronage, because I have made impact and there is great patronage and the business is lucrative.
Tell us about your marital life. Are you married?
I do not want to go into that aspect for now.
Ok, do you believe in true love?
Sure I believe in love. Everybody has an element of love in him or her. There is true love it does exist between a man and a woman. Talk of the agape love and the general love. if you are talking about true love, yes it exist, it Is just that the society that we are in, there are so many distractions for example, a guy might be in a relationship and tends to satisfy his woman, he is still telling his woman about a woman he dated few years back or just met and how they had nice moments together, do you call that true love? Will the lady still want to be with that person? There is True love that is not blinded by frivolity, and all of that, there is a lot of misunderstanding of what true love in our society or game of the moment, true love exists and it exists from the heart. Why will a man be with a woman in the house sleeping with you on the same bed and his heart is not there with you. Why will a woman do that too?, it is a misunderstanding. This time, people value personal interest than general interests. So as far as I am concerned, true love must radiate love for everyone around you.
Where should we expect from Nina Orji in the next five years?
Expect Nina Orji all over the world. Seriously, I am working on what I can give back to the society. It is something one cannot ignore, I see need for the general society, I went on a tour and I saw a need of the society. I know that as long as Nina is sure of having something the society need, Nina will just be an expansion, a day by day expansion of human needs because the society is lost and they are lost because some people are silent and shying away , I refuse to shy away, I have made up my mind not to be. Nina is just going to be there to help transform the society because, so many things are wrong in the society, Nina Orji is seeing the need to motivate and make impact in her world at large.
What can you say about the Nigeria gospel music industry?
Sincerely speaking, without being biased I will like to give credit to some men of God in this society. There was a time in this society when gospel music was a trash, but some people brought the message on board and changed things the likes of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome who has helped young gospel artistes to discover themselves and eradicate noisy and senseless songs. The place of gospel today cannot be compared with secular music. Gospel music has taken a different dimension in Nigeria talking about the style and lyrics. I find myself in gospel music and it is a kind of music which is free from irrelevant stuff. So everyone wants to be identified with gospel music.
What is your advice for upcoming gospel artistes in Nigeria?
I want to say to them that they should take it easy and never be in a hurry to embark on a project. Most youth go into gospel music because they think is a trendy thing, I want them to know that they cannot go far without knowing and having a close relationship with God who is their source of being. Youth should take it step by step and discover one’s ability and strength. The important thing is to know where you are led in the spirit and follow it carefully. When God is your source of inspiration, the career is going to last.