Sonorous singer, Niniola Apata has opened up on how late Nigerian-American broadcaster, Dan Foster was one of those who inspired her to take music serious.
The ‘Addicted’ crooner made this known during a recent episode of #WithChude where she reflected on her career trajectory.
TheNewsGuru recalls that Foster, who passed away in June last year, was a former judge of the Idols (West Africa TV series).
On how Foster’s constructive feedback alongside Dede Mabiaku, inspired her to flourish, she said: “When I heard about Dan Foster’s demise, it hurt me so much because I said I was going to look for him and hug him because his words were like sandpaper. They were rough but smoothened me,” she said.
“Dede helped with my confidence and helped me realise and maintain that the voice is there. He said ‘You have it, don’t let anyone tell you don’t have it; all you can do is work on it, harness it’. I told myself after West African Idol that I was going to work on myself and be so good that no-one will be able to question my craft.”
Asked about the importance of hard work, Niniola averred: “Hard work is very important, and it will never go in vain. Just be yourself, and the world will listen to you,” she added.
Niniola recently won the female category of ‘Best Vocal Performance’ at the 14th edition of The Headies.