I Am From Iseyin, Oyo State — Grammy Awards Winner, Angelique Kidjo (Video)

The legendary singer in an interview with Smooth FM in Lagos State disclosed that she is from Iseyin, a town in Oyo State, according to what she was told by her mother.

The 61-year-old singer who was born in Benin Republic noted that she has a lot of relatives in Nigeria even though she doesn’t visit them often.

The veteran singer said, “My Mum told me that I am from Iseyin, because when my grandfather’s great great great great father came back from Brazil, they found their roots in Iseyin.

“From my mother’s mother’s side, we have always been from Nigeria, so we have families in Abeokuta. Ibadan, Lagos, everywhere, I have cousins I haven’t seen a million years that I miss a lot.”

Angelique disclosed that she is so busy that her 29-year-old daughter, Naima, complains about it, she said “I have a hectic life, my own daughter just told on the phone yesterday ‘okay, when are you coming back home’, and I said not before November to and she said ‘don’t forget you have a daughter though.”

The Grammy winner while speaking on her love for Africa said she was not only about singing about the beauty of the continent, however, showing the happiness the people of Africa radiate.

It’s just that I love to sing. I love to bring Africa to the world. The beauty of Africa, not the music that people are very content about seeing and talking about. Africa is not about that because I grow up in a country that is poor but people were very happy.”

Kidjo added that she wants the world to see how powerful African women are, “the women of Africa are the backbone of this continent and they are beautiful. So, I want the world to see that.”

Watch the video below:


Yemi Alade Reveals Why Angelique Kidjo Defeated Wizkid At The 64th Grammys

Nigerian Afropop singer, Yemi Alade has taken to the microblogging platform to reveal why Beninese legendary singer, Angelique Kidjo’ s “Mother Nature” album won Best Global Music Album at the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony.

viponlys understands that Angelique Kidjo defeated four Nigerian artistes namely Wizkid with his Made In Lagos Deluxe album, Femi and Made Kuti with Legacy + album including Burnaboy, all nominated in the same category.

Yemi Alade, who is now a Grammy winner as a result of her collaboration with Angelique, said Kidjo’s Mother Nature album deserved to win the Best Global Music Album award at the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony.

The singer made this known by retweeting a post on Twitter by @PapiWater, explaining that “Mother Nature” celebrated Africans’ uniqueness and victims of the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and climate change.

The post read, “Angelique Kidjo dropped an album in which the headline song talked about the dangers of climate change-induced disasters (that the West is worried about) and how it will impact Africa more but you are wondering why she won a Grammy for that body of work.

“Stop playing. Please take your time to listen to the album. Listen to Africa, One of a Kind and Mother Nature. Drop your Pangolo expectations before you listen to them so you can enjoy good music”