Nigerian singer, Olalekan Fadeyi, popularly generally known as Azadus, who’s well-known for hit songs, reminiscent of ‘Madam’, ‘Sodiyen’ and ‘U is the one’ just lately recovered from COVID-19.
On this unique interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the previous member of the Hip hop group, Def O Clan, reveals how he turned contaminated with COVID-19 and the way he pulled by way of your complete episode
PT: How did you discover out that you just had COVID-19?
Azadus: I didn’t realise what I had was COVID-19 till my physician requested me to simply go and do the check. I had been going from one hospital to the opposite, I had been speaking to completely different docs.
I believed I used to be coping with malaria or malaria and typhoid however after some time, my physician mentioned since, sadly, we’ve not been in a position to get you up and operating, why don’t you go and test if what we’re coping with is COVID-19 or not.
That was how I went to the isolation centre and I obtained examined. Sadly, after I obtained house, the signs turned rather more intense so I had to return to the isolation centre to complain that I’ll not make it by way of the 72 hours I used to be meant to attend until my check outcome comes out.
Glory be to God, they admitted me and the outcome got here to me whereas I used to be within the isolation centre receiving remedy.
PT: And your expertise on the isolation centre?
Azadus: Sincerely, the Lagos State authorities has actually tried. Each COVID-19 affected person is handled like a king. I’m certain that the drugs which might be given to sufferers are fairly costly and the federal government would feed you within the morning, within the afternoon, and at evening. That doesn’t come low-cost. On the finish of the day, you aren’t billed one naira.
PT: Do you are feeling you would possibly break down once more?
Azadus: No, no, no, I’ve by no means felt like I would nonetheless break down. The truth is, I really feel stronger by the day and I don’t simply sit round. I strive my greatest to additionally interact myself with train, psychological, and bodily train. I strive my absolute best to remain off chilly drinks.
I don’t truly really feel sufferers who’ve been discharged should come again sick. As a substitute, I’m of the opinion that COVID-19 is a virus identical to chickenpox that infects a person as soon as in a lifetime.
PT: Did why spouse and youngsters additionally contract the virus?
Azadus: To God be the glory, they’re all secure. I strive my absolute best in ensuring that I isolate myself from them. I thank God they’re doing fairly properly. I truly really feel very sturdy. I don begin to dey play ball sef (pidgin).
I really feel sturdy and I’m very grateful to the Lagos authorities for their care and present of concern. God bless Governor Sanwo-Olu, God bless Lagos and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
PT: Is it true you might have left the music business?
Azadus: I’ve not been off the music scene, I’ve been recording and been taking part in gigs. Though I’ve different investments that took plenty of my time however now, I’m absolutely again into the leisure business.
PT: What tasks are you at the moment engaged on?
Azadus: A kind of issues that I’m doing on the second is that they’re constructing a cell app for me and the cell app is principally for proficient people who should not have the chance to showcase their expertise to the world. The app goes to assist them exhibit their abilities in an surroundings the place you might have a great deal of leisure lovers.
PT: Which of your songs has fetched you essentially the most proceeds?
Azadus: I can’t say a track generated more cash than the opposite as a result of there was no time I truly put that into consideration. Whereas recording within the studio, I’m nonetheless getting cash from the earlier recording. When the brand new one comes out, I’m making cash from the brand new one and the previous one. Take as an example, I wish to carry out, I’m going to be performing my in style tunes so they’re all getting cash for me on the similar time.
PT: Your followers can’t recover from your monster hit ‘Madam’. What actually impressed the monitor?
Azadus: I used to be dwelling in Festac on the time, I used to be courting a woman and in some unspecified time in the future, I went to see her as a result of I used to check out her on daily basis, generally within the night.
On that fateful day, it was the mum that I first noticed. The mum now indicated that she wasn’t desirous about me getting married to her daughter.
That obtained me very nervous and sad. On my means house crying like a little child, the inspiration for that track got here and that was it.
PT: COVID-19 has actually hit your business laborious. How can Nigerian musicians keep afloat this era?
Azadus: The reality is that I don’t know. I actually don’t know, however I really feel it’s a possibility for us to actually work on album gross sales and never rely on concert events and all of that. Album gross sales would have been doing properly for us at this era however sadly, pirates gained’t simply allow us to be. I believe the net sale is starting to make some sense however we’re nonetheless not midway but.
PT: Any final phrases in your followers?
Azadus: I simply obtained discharged from the COVID-19 isolation centre and I’m free from the virus. Half bread is best than puff-puff. That Garri in your own home is much better than the great meals you gained’t have the ability to eat on the hospital. My recommendation is in case you should go out, see everybody as that COVID-19 itself and wash your palms for 40 seconds (NCDC recommends 20) at least.
This masks is not only a gear. I’m sporting it to re-sensitise them, to remind them that they should at all times put on their masks. Carrying a masks ought to change into part of you.
You don’t wish to cough from 9 p.m. to six a.m. like I did. You don’t wish to use 19 tablets within the morning, 19 tablets at evening like I did. You don’t wish to be given any meal, the most effective meals and you can not elevate your hand to place the meals in your mouth. You don’t wish to see messages out of your family members and you can not even sort.
Supply: PREMUM TIMES