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How M. I Banky W Dragged Me From Abject Poverty, Masterkraft Reveals As He Launch Debut Album


​Most likely the name Sunday Ginikachukwu Nweke would not ring a bell but once Masterkraft is mentioned, then most of Banky W , Flavour, and Phyno ’ s hit songs would come to mind.

No doubt, the ever smiling music producer is one of the best on the continent especially as he just concluded works with rave -of – the- moment American singer, Jason Derulo , but life has not always been a bed of roses for the beat maker .

In a chat with shortly after the debut album launch , he hinted that he was born into abject poverty and life as a child in Ajegunle was like sleeping in thorns.

“ Growing up in Ajegunle was an experience for me because I was raised in abject poverty . The only thing that gave me joy was music especially because I was born in a white garment church . Playing music in church gave me hope . At a point in my life, I had to hawk ; I sold ‘ pure water ’ , tin tomato and also tissue paper , that is just to mention a few . At a time, I had to work as a houseboy just to survive and I did that for about two years . Then I complained to my father that I did not like the job and that I wanted to come back home. When I got back home, I began to play the piano . That ’ s when I began to produce music. My childhood was very tough and challenging but I am grateful to God that none of those things hindered my future, ” the beat maker said .

Although he was a brilliant kid who dreamt of becoming an accountant, his hopes were unknowingly shattered by his parents even though he had a scholarship to attend two schools. He said , “ I was a very intelligent student as a child and I remember that when I took my common entrance examination, I was the number one student in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government and the government gave me scholarship to two schools but my parents did not know the meaning of scholarship. I tried to explain it to them but they preferred that I serve under an ‘ oga ’ for about six years . They believed that as soon as I was done , they would open a shop for me at Idumota and I would be selling jewellery . That was how I was not able to go to school and I went to serve someone for two years. ”

Luck smiled his way in the guise of MI and Banky W , who he said gave him a breakthrough in his career . Masterkraft also acknowledged the role Kenny Ogungbe played in his life via his Kennis Music record label .

“ I taught myself how to play the piano and I thought I would become a mogul by just playing the piano till I met a friend that played instruments. He went for Star Quest and won , so he wanted me to produce for their group . At the time , when you won Star Quest , you would be signed under Kennis Music. When I did the first two songs for them , Kenny Ogungbe liked it and that was how I became a part of Kennis Music label . That was in 2009. The turning point for me was when I produced a song and they needed a rap artiste on the song; so they called MI . He came to the studio , listened to the sound and asked if the song was produced in Nigeria . He later asked to see me. Instantly he called Banky W and told him about me . Banky tried calling me but I did not know it was him , so I did not pick his call, that was how he sent me a text message and I was so excited when I got the text. The next day , Banky W came and he told me about a song he was working on and in less than 30 minutes , I was done with the beat . He was so amazed that he promised that my name would be everywhere and that was how I made it to his album. I saw myself in the newspapers and it was Banky W that paid for it . From there , I started working with EME and I was the vocal coach for Wizkid and Skales, ” Masterkraft said .

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