Mima Ikyor, a diva, hails from Benue State. This Sociology graduate of Kogi State University did her one year compulsory service at the Nigerian Port Authority in Lagos and worked with Globacom Nigeria for some years before she took a walk to pursue her passion in music. She once bagged an award for the Best Artiste Video of the year and nomination for the Best Reggae Dancehall Artiste.
Now that she is a wife and a mother, she still remembers very vividly her childhood with great nostalgia. Even before she became a teenager, she remembers that she had been blessed with a stunning figure and extra large boobs. “When I was much younger, I had hair all over my body, I knew something was abnormal and my boobs made me looked older whereas I was barely 11. That was when I started wearing bra because a lot of guys at that age kept staring at my boobs and not my face and I didn’t like it.
I got very uncomfortable that was why at that age when my mates never knew anything about bra, I had already started wearing it,” she recalled. How about music? What else does she remember about music at that tender age of 11? “I used to listen to my daddy the late honorable Ikyor sing songs by Don Williams, Kenny Rogers and lots of country music. So, I started loving songs like that and understood deep music even without beats. Growing up, Tony Braxton was on my mind, Brandy, Macy Gray and generally people with unique tunes, but now as a grown up, I get inspiration from so many successful good artistes and I don’t see myself competing with them, I just want to excel in what I’m doing. Be different and not try to be exactly as another,” she nodded. The first time she performed on the stage was awesome.
“The first time I performed, I still remember vividly, it was a Power Hoarse Event in Lagos and the event was well attended. The reception was good. I did my thing and right afterwards people came over to interview me. Paparazzi were all over me, they took some shots of me. It was simply great and I felt great too. I have always had passion for music and that was why I resigned my job with Globacom to pursue my dream which of course is music.
The money I made from Globacom, I didn’t use it to buy a car because I already had a car before I got the job. Rather I invested the money in music and I have no regrets till date that I did,” she said. The aspect of her person she likes most is her heart. “I love my heart so much. I have a good heart and I believe that my good heart sure would take me to places. That is why I see a successful and fulfilled artiste, a mother and a wife in me,” says. Whenever she is out for a glamorous outing, she puts some things into consideration just to be red-carpet ready. “I don’t do much.
I believe that sometimes too much of make-up and accessories make women appear a little trashy. This is my advise to women to let them know that small is beautiful. So, to be red-carpet ready, I just wear a dress or outfit that fits. Not too much make-up and not too much chains. I love to see very heavy stuff like that on people but I don’t feel comfortable wearing them. But I can slip into very short outfits, or very long apparels and I’m good to go,” she enthused. Her dress sense on stage? “On stage, I can wear anything, as long as I’m comfortable in it. If it is an RnB song that I want to do, I opt for a dress most of the time.
I mean tight-fitted dresses that are classy. But if it is a danceable song where I won’t be comfortable in a dress, trousers go perfectly. The style doesn’t matter so long as it is good to look at. Then my style signature is sexy and trendy. I love to appear as a lady all the time but more importantly a sexy lady,” she stressed.
People she admires are celebrities so to say. “I admire 2face Idibia a lot, I admire P Square and a whole lot of Nigerian artistes who have made Nigerians finally accept the fact that music is a decent career. In fact, I generally have respect for all the talented Nigerian artistes home and abroad,” she gesticulated. When she had a heartbreak “all I did was sing about it and the song came out great. In fact, my Benue people really loved the song. The song is the titled ‘Kanyi’. It came from my heart. I didn’t write it.
I went into the studio that day to make a different song and as the producer was playing around with some instrumentals the song just came out and that was how I sang my heart out in the song,” she said, finally.
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