Kukere crooner, Iyanya, had a recent interview with Bolanle Olukanni, host of the Juice on Ndani TV, where he spoke on his fallout with his former friend and boss, Ubi Franklin, his move to Don Jazzy’s Mavin records and his relationship with top beautician, Freda Francis.
When asked what led to his departure from Made Men Music MMM, Iyanya said
“What people don’t know is, I didn’t sell my share. People see me and say oh why did you sell your share? I didn’t sell my shares, I left Made Men at the time because there was so much darkness. In the midst of all the wings, I decided to let that go.
When I said it was darkness, I was not myself anymore because I felt like there was no trust anymore. Because at the time I was singing I co-owned Made Men with Ubi but I later realized that my name was not in any of the forms I signed and I was broken and that was the beginning of me just saying to hell with everything” he said
The ”Your waist” crooner went on to reveal how Don Jazzy brought him into his record label, Mavin, immediately he left Ubi’s Made Men Music
“Mavin was … shout out to Jazzy… Jazzy gave me that platform to put music out because I left Made Men and I didn’t want anything from Made Men, so Jazzy just said look, man, you’ve built something over the years and starting all over is not going to be as easy as you think, so just put out music from here and work on something. So people really thought I signed to Mavin but it wasn’t like a legal signing, it was just love. And then Temple Music came, when Temple music came, I love the vision, I love the dream and I was like Okay, let me try this, and that was when I released “Up To Something,” “Hold On,” I mean,“Good Vibes. And after that, it was time for me to move, because I felt like I got to the point where I have to put out my own thing, have my own family, have my own team”.
Iyanya added that joining Don Jazzy’s record was a healing point for him after Ubi ”betrayed” him.
“That was healing for me, that was the best time of whole situation I was in, that was the best moment because Jazzy just opened his family and said look, you’re one of us and everybody just showed me that love coz it came from Jazzy. So from Jazzy to Tiwa, to Baby Fresh to everybody, it was just love and that really gave me life because, to be honest with you, I was broken. Like I was broken!” he said
On his relationship with Freda Francis, Iyanya said
”It was a great experience. Freda was amazing, a blessing to me at the time. However, when you go public now, everybody now owns the relationship. I just got to the point where I could do more. I was not done with my music. Being in a relationship was not distracting but I believe she was ready for marriage because she is very intelligent and doing well for herself. No disrespect but I am not the kind of guy that wants to be with a woman because she is doing well and then I forget I have my own goals. It was a way for me to sort my life now”.
Iyanya says he is not a player and that if he wants to get his ex-girlfriends back, he can. All he has to do is to show them that he is serious.
The singer said many people are working very hard to frustrate him in the music industry
”Iyanya is not quiet because Iyanyan can’t sing anymore. Iyanyan is not quiet because he doesn’t have money to do music. I am just quiet because I have got people using whatever connects they have to frustrate everything that I do”