- Up-and-coming Nigerian rapper and hypeman King Zephyr talks about his career, his family and the growth of the entertainment industry in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State
- Zephyr also shares a unique experience he will never forget he had with his friend, the famous sketch maker Mr Funny, aka Sabinus.
- He also spoke about his love for hip-hop and why the genre is struggling in Nigeria right now.
Multi-talented young presenter, rapper and hypeman Inebiri Theophilus Bubaralayefa, better known by his stage name King Zephyr, talks about his childhood, family, career and the lifelong friendships the entertainment industry gave him gave data that he would cherish forever.
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The Bayelsa State-born hype talks about his career and why he focuses on just two elements of his career as an artist:
“Two things caught my attention, the presentation and the hype. Believe me, a man who masters both acts can do a lot, like organizing events and many more.”
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The rise of the entertainment industry in Port-Harcourt
Zephyr spoke about the explosive growth the entertainment industry has seen in the Rivers State Capital over the past decade. He declared Port Harcourt as the Lagos of the south.
Zephyr has revealed the driving force behind the growth of the entertainment industry in PH which has produced Sabinus, Omah Lay, Iyanya, Tacha and Ajebo Hustlers etc.
“PH is like the Lagos of the south. No city can compete with Lagos, not even Abuja with all the money. Lagos is still Lagos. However, there are a thousand and one talents here in the south. And the hunger here for succeeding is more because resources are limited in terms of support and opportunities for people to showcase themselves.Entertainment in PH is built incrementally through the collaborative efforts of young people who give it the impetus.Most of our elders are more concerned with politics than investing in entertainment as is happening in Lagos.”
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Mastering my art as a presenter and hypeman
“One thing that all of these jobs have in common is that they involve speaking. I’m always in this art of mastering my craft and improving myself. Another thing is the composure you have to put in, I can’t give the hypeman vibe when hosting a business summit. I train and create the environment in my head based on the type of event I have, then boom! I’m out.”
Growing up with Sabinus and getting to know him before fame
King Zephyr also opened up about his relationship with famous comic book and sketch creator Sabinus. He revealed that Mr Funny was once a rapper. He shared what it was like growing up with him in the entertainment industry in Port Harcourt:
“I will always refer to Sabinus as my guy because he’s a good man who doesn’t let success ruin his relationship with the people he grew up with in the entertainment industry. As a rapper, we have had a few gigs together. I was also one of the people who kept him going at his very first “Oh My Ribs” event back then at Uniport. He’s my guy and he’s a good man. I know him For years. “
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The hypeman also shared that Mr. Funny has always been a person who hates being tricked and would fight with the last drop of blood in his body if someone tried to harvest it.
He shared a story about a particular incident where Oga Sabinus led an uprising and made sure to get paid alongside other artists at the event after performing at a show:
“Once we were invited to a show in PH and we were promised to be paid after the show but the organizers ran away with our money, he slept at the hotel reception. Myself, Dandizzy, Mr Funny, Zenlifestyle and others. No be small wahala that night. Funny was like the leader of the gang who seriously wiggled for our money, no small cry that night. Later in the morning, N10 ,000 was brought to all of us and Funny found a way to share among everyone.
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Why hip-hop is struggling in Nigeria
Zephyr also talked about hip-hop, his third love, in addition to the hype and presentation:
“Hip-hop is struggling in Nigeria and it will continue to be so because it’s actually not our culture. You can’t say that the juju, highlife and afrobeat muaic that won more fans in recent years are struggling in Nigeria because it’s our culture and what doesn’t belong to you can’t be fully utilized hip hop is a borrowed culture from black Americans you see I’ll give it away to the Nigerians for even keeping it up to this point.
Women play an important role in a man’s rise and fall, so I’m always careful in my relationship with them:
“Lol I’m currently in a relationship and for a man who wants to hit and get the title of success, a woman is enough. I mostly convert them into friends because women play a major role in uplifting men and also bringing them up down.”
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Mr Funny ‘Oga Sabinus’ Confirms He Was In Horrific Car Crash, Says He’s Safe
Fans and followers of famous skit creator and actor Oga Sabinus, better known as Mr Funny, have flooded social media to react to an article about a horrific car crash he was involved in.
A Twitter user identified as Ajebo Danny shared the report while posting a photo of Sabinus’ new Benz.
However, the famous skit maker released a statement through his social media platforms calming the nerves and anxiety of his fans. He revealed in his message that he was safe and sound.