Why I left Banky W's record label - Singer, Niyola opens up

Talented Nigerian songwriter and singer, Eniola Akinbod popularly known as Niyola, has spoken about her experience with Banky W's record label, EME.

The 35-year-old musician stated that she signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment in 2012 but left because the record label wanted to promote her based on her sex appeal as a woman, and she wasn't comfortable with such.

In a recent interview, the 'Toh bad' crooner said, "When a female artiste wants to make music, the first thing any man will think of as a businessman is sexy…I know I'm sexy, but I am also smart. I love God, but it is also important to find a person or people who understand that.

I think that to be fair on the label, a lot of times, they just didn't see it. They are businessmen and did things as far their knowledge carried them. I should have been marketed as who I was and not just as a girl that is pretty and that can sing.

Leaving EME wasn't a happy event….it was not happy in the sense that when you invest time, your blood and all into something, you want to see it yield results, but it didn't happen as expected. It was sad for me cos I feel I should have done enough more while there. We are still friends now, though. I am friends with everyone", she said.

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