Nigerian-born DJ and music producer, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, also known as DJ Cuppy, is a phenomenal personality who has taken the disk jockey trade to another level.
Cuppy, who is the second out of four children of billionaire Femi Otedola, has managed to carve a niche for herself in the Nigerian music industry.
Cuppy, resident in London, started her music career when she was 16 and has risen rapidly over the years. The 22-year old is a tourism ambassador, CEO as well as patriotic citizen of Nigeria.
The philanthropic artiste is passionate about the well being of her female kin and never relents when she is called upon to influence change and growth that is beneficial to them. In this interview, she talks about her love for Nigeria and her new album.
How did you come about the name DJ Cuppy?
DJ Cuppy is a name that actually came as a result of my love for cupcakes and pastries. As a young person, I have always had massive sweet tooth so, after a while, my friends and family began to call me Cupcake and from Cupcake, they called me Cubs, Cupito, etc.
I think my brand is so versatile; so even though I used to name myself DJ Cupcake when I was 16, I decided that when I went into this full time, I would be known as Cuppy. Then, I won’t feel like I am constrained. So that’s where Cuppy came from.
Why did you choose to become a DJ?
I chose to become a DJ because of my passion for music. I think that everything one does should be passion-driven. I always say when you find a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life. I love the fact that I’m doing what I love to do.
I think for me, it’s amazing that I get to be involved in education at the same time so, I’m also building myself as a young African woman and learning entrepreneurial skills. I also think it’s a fantastic time to be a DJ and a fantastic time to be a Nigerian.
How do you handle criticism based on your family background? Do you think your father’s position in the oil sector influenced your fast
rise to the limelight?
It’s so easy to get distracted by the background.
A lot of people don’t focus on what really matters, which is music. It is something I battle with; most of the time, people are most obsessed with my family and background. My dad is a fantastic father and he is such a great supporter and challenger. He pushes me.
I remember when I first said I wanted to be a DJ. He said, “You can DJ but you have to be the best at it.” I think having that high level of expectation there is great. As the saying goes: to whom much is given, much is expected.
I think I have that behind me. I think after a while, it’s starting to show that my music and my talent speak for themselves. It’s fantastic and I’m so blessed to have such support from home.
Credit – Vanguard