Nigerian singer, Dice Ailes who broke into the music scene with his hit single, ‘Ella’ has in a recent chat opened up on his meeting with Nigerian billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola.
The Nigerian singer who recently released a track titled ‘Otedola’ during the recent chat also denied being paid to sing the song.
Speaking to Sunday Scoop, the singer, signed to Chocolate City records said: “Whatever you do, people will always have their reservations and opinions, but I didn’t do the song to get money from Otedola or to get close to his family. I was just having fun. Surprisingly, upon releasing the song, I got to meet Otedola and he gave me a lot of money. I am also close to the family members and I call him on the telephone whenever I like. I didn’t plan for all these as some people have said.”
Speaking on the inspiration behind the single, Dice Ailes said: “Like I said earlier, I wasn’t paid to sing about Otedola. In the song, I was calling many names.
“I was just looking for iconic names that would bring out the best in the song. Since I was talking about money and Otedola is a billionaire, I felt I should use his name. Honestly, anything could have been the title of the song, but I settled for Otedola because it was one of the first names I mentioned while singing.”
Speaking on his first meeting with the oil tycoon and father to another Nigerian celebrity, DJ Cuppy, the singer said: “Before the song, I never had the chance to meet Otedola. But a few days after I released it, I saw him. I was just asking questions because I wanted to know many things. The first question I asked was how he made his wealth. He just laughed and told me that ‘if you are striving to get rich, you may never get rich’.
“Being with the billionaire made me realise that you could be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it. The song is a blessing to me because it has brought me closer to some icons.”