For music lovers, Eva is the gifted rapper that makes them pause and listen to the lyrics of her songs. Thanks to her talent, the Bowen University graduate of Computer Science appeared on the acclaimed Cypher segment during the 2012 edition of the BET HIP-HOP Awards.
Ask the guys and they will tell you that the artiste known as Eva Alordiah off stage is eye candy they would gladly stare at. Add up her sexy looks with her rapping prowess and you will understand why there is a buzz about the artiste once signed to Trybes Records.
Eva equally talked to TS Weekend about her career, love life and why she can make the first move on a guy she finds attractive.
Enjoy the excerpts from the interview...
YOU SAID PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE REAL GOLDIE. WHAT WAS THE REAL GOLDIE LIKE?
I worked with her during her Goldie and Friends tour from Ibadan to Ife. She performed in schools in that area. It was during the tour that I discovered the workaholic Goldie. She was a perfectionist. She wanted her stage attires to look good. She ensured that her performance is worth the time of the audience. Her stagecraft was phenomenal.
It is sad that all people could think of her was how to misrepresent her art. Yet, she stood by what she believed in. Here is someone that I knew for five years and she never changed her style.
She never thought of changing her style because some people didn’t like it and I admire her for this. The Goldie that I knew was such a warm, sweet, childish and vibrant girl.
NOW TELL US WHO EVA REALLY IS?
The real Eva is vastly different from the one people know. The Eva people know is ghetto, gangster and hood. The real Eva is an introvert. I like to stay at home, cook and just enjoy my time in the house. I know my fans will like to say I have cooks and maids who do my chores, but I wasn’t raised that way. My mum ensured that I am grounded.
I have been inculcated with the chore values a Nigerian child needs to excel in life. The real me puts others before herself. I am highly emotional. Unfortunately, when I step out of the house to work, I switch mode and turn to the gangster and hood person people expect me to be. I also have to get my boss-look on because in this (music) industry you have to be in control of your career. Being in control of my career is another thing I learnt from Goldie.
DON’T YOU THINK THAT SOME PEOPLE WHO SAW THE CIGAR SMOKE AND OTHER STUFF IN YOUR VIDEO WOULD WANT TO IMITATE YOU?
It would have been a different thing if I puffed a cigar in the video. But I didn’t. I wasn’t smoking and feeling the chemicals from cigar. In fact, the smoke is a special effect used by the director. The scene you are talking about has me in a hooded top with smoke swirling around me. I was in my dark zone from where I got into another scene where I was in my happy mode of making music.
DON’T YOU CHILL WITH YOUR MAN AT HOME SINCE YOU ARE NOT KEEN ON GOING OUT?
Oh!We’ve come to the part where you ask if I am single. Well, I am single. Valentine just went by and I was working on the day.
MOST PEOPLE WORKED ON VAL’S DAY BUT THEY LATER WENT OUT WITH THEIR PARTNERS. HOW ABOUT YOU?
I went to my hotel room after the show and I slept off.
WHY DIDN’T ANYONE ASK YOU OUT ON VAL’S DAY?
I don’t know. I guess they aren’t looking my way (laughter). I am single and enjoying things the way they are. Like I said, I want to have good relationship with God. I think this is the period for me to better myself and improve on my craft. I am really excited now and I just want to concentrate on my career.
WHY DO YOU RELEGATE MARRIAGE TO THE BACKGROUND WHEN IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE SO MUCH IN IT?
Oh yes, marriage is important to God. This is why he put Adam and Eve together. But I guess I have to wait till happens. This is not to say I am the kind that waits for a guy to make the first move. If I see a guy I like, I will walk up to him and tell him that ‘I think you’re cute and I like you’.
Talking about cute men, there are so many of them in Nigeria. Nigerian men are cute and I have dated them in the past. But now, it’s not just working with any guy.
TALKING ABOUT CUTE GUYS, YOU WERE ONCE LINKED TO MI. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT RELATIONSHIP?
I wasn’t romantically linked to MI. I was linked to him career wise. At some point he wanted to sign me on his record label because he liked my music. But things didn’t work out as planned. Even if you try harder, you won’t be able to link with any guy. I told you that I don’t gallivant around the place. I just do my work and I mind my business.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF LOVE?
Love is love. I really don’t know how to define it. Two years ago, I would have said, love is that thing that everyone should experience. If you asked me two months back, I would have said love doesn’t exist. So, what I am saying is that people’s opinion of love changes with what they are experiencing when you ask them. In other words love is love no matter what happens.
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED TRUE LOVE?
I don’t know which one is true or false love. I just enjoy the moment and share the time I have with someone else when it happens. I have learnt to enjoy the moment because you never know how long that person will be around. I know that God placed us here to share whatever we have with another person. I guess that is why Adam shared the garden with Eve!