TM Ng: LISTENING TO BROKEN TO PEACE, I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING THAT YOU DRAW SO MUCH INSPIRATION FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND THOSE AROUND YOU. TELL US YOUR MOST INTIMATE EXPERIENCES SHARED ON THE ALBUM. I’M INTERESTED ESPECIALLY IN YOUR HEART BREAK STORY AS SHARED ON “YOU LEFT ME” (5 YEARS IS NOT 5 DAYS) AND THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STORY BEHIND “MISTER MACHO MAN” (FLOWER TODAY, PUNCH TOMORROW? COME ON!!!!). I BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH SIMILAR EXPERIENCES AND WILL FOLLOW THE SOLUTIONS YOU PROFFER HERE.
Jessica: I think “Do you remember me” is my most intimate experience shared on the album. It’s also the first time I almost cried in the studio while recording a song. I think I may have actually cried. When my producer, Atts Lenell Otigba added guitar to that song, I got really emotional. The song is about a long lost love that has now become a stranger. It just makes me sad. I’ve performed it live once and I almost cried during the performance. Lol, clearly, I need a grip on myself.
“You left me” wasn’t about me. It was a friend’s experience but I can relate to it a lot because I have experienced that sort of confusing rejection in the past.
“Mister macho man” is the letter I never wrote to my friend’s very abusive ex-husband. The flower and punch analogy is quite literal actually. Most abusers, after the act of abusing, come back to apologize to the woman. He brings gifts and flowers, she accepts the apology hoping that he changes his ways but he doesn’t and repeats the act again, then comes back to beg again… It’s a cycle. I really just wanted to speak to the conscience of “Mister macho man”. Domestic violence is inexcusable. There is no justification for it whatsoever. I really pray a Mister Macho man out there hears this song and is touched by it.
Definitely a restaurateur. I love to cook. It’s my other “thing” after music.
TM Ng: WHAT CAN YOU CATEGORIZE AS YOUR WORST LOSS EVER?
Jessica: It would definitely be the passing of my cousin.
TM Ng: ARE YOU IN LOVE? TELL US ABOUT IT.
Jessica: No, I’m not. But I think love is the most beautiful thing ever and I pray it finds me one day.
TM Ng: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR MOST EXCITING MUSICAL MOMENT?
Jessica: Definitely releasing my debut album “Broken to peace” independently. Also, the opportunity to open for Bez Idakula at his Abuja concert last year. He’s one of my favorite Nigerian musicians.
TM Ng: WHO IS MAMA ENE?
Jessica: Mama Ene represents the strong, hardworking, independent woman who cares about everybody else but herself. Mama Ene is my mother, my grandmother, my great grandmother, my aunties, my sisters, and my friends. She is a mother who tends to nurture not just her own but others too. She’s the woman who cries herself to sleep desperately asking God to come through for her but never ever lets anyone around her see those tears. She’s courageous, she’s a protector, she’s bold, she’s a hard worker, she’s hopeful, and she will do anything for her loved ones. She smiles even when times are really tough. She’s the woman who is working 3 jobs, (none of which she’s passionate about, because at this point, she doesn’t care about herself that much anymore) just so she can send her children to school or ensure that they have 3 square meals. She’s the woman who is up at 4:30 am to grind her beans so that she can be out at 5:30 am to start selling akara. Baby in one hand, frying spoon in the other…. Mama Ene is the real MVP!! We all know a Mama Ene.
TM Ng: WHAT’S NEXT TO EXPECT FROM YOU? (LOCAL/INT’L COLLABORATIONS, VIDEOS OFF THE ALBUM, NEW SINGLES, ETC).
Jessica: Videos from a few songs off the album, by the grace of God and maybe some new music. There are definitely a few people I would love to collaborate with.
TM Ng: IF YOU WERE NOT A MUSICIAN, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN? DO YOU HAVE A SECOND CHOICE CAREER PATH?
Jessica: Definitely a restaurateur. I love to cook. It’s my other “thing” after music.
Jessica’s Favorite Naija artistes: Simi, Asa, Bez, Brymo and Praiz.
Jessica’s top 3 wishful collaborations include: Praiz, Chance the rapper and Ed Sheeran.
Did you know Jessica is a sucker for pasta? She’s down for any pasta dish that is creamy, meaty and cheesy. When she was asked her favorite drink, she replied; “I don’t think I have a favorite drink. Um, maybe a virgin strawberry daiquiri”
How Jessica enjoys her leisure: “Travel, lunch with the girlies, my precious alone time with God and listening to music.”
Interviewer: Nwokolo Chibuzo @itsnbuzz
Stylist: Rotimi Alabi @rotimialabi
Photography: Debbin Studio @Debbinphotography
Make Up: Adeyemi Barbara @demme_b.a
Creative Director: Fisayo Agunbiade @skaterboifis
Videography: Adetolani Aderibigbe @ara_hub
Logistics: Lovelyn Okoro @lovelynpearl
Location: Bheerhugz Café.
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