Tijjani Gandu came into the music industry on a lucky note. His first album “Yarmaye” was received with massive success when it was released into the market. Though the singer posted a serious loss because he hired a First Class Director, Sadiq Mafia to direct the album for him this paid off because the music became successful instantly.
However, the commercial part of it has left a lot of concerns for the upcoming artists. Last week Tijjani Gandu who is the official political singer for Kwankwasiyya Political Movement spoke with Neptune Prime’s correspondent, Saleh Inuwa on his challenges and successes.
EXCERPTS OF THE INTERVIEW
Neptune Prime:- Tijjani how did you become a musician?
Tijjani: All along I have been thinking of contributing my quota in eradicating social vices, like prostitution, stealing, armed banditry, drug consumption and taking of other local stimulants like codeine, by our youths. I can only do that through massive enlightenment, so that was why I became a singer to create awareness within the society so that our youths will look for creative jobs to do.
NP:- Your first album, “Yarmaye” which was produced and directed by Sadiq Mafia was successful and well accepted by society, but we heard that it did not fetch you enough money?
Tijjani: Am happy you said it was well accepted, before that particular album nothing was known about me. When I hit the music market with that album which had several very interesting tracks, people were looking for me all over to either contract me to compose songs for them or to partner with me for other ventures especially politicians, but the truth is that I have a political godfather that I always promote his political movement, that is Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso the leader of Kwankwasiyya Movement.
NP:- When did PDP Governorship Candidate Engineer Abba Kabiru Yusuf whom you so much promoted during the campaign period lost the governorship to Ganduje, you released series of songs insisting that the PDP candidate was the winner, what actually happened?
Tijjani: You have been in Kano since 1999 and all these people you are talking about were followers of our great leader Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso before Ganduje became Governor, he was massively assisted by our leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement that made it easy for him to defeat other political parties in 2015.
But in 2019, we went into an election in which our candidate Engineer Abba Kabiru Yusuf defeated the incumbent Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje but in what looks like magic they came up with new grammar in elections “Inconclusive” and shifted the election by one week, and brought almost all the Nigerian Police to Kano to rig the election in Ganduje’s favour and we were denied our well-deserved victory. We are coming back Insha Allah in 2023 when our leader lost his father you have seen how Nigerians in their thousands are visiting his Miller Road Resident, the Senate President was there, Emir of Kano Dr Aminu Ado Bayero was there Tuesday morning, in fact, you cannot find a space to sit if you visit Kwankwaso’s House, several Governors were there but unfortunately, Ganduje was nowhere to be found, we read in the media that he is on vacation with his family in Dubai then.
NP:- Tell us in material terms what you can count as things you got through music?
Tijjani: If not because of music you won’t be here interviewing me as a celebrity. I am happily married with children, financially am not doing badly. For me to be personally recognized by Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as his official political musician and the patronage I received from his followers, in terms of contacting me to promote their political career is enough laurel for me, age is on my side and the sky is the beginning of my success, I am hoping to be part of Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s Presidential Team in 2023 by the grace of God.