PASUMA @ 40: I'M STIL SCARED OF MARRIAGE
Fuji music act, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, will be 40 years old on 27 November. He spoke with us about his life, the ongoing 'Celebrity Take 2' contest and other issues.
Q: You are are modelling and at the same time, a successful artiste. Now, do you have any intention to go into advertising or bill board modelling?
A: For now, I don't have any project of that nature at hand. I am currently working with Skye Bank but if in future they want me to be their model, no problem, I will think about it and then do it if I like. Why I am doing all these is to change the face of fuji music and take it to a higher level. The impression people have about fuji music is that it is meant for 'area boys' or those that constitute a nuisance in the society, but I want people to know that present-day fuji music is far better than that of yesteryears. This is to let them know that fuji music has come to stay.
Q: On 27 November, you will be 40 years old. How do you feel attaining the age and what's your plan about celebrating it?
A: I thank God, I feel happy and as they say, life begins at 40. I need to know what I am doing, even if I have always been conscious of myself. I also need to put more effort in everything I am doing now.
Q: What things do you intend to do now?
A: I am trying to have a project like Pasuma Wonder Football Academy because I love football very much and at the same time, I will like to have Pasuma Wonder Foundation, but we are still planning on that. It is just a way of giving back to the society the support it has given me over the years.
Q: Why not invest in music by floating a studio and other things?
A: Having a studio now is not my plan but what I am interested in is having a recording company which I am looking forward to.
Q: How soon are you going to establish the recording company?
A: This year has already gone but by the special grace of God, I want to believe that by next year, we should be able to achieve it.
Q: You are a very successful artiste but something is still missing in you. When do you intend to get married?
A: No problem, if you continue to ask me this question, I will continue to tell you that marriage is a lifetime project and not an institution anyone ought to jump into. I wouldn't like a situation whereby people will start reading either in the newspapers or magazines that Pasuma Wonder's marriage has crashed because I can cite examples of what has happened to past marriages of some people. I don't want mine to be like that because once I am in it, I want to continue to be there. But something is certain, I will find my missing rib.
Q: You once told me that you will get married when you clock 40?
A: Well, I am 40 already and any time from now, you will see things for yourself.
Q: What other plans do you have for yourself?
A: I have many plans for myself, but the most important one for now is getting a record label. I believe that it can make my work easier and more lucrative because all I will need to bother about is just look for a marketer.
Q: What plans do you have for your 40th birthday anniversary?
A: Because 27 November is a Tuesday, which coincides with the Celebrity Take 2 recording, I won't have the opportunity to celebrate on that day, but postpone the celebration till Saturday, 1 December and City People will package the show likely to take place at All Seasons Plaza, Agidingbi. I just want something different because it is not possible for a man to celebrate his 40th birthday anniversary twice. The celebration must be superlative. I am planning to get a live band and a disc jockey. The live band will be there for Mega 99, a juju musician.
Q: Recently, there was a controversy in fuji music fold. Has it been totally settled and what is the situation like?
A: The older fuji artistes have settled it and warned that there must be a stop to abusive words being hurled at each other. We have given them the respect and we also promised to avoid further controversy in the House of Fuji. Personally, I try to avoid such things because corporate organisations, knowing that one is controversial, will avoid giving you shows.
Q: What do we expect from your annual December album which will be due for release soon?
A: Definitely, my fans are expecting something bigger and they will soon get what will be totally different from what they are used to and God has always been on my side. I know that by His grace, I won't go astray.