I left Banky W's label because they failed to see me, Singer Niyola spills
A female Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer, Eniola Akinbo, known professionally as Niyola, who came into spotlight after getting signed to Banky W’s EME records in 2012 has now stated why she left the label.
Speaking in a recent chat with Chude Jideonwo, Niyola who recently starred in Kunle Afolayan’s Swallow movie, revealed the record label believed in a lady being sexy but it wasn’t who she is.
She said, “When a female artiste wants to do music, the first thing any man will think of as a business man is, be sexy…I’m sexy, I’m smart, I love God but it is also important to find a person or people who understand that….
"I think that to be fair on the label, a lot of times, they just didn’t see it, they are business men and did things as far as their knowledge carried them…I should have been marketed as who I was and not just as a girl that is pretty and that can sing.
“Leaving EME wasn’t a happy event….it was not happy in the sense that when you invest time, your blood and all into something, you want to see it yield results …but it didn’t happen as expected…….it was sad for me cos i feel I should have done enough more while there…we are still friends now, I am friends with everyone.” (sic)
Niyola got signed to Banky W's Empire Mates Entertainment in 2012.
She was featured on several tracks on the EME Empire Mates State of Mind album alongside leading Nigerian acts, Wizkid, Banky W and Skales; including
Her debut single with the EME titled ‘Don’t Go There.
She then released two singles, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Toh Bad’ in 2013 which were great hits.