Today we’d like to introduce you to Nnena Adigwe.
Nnena, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started off as a basketball player. Basketball was a big part of my life before music. I never pictured this for myself. However, I always said I was gonna make something outta of myself. What triggered me into making music was this stupid dick of man that got married on me and I didn’t know what to do or where to put my energy.
It was throwing me off my game so I quit my Jr year of college basketball and started writing for a tv show I got offered a distribution deal for. Once I finished writing the show, it was time for the music to bring it to life. I’m cheap asf so I said to myself “Bitch if you can write a show, well why it can’t you write a 3 minute song?” So I listened to myself and wrote the music for it. That was the best decision I ever made because that moment changed my life.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s a lot that I’m not ready to talk about yet. One day I will. I lost a lot on my way here. But I gained so much. I now have a career and a degree!
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
For rapper Nnena making music is about telling stories; sharing the events that simultaneously define us and connect us to others. “I want my music to elicit the truth and make listeners feel comfortable. I want people not to feel alone and I never want my music to leave anyone out.”
Born in Cleveland, OH Nnena is a first-generation American in her Nigerian family. Being the child of parents who immigrated to America has pushed her, “My parents are my inspirations. In Nigeria, your kids are where you get your blessing from – I want to make them proud.”
When it comes to music. Nnena’s inspiration comes from female MC storytelling elites, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Missy Elliot and Queen Latifah line the inside locker of her mind. And much like her icons, Nnena draws inspiration for her own music from the female experience, “My raps are what other females wish they could say out loud, but I do it for them in a song.”
Her neo-soul hooks and flowing melodies have caught the attention of everyone from BBC 1’s Annie Mac, Apple Music’s Ebo Darden, Teen Vogue, Yahoo!, Kaboom Magazine, and more. Currently, Nnena’s working on her next release while filling her time with writing sessions for other artists like Beyonce, Rihanna and Normani.
What were you like growing up?
I was full of love, happiness and smiles. That’s why I was so chubby lol. I was always playing a sport and getting in trouble for being curious and loud. I was what you would call a Tomboy. Growing up, Nigerian in America wasn’t easy, even being born here. My brothers and sisters would get bullied because we were Nigerians. We used to hate picture day because we would have to wear traditional clothes lol. But that is what separated us. I wouldn’t change a thing about how I grew up because that molded me into the boss ass bitch I am now.
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