Ekenedirichukwu Ijemba, popularly known by his stage name Humblesmith, is an Afropop recording artist who achieved recognition upon the release of his single titled Osinachi.
He hails from Uruala, a town in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State. While in secondary school, he started dancing and was a member of a group called ‘American Boys’ before he left Ebonyi State for Asaba, Delta State, to pursue a career in music.
In 2019, Umuobiligbo featured Humblesmith on a track titled Nwalie that won him a nomination spot at the 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He is currently signed to Show Bobo Music Limited.
Following the success of his singles, Osinachi and Jukwuese, Humblesmith released his debut album Osinachi which featured guest vocals from Davido, Patoranking, Phyno, Harrysong, Olamide, and Tiwa Savage.
In December 2020, after a brief hiatus, he released a new single, Kosi, loosely translated as ‘God’s will’, a song of gratitude to God for achievements. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, Humblesmith shares his passion for music and lifestyle.
Share with us your growing up and how you ventured into music?
Growing up was tough; it wasn’t really an easy one. I won’t go into all the details, but let me tell you some. I grew up with my siblings, eight of us. At some point, I was selling moi moi.
I have worked as a disco jockey and a dancer. I was into drama too and had my crew. I also went into leather and belt selling. Growing up was fun to a point but I was a hustler; anything creative to make money, count me in.
What influenced your genre of music?
The places I’ve been to, the environment I found myself in, and the kind of music I listen to. All have a role to play in the genre of music I’m into, but I’m not limited. It doesn’t mean I can’t go into other genre, I’m a versatile artiste, but I feel I’m doing great in my lane.
You released a new single recently. Tell us about it.
Yes, it’s titled ‘Dance’. I recorded it in 2020, it’s crazy, the beat is dope. I recorded the song in 40 minutes. It was like that. It seems to be the rave of the moment.
It has over 3000 videos of its challenge on Tik Tok. Dance has this irresistible feeling, ‘Them no born you well, you go dance when you hear am’. Dance is so far one of my greatest hits, I’m using Dance to target a wider and global fan base. Trust me, Dance is the least of what is coming.
Your hit single Osinachi brought you to limelight. What informed it?
The Holy Spirit inspired Osinachi; I got this information in the church. At a point, I almost gave up, but the Lord called me back and gave me the song Osinachi hence the title, which means ‘It comes from God’.
I’m always confident knowing that generations to come will play Osinachi. It’s not an ordinary song, it’s sent from heaven and I believe it has made a great impact in the world. Osinachi also tells my story to a point, my family and what we’ve been through. God is simply the greatest.
What does fashion mean to you?
I am a fashionable person and I love fashion. Fashion to me is just creativity, you have to be creative enough to get encomiums when you put yourself out there.
How would you define your style?
My style is simple and unique.
What’s your favourite fashion piece?
I like my glasses; I take my time in choosing the one I put on before I step out. The same goes for my jewelries. It’s crazy to say I have unique glasses for each unique moment.
Who are your role models?
God is my role model. God got me to where I am today. I thank him for his blessings. I’m also ‘my own’ role model. Big Smith. Crazy as this may sound, Kanye West and Justin Bieber are my role models too. I learn a lot of things from them.
What is your most cherished possession?
Life. I’m so grateful for my ife and also my voice. I believe there is no Humblesmith without my voice. It’s one thing to write a song and another thing to voice or record it.
What is your most expensive item?
I will rather keep that private. Una just wan hear one thing from my mouth.
What are your turn offs? And turn on?
Bad attitude turns me off and good attitude turns me on
Who’s your favourite designer?
I like different kinds of designers, but I’m more of a Louis Vuitton person.
What are your hobbies?
I like doing music obviously. I play football a lot. I like swimming too.
If you were not doing music what would you have done?
Maybe acting, maybe done with school and doing business, maybe youngest billionaire in the real estate game. But I guess God has other plans.
What is your philosophy of life?
We shouldn’t judge people for the choices they make, because we all make bad decisions.