Queen Salawa Abeni Alidu, is a Nigerian singer, currently sixty years of age. She hails from Ijebu Yoruba, waterside in Ogun state. Queen Salawa Abeni began her professional career in Waka music, when she released her debut album, titled, ” Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed in 1976 on Leader Records. She swept others off their feet, by becoming the FIRST female artiste in Yoruba songs to sell over a MILLION copies in Nigeria. Come with us, let’s give you an entertaining and thrilling journey of the “Queen of Waka music”.
Let’s see the discussion she had with Princess Veronica Okei and Promise Naomi of La Veronica magazine, recently.
LVM: Congratulations on turning Sixty ma, on May 5th. How do you feel turning Sixty?
SALAWA: First and foremost, I want to thank Almighty God for sparing my life, it has been a long journey and a dream come through for me. To be at Sixty, is a great achievement for me and honor for me as well.
LVM: Can you say you are fulfilled at age Sixty?
SALAWA: Well, I won’t say I’m fulfilled in all areas, but in most. A house is not built in a day, but I thank God for everything and still dream for more greatness.
LVM: So, if you could go back to any age, what age would that be and why?
SALAWA: It would be the age when I started my music career (13), forty-seven years ago. I was very vibrant then and quite known as a good dancer, and my passion for music started to grow.
LVM: At Sixty, what are the most important lessons you have learnt in life?
SALAWA: I learnt a lesson from my mother, which is to be myself. I don’t care what people say about me, I care about what I achieved and what would make me to be a good person. I’m a straight forward and truthful person. I’m the blunt type, I don’t pretend to be comfortable with somebody or something, that is Salawa Abeni for you.
LVM: Do you ever think about retirement?
SALAWA: (Smiles) I will when God says it’s time for me. King Sunny Ade is over 70 and is knocking at the door of 80 but is still bubbling. Likewise our daddy, Chief Commander, Ebenezer Obey, and so many others. So, who am I to say “I want to retire”?
LVM: What is your greatest strength when performing on stage?
SALAWA: Water is my greatest strength. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. In our society, it is said that if you don’t drink or smoke, you won’t perform well on stage, but for me, I have never smoked in my life. The crowd is my inspiration, as I love to carry them along while performing.