Tell us about the “other” side of Naomi.
Hmmmm. It all depends on which side of Naomi you know. But behind the camera and the music, Naomi Achu is a loving and genuine person. I’m loyal to those I love and care about. I like to give back to the community when I can and I take family very seriously.
I think our experiences are what build us. Taking away things that happened in my past would mean taking away what makes me the person I am. It also takes away valuable lessons.
I wouldn’t change anything. I would just ask God to continue to guide me.
I met my husband while I was still in school. But for several years, we were just friends. What attracted me to him eventually was his “big heart” and the fact that he was very supportive of my career as an artist. He challenges me as an artist and as a person in general. I didn’t get that from other suitors.
I’m still the same Naomi Achu. Just better. Being a mother makes you manage your time wisely and take your tasks more seriously. So I’m definitely more grounded in the choices I make; keeping in mind that I have to give an account to my family at the end of the day. I’m working on a new album with an afro-pop/world sound. My circle is definitely smaller than it used to be. Because I only have the energy for those who genuinely appreciate me as an artist and as a person. Lastly, I also have a new PR (Public Relations) by the name of LaDana Drigo. She’s amazing and keeps me motivated.
In some aspects yes. And I would like to take this time to urge women not to rush into anything just because their peers are doing it. There is this validation thing whereby, one may feel like she needs to be married to be validated by society, or that she needs to have a rack of kids to be validated. But the truth is that as God’s creatures, we were already validated from birth. Unless you are comfortable in your own skin, everything else is just a mask. It’s great to have a companion, but the greatest companion is still God.
Me, of course! Hahaaaaa . After me, they can come in any order.
I’m working on a new album with fresh material and new inspiration. I can’t wait to share my new material with the world.
Definitely the support system and consistency. If Cameroonians were as supportive of each other as I see other countries such as Nigeria supports theirs, we would be in a different place. But we are so quick to judge each other. It’s quite sickening. When Naomi Achu sings in Yoruba, they say she is selling out. When Skales sings in French and collaborates with Ivorians to sing coupe decale, Cameroonians dance. And Nigerians promote. So its okay for other countries to learn our culture and sing like we do but it’s not okay for us Cameroonians to expand into other countries and cultures. For this reason we continue to “mark time”. We are always shooting ourselves in the foot. …. Foolish !!!!!
I’ve had many embarrassing moments that I don’t even know where to start. But I don’t keep them in my mind. Once they happen, I get over it and move on.
That would be myself. I’m proud of the strides that Cameroonians are making in the international realm. New generation Cameroon artists are being booked to perform more and more internationally. But I am still my favorite artist and my own favorite celebrity.
Wes Madiko is at the top of my list. I love the way he thinks outside the box when it comes to music. That’s what makes him international. But there are many other Cameroonian artists that I am open to collaborating with. All things being equal, I am open to any track that sounds good.
Stay humble and be open to criticism. Give yourself room to grow. There is always something new to learn as an entertainer.