New mom Naomi Achu-Akinwande talks about her husband supporting her career as an artist

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.

How did your music career start?
I’ve been singing all my life. I used to do back-up vocals at M-1 Studios in Buea. I did a lot of shows in Cameroon before coming to the US. And while in the US I took it upon myself to go to the studio and start recording. From recording one track, I got to recording another and another. And now the rest is history.

What do you wish you could change in your past?
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.
How did you meet your husband and what attracted you to him?
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.
What are the changes you made career wise after having your first babe?
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.
Do you think african women are under pressure from society to marry?
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.
Who is your favorite Cameroonian young artist?
Me, of course! Hahaaaaa  . After me, they can come in any order.
What new projects are you working on now.
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.
What do you think are the short comings of Cameroon showbiz?
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 !!!!!
Tell us about your most embarrassing moment in life?
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.
Who is your favorite Cameroonian celebrity?
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.
Who do you wish you could collabo with in the Cameroon music industry?
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.
What advice do you have for young Cameroonians out there seeking a career in showbiz? 
Stay humble and be open to criticism. Give yourself room to grow. There is always something new to learn as an entertainer.
Culled from KikI

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