An album and a slew of hits to his name, Nigerian born and American super star Jidenna stepped into HBR’s drive time show ‘The Ignition’ ( #IgnitionHBR ) for a rib cracking yet genuinely informative interview.
The star who is on Kenyan soil for a staging at the FOMO party spoke about his rise to fame, his music, his undeniable (and proudly self praised) sense of impeccable style and (yes also) Uganda, South African women and about just how crazy life in the limelight can be.
We’d have very easily written all of it down for you (and we will) but we know the reason most of you (yes you ladies!) are here is to ogle at photos of him so, in a nutshell, here’s how the fifteen minute interview with Sheila Kwamboka, Mike Wachira and Kerry Martin went by, complete with pics and videos.
First his grand entrance which very fittingly was to his own song. (Well played Mr. Producer)
Then they got the formal questions out of the way… i.e. Yes he is excited to be in Kenya and no it won’t be the last time, he will be back on an all-Africa tour.
He let us in on the fact that he actually started out as a rapper and only decided to sing for a career later on.
That was him refusing to take on Mike Wachira in a spontaneous rap battle.
He DID agree to a #ClassicManChallenge though…shout out to Mike Wachira for co-ordinating the suit color. Wonder if they planned it. Hmm…
Jidenna did his homework on Kenyan music and mentioned having liked Sauti Sol, Victoria Kimani and Blinky Bill so far. #PlayKe
Didn’t mind Kerry Martin sneaking in a selfie mid interview and went on to detail the one time a fan threw a thong at him. *Side note* He surprisingly caught it, swung it around and threw it back at the crowd. Wonder if this will give his Kenyan fans any crazy ideas #FOMOPartyKe.
This ‘Bambi’ star spoke on fashion as well and about how he wears suits as homage to his late father who was a vintage king himself. Oh and yeah, here’s the colored vintage blouse that caught his attention.
Contrary to popular belief, it turns out he DOES dress down from time to time and is actually able to be incognito to prying eyes by toning down his fashion sense to a pair of jeans, a T Shirt and a snapback. Yeah right. Like we’d miss this pretty face anywhere.
Wasn’t ready for Sheila’s err… social media announcement. Lol #NoLongerSingle #JidennasBae #OrNot #HeWasntReady
Also, fun fact: Jidenna’s SMART in all ways. This ‘Little Bit More’ emcee studied at Stanford University and turned down Harvard University for it.
Click HERE for a full audio re-run of the On Air interview and watch it all in video form HERE.