There’s no denying the groaning of many under the austere times occasioned by economic recession. However, a few still share glimmers of hope messages through their music. John Maduekwe whose stage name is John Mako is a native of Umuhu in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
He was a successful businessman but had to veer from trading to professional music recently. He says he took the decision because of his passion for music. He said: “I have been playing music for a very long time but not as business but purely for pleasure. In my family we love music and have musical talents.
My mother was a leader of a cultural music group in my town. I did not go into music to make money, that is not to say that I will not be happy if God choses to bless me financial through music. I am in the entertainment industry because I have a passion for what I am doing.
“I was a very successful businessman in the trading section but I just discovered that there is joy in doing something that you have a passion for. You get fulfillment there. If you love what you do, even if the money has not started coming in, you may not get to the point where you get frustrated. I use my music to encourage people.
In this economic recession if one is not careful, the person may have more challenges in addition to the already existing one. Money is not everything. Some people have it but are still not happy. My music is inspirational. “I have two albums now.
This particular one will be launched on Saturday in Signature Suites in Amuwo Odofin. The title is Piagbue Ndiirom, meaning eliminate all my enemies. God can eliminate all your enemies if you have trust in him. The economic recession for example is an enemy of Nigerians and so God can eliminate it from our lives, businesses and environment”.