INTERVIEW: “I was confused about my dreams, attended school to please my mum” TY Bells spills

"I was confused about my dreams, attended school to please my mum" TY Bells spills

Veteran singer and photographer, Toyin Sokefun-Bello, better known as TY Bello has disclosed that she wanted to be a hairstylist after she graduated from the University.

TY Bello also said she attend a tertiary institution to please her mother.

The spontaneous ‘Land is Green’ crooner disclosed this on the latest episode of the ‘I Said What I Said’ podcast, co-hosted by FK Abudu and Jola Ayeye.

She said that she began photography and music almost at the same time.  However, TY Bello explained that she planned to become a “big hairstylist” after graduation.

She didn’t fail to note that she has always been creative as far back as she can remember.

“I have been writing songs since I was 8, 9, 10. I started music and photography [professionally] right at the same time.  After university, when everyone in my class knew where they wanted to work. And I had no such dream. I was very confused.

“University was that period where I thought, ‘Okay, let me go to school to make my mum happy. Then I was going to graduate to be a big hairstylist.’ I thought that was my future.

“When it came to NYSC and everybody asked where to be posted to, I asked to be posted to the south. I was like, what do I do? And I think that was the major turning point where I realised that I had to be posted to photo tech because I just started photography.  It wasn’t like I wanted to be a photographer all my life, but that one move made me who I am today.”

The road to stardom is never an easy one, however, TY Bello sure beat the odds to have her name echo in important places.

The mother of two transitioned from being a singer to a full-time photographer. She was the official photographer of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Before TY Bello ventured into photography fully, she was a member of the defunct gospel band KUSH (an acronym for Kinetically Ushering Salvation into Hearts and Homes) alongside Emem and gospel singer, Lara George.

Glamsquad notes that KUSH gained popularity in the early 2000s with the single “Let’s Live Together”; however, the group managed to release an album before disbanding.

TY Bello is also a member of the Nigerian photography collective, Depth of Field. She is best known for her singles “Greenland”, “Ekundayo”, “This Man”, “Freedom” and “Funmise”.

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