Wednesday, 20 July 2016

World Exclusive: Life as Sir Shina Peters’s son — Clinton Peters

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The GDA with Clinton Peters & His Loving Dad, Sir Shina Peters (SSP)
Spectacular, incredible and explosive are three words that can aptly describe Isaac Oluwashina Peters (Jnr.) famously known as Clinton Peter’s encounter with your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 when we met him by the side of the multi-million Naira swimming pool facility in his parent’s Iju, Lagos—South West Nigerian mansion.
Both Clinton and the swimming pool have a lot of history around them. Sometimes in the early 90s when the great Afro Juju Music legend, Sir Irawo Akanbi Oluwashina Peters built his mansion in Lagos and used a whooping N1.7million (then) to design the swimming pool facility, it made headlines in the local media. It was the biggest summer surprise of year 1991 as many magazines and newspapers feasted on the story.
 When Sammie Peters equally delivered Clinton, her first and only issue for SSP in the summer of year 2000, the news equally went viral as the baby was long expected. Sammie who though, had been in a chummy relationship with SSP years ahead finally tied the nuptial knot with him in a well celebrated ceremony in 1995. But the relationship refused to yield an issue which led to the musician releasing his ever green number “Agan ma ronu mo, Omo nbo” (Child is coming for the sad hearted barren woman). It was a very sensational but prophetic song.

Sammie was and still the love of Shina’s life. She meant the world to him. But several miscarriages rattled her ability to conceive for her “lord” (Olu mi) and for SSP; his joy (Ayo mi) needed all the happiness in the world to make her dream a reality.
God finally answered their prayers early 2000 (Millennium Year Y2K) and pronto she was relocated abroad in order to forestall another miscarriage. In America, she got the best medical treatment and by summer of that year, her bundle of joy arrived; a baby boy. Shina Peters was extremely happy. He christened his new child after the reigning American President at the time, His Excellency, Bill Clinton.
Clinton Peters grew in wisdom and knowledge. On several occasion this blogger tried doing a special report on the young star but our efforts were frozen by Clinton’s parent. However, last year, Clinton surprised his parent when he single handedly composed, arranged and produced his first single ‘Gbe S’oke’ on his lap top computer. He later did a follow up work at a standard studio before he finally announced to his parent his intention early in the year. Of course, Clinton recently gained admission to study Computer Engineering at a highbrow university at his country of birth—USA. But his passion for music is unquenchable. Even though, dad gave his blessings, the old man has his reservations. This is where his experience, creativity and mentorship came handy for a son who has taken more than a large quantity of his gene.
We met stiff resistance before we were granted access to have this world exclusive encounter. Despite several call offs and disappointments in the last 6 months, SSP grilled our team for an hour twenty four minutes before the interview took place. The access to Clinton didn’t come cheap. After God and his mum, Baba Clinton (SSP) remains the major decider. He severally toyed with the idea of cancelling the interview, even at the die minute. But God intervened on our behalf as the Afro Juju Music Maestro finally endorsed our proposal.
In this rare encounter with one of Africa’s luckiest silver spoon artistes, Clinton, the only son of Sammie and Shina Peters spoke candidly about his life, his parent, his passion, his talent, his ambition and more. Find your favorite snack and drink as you enjoy the heart-to-heart encounter with Clinton Peters on Asabeafrika. Enjoy!    
Celebrity Blogger Gbenga Dan Asabe with Sir Isaac Oluwashina Peters Junior (Clinton Peters) aka Sinathebaba
Many Years ago I was in this house and you were pretty young, age six at the time. But today, you are on your way to high school and your musical career is unfolding. How did you discover your talent for music?
Well, I am on my way to University actually. First of all, I think when I was about 11 or 12 years I started doing covers of popular songs. I started singing along and creating my own songs. It all started as a joke until I was about 12, 13 years. I saw that I actually had the talent to rap and sing and everything but I never thought I could do it because my parent weren’t in support of it.
The GDA with Clinton's Mum, Lady Sammie Ayoka Peters during an earlier encounter in her Lagos home
You mean, initially?
Yes, initially but after a while I started to build up my talent. I started recording and editing songs on my computer. I will record and produce the songs on my computer and as time moved on I started to get a better allowance (from Parents) which enabled me to enter the studio. And once I saw that the first two songs are okay, I decided to inform my parents officially.
One-on-One with Clinton Peters
Your dad’s Afro Juju music inspiration altered the way and manner Juju music is being performed in Nigeria till date. For Clinton, how does inspiration come?
Personally, I think everything came when I was age 6. I discovered that I could write music and I knew that I could sing as well. Yes, my father is a musician and that gave me the liberty to be myself at first because I just taught maybe it is in my blood. There was the initial feeling that ‘ok, it is not going to be tough for you to enter the industry’ but I didn’t know that it was going to be this difficult. By the time I started writing my songs I was about 13 or 14 years of age. Once I saw that I was good at that, I said ‘ok, I think I can pursue this as a career’.
The GDA with Clinton Peters besides the Multi-Million Naira Swimming Pool before the encounter
How did your dad react to your ambition to sing?
Well, a while ago I asked him that question ‘ok, what will you do if I became a musician?’ and he was like ‘no, no, you can’t do music’. He expressed his fears in so many ways. At a time I wasn’t even sure to keep my ambition serious but that couldn’t just happen because it is in me. But by the time I started getting serious with it, I tried to hide it from him at first but by the time I started going to the studio consistently it became very obvious I was ready to forge ahead. I played some songs for my mum and she was quite surprised. She was like ‘wao, you are actually getting there. You are getting your vibes because you are recording and mixing it on your lap top computer by yourself  before going into the studio, and your songs are getting better’. After a while I summoned the courage to talk to my dad about it. In fact, I was scared to talk to him for so many reasons. I later made him know that I was really scared to talk to him at first and he was like ‘why I didn’t tell him, that he would have encouraged me from the start’. I am just grateful to God that everything worked out today. I am really grateful that everything worked out fine.
The GDA engages Clinton Peters aka SinatheBaba
  Your dad, Sir Shina Peters is the founder of Afro Juju brand of music. How would you describe him from a Son-to-Father perspective?
First of all my dad is a really, really gentle man. Most times you won’t even know he is a celebrity if you see him in the house. But I will say he is one of my biggest inspirations and really, he talks to me a lot. We are very close. He has already told me some things that I don’t think anybody in the industry could teach me. Things like having your own sound and the originality skill in everything you do, musically. I think he is my biggest idea bank and I am really grateful to God for giving me the privilege to have him as my dad.
Clinton Peters @ 6
You mean having a father that knows the industry is an advantage?
Yes, a big one. I will say it is an advantage but don’t get me wrong, I think everyone that is going into music has their own advantage. Mine is that I have a father who is a trained musician. So, I feel like that will push me ahead than any other advantage
Your mum is a very peaceful woman to watchers of your family but how would you describe her as a son?
Well, my mum is gentle as you noted but she is a little bit strict as well. But I am also, really grateful for her in my life because if not for her, only God knows what I might have turned to. So, I am really, really grateful for her because she keeps me in place. She makes sure that I don’t get ahead of my place. She is one of my biggest critics. So, I am really grateful for the role she is playing in my life.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'Having a dad who is a Music legend has given me a lot of insights into how to create my own brand of music'
 Can you tell me how strict your dad is? Is he the strict type or the gentle type? Has he ever spanked you?
Has he ever spanked me? No. I am actually very fortunate as a gentle child. But I think dad is a mixture of gentility and strictness. He is not as strict and aggressive as my mum but his own aggressiveness come with words. Dad is a teacher, a motivator, a life coach. He has this way of talking to me and I listen. So, we are actually very close. His role in my life is quite instructive. Dad is dad and his word matters a lot to me. Yes, we are actually close.
But what do you really like about your dad?
What I love about my dad is the fact that he is one of my favorite leaders…in fact, I think he is my favorite person in life to be honest. If I don’t have any friend my only friend will be my father to be very honest. I love him, music wise he is very good. He is an energetic performer. I really want to be like him when I have my own turn of success. He inspires me.
Young Clinton Peters with Mum, Sammie at age 6
What about mum, is there anything extra ordinary about her?
My mum is a very amazing and genuine person; extremely honest. I mean, at times she could be honest to a fault. But I love her still; if not for her I won’t be able to pursue my dream. She was the one that started to support me from day one even before my dad. So, I am really grateful for the gift of mum. I am grateful for my mum.
Can you sing Afro Juju, your dad’s music?
Well, to be honest I haven’t tried it. I haven’t tried it. But if I actually get the chance to try it I think I will be able to pursue it very well.
The GDA in the heat of the encounter with Clinton Peters besides Dad's multi-million Naira swimming Pool'
How do you feel being the son of the great Afro Juju Music Creator, Sir Shina Peters?
I think I feel like every other normal person. The only difference is I don’t think I can just go out on the street and walk about as such. Most times I take a cab or taxi to move from one point to the other. That is the difference. Beyond that, I am just a normal person just like the child of a next door neighbor.
Your dad according to Music legend started singing at age 10. In real sense, what age did you started singing officially?
Inspiration came at age 6 but I started singing at age 12. That was when it became very obvious that I was going to do music.
The GDA meets Clinton Peters @ 6  as Mum permited photo shots without interview
Can you actually say it is in you?
Yes, music has been in my blood for as long as I can remember.
Now, you just released a single that we all listened to, have you gotten any record label to market your work?
 To be honest I have not gotten a record label to market my works. I am unsigned. If anybody want to sign me they could try to get across to me and if the deal is ok, if it won’t affect my studies which comes primarily for now, I will be up for the deal.
Are you on any of the social media outlet?
I am presently on various social media platforms. My snapchat is sinathebaba and for instagram, it is sinaofficiall.
My name is Sir Isaac Irawo Akanbi Oluwashina Peters. I am the Father of Sir Isaac Oluwashina Peters Jnr. (Clinton)
You are also one young star that is committed to your education and I heard it from the grapevine that you are already billed to study computer engineering at a foreign university. How are you going to blend both music and academic?
Yes, you are quite right. I love my education. I love my music. I have two adults who value education in all ramifications of life. My dad today is a successful musician who has sang more on the need for education than any other musician. He echoed the need for education in several of his songs and I thank God that he is there to encourage millions of young people across the world to be educated. It is a rare honor to have such a man as not only your father but a mentor-guardian. My mother on the other hand is a very strict educationist who takes no second offer from a child. Like I told you, she supported my dream but it came with a deal ‘get your education first and pursue your talent later’. So, this is the deal; when it is time for school I focus on school. But during my free time like holidays and any other spare time I am hands off book, I am going to pursue my music and make sure that I balance both of them. But when it is time for studies, I focus on books only.
Sir Shina Peters to the GDA....'I give you the liberty to speak to my annointed son'
What I like and dislike about Nigeria’s Hip-Hop Music Industry
 If you are to critic the Nigerian Hip-Hop entertainment industry, what would you say you like and dislike about the industry?
Well, I like the industry because we have a lot of creative talents in Nigeria and our music is moving to the world—the global stage. But I feel like when it is my turn, I will be more of an international artiste than a home-grown artiste. What I dislike about the industry is that there is no space. There are lots of speculations. They make you feel like there is no space. It is only people like Wizkid and Davido that are shinning. Meanwhile some people like Black Magic and ASHA that are making the good music are stocked to the sidelines and not as successful as Wizkid and Davido that are making the party music.
One-on-One with Clinton Peters
So, why is this so and what is the panacea?
Well, I just feel like most Nigerians love party songs and that is taking a toll on other genre of talents. Music like Jazz and Afro-Centric Soul don’t really get enough attention. That gets me worried because I have a lot of friends that are very talented. They don’t make the type of music that Wizkid and Davido make. I think the industry needs to correct that quickly.
My name is Lady Sammie Ayoka Peters. I am the mother of Sir Isaac Oluwashina Peters Jnr. (Clinton)
 You are an American citizen by birth and you have partly lived in that country. What do you think our local entertainment industry can learn from America?
 Well, I think the two industries are both doing well but the issue is that Nigeria’s economy is not well structured. I can also say the Nigerian music economy is not well structured as well. In America, you could see an emerging artiste who is just starting and he is buying a very huge car and a huge property and everything and his financial security is highly, highly guaranteed. Meanwhile here in Nigeria, it might take little longer years even if the Nigerian artiste is older and better than the American artiste that buys better houses and everything. So, the breakthrough level is high and you could feel it. It is because here, we don’t have proper promotion strategy and the entertainment economy is not well structured. Artistes can’t guarantee what they are going to make as Government is not ready to protect their rights through protective policies against pirates and other talent economy saboteurs.
My name is Isaac Oluwashina Peters Jnr. aka SinatheBaba. I am the next rated star from the Peters' family in Nigeria
Why I am studying Computer engineering…
You are going to be studying computer science, how do you think that is going to help your music career?
Yes, to be honest I am mostly focusing on business and advertising in my course. So, it is mostly going to be about advertising myself as a brand. I feel like technology is taking everything forward because if not for technology, the likes of Wizkid are not going to be able to cut across to various countries outside Africa. So, I feel that my course is going to help me to take my brand forward.
Clinton Peters....His Dad's gene refuses to go off his blood
So, what is that new thing you will be bringing to music that is going to change music in Africa and the world?
Personally, I feel like I am going to bring my unique sound into music industry. I have this particular sound that I think nobody in the industry has. So, my style is going to be unique than everybody’s talent. I feel like that is going to give me a little advantage over every other person.
Which of your dad’s album do you like most?
To be honest, the best work I like most from dads’ stable is Shinamania.
Do you have any other way of describing your father?
Dad is an honest person and he is a very supportive person. Besides being a musician and a father, he is really, really supportive. I think that is what I like about him the most.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'Dad and Mum taught me to take the right steps in life'
Who is your role model?
First and foremost I will say my dad influences me because of how he performs on stage; so, growing up around him has really made me understand music a little better than the average person. We have other great people who have mentored me through their sheer creativity. For instance, my dad never stops talking about Fela (Anikulapo Kuti) also. I started listening to Fela’s music and I can say ‘Wao, he is a really amazing artiste’. Globally, I am a huge supporter of all the music moguls that are making it big, the likes of Jay-Z, P-Diddy, I also have a little more influences that I can’t really say at the moment.
Clinton told the GDA that Mum (Who is here with the GDA) is tougher than Dad
Tell me about those influences, are they local influences?
No; not locally. They are international artistes. People like Draig, Alicia Keys and the rest. They have their own sounds and I think their music is timeless, ever green music.
 A lot of young people are talented out there but lack support to raise their talents. If you are to advice them, what are you going to tell them to do differently?
I feel like the youth is the future and if you have the talent, not only in music but in photography, in fashion and whatever, I think that you should really support your dream by yourself. The biggest advice for them is ‘do not quit’. If you are willing to continue to support yourself and never quit there is no how God will not bless you. If no other person is supporting or motivating you, you motivate yourself and you won’t be disappointed.
Do you play any musical instrument like your dad who plays the lead guitar?
At the moment, no, but I am trying to learn the Piano.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika...'There are lots of things the Nigerian entertainment industry can learn from the American Entertainment industry'
What about guitar?
To be honest, I only want to play the Piano.
As an upcoming act that has seen a bit of the industry through your legendary father, what would you like to see done differently in order to enhance the potentials of the Nigerian entertainment industry?
Well, the entire industry as a whole is very funny I will say. Most managers and business brokers are mostly interested in themselves and not the artiste. So, I feel like most of the managers should be a whole lot more selfless instead of thinking of their own thing at all times because in any way, they are still going to get the money. They should worry about things like sound management and crowd management. Make sure people don’t get hurt during massive shows and ensure the total quality control and quality management of the artiste. It should be the artiste first before the money.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika...'The Nigerian Entertainment industry needs honest artiste managers'
You appear to me like someone who reads widely. I am shocked at your depth of knowledge of issues and how you share them. Can you tell me your favorite book?
Well, when it comes to books, it is mostly books related to my course. But I will say I have read some of the works of Bill Gate and Steve Jobs due to my course. I read their autobiographies and I felt like ‘well, if they could do this without graduating, you could imagine what I could do with becoming a graduate’. So, they inspired me a lot. I will say their autobiography inspires me a lot.
Can you also share some of the timeless lessons you have learnt from your dad and mum which guides you till date?
Well, my mum and dad always tell me to ‘remember the son of who you are’. So, anytime I am doing something I always try to remember my humble beginning. I try to remember where I am coming from. They told me a lot of things and that have made me to equally realize that it is very important to stay close to your root and stay grounded.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika...'I taught i would have it easy with going into music until Dad shocked me'
You have just released your own personally written and produced single. What is the next step? Is it going to be after your studies abroad?
Well, I think I am going to do a little mix of both. I am going to focus on music solely once I graduate. But I see no reason not to juggle it by the side. Rome wasn’t built in a day even acts like Davido and Wizkid started from high school and the University. So, I will continue to push my musical dream and maybe when it is time; and hopefully that will be when I graduate, I will be one of the biggest artistes around, God willing.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'The talent to sing manifested at age 6 but age 12 was when it dawned on me that i was made for it'
What is the name of your new single album?
Well, the name of my project is called The Summer Project and the name of the Single is called Gbe S’oke. I am going to be releasing that later this year and trust me; this is nothing you have heard before. Trust me. (Sang the Song for us)
Clinton Peters and the GDA in a deep chat after the encounter
I think Gbe S’oke is dancehall music?
Well, it is not really dance hall per se but it is groove-able and you can move your body and wriggle your waist and just enjoy the melody and philosophy of the song. I have quite a lot of other songs I am working on.
Do you have any hobby apart from creating music?
Well, besides the music, I indulge in hobbies like photography, fashion and I am into Deejaying as well.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'I love Dad's Shinamania album. It is my favorite'
Men! You are just loaded? (Laughter)
Yeah, but Music is my main goal. And I also play football during my free time and some other sports as well.
What is your philosophy of life?
To be very honest, this life is not forever. So, I feel like when you have the chance to do the right thing or you have the chance to do good in someone’s life, you should do it and live your own life in the best way.
Clinto Peters & the GDA in a hearty chat after the encounter in their Lagos Mansion swimming pool side
Do you have prayer for dad and mum due to their roles in your life?
Well, I will actually tell them that I am really grateful to have them in my life and I am grateful for their support and input in my music. Without them and GOD Almighty, I wouldn’t be where I am today in terms of education. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am going to be in terms of career in the next few years. So, I can only pray that God will replenish their strength and prosper them for greater exploits.  I am proud of my parent.
Give your advice to people that are going to embrace your music and become your fans all over the world?
To the young African fans, they should let the artiste be the artiste. It is not by force to do dance music or copy popular craft. I want to say you should support every artiste and support their craft.
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'I will be bringing a whole lot of new things to my brand of music'
Clinton Peters to Asabeafrika....'My Education and my Music Career will never clash. Time is going to be the biggest factor'

The GDA with Clinton's Mum, Lady Sammie Ayoka Peters @ home in Lagos
The GDA with Clinton's uncles, Gbenga (R) and Yomi Peters (M)

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