It’s another week of MTN Y’ello and it remains super exciting. I had fun talking to some of the contestants last week so I decided to chat with a couple more and it was even more fun. Here’s what they had to say.

Jesse D

Participating in this competition isn’t just about winning for me. It’s about learning and gaining more experience in the music scene. I’ve been drumming for four years now and that has been my major passion in music. It’s why they call me Jesse Drums. I also play the keyboard.

A major challenge for me is that, because I’m visually impaired, people think that pity is the only reason I’m in this competition. They don’t see my talents, all they can see is the fact that I’m blind. This hurts me a lot but I have no choice but to be strong, push on and prove them wrong.

I’m greatly inspired by Cobhams. We have the same disability and we both face the same challenges. If I could choose a mentor, it would totally be him.


My name is Emeka but everyone calls me Storm. I’m an anatomist by education but a data analyst by training. Most importantly, I’m a singer and songwriter.

I’d love to win the competition, but more since I arrived, I’ve found that there’s a lot more to gain. There are a lot of talents to learn from and connections too. MTN Y’ello Star offers a large platform to make our voices heard and I’m definitely going to make good use of it.

I decided that I was going to do music when I heard Justin Bieber’s Baby in 2010 and I haven’t looked back since then.

Dave Wills

I’m Dave Wills, and I’ve been a singer/songwriter for a couple of years. I fell in love with music when I was in SS1, just from drumming on tables and singing with friends. I took it more seriously in the university and over the past couple of years, it became clear to me that this was what I was meant to do.

I really believe I have a bright future in music. Right after this competition, I’m going to release an EP to let the world know who I really am. 

I’m inspired by many musicians, but top among them are Brymo, Adekunle Gold, and Kiss Daniel. They are my favourites. My music is greatly influenced by MI because I love his style and lyricism. If I had to pick a mentor though, it would have to be Mr Eazi. He has such a knack for the digital music business and is quite focuses too.


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