It’s never easy getting to the top in Nigeria’s fast-growing and competitive music industry. Most of the stars today had very rough beginnings in the industry and their stories now are a source of inspiration to the upcoming ones.
Panshak Zamani, popularly known as Ice Prince is one of the biggest names in the Nigerian music industry today, but he had it rough at the beginning.
Speaking to Showtime on his birthday about how he rose to the top, Ice Prince said it was a long journey of hustle and bustle filled with many hurdles.
“A journey that took me out of Jos where I grew up to Lagos wasn’t an easy one. It was hard for me to settle down. I hustled; I had to sleep on the carpet for one year.
“At a point I stayed with Gini and squatted with MI. It was pretty rough but I thank God for what and who I am today. Those challenges I see as molecules that formed me.
“Every year is a blessing for me and to add another year makes me great. Although, I am feeling like I am getting older but I’m blessed because all my birthdays have been amazing.
“When I was a kid, my parents used to celebrate my birthday and now that I am mature my friends always do something special for me on my birthday. Last year, it was celebrated in Abuja with the likes of 2face and this year, we are celebrating it in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt”, he said.
Speaking further, Ice Prince noted that the industry is fast growing with the likes of D’banj whose music is being played on London radio. He said that as artistes, their primary duty is to create and produce quality music for their fans.
According to him, the industry is sensitive and therefore, it is important that everybody strives to make a difference by taking the dream to the next level in years to come.