14 March 2019

Nigeria: How Ubi Franklin Frustrated Me Out of Made Men Music Group - Iyanya

Since mysteriously parting ways with the Ubi Franklin-led record label, Made Men Music Group (MMMG), popular RnB singer, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, fondly known by his stage name, Iyanya has kept radio silence on the circumstances that led to his departure from the label which helped to nurture his budding music career after emerging as winner of the first season of MTN Project Fame West Africa.

However, in an interview with Bolanle Olukanni, host of the Juice on Ndani TV, the Kukere singer finally broke silence on the mystery behind his departure with the record label.

"What people don't know is that I didn't sell my share at Made Men Music Group. People see me and ask why I sold my shares but I didn't sell my shares. I left Made Men Music at the time because there was so much darkness. In the midst of all the wings, I decided to let that go."

Speaking further, he explained how Don Jazzy helped him overcome the difficult time he experienced after parting ways with Made Men Music Group.

"Shout out to Don Jazzy, he gave me that platform to put music out because I left Made Men Music and I didn't want anything from Made Men Music; so Jazzy just said 'Look man, you've built something over the years and starting all over is not going to be as easy as you think, so just put out music from here and work on something. So people really thought I signed on to Mavin but it wasn't like a legal signing, it was just love."

"When Temple music came, I loved the vision, I loved the dream and I was like let me try this. That was when I released Up to something, and Hold on. After that, it was time for me to move on, because I felt like I got to the point where I had to put out my own thing, have my own family, have my own team."

He added that the major reason he decided to dump the label was because Ubi Franklin betrayed him.

"When I said it was darkness, I was not myself anymore because I felt like there was no trust anymore. Because at the time I was singing I co-owned Made Men Music Group with Ubi but I later realized that my name was not in any of the forms I signed and I was broke and that was the beginning of me just saying 'To hell with everything."

According to the singer, pitching tent with Mavin Records at the time marked the beginning of his healing process.

"That was healing for me, that was the best time of the whole situation I was in; that was the best moment because Jazzy just opened his family and said look, you're one of us and everybody just showed me that love because it came from Jazzy. From Jazzy to Tiwa to Baby Fresh to everybody, it was just love and that really gave me life because to be honest with you, I was broken", he said.

Meanwhile, Ubi Franklin wasted no time in rubbishing Iyanya's claims as he has since labeled him a liar and ingrate.

"It's very unfortunate that a person I took as my brother had to lie to the world to make himself look good. Always wait for both sides of the story before calling people names. Here is to prove that Iyanya lied to make himself look good. I have never fought anyone I have worked with, dated or married publicly and I swear never to do that. We try to settle things in house and if that can't happen we call on elders to mediate, it has always worked", hew said.


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