“I Switched Off My Phone After Naira Marley Promised Me N1m” – Jude Chukwuka

Nollywood actor, Jude Chukwuka, 56 went viral after he posted a video of himself singing to “Mafo” by Naira Marley.

The actor during an interview with with Sunday Scoop explained that the attention and reaction was so overwhelming that he had to switch off his phone. After the video went viral, Naira Marley also reached out to him, promising him a sum of N1 million.

Jude Chukwuka
Jude Chukwuka

Explaining how the creation of the video came around, Chukwuka said;

“I enjoy singing and in recent times, Naira Marley has become my favourite artiste. It’s like I help my contemporaries to hear and understand what these young boys are doing. I don’t know why the video of Mafo that I posted went viral.

“I had actually wanted to do another song but I changed my mind and that one went viral. I didn’t know it was going to spark such an interest globally and I’m glad it did. I cannot say how long it took me to learn the lines because I must have heard the song over a hundred times. Every time I heard it, I picked one or two lines and in a short while, I started to sing along.”

Recalling how he felt when he was informed that Naira Marley was ‘looking’ for him to gift him money.

He said, “I really cannot explain how I felt when I was told that Naira Marley was looking for me online. I got over 500 calls. When I eventually answered a colleague’s call, he told me to go on Instagram that Naira Marley was looking for me. I then went online and saw so many messages. I didn’t even know how to feel at first. But to keep my sanity, I switched off my phone, so no one could reach me till I got home.’’

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