Ebele the flutist (Source: Ebele Ezeamakam)
Ebele Ezeamakam, known as Ebele the flutist is a versatile, creative, innovative musician and personal development coach who believes in the power of music and its ability to induce progressive positive transformation in an individual. Although her parents wanted her to study accounting so she can work in the bank. According to her, they would rather prefer her to be a banker than a musician. In this interview with Alaba Ayinuola, she elaborated on how her experience playing flute and culture influenced her career journey into the superstar performer and Nigeria’s foremost female flutist she is today. Excerpt.
Alaba: When did you start playing the flute? Why did you choose the instrument?
Ebele: I started playing the flute at age 14. I was exposed to music at a very young age and we learn music in general. I have a very high pitch voice (Soprano), and when it comes to choosing a musical instrument, flute blends with my high-pitched voice. Also, my teacher was a Philippine lady who plays the flute, she motivated the flute playing also.
Alaba: As a Nigerian-African, would you say your culture influenced your love for music in any way?
Ebele: In a way I’ll say yes. But the truth is; music is a gift, an ability given by God. Many learn and are being trained to know music, but you can’t compare something you learn to do with another person who is born with the ability to do so. Notwithstanding, even if one naturally poses the ability, one still need to master your craft. It’s a God-given ability to me.
Alaba: When did you transcend to become a professional musician?
Ebele: For a long while playing the flute was just something I love to do. While working as an accountant in an Oil Firm, I attended musical training for contemporary music because my background was classical music genre. Even developing myself on contemporary music, I still didn’t know I’ll be a professional musician. It all started when I never felt fulfilled as an accountant anymore, and didn’t mind how lucrative my job was, I left to pursue where my heart is music.
Alaba: Did you always want to be an orchestral flutist? Can you imagine your life as a non-flutist?
Ebele: I am not an orchestral Flutist, am a contemporary musician who plays and sing different genres of music, i.e., classic, R&B, high life, gospel etc. this makes me a professional Flutist. An orchestral Flutist is one who plays in an orchestra setting only. I was like that, but I break the norm that Flute cannot be used outside orchestra setting. I used the flute to play different genres of songs, this makes me a professional Flutist, and the First and Foremost Female Flutist in Nigeria. I can’t imagine a life as a non-flutist, I thank God I pursued my passion.
Alaba: You’re also a personal development coach? Kindly tell me more about it and which came first?
Ebele: I started playing the flute in a very young age, never actually supported by my parents. I normally escaped from extra moral classes to learn the flute. A time came when they set an example for us to qualify us a Flutist, my parents were invited. They saw me play the flute so well and my dad bought me my first flute at age 14. Even after this, they refused I further much on music, they insisted I read accounting so I can work in the bank. They would prefer me be a banker than a musician. I did their bid but never left music. I continued learning and mastering my craft. In the long run, this is who I am.
I choose to help young men and ladies discover and develop their gift on time because I was graced to do so for myself. I help them by organising and attending Personal Development Coaching.
Alaba: Can you remember how you felt the first time you played it?
Ebele: Great really! Especially when my parents were amazed at my playing.
Ebele the flutist (Source: Ebele Ezeamakam)
Alaba: How are you keeping yourself positive and inspired in the current crisis? Can you share your thoughts
Ebele: It’s really not been easy going through 2020 lock down, but somehow, we survived it. So far God has been faithful to me, hence I still get involve in some training online and some program’s still call me to perform, though with high restrictions due to covid19.
I believe “This Too Shall Pass”. I believe we will get through it but much more I pray we learn and step-up, to be a better people and nation who succeeded and overcame such crises.
Alaba: How do you feel as Nigeria Foremost Female Flutist?
Ebele: It feels great but with much responsibility. I believe I should do more and especially invest in others so we can have more Flutist. Am doing that already and in not much time a lot of Flutist will emerge, female ones also.
Alaba: What is your plan for the year? Any new projects you’re working on?
Ebele: Oh yes, my long-awaited album. Planning and trusting God it’s going to be a national one because it’s really taken some time. Planning on releasing some singles as well in addition to my previous once.
Alaba: What causes are closest to your heart?
Ebele: I love helping the less privilege, I have been involved in A lot of program’s were I assisted in less privilege works. We had one very beautiful one we did for the patients in Lagos state university some time ego, titled “Music and Medicine “. It was a musical concert for patients.
Alaba: Your top picks to read, watch and listen?
Ebele: Hmm! Hard to answer really because I have a lot of them and don’t really know which to mention. I’ll plead you spare me on this one.
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