His real name is Abel Oluwafemi Dosunmu but many know him as Mega 99. He needs no introduction
What inspired the album (Appreciation) that you released in 2018?
Well, thank you, we have been in the Juju music business for over a decade, we have been releasing albums and our fans have been enjoying us. We have garnered a huge fan page and we thought that it was about time we appreciated them for standing by us all through these years.
What was its acceptance like in the market?
People already know that whatever comes from the stable of Mega 99 is always of high quality. It was as if they had been expecting it and it has enjoyed
Tell us more about the yearly supplication
This is the fifth one, each time we approach the end of the year, we always have songs of prayer for our fans and it is tagged yearly supplication. It is always a pure and undiluted gospel; we don’t sing anyone’s praise in this kind of song. We always make sure that it’s always a spiritual song that can draw people closer to God. You can use it to communicate to God and it always comes out towards the end of November or in the last month. This fifth edition is tagged Journey Mercy.
When should your fans be expecting this prayer supplication?
It’s already out. Although it should have been out earlier before now but we had some delay and because of the festive season. However, it’s now in market and available for sale.
You recently bagged some awards, can you talk about it?
Yes, I was recently named the best Juju Musician of the year by City People magazine, I was also named the best Juju artiste of the year by the Freelance Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria, FIBAN, and then NOMASA 2018 also named me Juju artiste of the year.
2018 looked like a very good year having won so many awards, what are your plans forthe New Year 2019?
Yes, 2018 was a really good year but talking about 2019, I have the plan to shoot a good number of videos. Our musical videos are always time-consuming and very expensive; the reason is
You seem to be the only Juju artiste in recent times that shoots musical video, why did you decide to do that always?
The answer is so simple, that is why you see me winning so many awards. I always have my fans in mind; they are always encouraging me to go beyond my stretch limit to do more for them. Music is about hard work and my fans gave placed me at a level where I can’t afford to disappoint them so I have to keep thinking outside the box to continue to give them the very best. I can’t say because I have big shows every Saturday that I have arrived, no. There are some things I need to do to keep me relevant in the game publicise myself the more. So I can’t stop it.
There is this notion that Mega 99 is based in Ibadan and not Lagos, how true is that?
That is not true, I am Lagos based; though I always have shows at Ibadan and I often pass through Ibadan when I’m travelling. Sometimes my truck and instruments could be found in Ibadan for two or more days especially when I need to travel and branch there. It is true that we have a strong presence in Ibadan but Mega 99 is based in Lagos.
Apart from stage performances and album, what else does Mega 99 do?
We are involved in sales and lease of ultramodern musical instruments that can be used for political campaigns, at crusades, at rallies, in stadia etc. We can also set up sounds for studios, churches and other outfits that need such services. That is the other line of business Mega 99 does.