My reunion with Kollington mere advert – Salawa Abeni

When pictures of veteran musicians and former lovers, Queen Salawa Abeni and Kollington Ayinla wrapped in a tight hug surfaced online, many of their fans were giddy with excitement as they felt it signified a reunion between the ex-couple who have a son between them.

However, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, Abeni maintained that the alleged reunion was just for an advert.

She said, “If this interview is about my alleged reunion with Kollington, I am not ready to say anything about it. It was just an advertisement. I don’t have time for things like that.”

Speaking on her current projects, the singer fondly referred to as the ‘Queen of Waka’ said, “I am working on a body of work at the moment and it will address the situation of things in Nigeria at the moment, especially the state of insecurity. I feel we cannot continue like this and something has to be done. It also contains a lot of groovy tunes.”

On the notion that artistes no longer passed salient messages in their songs, Abeni said, “As for me, I neither smoke nor drink. I believe this question would be best answered when I release my forthcoming album.

“We (older musicians) have done our part and the younger artistes are the ones in vogue now. I would advise them to sing songs that have meaningful messages. They should also pay respect to the elderly ones, though none of them has ever disrespected me. My son, Big Sheff, is also an artiste and I advise him to make music that people can learn from.”

The singer, who took a break from the music industry to attend to her health, stated that making a comeback wasn’t tough for her. “It is by the grace of God. That is the job I have done for most of my life, so returning to it wasn’t difficult. There is nothing we do, as human beings, that God doesn’t know about.”

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