OBT‘s unblemished white socks stood out deliberately off his jumped pants to form a rather edgy style conundrum with the white vertical embellishments on the arm and chest region of his carefully folded puffy jacket. For a contemporary Nigerian artiste then in latter 2018, that’s a lot of statement before the action even. Two minutes into
his performance, OBT already had half of the crowd singing along and the other half engrossed in recording clips for social media—which, if you ask me is an A for attention in such a telephone-dependent millennium.
OBT was raised in Ojo, a Lagos suburb, by parents who both worked as teachers. The attention that a son of two teachers attracted on the clamorous streets of Lagos would inherently lead to his first and black only nickname: O.B.T (Omo Baba Teacher) which means son of the male teacher in English language.
Encouraged to dive into music by his interest in digital music production and, he recorded his first music in 2015 while studying sound engineering at Braamfontein in South Africa. But he understood the program was merely a support structure for his real dream of pursuing music back home in Nigeria. “My experiences living in Lagos has influenced my music and growth.” He says. “Growing my listeners and cutting across borders for me is
The video to his most recent Ghanian-inspired single “Medasi” also offers a windowed perspective into the waterside lifestyle at downtown Ghana coupled with mixed up shots of an Afro-Caribbean disco party featuring ace movie star Abayomi Alvin.
OBT discussed the growing attention toward his craft: “Flashback to 2017 I released “killah” and then released my second single, “medasi”. I started growing my listenership from there and really cutting across borders for me was definitely next.”