Two years ago, you were involved in an accident that led to the death of your friend, Tiona. How are you coping?
The accident affected me psychologically. The whole event was very traumatising.
What caused the accident?
I cannot remember much about the night. I can only trace the events of the night through two people’s accounts. No one mentioned alcohol. But I do understand why people would presume there was alcohol involved considering there was a dinner party that we had come from.
Do you remember your last moments with Tiona?
Yeah, I remember we sang along to one of our favourite songs at my friend’s party.
Have you recovered from the accident?
Not yet. I hope in due time I will get over it.
Months later, a botched security drill at your college resulted in one death. Did this freak you out?
Not really. I wasn’t in school at the time. I was just about to clear school, so I was home studying for my exams. I remember a cousin of mine calling me to find out if I was safe, but I was totally clueless.
When I went on Twitter, that’s when I saw what was going on. Clearly, God did not want me to go through more than I can handle. It affected me in a different way. The students had so many questions which the administration couldn’t answer.
What pushed you to recovery?
I didn’t want the accident to define my future. I couldn’t picture a life where I couldn’t do the things I loved like, getting on stage or travelling. Also, I had a very good support system. My family, friends and doctors took care of me and encouraged me.
Did the accident change how you view life?
Yes. There are very many things I didn’t cherish or view as important. My mind-set has changed and I do everything knowing that life is short and only stay in relationships with people that I know will be there for me, no matter what.
You participated in Coke Studio. Why do you think they chose you despite the fact that you were still recovering?
I think they saw it as a great opportunity to motivate me. I needed to fully recover. My producer, Kevin Provoke, is actually the one who called me to break the news and I wondered, ‘Why me?’ I was just recovering from the accident. I was quite honoured that they chose someone who could easily pass out on stage. I started a serious recovery programme because I did not want to disappoint them.
How was it like working with Ne-Yo?
It was a great experience. It was an honour to be chosen to work with Ne-Yo. He is a very down-to-earth guy and offered me a lot of advice.
There were rumours that Ne-Yo had a crush on you. How true are these allegations?
He was always picking on me, so everyone concluded that he felt something. Don’t get it twisted though; it was just fun and nothing serious. Ne-Yo is a very nice person.
Are you still in touch with him?
I texted him a while ago to congratulate him on his engagement to his long-time girlfriend. We both talk on our personal lines and he replies promptly.
Who has been your strongest pillar?
My mum. She is saved and strongly believed in God that everything would be okay. I had to repeat a semester in school and every time I came home depressed, she would look at me say, ‘You have survived an accident and lost a friend. You are back on your feet. There is no way you can give up now.’ I love her for that. She really helped me through the whole process