Nigerian artist John Ighodaro, well known by his stage name Johnny Drille, has shared an intriguing origin story of his hit song.
He claimed that the song was inspired by the passing of the mother of Don Jazzy, the head of his record label.
He revealed this in a current Hip TV interview.
Don Jazzy and Johnny Drille co-wrote the song “How Are You My Friend,” according to Johnny Drille, who also claimed that the Mavin CEO had the idea for the song.
Johnny Drille said he co-wrote ‘How Are You My Friend’ with Don Jazzy, adding that the song was the idea of the Mavin boss.
He said, “For ‘How Are You My Friend’, the inspiration behind it was, Don Jazzy has just lost his mum like a couple of weeks prior.
“I guess, maybe this [the song] was his own way of talking about it because a lot of people were reaching out to him that he has not heard from like years. So, it just kind of hit him that, ‘Omo, I actually have these many friends that I have not spoken with for so long.’
I also think that we are also in pretty touch times. The economy is crazy. A lot of people having it hard. A lot of people going through things in their lives that sometimes they don’t feel comfortable sharing them. And I guess, maybe that is why people have been able to connect with the song.”