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Born: 1959-01-16
Profession: Musician
Nation: Nigerian
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My father was a very difficult man.

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My musical career was an accident.

Tags: Accident, Career, Musical

Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.

Tags: Music, Once, Whole

People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.

Tags: Attention, Hold, Someone

Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.

Tags: Bad, Close, Radio

The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time.

Tags: Anxiety, Late, Time

To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.

Tags: Mother, Pretend, Strong

When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.

Tags: Detach, Emotions, Studio

When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what.

Tags: Almost, Music, Young

When you tour, you regain the music and the connection with the audience.

Tags: Audience, Connection, Music

From being at art college, I've always hated people that have the gall to think that they're being incredibly different when they're doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they've seen someone else doing.

Tags: Art, Else, Someone

I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.

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People are so used to having their lives filmed, they're not even conscious of having cameras around. I still have that sort of suspicion when a camera comes out. I view it as a thing to fear.

Tags: Fear, Lives, Used

When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.

Tags: Create, Stage, Whatever

I can't see myself just endlessly singing the same songs over and over again.

Tags: Again, Singing, Songs

I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.

Tags: Ambition, Aspire, Pick

I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.

Tags: Attitude, Bit, Punk

I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists.

Tags: Rather, Spend, Time

There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.

Tags: Class, Far, Money

Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?

Tags: Food, Lost, Moment

All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!

Tags: Appeal, British, Thanks

I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity.

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I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.

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I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage.

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I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person.

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I don't like looking outrageous.

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I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music.

Tags: Music, Technical, Training

I look a lot like my father and his mother.

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I love writing songs.

Tags: Love, Songs, Writing

I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.

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I'm always late.

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I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.

Tags: Sing, Top, Wacky

I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.

Tags: Attention, Best, Bring

I've got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time.

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I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.

Tags: Associated, Female, Singers

If you're only making an album every 10 years, it better be good.

Tags: Album, Good, Making

London was a really multi-racial city ... It's incredible how comfortable people are with race there.

Tags: City, London, Race

Most of my lyrics are little stories about my experiences or those of my friends.

Tags: Friends, Lyrics, Stories

My daughter and stepson are really broad-minded.

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A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.

Tags: Another, Good, Society

It is true, there are many bad people; there are more of them than in the past, but that is because there are more people, meaning the population has tripled; there must be three times more bad people.

Tags: Bad, Past, True

The will to work of everyone in the country is the best guarantee of national survival.

Tags: Best, Country, Work

Everyone must correct his own self; this is something more difficult to cope with, but it is not impossible.

Tags: Difficult, Impossible, Self

Many other countries in this world are in a difficult situation, and all the Thai people are probably worried about the fate of Thailand: whether the country would survive or not.

Tags: Country, Difficult, Whether

Nature is something outside our body, but the mind is within us.

Tags: Body, Mind, Nature

In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time, but in general, unity has prevailed.

Tags: General, History, Time

I have been extremely touched by these signs of affection on the part of all the Thai people.

Tags: Affection, Signs, Touched

I am concerned because even in the past two years that were the jubilee years, I have seen evident signs which show that the people are still in great difficulties, and there are things that still need to be remedied and looked after in many areas.

Tags: After, Great, Past

Some say that now that 50 years have passed, we would like another 50 more years to celebrate once again; that means it will be 100 years. After one hundred years, I will be 118 years old.

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The important thing for the survival of the Thai society is that the majority of those who work, both in the government and the private sector, still strive to work in the same direction; this is why the Thai nation still stands.

Tags: Government, Society, Work

Goodness is something that makes us serene and content; it is magnificent. Those who are not good are evil.

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The attainment of the present status of Thailand has to depend on the ability or the actions of all the inhabitants of the country.

Tags: Ability, Country, Present

It could be argued that, in Thailand, many foreigners have come and gone, and the number of people who are considered to be Thai have traveled abroad in a great number.

Tags: Gone, Great, Number

Since that time up until the present time, there have been progress, and changes all through the time. The changes have not come by themselves; these changes have come from the doings of everyone in the country.

Tags: Country, Everyone, Time

There also is the plight that comes from natural disasters; these natural disasters could be alleviated or dealt with; we only need some time to do it.

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Therefore, I think that in the celebration of the 50 years of the present reign, there must be research on the changes that the country has undergone, and in the future, it could be used as a lesson for our future actions.

Tags: Country, Future, Used

Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.

Tags: Democracy, Laws, State

For then only will you be strong, when you cherish the laws, and when the revolutionary attempts of lawless men shall have ceased.

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God loves to help him who strives to help himself.

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What good is it to live a life that brings pains?

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What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?

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Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?

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Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.

Tags: Good, Pride, Wise

There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.

Tags: Fear, Good, Heart

I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.

Tags: Evils, Ignorant, Rather

Everyone's quick to blame the alien.

Tags: Blame, Everyone, Quick

In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.

Tags: End, Heart, Trust

Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.

Tags: Men, Passion, Victory

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.

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And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.

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Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.

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To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.

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Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.

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The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.

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Death is softer by far than tyranny.

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God always strives together with those who strive.

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It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.

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It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

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It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.

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Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.

Tags: God, Lies, Life

A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.

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Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.

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Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.

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Excessive fear is always powerless.

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For know that no one is free, except Zeus.

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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

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It is always in season for old men to learn.

Tags: Education, Men, Old

The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.

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The man who does ill must suffer ill.

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The wisest of the wise may err.

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When a man's willing and eager the god's join in.

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When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?

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Whoever is new to power is always harsh.

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Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

Tags: Diseased, Mind, Words

You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.

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And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.

Tags: Blood, Single, Though

Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.

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By Time and Age full many things are taught.

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For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.

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For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.

Tags: After, Children, Death
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