Obey made this statement in an interview with HipTV, where he spoke on his long serving music accompaniments.
He said he has been in music for over 60 years now as he started in 1957 without his own instrument, and he struggled for everything he’s now as he had nobody then to support him.
He said: “I’ve been in music now for over 60 years, I started my first band in the year 1957. My experience from the beginning.
“I have to struggle at the beginning because it wasn’t easy at the beginning. Everything man wants to start may not be easy, so for me I worked hard, I struggled before God answered by prayers. I’m a very prayerful person, I believe so much in God, and that has been the most important thing that has sustained my consistency and to be relevant from that time even till now.
“At the beginning I faced challenges, I didn’t have instrument, I have to struggle for everything, I struggled for everything.”
Obey said he had his breakthrough when he signed a record deal with Decker West Africa.
“I had my breakthrough when I was able to get a recording deal with Decker West Africa in those days. It isn’t like this when we have technology and everything,” he stated.
He added: “I lived in Mushin and I had to trekked all the way from Mushin to Habib Oki where we have office of Decker West Africa. I didn’t anybody and I didn’t have money, I trekked all the way from Mushin to be there.”
Chief advised the young musicians to be committed, dedicated and determined to achieve success, as well as to be prayerful.
He stated: “My advice to the younger ones is that they need to be committed, dedicated and determined. With all determination they can scale through. They must be prayerful, that’s all I did, and that’s the story.”
He thanked Headies for the Headies Hall of Fame award given to him and said that he remained relevant in the industry because he always does something new.
“So, for being relevant since that tome till now, it’s because I’m always doing something new.. I have many platinum and gold discs. I don’t even have any silver, all I have is platinum and gold discs.
“So, far this award from Headies, I appreciate it and I thank Headies,” he said.
Obey, who advised the upcoming musicians to be determined, committed and patient, said that they would be successful through hard-work.
He said: “And at the same time I’m saying to new artist that wants to take music as a profession. Be determined, be committed and be patient. And through hard-work you will get there. That’s my advice.”