Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana but popularly known and called ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ by friends and fans in the entertainment circle. The Ekiti State indigene trained lawyer was born and bred in Lagos, the centre of excellence, schooled in Osun State before he travelled out of the shores of Nigeria to pursue a Law degree in the United Kingdom. The comical artiste in this exclusive chat with MUTIAT ALLI, speaks on winning his frst AMVCA award, style of music, name, choice of lady, sense of humour among others issues. Enjoy…
How do you feel winning your frst award as an actor?
I feel so grateful to God Almighty, my family, fans and most especially Funke Akindele, CEO Scene One Production, for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent. Believe me, sincerely, I never believed I could win because the category for the Best act in a comedy, movie or TV series was a keen one because other people in the category are talented and have been in the feld before me. Did you see the award coming the frst place? Like every nominee in that category, I had faith that I would win but if eventually I did not win, been nominated alone makes me feel that I am a winner already but now that I eventually won, I am super-excited. I spent most time canvasing for vote on social media and it happened. With winning your frst Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award, are you going to consider taking acting fully? If the roles keep coming, I will defnitely act but I can’t leave doing music. I can only combine both together and make things work out without disturbing each other. I am positive that more awards will come before the end of the year.
As a graduate of Law and a qualifed Barrister, what inspired you to drop law for music?
It’s a matter of passion. When you have passion for something, it’s not that maybe I don’t like legal profession; law is wonderful prestigious profession, I am also somebody that if will still be successful. Why?
It’s because there is brain upstairs, a lot up there. But something of passion I love so much to do is that I really enjoy myself anytime I’m writing or recording music and performing on the stage. You know something that gives you maximum satisfaction. There is no way you will not follow your heart and that is why am here today.
How and why did you come up with the name ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’?
The name ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ generally speaking is just a title that they gave me. When you say somebody is bad guy, you know that there is something about him that is so strong; something about his character that is so strong. That is why they have to call him the Bad Guy but my own Bad guy actually has an acronym because I spell it BAHD “Brilliant and Highly Distinct”. So that’s the kind of guy that I am exactly.
If you aren’t doing music or practicing law, what else would you rather fnd yourself doing?
Well, apart from music and law, if there’s something I want to do professionally… I would like to be a professional footballer; I so much like sport and football in particular.
I believe so much in my skills as well. I think I’m capable of playing professionally, the problem is that Super Eagles suppose to sign me but they missed their chance, they missed their opportunity but it’s so unfortunate for them… what can I say?
You seem to have quite a large number of viewers on YouTube and other platforms because of your comical and humorous videos/skits, what inspires the idea and concept behind these videos? The skits are just something of comedy nature. I can not necessarily call myself a comedian but I like to say I’m comical, comical because all these things I do is like funny stuffs but generally speaking, initially I didn’t even want to do something like interaction with my followers, my fans and before I know it, it was out of hand. You know everything just went out of hand. But what really inspires me are just things that are happening in life and around me. Generally speaking, there are a lot of local people in my surrounding, so all I do is just tap into the anointing and then just try to express myself and you know that’s what the end result is always.
Is Falz in a relationship?
Well in terms of relationship matter, I want to keep that one aside for now because relationship can be distraction. When somebody loves a woman so much, he abandons his work and those things I don’t want that to be my story. So matter of relationship is to one side, I am still single and I don’t have anybody.
So should we #tag you (SSS) single and seriously searching or (SRM) Single Ready to Mingle?
No, it’s not like single and just ok where it is. I am not necessarily searching and not searching doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s not ready to mingle. We can still mingle and catch fun together and who knows somebody may just capture my heart. So I may be over here saying I’m not searching, I’m not searching and somebody may be out there just planning for me and by the time they capture me like this I will become love struck, what can I do when it happens? How do you like your girls, tall or short, dark or light skinned, big or small? To be completely honest in terms of stature not necessarily, particular of a stature but somebody who is very intelligent, somebody with a wonderful sense of humour. These are the things I really look out for in a woman. But in terms of preference, generally I think I like the light skinned girls but this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no hope for dark skinned girls and it doesn’t mean that you should go and bleach. If you had to date a Nigerian celebrity, who would it be and why? Wow! Wow!! Wow! Maybe Chidinma or Yemi Alade; Please don’t forget these are beautiful ladies and I will like to date them. What do you like about Chidinma? She’s very pretty, she’s petit, there’s cuteness and sweetness about her and that what’s attractive about her, although we may not yet necessarily fow to that level for me to know what’s inside her.
I’m only speaking from the outside, that’s it. What about Yemi Alade?
Yemi Alade is also beautiful. If you look at her physic, I swear one cannot deny that; in fact, that’s a wonderful lady but you know also it’s not maybe that we know each other to that extent that I can also say that ok, these are what will make me want to date her. I’m only speaking based on the looks. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done? Well one time I ate antelope meat, it’s a bit strange to me; it’s not normal but it actually tasted very nice, very nice. We mixed it with palm wine and it got down so nicely. If you are out there and you’ve never tasted antelope meat with palm wine, I think you should try it today, trust me, you will like it. Describe your style of music in one word? My style of music in one word is distinct, because everything inside my music sets me apart from everybody else. Now if you listen to my records, you will not understand the angle I am coming from because it’s something that you will be like ask, who is this guy, what really happened to him and why is he doing like this? But that is my own style that is the approach.
A lot of my lyrical content is laced with humour; such as funny orikis and stuffs, but if you listen more deeply, listen beyond that humour, there’s always a strong message in every record but some people will not listen beyond the humour why?
All because they are catching fun, laughing at all the lyrical content and stuffs but if you still listen beyond that, you are always going to pick something and that is what I love.