For Olawunmi Okerayi, popularly called DJ Lambo, stepping into the music world came with a lot of challenges.
She explained to Moet Abebe of Soundcity TV that she almost gave up when she just started as a result of the rejections she got.
However, with time, she made her mark and proved that she was there to stay.
DJ Lambo explained that her acceptance and recognition in the field wasn’t by mere chance. She said she was treated badly by some male DJs because she was female.
“I had people around me who support me and encourage me to do better but not everyone is going to treat me like that. I’ve had guys in this industry, other male DJs, treat me terribly, treat me like I didn’t know what I was doing just because I am a female. But most importantly, it has to be your spirit, you have to be so strong.”
Irrespective of that, DJ Lambo says she keeps moving and still breaks boundaries as a female DJ.
“It’s not being easy but I don’t take No for an answer. I call myself a shark. That’s what I am. I keep moving. I’m just going to keep moving ruthlessly forward.”
In 2015, she was listed on ‘top 5 Nigerian DJ’s to watch out for’ by the Nigerian Entertainment Today newspaper.
In 2016, she won “DJ of the Year (Female)” at the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards.
In 2017, DJ Lambo was among the few DJs selected to play at Big Brother Nigeria Saturday’s party at season 2 of the Big Brother Naija reality game show.
On 14 June 2017, she was announced as the head and president of Choc Boi Nation (CBN), an imprint under Chocolate City Music, a Nigerian record label regarded the biggest and most successful indigenous urban record labels in Africa.
The announcement made her one of the major and female record label executives in the music industry in Nigeria, a role she describes as a “huge responsibility. It’s like I have kids now. Its scary and exciting at the same time.”
DJ Lambo says she’s working on a project to empower girls and make them believe that they can achieve whatever their dreams are.