Working Woman: DJ Cuppy
Occupation: DJ & Intern at ROC Nation
Inspiration: DJ’ing at an event in Rwanda, Africa (My favorite part of the mixing starts at 3:40)
Noticing that most DJ’s were men intrigued and inspired Cuppy at a young age to start DJ’ing. Her parents gifted her with pioneer DJ decks for her 16th birthday and the rest is history. Her parents words of wisdom, “Whatever you want to do, be the best at it,” echoes in her thoughts as she continues to make a name for herself in the music industry.
7 Things You Need To Know:
- Daughter of Nigerian “Oil Mogul” Billionaire Femi Otedola; if she wasn’t DJing, Cuppy says she would have been an Oil Trader since she has worked very seriously with her Dad.
- Started DJ’ing in London, where she attended and graduated from Kings College; Cuppy has a keen interest of music, and also plays piano & produce.
- Resident DJ at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban
- Cuppy is the official Nigerian Tourism Ambassador
- Earned her nickname “Cuppy,” because she loved cupcakes as a kid
- In 2014, she launched Red Velvet Music Group, a music management and content production business. Under Red Velvet she successfully toured Africa and released House of Cuppy, her first compilation mix.
- Currently enrolled at NYU attaining a Masters of Arts in Music Business.
Cuppy’s Motivation behind her Masters of Arts:
“In the long run, I want to have a company that will give opportunities to African artistes, a platform to launch themselves into the world scene. A lot of music artists waste away because they are not well protected. So, my 10-year plan is to bring all these into the Nigerian entertainment scene.”