The talented drummer Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly known as Ara, is undoubtedly a beautiful woman with many male admirers. Those who cherish the hope of being the special man in their lives can consider themselves lucky if they manage to capture the heart of the singer.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, she explained that she is still open to loving someone and being loved in return. She said, “Yes, marriage is an issue for me. I would definitely like to get married again. I would definitely want to love and be loved again. I am very open to it. It’s just that when you have been scarred, you tend to think of everyone as a rascal, and you tend to be more cautious. But that does not mean there are not good people. There are definitely good guys. So fingers crossed, we will see how it goes.”
The singer also revealed that she is in the process of promoting young female drummers. She said, “There are many talking female drummers, but I agree that none of them have reached the level I have. Being a pacesetter is a big task for a female speaking drummer, or for any drummer at all. Whenever a drummer is spotted, people send me their videos and pictures. Recently, I had a meeting with many female drummers, and it was beautiful. I decided to mentor them because many of them approached me. There were many things that were bothering them and they needed direction. We had our first meeting and soon we will have another big meeting where the women drummers will come to Lagos from different parts of the Southwest and other parts of the country. There are some female drummers who are as young as five years old. We need to encourage drummers and artists in general. We have not been given the space we deserve and we are not appreciated as we should be. It is a sad development, but I believe that by God’s grace things will change. There will be a positive turnaround for everyone on our platform.”
On the topic of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, she said, “I have heard victims talk about it. However, I would say I was lucky in that regard. When I started out, it was fate and passion that drove me into the entertainment business. I had no sense of the streets at all. There are instances where I would have fallen, but being a really naive person, I did not even know they were supposed to be traps. I did not feel it was abuse or harassment. But over time, it looked like it, and I resisted. That’s the reason I had a lot of problems at the end of the day. So, yes, that (harassment) is very real. But some women also offer themselves to these men because they are desperate to be famous. But if you have what it takes to be a star, you do not need to sell yourself or give your body to a man