Sidney Onoriode Esiri, the Nigerian singer better known as Dr Sid, has revealed why he transitioned from music to film production.


In a recent chat on the BTS podcast, Dr Sid said he had achieved success with music by receiving awards, touring the world and delivering hit records.

He said his last music project did not meet his expectations, leading him to venture into filmmaking.

He added that he is also passionate about gaming, and has started a company in Nigeria to contribute to the country’s gaming ecosystem.


“I had pretty much lived my dream, I had done every single thing I wanted to do in music, I had won awards, I had toured the world, I had had hit records,and when I put out the last body of work that I did, it did not get the response that I was expecting,” he said.

“I have always wanted to make film so for me, that was the next evolution in my career. So I had to make a conscious decision, say you know what? I have given music time, I can always go back to it if I want to but I want to give time into this film but then while doing that as well, I am also a gamer.

“I happened to be in America at a gaming conference and I realised that gaming was a $3 billion industry, the gaming industry makes more money than music and film combined. So I said to myself why are we dulling on this in Africa? So I came back and I started a company to build the Nigerian gaming echo system.”


Dr Sid was previously signed to the former Mo’Hits records.

In 2018, he spoke about how hard he fought to keep the record label together after being blamed for the split of the crew.

The label has since rebranded to Mavin records with new acts like Crayon, Johnny Drille, Ayra Starr, Magixx, among others on the block.


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