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Madness, an evening with Terry G

December 2, 2015 9
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The sweat was dripping from his face. He didn’t seem to notice. His dread locks swayed from side to side as he raised one leg while simultaneously mimicking the act of pinching his chest and sides. All of this was done with an expression of immense pain on his face, as though each pinch had hurt terribly. The crowd roared. It was his signature dance move.  


I stood staring at Terry G in awe. Not because of his electrifying performance. Not because of the way he worked the crowd. Not because of the pure energy with which he moved.  Not even because of the throngs of girls trying to jump on the stage just to get a feel of his legs.  I stood in awe because barely 15 minutes ago, we had been sitting on the trunk of a car talking about life and having a drink. He had been extremely calm and would only talk when necessary. He was the type of person who’d rather listen than talk. And when he talked, it was usually to give out pearls of wisdom. He held up his phone, logged onto his Instagram page and showed me a picture of a beautiful white Ferrari. He had bought it a few weeks back. I was caught somewhere in between envy and respect. He wasn’t showing me the picture to brag as a lot of others would have done. No, he showed me to inspire me. As he showed me the picture, he told me that I should never believe the lies about these things being hard to achieve or get. He told me it was not only possible, but easy. All I needed to do was work hard, work smart, stay focused, but most importantly, have a close relationship with God. I wasn’t sure if I had heard right. Did Terry G just preach to me? The ‘Akpako Master’ himself? This was crazy.


Someone offered him a cigarette. He politely declined. He was about to perform so he was very cautious of everything that was going into his system.  He had been billed to perform at the TECNO Boom Party at the University of Abuja, Nigeria. With this calm and calculated atmosphere about him, my mind drifted back about 3 weeks ago when he had been at the TECNO office to discuss business terms. A female colleague of mine (with admiration in her eyes) pulled me aside and whispered that she couldn’t believe this was Terry G. I couldn’t blame her. In his music videos, Terry appeared to have the energy and feel of a mad man or at least someone who was heavily intoxicated. He was also fond of portraying the role of a mental patient locked up in a mental institution. My colleague explained that she had expected him to be loud, lousy and just short of crazy. But here he was; calm, calculative, well-informed and extremely smart. She had always been a fan of his music but now she was also a fan of the man behind the music.  


A crew member strolled over to tell us that Dammy Krane had just finished performing and that Terry was up next. He would be the last act for the night. We agreed to continue with our discussion after the performance and he was silent for a minute before finally leaving. He had been praying. I rushed over to the campus theatre being used for the event and thanked my stars for having a TECNO Crew Tag hanging from my neck. The theatre although quite large, was packed to the rafters. Dammy Krane had left the crowd pumped and the feeling of excitement was still in the air. I held my tag in the air, slipped past them and went right beside the stage where I could get a good view of both the crowd and the stage.  The MC informed the students that the moment they had all been waiting for was finally here. All of a sudden, “Ti le, ti le, knack you akpako” boomed out of the speakers and the crowd went crazy.


Somwhere in the middle of his breath-taking performance, he paused and asked the students “Dem talk sey Terry G dey crase, I be like persin wey dey crase??” Before the students could answer, he jumped and began his signature dance. The crowd screamed so loud that I knew I would require painkillers the next morning. The students didn’t need to answer Terry’s question though. I knew the answer. Terry G was not crazy. He was very sane. He was one of the smartest artistes I had ever met.

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    • Usman Sule Ejembi
      dopd
      2018-01-19 10:15:46 Reply
      Usman Sule Ejembi
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      2018-01-19 10:13:38 Reply
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      Usman Sule Ejembi
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      ua usman
      2018-01-19 10:13:38 Reply
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      usman
      2018-01-19 10:11:50 Reply
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      usman
      2018-01-19 10:10:46 Reply
      علي يونس حساري يونس
      علي يونس حساري
      2017-05-14 05:12:45 Reply
    • Qhudus Shuaib
      that a wow
      2018-01-11 01:54:47 Reply
    • علي يونس حساري يونس
      علي يونس حساري
      2017-05-14 05:12:45 Reply
    • dejo regesa nuldisa
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      2017-03-14 05:51:14 Reply
    • VINCI_CJ
      Cool. I love the way this was written. Refreshing it is. Partly because I saw him that night too. The performance was truly electrifying! And the writer of this piece? Just real. For me, truly nice.
      2016-02-25 10:45:38 Reply
    xx

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