great men passed through times that are not too nice but the important
thing is that, they worked hard and make a decent life as real men.
Read the story as written by popular musician Banky W below:
The morning of Jan 1st 2009 was one of the worst of my life. I went to
Church the night before to pray in the new year… and there I poured my
heart out to God. You see, I moved back to Lagos on February 14th 08.
It was a tough decision quitting my well-paid engineering job in New
York City and moving back, but I felt incomplete and unfulfilled.
That decision however, led to a tough year. I had gained some small
popularity in music, but fame comes way before fortune in my line of
So yes there were videos on tv, but I was flat out broke. I'd spent
all my savings on my music business. I was driving a beat down car
that broke down on every possible major road in Lagos, and I had
resorted to "borrowing" 5k from my manager weekly, to fuel my car and
buy recharge cards.
I'd started second guessing my decision. Should I have moved back at
all? Shld I have listened to folks and stayed in nyc? It was hard. I
wasn't getting any show bookings, infact Segun & I used to show up to
events wayyy early just to make sure we could get inside, and times
without number we wld beg & plead to get 5 mins to perform on shows
only to get turned down. I was frustrated. Why wasn't my music working
here? Why couldnt ppl see what we saw?
Maybe I wasnt meant to be here? And then after church that morning, I
got accosted by armed robbers, driven around on the
joy-ride-from-hell, roughed up, and robbed of everything on me.
Phones, money, jewelry, ipod, hat, shoes, u name it.
They kept threatening to shoot me, but I just kept praying psalm 91
and somehow I made it home to Segun's house in one piece. And while I
was grateful to be alive, I sunk into further depression.
For a week plus I wouldn't leave my room. I felt like my whole world
had come crashing down, and like I had nothing to show for all my
effort and prayers. And then Segun walked into my room and said "hey
I know it's really bad right now. But the good news is, this is rock
bottom. U have hit it, and ur still alive. It can only get better from
here, but U can't let it defeat U. U gotta get up, dust it off, and
channel all that nervous energy into making music again!!" I was in
I was in shock. How did he expect me to just shake everything off just
like that? My mental state was a total mess. I didn't have a penny to
even pay for the studio time, and even my car had been bashed. I said
"bro even if I want to record, how would I pay for it?" He asked who
I'd wanna work with and I said Cobhams.
He asked me to find out how much it would cost… I did. The next day he
walked into my room with the entire amount in full that he had
borrowed from someone. Plus extra for cab fare.
I paid for the Cobhams sessions, and the very first song we created
was "Strong Ting".. till date one of my biggest hits in Africa. The
requests for performances started coming.. I started actually
receiving airplay. Ppl finally started understanding me and my music,
and better yet, they ACTUALLY liked it! My life changed from that
moment and so did my finances.
God has used Segun to guide, direct, help, support and save me on too
many occasions. I want to wish my big brother and role model a veryyyy
happy birthday, and pray for him that he and his family will never
know lack in Jesus name. For the seeds of kindness, love and support
he has sown in my life and many others, may God bless him and every
generation born of him. I love you forever, and I look up to you.
I shared this particular story because I also want to encourage y'all.
I know life can be hard and harsh, but don't give up hope after the
darkest of nights, because your morning is right around the corner.
Banky Banky W
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