Lagos, Wednesday 3 March
Rise up and shine @ 8.00 AM in Lagos Surelere. We’re staying at a fine hotel. Surelere is a quite place where most of the entertainment stars live or party. Our room is a comfortable one with a living room, master bedroom and a douche with bath.
Today I’m finally going to meet Udoka (marketer) whom I’m working with but never seen before in real person. He is the one who did several selections/mix tapes in Naija for exposure of I music. Today Idi gave me the selections and newspaper I already appeared on. This without even being in the country! Udoka done well o. Soon to appear here on www.geoffy-g.com!
We first went to go and eat some fine Naija food/breakfast >> rice, gari with egusi, ogbono or vegetable soup. They didn’t had one of my favorite soup egusi. That’s why I took some rice with native soup. Back in Holland I’m used to eat rice with stew, but here in Naija they use native soup as well. So I just wanted to try this, cause what doesn’t kills you only makes you stronger, LOL. I found it very delicious!
After eating it was time to meet Jude (manager). He’s the manager arranging collabo’s and productions for I in Naija. We haven’t done business still, but he made some good preparations for I when I was in Holland. He did, so we didn’t had to waste any time when arriving in Lagos. We met, chatted and talked business. He was very excited and willing to work with I as an artist and person. This was vice versa. He’s the one handling Nnenka’ (Igbo/Germany) music here in Naija. I felt honored to be recognized by so so so person. We arranged the recording studio for the first track. Starting the next day. Then we planned an interview for this Friday @ Galaxy TV. More stations to come! Finally I let him here some snippets of I new material for a new reggae orientated album. I like working ahead. From the first tune he heard, a smile appeared on his face. He was totally stunned as he said himself. He told me that these were al hits and was sure I was going to take Naija music to another level.
Our next meeting then was with Udoka. He also gave me a good feeling bout I music in Naija. He and Jude truly believe in my music, I as a person and the impact my music can bring to Naija. He was excited to release the EP Maintain Yourself, but didn’t wanted to rush anything. Patience is the best key to success he explained to me. I fully agree with him. First he wanted me to future Naija artists for good promotion and acceptance by my Naija people. Then he wanted me (like Jude also suggested) to do some TV, radio, newspaper and magazine appearances for more and nation wide exposure. From then on we could talk about releasing the EP Maintain Yourself. In my opinion this sounded very good. Can’t wait to do so! So please have patience my Naija people. Udoka is a very smart and honest person, just like Jude. This is rare in Naija, were people are suffering and very focused on making money out of anything or anyone. I praise Jah for bringing us together and hope this working relationship will continue on like this. Also Udoka was very excited bout my new tracks I recorded in Holland for my future album. The game will be locked down when I start dropping my music he said to me. So let’s go!
My mom and Idi whom are one of my Naija advisors gave their blessings. They told me to continue working with Udoka and Jude, cause they also felt the 3 of us are a powerful combination. They had a good feeling bout these two young men, just like I had. So if Nane and Idi give me a go, I’m in!
Tomorrow will be my first day ever recording music in Naija. The first producer I’m going to work with is Peach from Maverick Studios. He’s an upcoming producer/artist and Jude truly believes he and I are a powerful combination. Peach is looking forward working with IandI, this is vice versa. Later on this week I’ll meet Shuger Boi, also an upcoming producer/artist. Both have worked/ore going to work with P Square and J Martins. Big names, so good promotion for I in Naija. Can’t wait to start making some music in I motherland. I was born ready so let’s make things happen. I’m truly Blessed and I thank and salute you for that Lord!
Moving Mountains Baby!