John Asiemo, the ace Nigerian singer fondly called Daddy Showkey, says he was nearly lynched for stealing many years ago.


Showkey revealed he was once a member of a notorious gang when he was hosted on the latest edition of the Honest Bunch podcast.

The 53-year-old ‘Galala’ hitmaker said he and his gang members had access to guns and used them to terrorise people residing in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Showkey revealed that during one of their operations, two of them were caught and were almost burnt alive.


“I was in a gang back in the day. I won’t lie. Some of us found a gun that we used to pick valuables from a refuse dump in Ikorodu. We started using the guns to terrorise the area,” he said.

“One day, when we were out in our usual style, someone saw us and started screaming, ‘Thieves, thieves, thieves’.

“They caught me and my friend and they tied us up and they were going to burn us. We were saved miraculously but unfortunately, they caught 91A and burnt him alive on the new road.


“I am a living testimony for every young man because If I John can be alive today to become Daddy Showkey, there is nobody who can’t become someone. People are usually ashamed to talk about their past but I’m not. I don’t care.”

Daddy Showkey gained popularity in the 1990s with his distinct music style and ‘Galala’ dance steps.

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