Gabriel Amanyi, Nigerian singer better known as Terry G, says he is the “Jesus” of Nigerian music, claiming that he pioneered several trends now holding sway in the country’s entertainment industry.
The controversial singer disclosed this while speaking with Channels Television on Tuesday. He also reflected on his music career and present happenings in the country’s musical landscape.
“I’m the Jesus of Nigerian music, I’m not the Christ. The Christ is the savior, Jesus is a name, and for the fact that Jesus is the most popular name that died for us and sacrificed for us,” he said.
The singer also spoke on the criticisms that trailed his career — especially the fact that he smokes — noting that Nigerians were only being hypocritical.
“It took me a while to take this risk that a lot of persons discriminated against me for and now, they see people smoking, doing stuff and nobody is talking. There must be a pace-setter,” he said.
He went on to react to comparisons between him and Naira Marley, attributing such to the semblance in their approach to music.
“Anybody that acts crazy might probably be rated with Terry G,” he said.
The ‘Akpako Master’ also talked up the possibility of collaborating with the ‘Soapy’ crooner in the future, stating that “I see me and Naira Marley making the world go crazier.”
He called on Nigerian artistes to always make the most when they are in spotlight because such is fleeting.
“When the lights are shining on you, do not think that they would be forever. My own fame was full of pressure, controversies,” he said.
Born on March 17, 1986, Terry G has etched his name on the minds of many of his followers with his often controversial approach to music.
The 33-year-old singer had in 2017 expressed his intention to become “governor and deputy governor” of Benue state.
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