Nigerian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Harrison Okiri, popularly known as Harrysong, shares fond memories of his trip to Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,
When did you visit Duisburg and what was your mission there?
I visited Duisburg two years ago, during my European tour and it was very successful. The reception I got was massive.
Was it your first time visiting Duisburg?
Yes, that was my first time of visiting the city.
Did you travel alone or in company with people?
I travelled with my team. It was a tour so my team was present.
What are some of the things that fascinated you when you arrived in Duisburg?
I was fascinated by the beauty and freshness of the city. The people are happy and cheerful. They easily accept visitors. The reception I got was breathtaking and my songs are so big there. As a matter of fact, we had two performances and the response we got was great. It received so much love and it was a very good experience.
How would you describe the culture of the people there and what are some of the things that stand them out?
They don’t discriminate; there is mutual love and understanding. They believe in oneness, appreciate themselves and are very free with one another. They are also very humble people who respect themselves.
What are some of the food that tickled your taste buds while you were there?
Although they have great meals, I didn’t taste any of them. I didn’t want to take the risk of eating something that would upset my stomach. While I was there, I was just feeding on fruits and water.
Were they receptive towards you as a Nigerian?
Of course, they were. They are very receptive and respectful people.
How informed are they about Nigeria?
They are very informed about Nigeria. They have good records about Nigeria and they love Nigerians.
What were some of the tourist sites and attractions that you visited during your stay in Duisburg and what did you take away from there?
I didn’t really go out because there was no time to visit anywhere. It was from the airport to the hotel where we lodged and from the hotel to the venue of the events. Everything happened at the venue of my show.
Were there downsides to your trip?
No, there wasn’t. I enjoyed every bit of the tour and everything went smoothly.
As a musician, how would you rate the music industry over there compared with what is obtainable in the Nigerian music industry?
They are sophisticated and informed because they have a platform that is working. Unlike the Nigerian music industry, we are still struggling to build a platform.
Which other places would you like to visit?
I don’t know. I am not really a travelling person. I don’t travel for fun. I only travel when it is business-related.
What is the best travel advice you can give?
Travel comfortably and be sure of the purpose of your trip. You should have a good reason before embarking on any trip.
Did you buy any keepsakes during your trip?
I don’t remember buying anything because it’s been a while.
In terms of security of lives and properties, how would you rate Duisburg over Nigeria?
We cannot compare Nigeria and Duisburg in terms of security. There is no security in Nigeria at all. The only people that have security in this country are politicians because they have security men guarding them. The masses are on their own because their lives and properties are not secure.
Did you observe any similarities between Duisburg and other major Nigerian cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt?
There was nothing of such. Duisburg is not similar to Nigeria and nothing I saw there reminded me about Nigeria.
What was the weather like when you travelled?
It was a bit cold but I was okay. We went prepared because we carried out research on what the weather was like before leaving Nigeria. We went there properly dressed.
Is there anything you saw in Duisburg that you would love to see replicated in Nigeria?
I would love for everything to be replicated in Nigeria. The people in Duisburg are happy; they celebrate with you when you are celebrating. For them, it is not about culture or where you are from. They have love and respect for each other. In Nigeria, most times it is about Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa and Igbo etc. There is a lot of tribalism and culture discrimination. Sometimes, some people even say it to your face that you are not from their tribe so they cannot help you, and that is very wrong. If we continue with this, then we won’t move forward as individuals and as a country
Don Jazzy, Dad Celebrate Birthday Today
Nigerian music producer, Don Jazzy and his father, Mavingrandpa rang in their birthdays on Thursday.
The father and son, who happen to be birthday mates, have both turned a year older.
Taking to Instagram, Don Jazzy shared a photo of himself to mark his 38th birthday and he also expressed his gratitude to God for keeping him alive.
The music producer also called on his fans to wish his father a happy birthday since they were born on the same day.
In his words;
“It’s my birthday today. Dear lord I do not take it for granted. It’s been one crazy year. I give GOD all the glory for life and the many blessings. Pls guys help me wish my dad @mavingrandpa a happy birthday also as we share the day. Thank you guys for all the wishes already I feel loved hehe. I love y’all too.”
See his post below:
Singer Davido Reveals Secret To Staying Rich (Photo)
Popular award-winning singer, David Adedeji Adeleke better known as Davido, has revealed a viral secret to staying rich.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, the 28-year-old singer, who is quite known for lending a helping hand to those around him, said that staying rich is a simple math.
Davido also suggested that one must empower people close to them to attain such feat and at the end, he or she will never lack.
“Wanna stay Rich ?? Empower your circle … simple maths” he tweeted.
Information Nigeria recalls the singer, who has stuck to his advice, extended his generosity to the DJ who mixed his old songs at his 28th birthday party by gifting him 1 million.
See his tweet below:
Actress Linda Osifo Recounts How She Got Teased About Her Tribal Marks
Nigerian actress, Linda Osifo has revealed that she was bullied during her younger years due to her tribal marks.
The 29-year-old actress said that she was in elementary school in Canada when she started getting teased about her tribal marks and she considered undergoing a medical procedure to remove it.
Osifo said that her peers made fun of her as they constantly asked her if she got scratched by lions in Africa.
Her post reads;
“It’s the Tribal Marks for me!
Back in elementary school in Canada, I remember being made fun of about my tribal marks and being asked if I got scratched by lions in Africa. The teasing got so bad that I tried surgically to remove my tribal marks…..(Ouch ).
I felt it made me so ugly and weird from everyone else around me because I didn’t understand why I had it in the first place! Now that I’m all grown and wise, I’ve come to realize how beautiful & unique it sure makes me look. True beauty does not come from physical attributes…true beauty comes from what is within.
Here’s to the tribal mark gang”
See her post below:
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