Working with Wizkid, a dream come true — Terri
Twenty-one-year-old Terry Akewe, popularly known as Terri, tells ADEMOLA OLONILUA and MOBOLA SADIQ how his dream of being signed to Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment record label came true among other issues
Is your song, ‘Ojoro’, from a personal experience?
It is not from personal experience. However, I have heard real stories about that type of scenario. As a creative person, one should be able to put the music in a way that people can understand and relate to it.
Have you ever been heartbroken?
Yes, I have.
How and when did you start doing music?
I started doing music in junior secondary school. My dad used to play the albums of artistes such as D’banj and P-Square in the house. But, music really hit me when people such as Wizkid and Ice Prince started making waves in the industry. A lot of young people could relate to their music. I have always loved music and having grown up in a large family, I was always watching music videos. I got into trouble many times because I was always carried away whenever I heard music. Fortunately, I had a friend that also liked music, so we both saved some money to pay for a studio session. People started listening to me and that was actually the turning point for me. Along the line, I won an award from City People Magazine. Afterwards, I started attending proper shows. Meanwhile, I was also trying to gain admission into the university.
Did you get the admission?
Yes, I did. I got admission into the University of Lagos to study Marine Insurance two years ago. But, schooling is on hold right now.
It appears Wizkid is your idol. Has he always inspired your music?
Yes, Wizkid has always inspired my music. He has been a great inspiration to me. From the days of his little beginning, I have always admired his style. Wizkid gave me every reason to love him and I still do. I also get inspiration from other artistes too. It is a blessing that Nigeria and Africa have a rich afrobeats history and it is still in evolution.
How did you meet Wizkid and got signed to his record label?
I actually met Wizkid online. I did a ‘cover’ of one of his songs in 2018. Then, I got a message from someone in his circle that they liked my sound and wanted to work with me. I had no idea it was Wizkid they were referring to. They sent me an address and when I got to the house, I found out that I was in Wizkid’s house. We went on to record Soco and six months after that, I got signed to his label.