Banky W shares touching story in birthday tribute to Segun Demuren
In a birthday tribute to co-CEO of E.M.E Records, Segun
Demuren, Banky talked about how Segun helped him when
he hit rock bottom and was thinking of giving up. Quite
touching. Read below…
“About @segundemuren: The morning of Jan 1st
2009 was one of the worst of my life. I went to
Church the night before to pray in the new year…
and there I poured my heart out to God. You see, i
moved back to Lag on Feb 14th 08. It was a tough
decision quitting my well-paid engineering job in nyc
and moving back, but I felt incomplete and
year. I had gained some small popularity in music,
but fame comes way before fortune in my line of
So yes there were videos on tv, but I was flat out
broke. I’d spent all my savings on my music
business.. I was driving a beat down car that broke
down on every possible major road in Lagos, and I
had resorted to “borrowing” 5k from my manager
weekly, to fuel my car and buy recharge cards. I’d
started second guessing my decision. Shld I have
moved back at all? Shld I have listened to folks and
stayed in nyc? It was hard.
show bookings, infact Segun & I used to show up to
events wayyy early just to make sure we could get
inside, and times without number we wld beg &
plead to get 5 mins to perform on shows only to get
turned down. I was frustrated. Why wasn’t my
music working here? Why couldnt ppl see what we
saw? Maybe I wasnt meant to be here? And then
after church that morning, I got accosted by armed
robbers, driven around on the joy-ride-from-hell,
roughed up, and robbed of everything on me.
Phones, money, jewelry, ipod, hat, shoes, u name it.
They kept threatening to shoot me, but I just kept
praying psalm 91 and somehow I made it home to
Segun’s house in one piece. And while I was
grateful to be alive, I sunk into further depression.
For a week plus I wouldn’t leave my room. I felt like
my whole world had come crashing down, and like I
had nothing to show for all my effort and prayers.
And then Segun walked into my room and said “hey
bro.. I know it’s really bad right now. But the good
news is, this is rock bottom. U have hit it, and ur
still alive. It can only get better from here, but U
can’t let it defeat U. U gotta get up, dust it off, and
channel all that nervous energy into making music
again!!” I was in shock..
I was in shock. How did he expect me to just shake
everything off just like that? My mental state was a
total mess. I didn’t have a penny to even pay for the
studio time, and even my car had been bashed. I
said “bro even if I want to record, how would I pay
for it?” He asked who I’d wanna work with and I said
Cobhams. He asked me to find out how much it
would cost… I did. The next day he walked into my
room with the entire amount in full that he had
borrowed from someone. Plus extra for cab fare.
I paid for the Cobhams sessions, and the very first
song we created was “Strong Ting”.. till date one of
my biggest hits in Africa. The requests for
performances started coming.. I started actually
receiving airplay. Ppl finally started understanding
me and my music, and better yet, they ACTUALLY
liked it! My life changed from that moment and so
did my finances.
God has used Segun to guide, direct, help, support
and save me on too many occasions. I want to wish
my big brother and role model a veryyyy happy
birthday, and pray for him that he and his family will
never know lack in Jesus name. For the seeds of
kindness, love and support he has sown in my life
and many others, may God bless him and every
generation born of him. I love you forever, and I look
up to you.
I shared this particular story because I also want to
encourage y’all. I know life can be hard and harsh,
but don’t give up hope after the darkest of nights,
because your morning is right around the corner.