Never Give Up : Heart Warming Birthday Message from Banky W To Segun Demuren

Never Give Up : Heart Warming Birthday Message from Banky W To Segun Demuren

Wow,a very inspiring birthday message from Banky W to Segun Demuren. 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 unfulfilled. That decision however, led
to a tough year. I had gained some small popularity in music, but fame
comes way before fortune in my line of work.

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. I wasn’t getting any
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.
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.
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..

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

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.

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.

Love to hear from you

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