Evening with Laycon at Echoes of Calabar
When Big Brother Naija reality TV show season 5 winner and current Ogun State Youth Ambassador, Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe, known as Laycon, stepped out last weekend at the upscale restaurant, Echoes of Calabar, Victoria Island, Lagos, he was cynosure of all eyes. He looked entirely different from the outfit he wore to perform at the 14th Headies, which got him knocks.
The event was the album listening session for Laycon hosted by Florence Ita-Giwa’s Echoes of Calabar in collaboration with Azuka Ogujiuba’s Media Room Hub (MRH). The event, which brought together showbiz reporters and fans of the singer under one roof, was an opportunity for guests to savour his latest works, Wagwan and Fall For Me.
Though originally conceived as a listening party, the event became a festival of music, foods, drinks, and talks, as Mama Bakassi and Laycon rocked the dance floor. Laycon also spoke about his transition from the BBNaija House to being a traditional Chief in Ogun State, brand ambassador, and the joy of being the life of the party.
Laycon was eventually ushered to the stage by Ita Giwa where he thrilled the audience with his electric performance for almost an hour.
In a chat with journalists, Laycon said, “When people ask me who Laycon is, I think about the EP I put out last year. If I didn’t put out the EP, there won’t be any reason to go into the house. So, it is the music that made Laycon the artiste, and it’s Laycon the artiste that made Laycon go into the Big Brother House. I feel like Laycon is just a whole lot of stuff.”
On his transition, he said “when you get to a point in your life, you must be cautious of what you do. Every action I take affects millions of people; anything I say may likely sway the opinion of so many people and at that point of realisation, regardless of trying to enjoy life, you have to rethink. A word can affect society,” he noted.
Appreciating his teeming fans for their support, the Big Brother Naija winner said, “I have never travelled out of Nigeria; I have never left Nigeria since I was born. Both male and female fans behave the same way. I went to Uyo and a guy grabbed me from behind and the security tried to pull him away until I asked him to be left alone so I could take a picture with him. It shows I am loved.
Being popular is a means to an end; being famous is a tool to change people’s lives.”
In her remarks, Ita-Giwa said, “after my years in that crazy world of politics, I thought I should put together something completely different. Echoes of Calabar is a lovely restaurant and I am a Calabar woman; we like food and we like to cook. I thought that the restaurant would be a good therapy for me to relax from the crazy life of politics of 28 years.”
She continued: “I have been advocating for the Nigeria entertainment industry for so long and I am glad that Nigerians now appreciate the entertainment industry. I followed the BBNaija show and I know what everybody in that house did. I was happy when Azuka approached me that we must have Laycon here.”
On her part, the CEO, Media Hub Room, Azuka Ogujiuba, said, “I watch BBNaija, but this is the first time I took an interest in a housemate. One of the reasons I liked Laycon in the House was because he’s intelligent. He taught his fellow housemates about philosophy and others and I was surprised that an artiste was that deep. I concluded afterward that I was going to push him. I don’t need anything from him, but we need to make people understand that they can be educated and still be an artiste. We featured Laycon in MRH magazine and we will continue to support entertainers.”
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