My Name is Terver Malu
“I learned how to move in a room full of Vultures”
Here I was meeting and greeting with the stars smartly dressed in my all-white linen threads. A few moments ago I walked my first red carpet and it was everything I had seen on TV; lights, cameras, glitz and glamour. They even had a bunch of amped-up youth cheering you on as you approached the press stand, I suspected that they were the hired welcome party but I didn’t mind at all. I soaked it all up like a dry sponge and believe it or not I did feel like one of the stars for a brief second…Boy! these guys sure know how to put on a show!! I thought
The champagne and hors d’oeuvres flowed freely as I meandered through the crowd catching a glimpse of some of my favourite Nigerian artist. It was barely a month ago when I traded in my suit and tie for a career in the rapidly growing music and entertainment industry; and from what I had seen so far tonight, it didn’t seem like such a bad idea after all.
A few cocktails and an hour later we were ushered into the hall and directed to our seats at the VVIP section of the Eko convention centre. And just when I thought the night couldn’t get any better, guess who walks up to say hello to the team… the original Akpako master himself Terry G! who is undoubtedly one of the biggest music stars at the time (2010). But that’s not all, to my right we were flanked by former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Munachi (who totally deserved the crown) and her crew and to my left is the incredible Mo Hits crew in all their glory. I couldn’t wait to tell folks back home about this once in a lifetime experience (or so I thought)
But right before the awards show kicked off a series of unexpected events happened that should have triggered my sixth sense to the reality in front of me if only I wasn’t so lost in the glitz and glamour of the night. That was almost 10 years ago and all I can say is that truly, not all that glitters…… one day, one day I will tell you my Lagos story.