I Chose Music: Emmanuel’s Story

I Chose Music

I was the best student in Math and Further Math back in secondary school. When it was time for me to get into the University, I settled for Mechanical Engineering. 

My parents thought I would continue along that line, but after graduation, I chose music instead and found my love for playing the guitar. 

My dad noticed I was spending a lot of time practising the guitar. Back then, I would spend between 8 and 10 hours daily on a given stretch. For him, playing the guitar was meant to be a hobby, but he noticed my passion and consistency and was concerned.

I remember he would rather have me sleeping or watching TV, than playing guitar, but I had always known where I was going. 

In 2012, during one of the worship sessions in church, I got a word that I was going to be the best in the world. I knew I had to remain committed to get there, and, thankfully, I have done nothing less than that ever since. 

When I started earning income from my performances, I began making financial contributions at home. Though my parents didn’t need it as much, I knew it was the right thing to do. When I wanted to relocate to Lagos in search of bigger opportunities, I only told my dad I wanted to visit for a while. 

It was just my mum who knew of my plan to move to Lagos and start my musical career. Since we both knew letting my dad in on my plan might pose a serious challenge, we decided to keep it secret until later on. 

But over time, my dad started to become more receptive towards my career choice. 

My mother had told him about how I used to help with the bills in the house from my music gigs and that made him see me differently. He eventually realized I was now taking responsibility and that music could put food on my table. 

Finally, I had my family’s full support. 

The truth is, my parents love me but they just wanted to be sure I was making the right decision for my life, hence their initial worry and hesitation. Today, I do more than music; I also create comedic content and so far, it has been an exciting career journey. 

Sometimes I have had to push myself, but I’m glad to be doing the things that I enjoy. Our purpose on earth is to add value to humanity. Our means of achieving it may vary, but the goal is the same, and my weapons of choice are my comedic talent and my guitar.

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