|MC Prince Neche|
|MC Prince Neche With Comedian Akpororo|
(The unizik Entertainment Story)
have always been a comedian from home na, I didnt just want to grow, I
also wanted to learn but there was no platform. There were just two
known comedians here at the time; Parrot Mouth and Kuriano. There were
others: Mc Gentle, Mallam Dagogo and Angel Gabriel and that was all and
these people were unapproachable especially the first two. I remember a
certain day, Kuriano called me down from a stage where I was performing
just to shout at me for cracking a joke he said was his. A joke I heard
in 2008 at enugu (Anyway, that was the day I swore to stay on my own,
work hard and get to the top, and when I do, I will be very accessible
to any upcoming comedian that wants a platform, because it hurts not to
have one). Anyway, the other comedians were still looking to get to the
lime light oh!!! I forgot, there was also Mc Wem and Mc Cup but who know
them kwanu? Them no even get platform not to talk of giving another
person. I met Mc Cup in my fellowship, and funny enough, he decided to
share the little platform he had with me.
wake up one morning and decide to do a show and people will support you.
You can throw a party and people will come.
Them no born you well to do comedy show in Awka as at 2011/2012 if your
name is not P-mouth. If you even decide to do it, you will call Parrot
mouth and ask him to give you a date when to do your show so it will not
clash with his own.
You want to throw a party and you’re not a part of Adonis or Pink? You are mad!!!
you might not know these names)…..etc. all of them have come and the
industry has opened. Everybody has become equal. Shows have become easy
to do. The battle has been fought and won so anybody can now enjoy the
spoils from the war. THAT’S WHERE EVERYTHING STARTED TO SPOIL!!!
show or a party, without proper planning. Not like it’s my business
though but those of you outside this town or looking to come here soon,
please lemme show three serious angles of our entertainment that needs
something else. A lot of ‘A list’ artistes have been to Awka on posters
and handbills only.
Slowdogg or sometimes nobody. We pay for things and we don’t get them.
All the shows are majorly the same. I remember SlimshadyInvasion2, The
guy suffered to bring Derenle to Awka. People doubted like crazy.
Derenle even did a video to tell people that he was coming but still,
people said the video was a scam, that Derenle’s mouth movement and the
audio of the video didn’t sync. And this is as a result of previous show
scams. This town is where great upcoming artistes pay show organisers
to perform at their shows instead of the other way round. I am choosing
not to call out people in this writing maybe because am not Toke
Makinwa, but I know a great number of people know what I am talking
about and the people behind it.
become a medium for runs girls to upgrade their Résumé and launch into a
bigger market of “runs girlship” (Yes I said it, if you vex kill yasef)
It is also a medium for high class runs girls to hide their illicitly
acquired cars from their suspecting parents. Yes na, A girl does ‘runs’
till she can afford a car, but knows that her parents will question her
so she gives the car to a pageant organiser and also supports him/her
with some money, then they will host a pageant and crown her winner.
That way, the car can be branded “Miss One thing like that” or “Face of
Ofu ihe nwannu” instead of the supposed “Miss Ashawo Nigeria”. Haven’t
you wondered why there are so many pageants in Awka?
Pageants here also have their own scam. They would advertise cars and
wardrobe allowance and all expense paid trips to where ever and at the
end of the day, after you have sold tickets for the organisers and
hustle to win the crown, they will rent car, brand it mildly and
present to you on the night of the pageant and from the next morning,
me and the girl will be dragging bus. The scam in the pageant world is
something I can’t finish talking about today so I will leave it and talk
about something that gives me serious concern.
In this town, Awards are just like an auctioned item, the highest bidder
gets it or in some cases, if you’re a close friend of the organiser,
then you get one too. They announce 20 voting categories and give out 30
honorary awards. Someone is “Best Dancer of the year” and another
person is “Best Energetic Dancer of the year”…. Really???.
Sometimes they come in tricky forms, “Dear Prince Neche, you have been
recognized to be awarded as Comedian of the year in the next edition of
EZE NDI ARA AWARDS 2016 but you will need to make financial
contributions or support towards the event, ranging from 10 thousand
naira and above”.
Some will ask you as an awardee to come and buy IV to the event at 5k
then bring 10people that will buy IV at 1k each. (Una for tell me say na
Ultimate cycler we dey do)
Awards in this town don’t reward hardwork, but rather recognizes people
that can pay. and somebody will carry money and pay for an award,
collect it and come and use it to decorate his room while still going
hungry(chop the award na).
2016 has been a dope year in the entertainment industry in this town.
Personally I may not have anything to offer anymore, but those of you
that still do, please try to change the game. We need to do things
differently here. We can grow our entertainment industry here, but not
the way we are going.
Dear Fellow entertainers and Showbiz colleagues,
I didn’t write this to spite anybody but to lend a voice and move a
motion for the betterment of our entertainment industry. Awka is not all
there is to entertainment. Packing awards here that you can’t live up
to doesn’t make you a great entertainer. Take your eyes off that title
of “AWKA BEST” , try something more challenging, there are bigger
grounds to conquer, there are bigger dreams to pursue. Step out of your
comfort zone and try new grounds. The sky is wide enough to contain all
|INDUSTREET – The Awka Entertainment Story|
Dear Fellow entertainers and Showbiz colleagues,
write this to spite anybody but to lend a voice and move a motion for
the betterment of our entertainment industry. Awka is not all there is
to entertainment. Packing awards here that you can’t live up to doesn’t
make you a great entertainer. Take your eyes off that title of “AWKA
BEST” , try something more challenging, there are bigger grounds to
conquer, there are bigger dreams to pursue. Step out of your comfort
zone and try new grounds. The sky is wide enough to contain all of us.
My Name is Prince Neche and I wish to see a positive change.