Nigerian music is huge in Egypt – Mayorkun

Nigerian music is huge in Egypt – Mayorkun

Hip hop artiste, Mayowa Adewale, aka Mayorkun, visited Egypt recently. He shares some highlights of his trip with BUKOLA BAKARE

What prompted you to travel to Egypt?

I visited Egypt in February 2017, and I went there for a show. I arrived in the country two days before the commencement of the event I was scheduled to perform at.

What did you observe on arrival in Egypt?

Firstly, it was an opportunity for me to visit another African country and I was very elated. Although I had visited Ghana before then, I had never visited a predominantly Muslim African country. There are also Christians in Egypt but the country’s population is mostly made up of Muslims.

What are some of the lessons Nigeria can learn from Egypt in terms of harnessing our tourism potential?

I don’t think that Egypt has more tourist attractions than Nigeria. They have only been able to leverage on what they have. Usually, when people go there, they visit the pyramids, tombs of the Egyptian mummies, or even the museums. During my youth service in Okija, Anambra State, I noticed a lot of tourism potentials in the state. There are also places like the famous Olumo Rock in Ogun State, which can be at par with the pyramids in Egypt where they make millions of dollars from tourism annually; whereas in Nigeria, they make far less than that yearly.

What were your observations about infrastructure in the country?

There is not much difference between Egypt and Nigeria in that aspect because I am very sure the organisers of the event only took me to the highbrow areas where things appear perfect. Notwithstanding, I can tell you that the roads in Kenya are better than what I saw in Egypt.

What other countries would you like to visit?

I would like to visit Zanzibar in Tanzania. I was supposed to go there last year but I had other commitments. I would also love to visit France and Atlanta in the US.

As an entertainer who travels extensively due to the nature of your job, what travel advice can you offer?

Firstly, if you are travelling, you must realise that wherever you are headed would certainly be different from where you are coming from. Having said that, you must be observant of the culture of the people whose country you are visiting. You must also pay attention to a lot of things, especially when you cannot speak their language. If you are a little bit hostile, you might just end up being stranded.

Did you have any embarrassing moments during your stay in Egypt?

Luckily, everything went fine because I had a lot of fun with my fans. I am an easy-going person and there are no airs and graces about me. Being a lover of good things, it was easy for me to bond with my fans.

What were your observations about the entertainment industry in Egypt?

Quite frankly, Nigeria has done better than Egypt in that area. I have never heard of a show or club promoter in Nigeria bringing an Egyptian artiste into the country. It’s a good thing that Nigerian music is huge in Egypt and other African nations.

How did you unwind during your trip?

Whenever I wasn’t performing, I relaxed by swimming. Doing so enabled me to reinvigorate my senses.

Did you buy a keepsake?

I wanted to buy an ash-tray of one of their Pharaohs but unfortunately, I couldn’t get one. Perhaps, on my next visit to the country, I’ll buy one, so I didn’t buy anything on that particular trip.

In terms of security, would you rate Egypt over Nigeria?

In all the countries that I have visited, their level of security is better than what we have in Nigeria and that is the truth. In Egypt, for instance, you cannot wander aimlessly without your identity card. At every point, a security detail would ask you where you are coming from and where you are going. It’s not the same thing in Nigeria; even a foreigner can go anywhere and nobody is going to stop or interrogate him. I don’t think that is good enough because of how it is affecting the level of security in Nigeria.

What are some of the lessons Nigeria can learn from Egypt in terms of harnessing our tourism potential?

I don’t think that Egypt has more tourist attractions than Nigeria. They have only been able to leverage on what they have. Usually, when people go there, they visit the pyramids, tombs of the Egyptian mummies, or even the museums. During my youth service in Okija, Anambra State, I noticed a lot of tourism potentials in the state. There are also places like the famous Olumo Rock in Ogun State, which can be at par with the pyramids in Egypt where they make millions of dollars from tourism annually; whereas in Nigeria, they make far less than that yearly.

What were your observations about infrastructure in the country?

There is not much difference between Egypt and Nigeria in that aspect because I am very sure the organisers of the event only took me to the highbrow areas where things appear perfect. Notwithstanding, I can tell you that the roads in Kenya are better than what I saw in Egypt.

What other countries would you like to visit?

I would like to visit Zanzibar in Tanzania. I was supposed to go there last year but I had other commitments. I would also love to visit France and Atlanta in the US.

As an entertainer who travels extensively due to the nature of your job, what travel advice can you offer?

Firstly, if you are travelling, you must realise that wherever you are headed would certainly be different from where you are coming from. Having said that, you must be observant of the culture of the people whose country you are visiting. You must also pay attention to a lot of things, especially when you cannot speak their language. If you are a little bit hostile, you might just end up being stranded.

Did you have any embarrassing moments during your stay in Egypt?

Luckily, everything went fine because I had a lot of fun with my fans. I am an easy-going person and there are no airs and graces about me. Being a lover of good things, it was easy for me to bond with my fans.

What were your observations about the entertainment industry in Egypt?

Quite frankly, Nigeria has done better than Egypt in that area. I have never heard of a show or club promoter in Nigeria bringing an Egyptian artiste into the country. It’s a good thing that Nigerian music is huge in Egypt and other African nations.

How did you unwind during your trip?

Whenever I wasn’t performing, I relaxed by swimming. Doing so enabled me to reinvigorate my senses.

Did you buy a keepsake?

I wanted to buy an ash-tray of one of their Pharaohs but unfortunately, I couldn’t get one. Perhaps, on my next visit to the country, I’ll buy one, so I didn’t buy anything on that particular trip.

In terms of security, would you rate Egypt over Nigeria?

In all the countries that I have visited, their level of security is better than what we have in Nigeria and that is the truth. In Egypt, for instance, you cannot wander aimlessly without your identity card. At every point, a security detail would ask you where you are coming from and where you are going. It’s not the same thing in Nigeria; even a foreigner can go anywhere and nobody is going to stop or interrogate him. I don’t think that is good enough because of how it is affecting the level of security in Nigeria.

 

source: PUNCH NG

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