During last week’s airing of the Big Brother Nigeria Lockdown season reunion, one question was consistently asked of its winner and now Afropop sensation, Laycon; ‘What is your focus going forward?’
Laycon’s answer was singular, while he enjoyed the goodwill he got from participating in the reality show and cherished the fans and opportunities it brought him, his primary focus has always been his music. It seemed a pretentious thing to say on a reality show reunion but Laycon’s recent performance of singles off his debut LP ‘Shall We Begin’ at the invitation of the Recording Academy (the folks responsible for the Grammys) is proving that this wasn’t just an empty promise.
The performance was masterful, with Laycon showing significant improvement in his vocal work and his delivery of songs off the LP. We already knew Laycon was a star because he showed us when he came to perform at Clout Radio, but this another reminder that he is not here to play.
No one should really be surprised that Nigeria is getting love from the Grammys. Burna Boy shattered glass ceilings as the first contemporary popstar from Africa to win a Grammy and combined with the successes of Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido, it was only a matter of time before attention was turned here. That Laycon was chosen was a bit of a surprise, a gamble that has paid off for them and him.