Exclusive: My fears about marriage — Terry G
How down-to-earth could Terry G be?
All the way may just be the answer. The ‘Mad
man’ on stage as he is called is a talented and
successful entertainer, instrumentalist, singer and
music producer. In this interview with Weekend
Groove, the father of one talks about his pure
water business, his marriage plans, and much
How has life been treating you lately?
I thank God, life has been so good, positive and I
have been working on the brand, Terry G; making
it look more attractive and appealing so that it
can be widely accepted.
Why did you venture into pure water business
when there are other lucrative businesses?
You know music is a special part of my life; music
is a hobby, it is what I love doing. To obey the rule
of diversification, I ventured into other
businesses beside the music business. Terry G’s
water is the first business I ventured into apart
from music and it has helped guide me into other
How is the Terry G’s pure water doing in the
It has been doing
massively well since we
started. Though the
challenges we are facing
are high; the trucks we
are using for distribution
are not enough to move
the goods around but the
demands are very
encouraging. In the first
two weeks of operation,
we ran out of stock, the
customers’ requests were
beyond our imagination.
Meeting up with
consumers’ demands is
the biggest challenge we are facing but I can tell
you it’s quite interesting.
Is Terry G’s pure water acceptable only within
your vicinity or it goes beyond?
It’s 100 percent accepted within the factory’s
vicinity and beyond. Like I said earlier, we ran out
of stock due to demands. People’s response to
the brand is highly inspiring and I’m glad about
that. I also thank God for the acceptance because
it’s everywhere now.
Why are you yet to get married to Mimi, the
mother of your child?
She’s my fiancée; we are getting married one day
but I don’t want everybody pushing us to settle
down as if they own our lives. One thing many of
them have not realised is that marriage is a
decision we have to make once in life. I don’t
want to make a decision now and change my
mind later or else everybody looking up to me as
a role-model will see me as an irresponsible guy.
Besides, I don’t want to make a rash decision that
I’d regret for the rest of my life. That is why I have
been taking my time, putting things that make
marriage worthwhile together and at the end,
when that fruitfulness is everywhere we can live
our lives together forever. I thank God I have a
good and understanding partner and we are
What do you understand about marriage?
I don’t know anything about marriage, because I
have never been into it, but I believe marriage is
when two opposite sexes are living together as
couple. Technically, I’m married because my
fiancée lives with me and my son. I live like a
married man, though without any ring or court
pronouncement. Everybody asks me about
marriage but hardly talks about divorce. Let’s not
go into that aspect so we don’t hurt the victims of
that circumstance and if I can say it here, I don’t
want to rush into marriage so I won’t become a
victim of the circumstance called divorce.
You recently posted a picture of your son on a
social network playing musical instrument; but
you earlier said you wanted him to be a
Yeah, it’s true. All I know is that he will be a great
man in life. But I want him to learn how to do
many things while he can, so at the end of the day
when he gets to a certain age, he will be able to
choose and make a decision that suits him. What
I’m trying to do is to make him understand
different parts of life. I’m not God, to boldly say
he’s going to be a footballer but that’s just what I
want him to be. I’m going to put him through by
registering him in a football academy in London
but when he gets to the age of decision making;
he can choose to do whatever pleases him. In any
case, we are going to support him with everything
we have as parents.
Recently, you reconciled with your long-time foes,
including Ozone, Timaya and others, why?
Yes, there’s something about life and it is called
maturity. It breeds changes both biologically and
psychologically. Change is the only constant
factor. At a particular time in life, I realised I need
people in my life to be happy and people also
need me to meet their needs. I won’t block the
flow of love by being adamant. I may be a source
of an opportunity and at the same time I don’t
want to be an endangered type or a barricade to
other people’s progress. I believe in peace, so we
make peace to make things happen.
There are speculations that you are relocating to
your house in Lekki?
Me ke? I didn’t buy any house in Lekki and I’m not
relocating to Lekki. Even if I’m going to relocate to
Lekki, it has to be my own house. Lekki is another
environment I would love to reach out to because
of my business because my water factory is still in
my neighbourhood for now, I can’t just leave here
or my business.
As a son of a deaconess, in the church how do
people relate with your personality as Terry G?
Actually, I don’t go to church always, due to time
and my kind of job. But any time I show up in
church, people look at me in an odd way. I just
have to convince myself that I am in church to
How do you find time to serve God?
Going to church doesn’t mean serving God, but I
have time for God always. My conscience is for
God. I fear God and I know that the grace of God
is more than sufficient for me. If you fear God
and know that he exists and he’s always around
to assist you, you are connected to him.
You recently disclosed on a live programme that
you’ve stopped taking hard-drugs, but do you still
take little before going on stage to perform or do
you always ginger yourself with alcoholic drinks?
I don’t drink or take anything before going on
stage. I live a normal life like every other person
but when it comes to a job that makes you who
you are, you have to take it very serious, I don’t
drink before going on stage because it takes a
whole lot of energy and performance requires
energy. Once you drink, it exhausts all your
energy, so I drink only after performances.
Do you have any retirement plan?
I can never retire from music. Music is for life and
forever. I’ll never retire. I’ll keep spreading my
tentacles. I have a dream that one day, my type of
music will be like a mission and every member of
the society will adore my music more than I
How supportive are you to your brother doing
music business like you?
I’m very sure of his confidence, beliefs and
creativity. Apart from singing, he also produces.
I’m very optimistic that he’ll prove himself worthy
in the music scene. He just released a single
entitled ‘Salama’ and its video will be shot soon.
People can judge him when the video is out.
Do you have plans of going into politics like other
I’m not a politician; I’m not planning to go into
politics. It’s not my way; I can keep fighting for the
people with my voice and music. We speak the
minds of the masses with our songs and that’s
what makes us role models, not politics. I don’t
believe we need to join a particular party before
we can fight or speak for the people.
But do you support entertainers going into
Yes, I support them. It’s their choice and in
another way, it will help boost the entertainment
industry and more money may come into the
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