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I saw a video of veteran singer Daddy Fresh begging for funds to treat himself, a far cry from the reggae king that ruled the airwaves some years ago

So I saw a video of veteran singer Daddy Fresh begging for funds to treat himself, a far cry from the reggae king that ruled the airwaves some years ago.

I felt so bad.
The video brought back memories.

Daddy Fresh was one of the few celebrities I had the opportunity of meeting more than once while living in Ajegunle in the late 90s.
I was a child then.
He lived a couple of streets away (Oluwa Street).

At the time Fresh and Daddy Showkey were the reigning kings of Ajegunle’s music scene,  spearheading the ‘Galala’ movement and bringing the sound to the mainstream.
That was before the likes of African China, Mad Melon and Marvellous Benjy came on the scene.

But I digress.

Seeing Daddy Fresh in person was everything each time I did.

Nothing was as cool as hearing hit songs like ‘Eleru Gberu e’ playing on TV, only to step out and see the very singer who brought the song to life casually walking the streets.

It was a collision of fantasy and reality.

And let me tell you something about this man: He oozed handsomeness in his younger days. Damn! Folks who knew him back then can attest to this.
He truly lived up to his name ‘Fresh’ in his prime.
He usually wore cornrows, and man got the drip and poshness that contrasted with Ajegunle’s ghetto image.

My siblings and I would scream his name and he would hail us back with a big smile.

Despite his larger-than-life persona, he always exuded a warm and welcoming energy. Always!
There was no airs about him.

That’s the much I remember about Daddyfresh Onyebuchi Michael since I left that region in 2003.
And of course his flawless voice and hits including, ‘This World Na Wa O’, ‘Wetin I Go Give You’.

Seeing one of my childhood heroes looking frail on a sickbed, talking about partial stroke, prostate and kidney issues and exhausted finances really got to me.

Daddy Fresh is one of Ajegunle’s biggest exports and I could say he has had a scandal-free career.

It would be nice if the ‘ghetto music’ icon gets the needed assistance to live.

BTV reporting