While many music lovers might be surprised by the sparkling success being enjoyed by the self acclaimed ‘Golden Boy of Africa’, Tekno Miles, at the moment, the singer would be the first to tell you that even as a teenager, he saw himself perched atop the lofty heights he has attained now, and he would be saying the truth.
It was in November 2013, about a month after he signed for Ubi Franklin and Iyanya’s Triple MG, when he granted his first interview under the label with popular entertainment writer, Daniel Fayemi that he first warned whoever cared to listen that he was the real deal.
Reacting to questions about what the Lagos revellers should expect from him after he relocated from his Abuja base, he made it clear that he was going to conquer a lot more than Lagos.
He said, “Oh my Lord, there are things coming your way. I’m not going to say when but just know that your favourite boy Tekno with Triple MG are coming hard.
I’m in Lagos fully, I am a Lasgidi boy now. I was previously based in Abuja and I conquered the city. I’m the biggest artiste out there. If you go there and say Tekno, they’ll say yeah, that’s the man and I’m thankful to God for that. It’s ABJ to Lasgidi and from Lasgidi it’s going to be around the world and I’m keeping it real”
And barely four years later, he is living his dreams. His unveiling over the weekend as the latest Pepsi ambassador, is another shiny feather to his already glittering hat.
Just days ago, he was tipped by the guys at Billboard as the next Nigerian star to conquer America and it’s easy to agree with them as Sony Music Entertainment owned Columbia Records wouldn’t have invested the whole of 4 million dollars on him earlier in the year if they thought otherwise.
Meanwhile, due credit must be given to Ubi Franklin for his canny ability to snap gems up at the right time, also, his decision to part ways with the fading Iyanya and concentrate on his new best asset is also an inspired one.
Wizkid asides, 2017 seems to be the year of Tekno, and he might soon change his moniker, from ‘Golden Boy of Africa’ to ‘Golden Boy of the World’.