It is every musician’s dream for their music to be well-received by listeners and by so doing, help establish a connection between them whereby the listener becomes a fan of the artiste, giving them their full support whenever it is required be it for new releases, concert shows, brand endorsements or a clash with another musician. Notjustok’s Fan Affairs is a fun series that examines the relationship of Nigerian musicians and their fans while spotlighting the craziest fan moments of our favourite stars.
In this edition of Fan Affairs, we speak to rapper slash reality TV star, Laycon, who emerged the fan favourite at the Big Brother Naija show to get firsthand insight into the love he gets from his fans, Icons.
When did it first hit you that you had fans?
When it first hit me that I had fans was after I left the BBNaija house; I came out of the house and I saw things. I had conversations, and people's reactions were wild.
But when it really hit me was when I was going for media rounds and I saw people trooping out and calling my name. It was crazy.
What are some things you no longer do or some places you no longer frequent after this happened?
I can't take walks anymore and go to different places I used to go to. I can't even walk on the streets or the estate, or go to my friend's place. The last time I did that, it was crazy.
What is the craziest or most memorable thing a fan has ever done to get your attention?
The craziest thing a fan ever did is actually my most memorable and it was February earlier this year during Valentine's period.
The fan texted me and said she'd like to get Valentine's present across to me. She was out of the country, and I jokingly said "Yeah bring it personally and it would mean a lot to me."
Well, this person actually took a flight from the country she was in, Canada, and brought the present personally to Nigeria.
It got my attention, and I and the person are actually now friends. It was fun, and I appreciated the gift and the person that gifted it.
If you were going to have a fan moment, what celebrity do you think would leave you starstruck?
I'd be starstruck by maybe, Jose Mourinho, Jay-Z, Roger Federer, Kendrick Lamar, probably J Cole and Drake. Honesty, there's a lot of people that'll leave me starstruck even in Nigeria here.
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