Laycon – “Honorable landlord”
While the coronavirus pandemic put billions of people on compulsory house arrest, Big Brother Naija Season 5 reality show tagged LOCKDOWN was where Olamilekan Agbeleshe aka Laycon was setting things in motion to change the narrative of his life in Nigeria.
The reality show has been a conversation started between family and friends virtually and from a measurable physical distance throughout such an anomaly year that has threatened physical contact. However, it’s no news that Laycon won the hearts of Nigerians gaining popular support and votes to winning a ₦85 million grand prize including a house from Revolution Plus Property.
The nouveau public figure who recently moved into his two-bedroom apartment at Eluju, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island entered the reality show with the primary aim of promoting his music.
His love for music has kept him going and building relationships with music icons in the industry. Talking about ‘icons’, that is one word that points to his supporters and followers on social media. Rhyming with the second syllable of his stage name, Laycon, the reality show winner and hip-hop artist addresses his fans as Icons.
He has received countless messages from Icons affectionately calling him “honorable landlord” and congratulating him upon his latest achievements topping the chart of trending music in Nigeria. He is currently making waves in the music industry competing with superstars like Wizkid and Davido on the African chart.
His newly released track, “Hip Hop” is the number one song sitting on the chart with Davido’s Holy Ground in collaboration with the U.S. rapper, Nicki Minaj at number 8 while Wiz Kid’s Ginger featuring African Giant, Burna Boy was number 10. You kind of wonder, who is on number 2? It is a jaw-dropper. It is still the new honorable landlord. The Icon remix of Nobody by Song of the Year Headies’ nominees DJ Neptune and Joeboy followed Hip Hop.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher, a journalist for A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IoT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow.