Relocation to the village has paid-off – Highlife legend, Bright Chimezie reveals


Popular Nigerian high-life whiz, Bright Chimezie who is popularly known as Okoro Junior, has disclosed he is still flourishing, despite his relocation to the village after been on stage for about 35 years.

In a recent chat with The Sun, the Imo State talented singer, dancer and composer, spoke on the gains and pains of his living in the village and his planned relocation to Lagos.

Responding to questions if he is in any way making moves to relocate from the village, the Zigima Sound boss said, “It is now about 12 years since I relocated to my country home actually, but I am planning on relocating to Lagos soon.

“I am working on it but it would be a gradual process. You would have noticed that I have been doing a couple of shows in Lagos lately. That is part of the process. Henceforth in terms of regular shows, our presence would be felt more often than before in Lagos.

“It is part of the process of re-launching the brand in the city. But the Zigima brand is like an institution, and moving it entirely from the East back to Lagos would not be a tea party, just as it was, when we moved down East from Lagos. I was controlling a 16-piece band, and you know what that means, he added.”

When asked if the drastic relocation had paid off in any way, Chimezie said it has paid off tremendously.

“I don’t know how I would have felt, as someone that promotes indigenous culture, if my 25-year-old son cannot speak Igbo. It would have been torturous. It was drastic like you stated because, I took my family home when my children were still very tender. If I had not done it that time, I wouldn’t have been able to do it again. So, I didn’t regret it. Today, my children can speak Igbo fluently. They know their roots, my people, our culture and everything. So, our relocation has paid off tremendously. Having achieved my goal, we are now set to start the process of returning to Lagos.”

Speaking further, he stressed that it wasn’t easy to convince his family to stop enjoying Lagos life following his relocation idea.

“They were being exposed to ultimate up-town life because we were living in an elitist environment, which was at Omole estate; and I needed to expose them to their real culture – to keep them abreast of the situation back home. It was not easy but it was a decision that I made as the head of the house. I was pained when I noticed that they were finding it so difficult to flow with me whenever I spoke Igbo to them. So, I silently started planning the movement in 2007. I later explained my plans to my wife and she saw reasons with me. But I must confess that it was not easy at all,” he stated.

“From my relocation exercise,” Chimezie added, “I can say it has inspired me to write and make a new song, which I plan to use as a come-back when I relocate.

“The song is almost ready and the working title is Asusu Ejiri Mara Gi (Identity Language). The truth is that Igboland is a gift to the Igbos, so are Yorubaland to the Yorubas and Hausaland to the Hausas. To that effect, every tribe should appreciate their language, and parents should also strive to ensure that their children speak their language. The advantages are unquantifiable and my children are already reaping the advantages, courtesy of my drastic relocation back home,” Chimezie said.

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