Harrysong Names Self After Gov Emmanuel Of A’Ibom State
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
Nigerian singer, Harrison Tare Okiri, better known by his stage name Harrysong, has named himself after Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
He declared this while performing during the end of the year Youth Carnival with the Governor, held at the CKS Primary School, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Saturday.
The Reggae Blues crooner made the declaration prior to the cash sum received from Gov. Emmanuel for his wonderful performance at the event, changing his song lyrics from ‘after the reggae play the blues’ to ‘after the music collect money’.
After receiving the money, he said: “For this, I change my name from Harrison Okiri to Harrison Udom Emmanuel.”
Harrysong, as he is fondly called, took the dignitaries who graced the occasion to a stand-still with his ‘Reggae Blues’ and ‘Ebaeno’ tracks with the Special Assistant to the Governor on Ethics and Social Reorientation, Mr. Ime Umoh, popularly called Okon Lagos, on display.
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Luke and Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, joined the singer on the stage for a dance.
Also performing at the event were indigenous artistes such as Sir Wilker Jackson, Godfada Band, The Unique Brothers, and Don Pee.
The Warri, Delta State-born music act, rose to stardom after his tribute song to Nelson Mandela won the “Most Downloaded Callertune Award” at The Headies 2013.
Harrysong was born as the only child to his Ijaw parents. He moved to Lagos in 2007 after spending some of his early life in Port Harcourt. Prior to signing to QuestionMark Entertainment, Harrysong used to perform at night clubs until he met Kcee who introduced him to top music personalities.
In 2014, Harrysong was nominated in the “Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards after the release of his chart-topping song “Better Pikin”.