Terry G: Afrobeats Talent Quits Music

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh January 18, 2024 10:53 PM EDT
Terry G

Afrobeats talent Gabriel Oche Amanyi, known by his stage name Terry G, has pulled the breaks on his music career.

The 37-year-old said in a recent post on X (Twitter) that he was quitting due to “personal reasons.”

“I want to say a big thank you to my fans for staying with me through all the years. It was an amazing year, but I want to say I’m quitting music. I know it will hurt a lot of people, but I’m done, and I really appreciate you guys for showing me so much love. To my fans, I say thank you and God bless you,” he stated in the post.

His announcement has attracted mixed reactions from his followers—some who say it was too early for him to quit. Others thought he would not be missed since he had not released a hit song in a long time.

“That’s serious…he’s still very young and promising. I wonder what prompted his decision. “Hasn’t he retired a decade ago? I bet he did when music left him behind,” another fan argued. “We understand, but happy retirement,” another said.

The singer-songwriter is known for his unconventional dress sense, controversial lyrics, and awkward identity. He has been described by some local media outlets in his home country, Nigeria, as “one of the world’s craziest and weirdest singers”,

He has had collaborations with top acts like Wizkid, Phyno, Timaya and Runtown. His discography includes Run Mad, Free Madness, Love Affair, Sexy Lady, Oga, and others.

Terry G, born in Buenue State, Nigeria, has been on the music scene for decades.  He has admitted to using drugs and alcohol in some of his songs but told local media sometime in 2014 that he had stopped taking hard drugs.

He is said to have been introduced to music by his mother, who was a choir mistress. In 2006, he rose to fame after he was featured on Kemistry’s hit single Shake — a self-produced song that became the first sign of his versatility in music.

Terry G again solidified his ranking in the industry with the hit single Akpako Master which ranked top on the MTV music chart. In 2013, he released his fourth studio album, titled Book of Ginger.

It is, however, not clear whether the recent announcement about quitting music could be a publicity stunt to help revamp his career.