Nigerian music artiste, Gabriel Oche Amanyi, aka Terry G, has said that he is now a scapegoat because he represented the streets in the past.
The 31-year-old music producer, who spoke with Sunday Scoop, said he is now haunted by his past because he was caught in a lot of controversies as a young boy.
He said: “I do not like controversies. I was only a victim of controversies. All that I have done in the past that made me controversial were mistakes anyone could commit. I am still paying the price for my past. I did certain things I can never do again. I was a young boy, who was just having fun and enjoying music. My past still haunts me as I speak to you, as I am being judged for those actions. I have done things I am not proud of.”
According to Terry G, the internet is flooded with pictures of him smoking marijuana, which he said were taken many years ago. He added that he is no longer into such life because he now understands the implication.
“I am now a scapegoat all because I represented the streets and I was not afraid to show it. I sacrificed myself for the new generation of artistes. All I was being criticised for are those things artistes do freely now and no one talks about them.
“I have many regrets, which I take as lessons in a way. If I had known better, I wouldn’t have done certain things.
“But I do not think what I sing or say determines who I am. One day, Nigerians will realise that art is different from reality. I made my mother love Patience Ozokwor because she had the impression that she was a wicked woman because of her roles in movies. I made my father love many musicians too. I made them understand that what they were doing was an art.
“Sooner than later, Nigerians will understand that the all the crazy things I do are just for the art; I am an actor. I am yet to do most of the things the new artistes do in their videos, yet people still see me as the most terrible person. In other countries, nobody makes an issue out of those things,” Terry G said.