“Usually, I’m the DJ. I get the party started. But not tonight.
“A biara’m igosi ha some love and support. I’ll probably have a few shots of vodka and call it a night… I would say the best thing about being a DJ is making people happy. To watch them get up from their seats and dance; to see that look on their faces when their favorite song comes up is priceless.”
Lexicon Analysis: “A biara’m igosi ha” translates to “I came to show them”. It is translated from Igbo- a major African language spoken by over 32 million people with celebrated artwork dating to over 2500 BC
NoCoolStory was invited to the Smirnoff House Party series held in several West African city hubs- including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu.
Some of Africa’s finest Dj’s including DJ Spinall and the DJ interviewed- Xtacee- were in attendance. It was a momentary- yet meaningful- escape from the everyday struggle of regular Nigerians.
The flavoured beverage- Smirnoff Ice- is pretty popular in Africa’s most populated country. So it was no surprise to see people of varying social strata coming together to celebrate life and the year that is fast winding down.
It is important to note that some of the stories on these series have been translated from different local languages to English. And while the contents are totally original to the individual(s) pictured; some of the wordings and sentence constructions may have been modified for easier comprehension.
By Obi Odenigbo