Nigerian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Harrison Okiri, popularly referred to as Harrysong, shares fond reminiscences of his journey to Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,
When did you go to Duisburg and what was your mission there?
I visited Duisburg two years in the past, throughout my European tour and it was very profitable. The reception I received was large.
Was it your first time visiting Duisburg?
Sure, that was my first time of visiting town.
Did you journey alone or in firm with individuals?
I travelled with my crew. It was a tour so my crew was current.
What are among the issues that fascinated you while you arrived in Duisburg?
I used to be fascinated by the wonder and freshness of town. The persons are pleased and cheerful. They simply settle for guests. The reception I received was breathtaking and my songs are so huge there. As a matter of reality, we had two performances and the response we received was nice. It acquired a lot love and it was an excellent expertise.
How would you describe the tradition of the individuals there and what are among the issues that stand them out?
They don’t discriminate; there may be mutual love and understanding. They consider in oneness, respect themselves and are very free with each other. They’re additionally very humble individuals who respect themselves.
What are among the meals that tickled your style buds whilst you had been there?
Though they’ve nice meals, I didn’t style any of them. I didn’t wish to take the chance of consuming one thing that might upset my abdomen. Whereas I used to be there, I used to be simply feeding on fruits and water.
Have been they receptive in direction of you as a Nigerian?
In fact, they had been. They’re very receptive and respectful individuals.
How knowledgeable are they about Nigeria?
They’re very knowledgeable about Nigeria. They’ve good data about Nigeria they usually love Nigerians.
What had been among the vacationer websites and sights that you simply visited throughout your keep in Duisburg and what did you are taking away from there?
I didn’t actually exit as a result of there was no time to go to wherever. It was from the airport to the resort the place we lodged and from the resort to the venue of the occasions. All the pieces occurred on the venue of my present.
Have been there downsides to your journey?
No, there wasn’t. I loved each little bit of the tour and all the things went easily.
As a musician, how would you charge the music trade over there in contrast with what’s obtainable within the Nigerian music trade?
They’re refined and knowledgeable as a result of they’ve a platform that’s working. Not like the Nigerian music trade, we’re nonetheless struggling to construct a platform.
Which different locations would you want to go to?
I don’t know. I’m not actually a travelling individual. I don’t journey for enjoyable. I solely journey when it’s business-related.
What’s the finest journey recommendation you can provide?
Journey comfortably and be certain of the aim of your journey. You need to have a great cause earlier than embarking on any journey.
Did you purchase any keepsakes throughout your journey?
I don’t bear in mind shopping for something as a result of it’s been some time.
When it comes to safety of lives and properties, how would you charge Duisburg over Nigeria?
We can’t examine Nigeria and Duisburg when it comes to safety. There isn’t a safety in Nigeria in any respect. The one folks that have safety on this nation are politicians as a result of they’ve safety males guarding them. The lots are on their very own as a result of their lives and properties are usually not safe.
Did you observe any similarities between Duisburg and different main Nigerian cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt?
There was nothing of such. Duisburg isn’t much like Nigeria and nothing I noticed there jogged my memory about Nigeria.
What was the climate like while you travelled?
It was a bit chilly however I used to be okay. We went ready as a result of we carried out analysis on what the climate was like earlier than leaving Nigeria. We went there correctly dressed.
Is there something you noticed in Duisburg that you’d like to see replicated in Nigeria?
I might love for all the things to be replicated in Nigeria. The individuals in Duisburg are pleased; they have a good time with you if you find yourself celebrating. For them, it’s not about tradition or the place you’re from. They’ve love and respect for one another. In Nigeria, most occasions it’s about Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa and Igbo and so forth. There’s a number of tribalism and tradition discrimination. Generally, some individuals even say it to your face that you’re not from their tribe so they can’t enable you to, and that’s very incorrect. If we proceed with this, then we gained’t transfer ahead as people and as a rustic