Terry G is a famous Nigerian singer, songwriter, recording artist, stage performer, actor and a music producer. He is widely known for his eccentric dress-sense, controversial lyrics and awkward identity.
Full Name: Gabriel Oche Amanyi
Also known as: Akpako Master, Ginjah Master, Hitman
Born: March 17, 1986
Birth place: Benue State
Genres: Chante-chante, afro pop dancehall
Famous as: Singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, dancer, producer
Instruments: Vocals, Keyboard guitar daxophone drums
Years active: 2006–present
Labels: TGP Entertainment, Black Wall Street
Albums: Terry Gzuz (a.K.a Hitman), Ginjah Ur Swaggah (Season 1), Willicino, Book of Ginjah
Children: T Rex
Biographical and educational history
He was born on 17th March 1986 in Benue State in the northern part of Nigeria. which was also his mother’s birthday.
Terry G is the first child in a family of four children. Terry G born in Benue State but he grew up in Lagos State in the western part of Nigeria.
He attended Starfield Educational Centre in Lagos State in the western part of Nigeria, but due to financial problem he could not further his education.
Terry G was introduced to music by his mother, a choir mistress who encouraged him to join the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Praise Palace, Oko-Oba choir and his time as a chorister enabled Terry G to learn the basics of music production.
Terry G started as a gospel artiste but the lack of financial security made him to switch to pop music and the decision seems to have paid off as he has now found fame and fortune through pop music.
After his switch from gospel artiste to pop artiste, Terry G has his tutelage under one of Nigeria’s Music star, Faze, who provided back-up vocals and honing his music skills.
In 2006, Terry G rose to fame after he was featured on Kemistry’s hit single “Shake” a song which he produced by himself and which became the first sign of his versatility in music.
Terry G became popular after the release of his hit single “Pass Me Your Love” featuring AY.com and became a public figure after the release of his greatest hit single “Akpako Master” which ranked top at the MTV music chart.
Terry G has four debut studio albums namely Free Me, Ginjah ur Swaggah Season 1, Terry Gzuz and Book of Ginger. Through his studio album, Terry G has released several singles which include So High, Run Mad, Testing Microphone, Free Madness, Love Affair, Sexy Lady, Oga, Ora and Baby Don´t Go which are currently banging in different clubs in Nigeria.
Terry G is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TGP Entertainment.
He has collaborated with Nollywood famous actress Tonto Dikeh in his popular music titled “Critically Fit” which he produced by himself under his production name TGP Entertainment.
He has cited 2face Idibia as his greatest musical mentor.
Family and personal life
In 2012, Terry had a son with his girlfriend whom he is still dating as at 2014. He however, stated in an interview with the media that having a kid has really changed his lifestyle.
He admits that he smokes most times before he performs on stage but he doesn’t drink and get drunk.
He is currently one of the richest and most influential artiste in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $3.8 million.
He currently has a Ferrari car worth $200,000 (N39.8million).
Awards and recognitions
In 2010, he won the award for Best Street Artiste at the 2010 Hip-hop Awards.
In 2012, he won the award for Most Promising Act to Watch at the Headies Awards.
In 2016, Terry G acted in his first Nollywood movie titled “1st Hit” alongside with Zubby Michael, Nonso Diobi and Junior Pope Odonwodo. The movie was produced by Zubby Michael
He has been described by The Punch Newspaper as “one of the world’s weirdest singers”.
He has also been described by Vanguard Newspaper as a “Weird singer” and has been described by Channels TV as the “Craziest musician in Nigeria”.
In 2013, he released his fourth studio album titled “Book of Ginger” which he produced by himself in his studio.
Music by Terry G
Ginjah ur Swaggah Season 1
Book of Ginger
“Baby don’t go”
Controversy and criticism
The “Akpako master” as he is fondly called, received critical acclaim for his unique brand of music and personality.
Through his songs, he has admitted to using drugs and alcohol. In September 2014, he told Jane Augoye of The Punch Newspaper that he has stopped taking hard drugs.
Terry G music has received a lot of negative criticism by music critics who criticize his song stating there is no meaning in his lyrics.
He has also received a lot of criticism from Mallam Spicey, a fellow musician who focused his music on attacking Terry G and criticizing his dressing and sense of fashion.