Many people have been wondering what is going on with former Made Men Group singer Tekno.
He fell off the radar in mid-2018, rarely performing or releasing music.
Following the scandal that erupted around Iyanya’s own attempt at a comeback, which included a tell-all media tour shedding light on his tumultuous business and personal relationship, it was surprising to some that Tekno stayed largely silent even though he was named as a major bone of contention in the rift that eventually split Made Men Group.
Last month Tekno made a reappearance, on the new Beyonce album no less.
His feature on the tie-in album for the Beyonce-helmed remake of Disney classic The Lion King put him squarely in the big leagues and reminded fans that Tekno is indeed a talented hit-making producer.
It seemed a coincidence when just a week later, Tekno showed up on Daddy Freeze’s couch, giving him an in-depth interview about the struggles that have had him sidelined over the last year.
In the interview, Tekno talks about being broke (not possible because Disney would have cut him a hefty cheque for his contributions to The Gift) and spending all his money trying to find a solution for a recently discovered medical condition that harmed his vocal cords and sidelined him from actively performing.
He also talks about having to get corrective surgery to permanently fix the problem. Just 48 hours after the interview drops, a video goes viral on social media.
Meanwhile in Lagos…
Also the commentary ? pic.twitter.com/TyPWCNp2XC
— Adeola Ariyo (@AdeolaAriyo) August 3, 2019
Strippers in a transparent transport van dancing around a pole in traffic at the Lekki Toll is a stroke of genius, I have to admit.
Maximum exposure that forced the Lagos State government to release a public statement denouncing the van and threatening to prosecute the people responsible.
24 hours later, Tekno releases a public statement taking responsibility for the van and explaining that a lit up van with twerking strippers was purely a coincidence.
-Half-naked girls of Lekki: Tekno admits being behind the “indecent exposure,” Explains why.
— Postsubman (@Postsubman) August 4, 2019
Because we are all meat pie.
The most interesting part of this whole fiasco is that Tekno’s interview with Freeze has already cast him as a victim just trying to rebuild his life.
Juxtapose that with Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which states that
‘any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable on conviction to three years imprisonment and Section 134(a) that states that an indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.’
So who really will crucify him for creating a viral moment to promote his upcoming comeback single?
Who wants that kind of smoke?
Edwin Okolo is an author and journalist who has worked with YNaija, TheNativemag and the Naked Convos.