Lakon talks about how it was at BBNaija House, reveals details of his new reality show
Lekan Agbeleshe, a Nigerian rapper best known as Laycon, is delighted to star in his reality show I Am Laycon, Showmax’s first Nigerian original series, which premiered on Thursday, February 11th. He started the show five months after winning the Big Brother Naija competition.
In this interview, the fast-growing singer talks about life after Big Brother, his musical career, and what to expect at I Am Laycon. Rejoice, have fun.
What was it like playing a reality show?
Only I work, live my normal life, and cameras are watching me. If you compare it with what it was like in the Hall, it is completely different, because this time I am with people with whom I am completely comfortable. I take it one day and enjoy it.
What was it like filming with other former BBNaija roommates?
They weren’t filmed by themselves – they were just cameras following me like I was doing what I would do on a normal day. The people who were on the show were the ones who succeeded because I was meeting other people but the cameras couldn’t pick it up. For example, I recorded with V (on the show), but it wasn’t the only time we went out. I also dated Lilo, Ozo, Prince and Glory. Neo didn’t. Dorothy and Nanga are not on the show, but I did spend time with these people while we were filming and there wasn’t enough time. As for me, my old and new friends that I found on the show, I met them on the set.
What do you want viewers to take away from watching your show?
I am always 100% myself, make mistakes and grow on them. I have fun with people I feel comfortable with. My first impressions are shit, so I’m misunderstood and difficult, but I’m still that guy. I feel like there is an evolution in this show and you guys will definitely see that.
How has Big Brother Nyei’s house changed you?
The two weeks we spent in solitary confinement before I entered the house changed me, the house changed me, and what I am going through changes me. I feel like change is part of the growth you need to shape to achieve your goal as a person. I’ve made mistakes and people sometimes look at me and say I’m changing, but I haven’t gone through all these things to stay the same. I know what I want to do with my new flu and nothing will change.
Has the dynamic between you and your friends changed?
There are many things going on at the same time that I feel about my friends who are part of my team, the things we talk about are also work-related, but that’s understandable. This is why there was a time when I had to call Busy (my best friend) so we could just talk and talk. I told him: “Don’t come to me and tell me that you have this thing by 5:00 pm, let’s just relax and talk.” Likewise, I called Brainy and Scar to sit and talk as friends.
What was the morning like after defeating Big Brother Nij?
I just wanted to talk to my mom and family to see how they are doing.
Did you expect to win Big Brother Naija?
The only thing I didn’t expect was to win Big Brother Niju, so there were no plans for the future. So that’s the only thing I’m happy to deal with without thinking about it, because sometimes when you think about things a lot, when they happen, they don’t shock you. And when that happens, you start to find a way to adjust. But I am actually experiencing it myself, and while it can be overwhelming, it is still a fun thing that not everyone can experience.
What do you miss most in life before Big Brother Nyei?
Since I entered Big Brother’s House, I have not been alone for 12 hours. I used to enjoy sitting alone, planning different scenarios and looking for a way to move forward. But I couldn’t play with my mind for a while, because I still have a lot to do. Also, I couldn’t read as much as I used to.
What is a typical day in Lacon’s life?
Lacon wakes up with different ideas about what to do and how to deal with them without wasting time, while making sure he reaches most of his goals for the day. He also wakes up knowing that some people can thwart plans, negatively impacting the day, but he just needs to make sure the day is productive.
How do you deal with social media pressure?
I allow myself to understand the point of view of others, but I don’t let that influence what I want to do for myself, because the truth is, I’ve never seen a situation where someone goes, meets with fans and says: “ You have to stop doing this, ”and the fans listen. They won’t stop. I mean, they care about you, which is why they do the same. But either way, find a way to make sure you are yourself and let what you want to do be the motivation for what you do.
At what point will you say to yourself, “I have come”?
I really don’t know when I’m going to pat myself on the back. I have a goal as a person, artist, son and brother, so there are different scenarios. I patted myself on the shoulder when I graduated from Lagos University; I patted myself on the shoulder when I saw myself in the top 10 MTV Base; when I signed my label; when I received the scholarship (even if I lost it); when I entered Big Brother’s House and when I won. So it’s an ongoing process. It’s not that for all your accomplishments, you don’t acknowledge them. You have done something great because not everyone has reached that level; you are one of the few or many. However, there are a billion other people who have not achieved what you have achieved. So, I feel that for any achievement or anything that gives me joy, I pat myself on the back.
Why was it so important to surround yourself with the people of your day?
Personally, I feel like everyone around me knows who I am and they know how I think or react to everything that happens, and how to best deal with things without negatively impacting people. That’s why it seems like when I was in the house and they were here, everything was a little cohesive. I feel like these people are ready to walk a mile with me and for me, so it is important that you surround yourself with people who support, love, and understand what you want for yourself.
What is your definition of success as a music artist?
The goal you set for yourself as an artist – if it’s billboards, going on stage, people shouting out your name – not everyone can experience them as artists, but if you live your life as an artist and don’t get the experience it means you how did the artist fail?
If you can change your life as an artist, but still haven’t gotten to the point where people will scream your name when you’re on stage, that doesn’t mean you have failed, because for me it’s all about the process. If you fall in love with the creative process itself – making music, performing on a big or small stage, making beats, lyrics, and so on – you will never get tired of doing it. Once you know it’s an ongoing process, which Beyoncé is doing, it should motivate you. Plus, you don’t get upset because you know you are doing what makes you an artist.
What other projects are you working on?
I’ll put on an EP and an album.
What’s on your Showmax playlist?
I would watch a lot on Showmax, including my show I Am Laycon. But now I’m watching “Costumes” and “Game of Thrones”. Costumes, I am reviewing it because I learned a lot from the show and Game of Thrones because this is Game of Thrones!