To say there are raw talents here is an understatement, as they abound in every aspect of human endeavor waiting to be tapped. Because of this abundance, the audacity of hope and survival, people pride themselves as ‘AJ boys’ or ‘girls,’ daring others in matters that have to do with guts. The story of survival of a lot of people here who have made it in life through hard work and perseverance cannot be overemphasized.
In the area of music, one cannot forget the likes of Daddy Showkey, KC Presh, Baba Fryo, Daddy Fresh, Black Reverends and Danfo Drivers.
This city holds in esteem, the afore-mentioned and the likes of Father U-turn, Caliban-Trybe, Mighty Mouse, John Oboh, Marvelous Benjy, Rasta Levy, Uncle P (former PMAN Chairperson, Ajegunle chapter and many others.
Ajegunle has consistently supplied the Nigerian entertainment industry with an influx of musicians like African China, Oritse Femi, and Don Jazzy. Also, comedians like Basket Mouth, Elenu, Mc Shakara, Acappella, Pencil and still counting.
In football, we have the likes of Samson Siasia, former national team coach; former Super Eagles ace defender, Taribo West, Sunday Oliseh, etc.
Others are Watford striker Odion Ighalo., former Super Eagles ace defenders Ifeanyi Udeze and Emmanuel Amuneke, former African Footballer of the Year.
‘AJ city’ has become the centre of attraction among Lagosians and Nigerians based on the inspirational stories of survival, raw talents, successes achieved over the years in different aspects of human endeavor. In music, talents abound; the youths do things differently with panache, distinguishing them from talents from other areas, their dance steps stand them out in their style of music. There is artistry in everything they do here.
No wonder different types of scouts flock AJ city for music talents, footballers, dancers and others. Ajegunle generally is not all about poverty, struggle and survival, but about determination to succeed, the musical life of the community, music critics argued, is fast becoming the melting pot of Nigerian music.
Ajegunle, the world’s worst ghetto in the heart of Lagos occupies a princely place in Nigeria’s entertainment firmament. In fact, industry analysts have described it as the music headquarters of Nigeria, the Ajegunle kids have attained great heights through sheer grit, innate talents, and survival instincts and of course, courage and hard work. No doubt, the country has gained tremendously from talents and entertainment skills of Ajegunle music icons like the Galala exponent, Daddy Showkey, also known as the Ghetto Soldier, Baba Fryo, the Denge Potz exponent among others.
Today Ajegunle, the famous Jungle City more than anything else, has become synonymous with music. Remarkably, the youths of the ghetto have continued to channel their energies towards providing pleasure to the society, albeit through music.
In the words of a music writer: “I see Nigeria’s first-ever Grammy-awards winner coming from among the avalanche of musical talents from AJ City, in a not too distant time.
‘The Football Factory’, as the Lagos neighborhood called Ajegunle is known has produced the likes of Tarila Okorowanta, Samson Siasia, Stephen Keshi etc. In spite of the harsh living conditions, this section of Lagos State is popular for producing some of Nigeria’s greatest musicians and footballers. Stars like Daddy Showkey and Taribo West have their pasts rooted in Ajegunle. This probably accounts for the sense of pride its inhabitants have for the area.
Daddy Showkey, who can easily be adjudged Ajegunle’s frontline entertainer, mesmerized millions with his unique brand of reggae music and showmanship.
Other stars groomed from Ajegunle are Fuji music star, Saheed Osupa, Baba Fryo, Mighty Mouse, Basket mouth, African China, Danfo Drivers, Nicco Gravity and many others.