To Prostrate Or To Hug? – Josh Journal
Just imagine meeting someone like Femi Kuti, or Onyeka Onwenu, Asa, Tu Baba, Don Jazzy, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie, Tiwa Savage, Omawumi, Waje, Sola Allyson, and other Nigerians of eminent standing. That would be a dream come true.
Knowing myself, I would have to play it cool.
Outside, I would be looking as calm as a cucumber, but inside, I would be bubbling like water at boiling point.
These are people I have come to love and respect passionately.
Now that I’m thinking about it, considering how much they are older than I am, what is the right protocol to greet an older favorite celeb?
We might all address them on a first-name basis, but normally, as Nigerians, these are people we would if not prostrate, at least call them Brother, Aunty, Daddy, or Mummy if they weren’t famous.
I don’t think I would be in a hurry to fist bump Tu Baba or shake hands with Asa. As much as I’d like to get a hug, I might be tempted to prostrate first.
I can remember when Laycon met Don Jazzy. I believe Laycon was suppressing a lot of excitement at that moment. He is expected to hug or shake hands with Don Jazzy. That is pop culture etiquette. But this is Don Jazzy.
I can remember Wizkid prostrating for King Sunny Ade when they shared a stage at an Ebony Life TV event.
Wizkid might be the prince of Afrobeats, but King Sunny Ade is one of Nigeria’s music kings. The king in his name isn’t just a nomenclature. It has been warned twice and over.
There are some celebs who are closer to my age and I look forward to meeting. For those, I won’t hesitate to shake hands, bump fists, and hug.
For someone like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Eva Alordiah, Muna, Mo Cheddah, Nancy Isime, Jemima Osunde, Benita Okojie, Wilfred Ndidi, and a few others, I might have to resist the urge to lift them off the floor in that hug.
The irony of this whole piece is that I’m not exactly one for hugs. My closest friends have probably never shared a hug with me.
I still remember the last two instances I was hugged out of the blue by friends. Those are experiences I should share soon.
Either way, I look forward to meeting these great Nigerians, and a few non-Nigerians who are on another list.
I just might share my dream list of people I look forward to meeting. We can all jointly tick them off the list as I get to meet them.
We might add a column for hug, prostrate, and handshake to confirm how I greeted them.
Maybe you might know someone on the list and arrange a meet-up. Or maybe one of them might read this or the list and be interested in meeting me.
It never hurts to dream.