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Have you seen Eddie Quansa in Owerri? The Original story!

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You must have read this story on different blogs and social media groups with the story credited to different individuals but you know the truth.

The truth is that this story is a creation of your favourite prolific storyteller, Monsieur Leroi.

Written and posted on 17th October 2018 on Facebook 

Let’s get down to business 🙂

Have you seen Eddie Quansa?

Your eyebrows are raised. You are wondering who the heck the person is.

You are wondering if I am talking about a movie character…

Relax, grab your popcorn and let’s go on a journey.

Once upon a time, life in Nigeria used to be simple and fun.

In Owerri, a city in eastern Nigeria, there lived a young man called John Obikwe.

John Obikwe was a jovial fellow who loved partying and having fun.

He used to frequent all the fun spots and joints in the city.

John Obikwe was tall, dark in complexion and very handsome with thick hair.

All the girls wanted him.

He would play the guitar and expertly pluck the heartstrings of many young women.

John Obikwe had three brothers and was the youngest.

The Nigerian civil war began in the late 60s and life in Owerri was at the lowest ebb so John Obikwe and his brothers lived a low keyed life, hiding many times to avoid forceful conscription by the Biafran army.

The brutal civil war ended in 1970 leaving Owerri the erstwhile capital of the short-lived Republic of Biafra in ruins.

The citizens began starting their lives all over again.

By a stroke of luck, John Obikwe and his brothers discovered that their late father had left behind a big parcel of land in Port Harcourt.

They held a meeting and decided to sell the land and share the money equally among the four of them.

They signed an agreement.

The land was sold but unknown to John, his three brothers had resolved not to give him his share of the money.

When John got wind of their plan, he confronted them.

They told him that he was too young to be given the money.

They told him to wait till he turns 40 years.

John was infuriated.

He announced he was leaving the family.

He told them he was no longer part of the family.

They laughed at him.

John gathered his few possessions and sold them to raise money.

He was left with only his guitar.

He then teamed up with a friend travelled out of Nigeria.

He relocated to Ghana.

15 Banyard street off Yadi layout Accra.

He changed his name.

He was now called Eddie Quansa.

He started doing odd jobs to raise money to feed.

He began playing his guitar and joined a highlife band in Accra.

In a few years time, Eddie Quansa was a rich man in Ghana.

He married a beautiful young lady named, Meena Sarpong, the girl-with-the-chocolate-skin-and-thick-hips.

Eddie Quansa became one of the prominent men in Accra.

A rich merchant and a highlife musician, his band was popular and played at many shows.

Eddie quansa in owerri

News of Eddie Quansa’s success reached his family in Owerri.

His brothers sent emissaries to beg him for forgiveness.

But Eddie had sworn not to have nothing to do with them again.

His brothers visited him but they were chased out from his house.

They returned to Nigeria and hatched a plan.

They approached a new highlife band in Owerri called the Peacocks Guitar band.

They begged the band to write and record a song for their brother.

After months of pressure, the band recorded the track. It was titled, “Eddie Quansa” and became a hit track in Owerri and eastern Nigeria.

“Eddie Quansa bia obia o
Izu ka mma ne nne gie”

The song was an appeal to Eddie Quansa to return home.

Eddie Quansa heard the record in Accra.

He even played the song during his shows.

It was not long after then that the New Masquerade show came on Nigerian Television.

the new masquerade eddie quansa in owerri

Do you remember the drama series starring Chief Zebrudaya, Ovularia, Gringory, Jegede among others?

The producers decided to use Eddie Quansa track as their signature tune.

The song became very popular throughout Nigeria.

Yet Eddie Quansa refused to return home.

Have you seen Eddie Quansa in Owerri?

Some people say he is dead and is buried in Accra.

Some say he is still alive but is living in a secret location in India.

Some say his ghost roams Owerri at night.

They say if you step out of your house at midnight in Owerri and sing these lines,

“Eddie Quansa bia o bia”, the ghost of Eddie Quansa will appear in front of you.

The ghost will take the form of a handsome young man with a long beard.

The ghost will scream “Mba! I am not coming back!”

It will suddenly vanish!

If you are in Owerri, do this tonight and get back to us.

Have you seen Eddie Quansa in Owerri?

You may probably not see him because this story is 95% fiction 😁

Iniobong Leroi Umoh is a storyteller, a satirist and creative writer. He blurs the line between reality and fiction and seeks to create a connection with the reader through engaging content. His works have been featured across various online and offline platforms. He hopes to one day travel around the world on a luxury yacht, sipping expensive wine and documenting all his experiences in a journal. You can send him a mail at infoleric@gmail.com.

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