Except you’re living under a rock, or too old–which by the way is no fault of yours–you would have been seeing snippets of the Pocolee – Portablestory by now.
*Clears throat. A few days ago, an obscure young man sauntered into fame. His stage name is Portable. Portable has been a musician, but his music has been barely heard by anyone except his friends and family members.
The events of the next few days were nothing short of a 21-century miracle. The song became an instant hit and was all over the place–radio stations, Instagram reels, TikTok–everywhere.
How does that affect the price of garri?
As Portable became famous, so the favours people began to do him. Celebrities began showing him love. He even got to perform at the Livespot Festival and was seen being celebrated by Tiwa Savage.
At the same event, Wizkid the legend also celebrated him, spraying him with dollars while he performed on stage. Most people were happy that a new talented musician was now on the block–well–until we woke up this morning.
Portable did a video threatening Pocolee. Pokolee had mentioned that of the money Wizkid sprayed, he went home with $2,400. Pocolee, it was alleged, gave the musician only $600.
This got Portable–who is a thoroughbred street boy–and I don’t mean the Olumide-esqe kind. I mean the proper Mushin, thick-accented if-you-want-fight-I-go-give-you-now-now kind.
Portable also called out Pocolee for leaking his song in Pocolee’s name, essentially accusing him of Intellectual Property theft.
The accusation rubbed people off the wrong way. People were angry that Portable, who has barely been in the limelight for 24 hours, is already threatening the very people who rescued him from the Mariana trench of poverty. Others were angry that Pocolee, who isn’t a musician, could blatantly cheat and use an industry newbie without shame.
While this was ongoing, Portable was chilling in a hotel room paid for by a certain show promoter named Kogbagidi, who happened to be another street boy. Kogba went to the hotel and kicked him out while being camera-ed.
Olamide–who since inception handled all of this maturely has pleaded with Kogbagidi to forgive the newbie.
About an hour ago, Portable made a video begging to be forgiven.
Many observers have argued that all of these are staged and that they’re trying to give the young man free publicity. Others disagree, saying that his village people are out to end his career even before it began.
We’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts? Do you think it was staged? Do you think he was bullied? Let us know in the comments