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I don’t want to die – Terry Jackson

Agony of a cancer patient!

By Ogbonna Amadi, Entertainment Editor
I have been taken to every  prominent hospital and  nobody could tell me what I was suffering from. It was only recently that I was diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the lungs. Since the illness, it’s has been hell for me and members of my family, as the cost of staying alive has impoverished us.

Right now, I am tired of letting my people carry the burden and this is why I have told God that I am tired. I just want to die and end this suffering”— Terry Jackson

Terry Jackson... ravaged by cancer
Terry Jackson... ravaged by cancer

This is the touching story of Terry Jackson Alumona, a former member of the 70’s musical group, the Original Wings. TJ, as the former administrative secretary of the PMAN is fondly called by friends, fans and relations, is down with lung cancer and desires to live. His hope of survival rests on getting treatment at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, where doctors had diagnosed the ailment.

Before the ailment, Terry lived in Lagos and was the Operations Director of Roots Night Club in Ikeja. Known for his nonconformist stand on issues, especially in areas that concern welfare of the Nigerian musician, Terry was taken to Nsukka  after tests failed to reveal the nature of sickness that was gradually eating up the once bubbling musician.

Now a shadow of his old self and almost a bag of bones, TJ wants to live. He is therefore appealling to well-meaning Nigerians to help him.

Terry Jackson began his musical journey in the early 70s when he met late Spud Nathan, the lead vocalist and leader of the defunct pop group, The Wings.

“I met Spud Nathan of the Wings in 1975 at one of their concerts, TJ told me in an interview. And the first time he saw me, he could tell I had some kind of talents in me. How he found out, I wouldn’t know. I had to wait until a few years later to join his group because I had to sit for my WAEC examinations.

And like magic, when I joined the group, we began a round the country musical tour that ended in the studios where we began the recording of a new album. But the album was not to be as Nathan died in a motor accident a few month later.”

Did he give up on his dream to become a successful musician? No was the reply. “ As a matter of fact, death brought a new dawn to my career with the birth of The Original Wings led by Arinze Okpala.

As members of the Original

Wings, we travelled far and near to market our music which was at this time produced and distributed by EMI records.”
But after a short spell, TJ did what most ambitious musicians would do- he left to pursue a solo career in 1982.
“I recorded my first album- Abandoned Property in 1983. The follow up album Change This World followed almost immediately and when my third,  Reconcile came, I decided it was time I pursued other things in life than music.

I harkened to the clarion call of Chief Mrs. Christy Essien- Igbokwe for musicians to join PMAN which was at its formative stage. And at our first meeting held at Kings Sunny Ade’ s Ariya Nite Club, I was elected the first ever administrative secretary of the association.

Christy was elected treasurer, the late Evangelist Sunny Okosuns Vice-.President, Emma Ogosi, General Secretary and my humble self elected as the Admin. secretary.

After some time, I left for Root Nite  Club, Lagos where I took charge as the club’s Operations Director from 1992-2003. And in 2007 I fell sick.”

This is the account number to use if you wish to drop your widow’s mite. Please drop a dime today and help keep Terry Alive
My acct No. G.T.B- John Ezenna- 7519927441590.


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