Christopher Ogosi aka General Kito is a fast rising dancehall/reggae artiste and one of the few Ajegunle producers that have passion for good music.
Kito hails from Sagbama in Bayelsa State. He is a maritime expert and CEO of Kingston Records, who has used his wealth to promote budding talents and musicians in the ghetto of Ajegunle, Lagos. He recently dropped a music video, Finer Than Them, which was shot in Brazil and Jamaica.
Inspired by the likes of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube and host of other reggae acts, Kito attended Navy Town Secondary School, Satellite Town, Lagos; Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and later proceeded to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
According to him, reggae music can never die, as he is ready to revive the music genre beyond the shores of Africa. Hear him: “It is so sad that hip-hop has taken over the Nigerian music industry, while other genres like reggae and dancehall are either dead or struggling to survive. I have plans to revive reggae music not only in Nigeria but also beyond the shores of Africa.
“I have a great passion for ghetto musicians, my interest is to promote and raise them to international standard. I have used my recording label, Kingston Records over the years to bring Ajegunle musicians into the limelight.”
However, apart from supporting budding talents, General Kito could be described as a man with a heart of gold, as he has been promoting grassroots music and education in Lagos. He had indeed offered scholarship to many youths most especially in Ajegunle.
Finer Than Them
Kito’s debut video ‘Finer Than Them’ was inspired by the very nature of women, their sacrifices, their care for the family and everyone while neglecting themselves.
“Women have always been the victims of domestic violence in the hands of their spouses yet they could carry on as if nothing happens, because of their inner strength. Women give birth, do all the chores yet have sanity together with compassion and love for their families. The song, Finer Than Them, extols the virtues of women, describing them as the best of God creations. The woman is finer than anything,” he stated.
As widely travelled as Kito is, he has his feet deeply rooted at home. “As a sailor, I travel a lot and it is very easy for me to adapt to any society. The world is a small village, thanks to technology; I am using technology to equally promote my music in Nigeria.
“As a Masters degree holder in Logistics and Planning, and somebody who had passed through excruciating poverty, I know the pains of those wearing such shoes. That is why today, I prefer to help Ajegunle artistes to fulfill their dreams. As the CEO of Kingston Records, the goal is not just to promote Ajegunle artistes but also to train them on musical instruments at professional level,” he said.
Kito believes that the Nigerian music industry has experienced tremendous growth, because at the time he started way back, there were not many artistes. There were only few radio and television stations available. And there was not much of a competition.
“Nigeria artistes should pay attention to their messages. My concern is the message. What is music without a message? I am cool with groovy beats and all of the danceable hits. But Nigerian artistes should make message as a priority. When I say message, I mean positive and meaningful message that people can learn from. Music is supposed to be a medium to educate, inform and of course entertain. Music is vast and no two artistes can be exactly the same. Individuals have their own uniqueness in their various abilities,” he concluded.