Different stroke for different folks. While many Nigerians are planning to relocate abroad, foreigners are also planning to relocate here!
I recently had the opportunity to contact Dr.Tonya Merritt in her US residence. To confirm the rumor that she is OFFICIALLY moving to Nigeria in September. I have heard talk of her plans and I had the opportunity to confirm the info with her directly.The stunningly fashionable American woman is well known and respected by her peers.
She has been traveling to and from Nigeria for the past 4 years, (spending 80% of her time in Lagos in 2008 ) has finally decided to make the move. Because of her long stay of 1-2 months plus each time she arrives Dr. Merritt was only able to spend very little time in her London, Hampstead Flat last year. gistmaster.com is aware of several top Nigerian corporations that have approached her in the past, although she would not tell us WHY she finally decided to relocate.
She simply stated that ” Niyi, you know I love Nigeria.” I now have LIFE LONG ties to your country. I have wonderful friends and business associates. WHY NOT? Besides I will be closer to both London and Spain if I need a holiday.The soft spoken American would not make any further comment on WHOM OR WHAT has influenced her to make such a BIG MOVE.I briefly asked her about the well being of her friend who she describe more as a sister, HER EXCELLENCY, Onari Duke and the plans that they had for the Calabar Womens and Childrens Hospital. She only laughed and stated that you know we do at least 2-3 big charity events each year and nothing changed. We have an exciting lineup of artists who have never performed on Nigerian soil for late 2009.
Tonya, who is well connected in the Nigerian corporate circle, is set to launch new ideas into the entertainment industry and also help with charity work.Dr. Merritt was here in January 2009 as she worked with the foundation that was supporting the street children of Lagos. She booked both Donnell Jones and Carl Thomas for that hugely successful event and was kind enough to share a few photos of the artist and friends.Dr. Merritt told the gistmaster that she is traveling to South America for an upcoming event and that she has 2 shows with 50 cent coming up in South America later this Summer.She can never stay away from Nigeria for too long so I think it would be safe to say she will be here MUCH SOONER THAN LATER and hopefully gistmaster.com will bring you a full interview.