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Why Do Nigerians Keep Demanding Humility From Odogwu When He’s Got An Arsenal Of Talent?

I was privileged to speak at one of Joey Akan’s Twitter Spaces (AI-TS) last night and it dawned on me that in actual fact, we as a Nigerian audience have not had real time cross-border conversations about the hurricane that is BURNA BOY and his influence on Afrobeat and the world in general outside of Twitter Threads.

He’s never enjoyed good media rounds in Nigeria, and a sizable number of his best projects have been scandal-propelled just to earn acceptance from an audience that seems quite unwilling to catch up to a fast moving train.

An audience that prefers to grow at its own pace and choose whatever part of the industry they wish to advance in the main time.

WHY ARE NIGERIANS TRYING TO MICROMANAGE AFROBEATS BY BEATING ITS TOP PERFORMER DOWN CONSISTENTLY WITH THE HUMILITY CARD??

Is it really so important to us to control how our artistes behave? Why are we dictating their narrative?

I think one of the issues here is that we as a Nigerian audience are trying to control the Afrobeat narrative.

It’s the way we are, we’re not used to unbridled people who don’t care what we think about them, talk more of an artiste who doesn’t care about the fans.

I think it’s time we stop trying so hard to project a certain image about the Afrobeats industry, it’s like Nigerians are trying to line up the perfect footballers for an international friendly game when indeed the rest of the world is more focused on building top notch players who play on a global level.

When you get the privilege to nurture a talent with genius potential, but you consistently trash their efforts, offer no motivation, no awards, no streams, and no acceptance, they’re bound to drift off and ask you to fuck off; whether they do it politely or not, is not for you to decide.

Now Burna Boy didn’t drift off, he’s got more than genius potential, he’s the titan who’s honed his skill set to the level where he’s now duly qualified to put African music as a whole on his back while scaling higher celestial. (Please bear in mind that I didn’t just use Afrobeats there; I said African Music)!

Despite the hate that he’s received through his decade-long career, one of the worst downtimes for any artiste in Afrobeat, he’s gone ahead to clinch the first solo Afrobeat Grammy Award, and we still treat this guy like he’s ‘Runtown with some temporary comeback and will soon hibernate?

Hell no, as difficult as it is for the Nigerian consumer who isn’t an Outsider to accept that Burna Boy is the first Nigerian to win a Grammy award in a sense that appropriately elevates the Afrobeats movement and advances our sound to the next level.

It would have been an acute disappointment if Afrobeat’s first major take home from the Grammys was a feature. I mean, does Afrobeats have to hitch a ride if our very own Yellow Danfo Buses that we have a love-hate relationship with can fly and soar among the eagles?

I’m sorry to disappoint you, Wizkid didn’t do it first, and he hasn’t done it until Made In Lagos that he wrote for three good years can compete in the same category or an even higher one than Burna Boy who’s dropped an album for two years in a row; winning one out of the two.

Yes, Burna Boy is an arrogant, cocky prick, who’s making revenge music and is determined to shit on the faces of all those Nigerian music execs and consumers who decided his sound ‘which at the time was way ahead of his peers’ wasn’t good enough for the ‘pangolo music-ridden industry which at that point wasn’t even making so much in real revenue.

Ask yourself, Wouldn’t You?… Yes, Fame is such a huge burden and he’s got to be careful with the platform that he’s got now.

But do you realize what the problem in that is? It’s your job to dictate what he does with his platform as much as it’s your job to determine the direction of my opinions in this piece.

Personally, if I thrive off so much hate and negative vibes from my supposedly-core audience, I might be tempted to become the Devil. And that wouldn’t make me the worst person in the world because if we’re being honest, the good boy act doesn’t hold up for long in the real world.

Wherever there’s gods, you’d certainly expect an even greater devil who’s around to tower above their efforts, because he’s not popularly accepted but singing in everyone’s.

I mean we keep saying Wizkid is humble so Burna should be too, but how can we be so comfortable with an artiste who makes such great songs but we don’t know where they’re coming from?

The honest truth is that Wizkid’s humility is a result of what we’ve reduced him into. Wizkid has had to pay for the immense love he’s enjoyed from the beginning of his career till today with the loss of his freedom and youth.

I mean, I thought we all loved him when he was out young and bubbling with life, dishing us amazing freestyles and interesting peaks into his life but now he’s a 30+ year old man who’s giving us nothing more than music and we’re all good with it because he’s the ‘humble one’.

I mean, were all the greatest talents the world ever saw, all humble?

Yeah, humility is a good tool to have in your Arsenal, but let’s be honest did Fela have it? He’s the Afrobeats progenitor and he wasn’t humble, not one bit.

Why then do we require humility from The Burna Boy Experience?

If he’s done this much for himself and for us culturally, why do we as a collective audience demand humility and ass-kissing as a requirement for his greatness?

Branding? Marketing? To attract more international brands? To project his image in a much better light?

I mean he’s quite consistently proven our Afrobeat format wrong and gone right ahead to change build unique Yellow Danfo Buses that export content uniquely and delivers faster results but we don’t even deem it fit to take notes?

Written by Chukwumerije Bisi-Taiwo (Yinka)
@TheMerije

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Kanye West & Irina Shayk Return To The U.S Together After Birthday Romantic Getaway

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Hours after TMZ confirmed their relationship, Kanye West and Irina Shayk return to the U.S together following their romantic getaway.

Kanye West and his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian announced that they were getting a divorce after 7 years of marriage, but it not clear what broke the camel’s back. However, some people seem to think that Kanye’s bipolar attitude was something Kim had difficulty dealing with, so she filed for divorce.

After their breakup, rumor had it that Kim was seeing political news commenter, Van Jones, while Kanye was falsely rumored to have a fling with Jeffree Starr. Rumors neither of them came forward to confirm.

A couple of days back, Kanye clocked 44 and he decided to celebrate with his new boo, Supermodel, Irina.

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According to Page Six and TMZ, the Fade rapper and Russian supermodel were spotted spending time together in Provence, France, to mark his 44th birthday.

The two photographed taking a stroll while holding and smiling at each other, as they are staying at the luxury Villa La Coste boutique hotel together.

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They returned from their vacation together on Wednesday afternoon of the 9th of June, arriving in New Jersey on a shared private jet. While they flew back home together, reports had it that they did not leave the airport together. Kanye covered his face as cameras snapped the pair walking inside of the facility.

An insider said Kanye and Irina are seeing each other. It’s casual at the moment, but they are into each other. They have apparently been seeing each other for a few weeks now. 

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Olamide Unveils The Official Tracklist For “UY Scuti” Album

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Award winning Nigerian rapper, Olamide has finally revealed the official tracklist for his forthcoming album – ‘UY Scuti’.

Led by the buzzing lead single, ‘Rock‘, UY Scuti album consists of 10 tracks and one bonus track. It runs for 32 minutes and features, Jaywillz, Layydoe, Fave and Phyno. Package by YBNL and EMPIRE.

The album which was originally meant for June 14 has now been scheduled for June 18. This was revealed when Olamide shared the official tracklist for his 11th studio album via his Instagram page with the caption; #UYScuti #June18.

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Top Nollywood actor Benjamin Joseph, Us-based singer Nana Adwoa to release new song (I will praise)

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Top Nollywood actor Benjamin Joseph, Us-based singer Nana Adwoa to release new song (I will praise)

One of Nigeria’s finest and Multi award-winning actor, Singer, voice over artist and television presenter, Joseph Benjamin set to release his long awaited audio track ‘I will praise’. He described the song as ‘a direct call to heaven through praise’ and was recorded in collaboration with US-based gospel Minister, Nana Adwoa.

Joseph has long sourced for fame through entertainment right from an early age. He, however, kicked off his career officially as an actor by taking on a role in the movie titled, “Crossroads” in 1995. Shortly after, he began to pursue a full-time career in modeling and acting for television commercials in the print ads industry of Nigeria.

His quest to assert a full presence in the entertainment industry led him to begin venturing into other dimensions. He took the role of the (“Banker”) in the popular TV show (“Deal or No Deal”). While working on the show, his desire to express himself only intensified as his love for music began to develop.

He has so far, enjoyed a successful career winning several local and international awards alongside other recognitions.

His love for music and passion for God has seen him stand for truth and also express it through his morally driven lifestyle and music. He debuted his music in 2016, with two singles. So in Love (A song that expresses his love for God)Joy (A song of encouragement and hope) His Most recent single ‘I pour my love on you’ is currently making waves across the nation.

While reminiscing on the inspiration behind the song, he said:’ I got this song in the heat of the pandemic. I thought about a song that will be a source of encouragement and also a praise to God for what he has done. So when this came, I immediately knew this was it and I also wanted it to be a collaboration”.

On his collaboration with talented Ghanaian Us-based singer, Nana Adwoa, he added, ‘I wanted to do something a little different from just being specifically Nigerian. I wanted a song that will appeal to not just Nigerians. Moreso, I am very connected to the Ghanaian Community, my wife is Ghanaian. Nigerians also share almost similar values and sound in music with Ghanaians. So it just sat right in a good place to make it somewhat of a West African collaboration”.

Benjamin added much of his talent to this new single and will be hoping to inspire his loving fans across Africa and the world when it drops on 11th June on all online music stores, distributed by Prime Music partners.

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