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People don’t believe I work hard, because of my wealthy background – Kidd Waya

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Big Brother Naija 2020 housemate, Kidd Waya, son to Nigerian billionaire Terry Ways, seems to cause a lot of hot topic discussion anytime he makes a social commentary via his platforms on social media, sat down with BBC Pidgin to talk about life, work, fame and money.

Kidd Waya who made a tweet on 12 December 2020 saying: “The difference between you and I is hardwork. The rest is just excuses.” Fans and users of the app took it personally and attacked him and tagged him ‘proud’ and ‘inconsiderate’ for putting out such words especially during this pandemic and generalised he makes such comment due to his wealthy upbringing.

Kidd Waya speaking with BBC said regarding the tweet that it was “misinterpretated” and what he actually meant was that “hardwork gets you far. It’s simply for motivational purposes.”

Talking on Nigerians generalising kids from wealthy background, he goes on to say: “I feel like in this country, a son or daughter from a wealthy background cannot have an opinion, cannot talk . . . cannot think, they’re not allowed to do anything.” Speaking further on his stance regarding the tweet and how he is viewed as being proud, he says: “I’m not one to brag or to demeanour anybody, I was simply giving an advise and people took it the wrong way.”

On what it is like being a billionaire son, he reveals: “To be a billionaire son is not easy, me myself, I’m not billionaire. I try not to look at the title, the tag ‘billionaire’. I try to focus on myself as that is my dad’s life, that is his hard earned money. I’m still trying to hustle for myself.”

Regarding Nigerians misconceptions about his work ethic, he told BBC: “What I face on a regular, people don’t believe I work hard, because they believe “it’s your dad’s cash, your dad gave it to you.” They have this misconception that everyone from a wealthy background gets things handed to them easily and to be fair, that’s not the case.” Telling he knows a lot of people in the industry from wealthy background who work just as hard as their fellow colleagues.

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Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay caught in a heated argument at the salon (video); here might be why

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It was a rainy cool day (at least in most part of the country) until a video surfaced online via popular media head and influencer, Tunde Ednut’s page of female Nigerian singers, Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay in a very heated argument over what seems to be a matter of disrespect coming from the latter.

From the video embedded above, it’s obvious that “Mummy Jam Jam” Tiwa Savage felt slighted in the manner of approach Seyi Shay tried using in greeting her. Although it wasn’t recorded, it appeared Seyi Shay had walked up to Tiwa Savage in a bid to exchange pleasantries, even saying “Hi” in the process but Tiwa was not having it; immediately ceasing the moment to call out her fellow Nigerian artiste for disrespecting her via her (i.e Seyi Shay’s) music and in many interviews.

You say you be my sister but you wan collect my lover / You be deceiver, olofofo heart-robber / Na why I no dey f–k with you anymore / I no dey die for you anymore / You know I’m not savage, I dey pay my bills” were Sheyi Shay’s exact lyrics in a song she released some years back, in which she covered Kizz Daniel’s “Fvck You”, apparently calling out Tiwa Savage for trying to “collect [her] lover” even name-dropping Tiwa’s maiden last name—Savage—and ex-husband, Tee Billz.

That might have been the root cause of the rift between Tiwa and Seyi at the salon which turned into all sorts of name calling and slut-shaming from both parties as can be seen from the video embedded below.

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Tems gets nominated for BET ‘Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act’

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Temilade Openiyi, popularly called Tems has bagged a nomination in the category for Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act at the forthcoming BET Awards 2021.

Tems released her first single in 2018 with her first EP, “For Broken Ears” arriving in the second-half of 2020 but her big break on the international scene came through Wizkid featuring her on “Essence” from his recent album, “Made In Lagos” for which video has been shot and it is easily one the fans favourite.

Tems is nominated in the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act category alongside stars who got their major music break in 2020 like Arlo Parks and Bree Runway from the United Kingdom, Elaine (South Africa) amongst others in a female-studded group with the only male nominee being Bramsito from France.

You can catch the BET Awards on June 28th, 1 AM WAT on BET channel 129 on Multichoice’s DSTV.

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Tomi Thomas sticks to his working formula on “Hopeless Romantic” EP (review)

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Tomi Thomas refuses to bow to the pressuring mainstream influence, sticking to the working formula, a niche he has carved for himself, a lane where Alternative and R&B music dwells peacefully which on occasions, might visit other genres but the stay never lasts longer than intended.

Hopeless Romantic is a continual reminder of Tomi Thomas’ musical brilliance, softcore blended with recurring high rising vocals on well selected plush productions or instrumentals. His pen game never ceases to amaze listeners too.

Tomi Thomas brings the emotions to the amusement park, tagging for a soulful but quite joyous emotional-rollercoaster ride on his most recent EP, Hopeless Romantic.

On Hopeless Romantic, Tomi Thomas kept the lyrics as intrinsic as possible, just as suggested by the title of the project, reflecting on why love is hard to come by despite the effort he has put into looking for a lasting one in form of a relationship; he expressed it better on second song and title track – “Hopeless Romantic” – when he said: “On my own / So many days on my own / No credit on my phone / Im just a hopeless romantic / On my own”.

Echoing same message on the hook of “Waiting”, Tomi says: “True love doesn’t leave in the morning / I said no no no no” complementing it on the next verse, “Got me under lock and key my darling / Why you got me begging please my darling”.

The production on the EP is just as slow paced as Tomi’s vocals but with a touch of Afrobeat and Reggae Dancehall on “Waiting” and “Hurricane” (featuring Buju Banton) respectively, not forgetting the Reggaeton vibes on “GoGo Dancer”.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to your ears Tomi Thomas on Hopeless Romantic, sip your liquor, juice if you may and relish the moment. Enjoy!

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