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Top 5 most controversial artistes moments in 2020

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2020 in one word — Covid-19 — and that itself is controversial till this day. People still believe it is a hoax, others have their various respective conspiracy theories regarding it, some say it is a decoy set by the government to achieve a ‘greater (unknown) plan/evil’ in the future.

Many do not even wear their masks or follow preventive guidelines, spreading the false conviction that the virus is not real. If all these is not controversial to you, then I do not know what will be. Anyways what do I know? I am just here to write entertainment news and entertain you.

If there is a body, organisation, group or some other sort of collective that has caused a lot of controversy pre Covid-19 and still very much competed with it this year, then that would be the entertainment industry. No other sectors have caused controversy in the modern day history of mankind as far as I know. (The Nigerian government and political system deserve a honourary mention though).

Truth be told, when one is in the limelight, they cannot escape being talked about, good or bad, potato potato, to the tabloids they are all the same.

Music industry suffered a lot due to the ongoing pandemic this year but something that remained constant is the delivery of hits both musically and controversially; that will be the focus of this round-up article as we gather the top 5 moments that caused a lot controversy in the Nigerian music sector for the year 2020.

Please note that these moments or those on this list are personally handpicked, so I might have omitted some few juicy ones but like my British bruddas will say “allow it”. Put on your scuba gear, let us dive right into it.

5. 9ice — Cheating scandal:

Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande, otherwise known as 9ice was on his bad boy behaviour once again this year, with news circulating of him cheating on latest and third wife, Olasunkanmi Akande with concrete video evidence to show for it; in the video which sprung his cheating scandal to the limelight, he (9ice) is seen caressing the bossom of a lady while softly kissing her and bodly calling her his wife.

Few days after this news was brought up, 9ice in an attempt to redeem his image, released a video on his Instagram page, pleading with the public to save his marriage and help beg his wife to forgive him and come back home.

4. D’banj — Rape accusations:

Nigeria’s foremost entertainer, D’banj (real name Oladapo Oyebanjo) was put in a very demeaning tight corner, resulting in a back and forth between him and his accuser — Miss Seyitan Babatayo.

Early days of June (June 3rd) came the news by the accuser, that the Nigerian Pop star, D’banj raped her back in 2018. She narrated this experience in a now deleted series of tweets, claiming she was invited to a party at Eko Atlantic by Franklin, D’banj’s manager at the time for an all-white event which she attended.

According to Seyi, when she got to the party, she met a lady named Oyin who was with a male accomplice. The male accomplice turned out to be D’banj. On leaving the party, Seyi said Oyin informed her of D’banj’s sexual interest in her and wanting to be with her for the night but she refused all offers, despite the cash advances attached.

Leaving the venue of the party to her hotel (Glee Hotel VI) Seyi and Oyin exchanged contact and Oyin asked her where she (Seyi) was headed and she made her location known to be Glee Hotel VI; luckily for her, Oyin was also lodged in the same hotel so she accepted to ride with Oyin to her location. Then she arrived and slept off.

Going further, she claimed D’banj apparently had also lodged all his staff in the same hotel and without her prior knowledge got the key from the hotel’s receptionist and gained access to her while she was sleeping (She revealed she is a naked sleeper) and started to finger her without consent. When she confronted him, she said D’banj told her to stop acting like a kid as she knows where the act was leading to; she threatened to shout but according to her was shushed by D’banj and forcefully raped by him. She claimed it took two years to tell her story.

D’banj for a while stayed silent on the matter but after a while, (one week of said accusations), he released a statement denying all sort of inhumane deeds while also charging the accuser to court and demanding a sum of ₦100M for character defamation and false accusations.

During this said period, that is of him (D’banj) taking up the matter legally, he was also reported to have been involved in unlawfully holding someone (Seyitan Babatayo) against their will; he was reported to have taken her, the complainant to a private location, coercing her to delete her tweets and retract her statements concerning the rape accusations which apparently worked because Seyitan deleted all tweets accusing D’banj while putting up a new tweet stating she was in safe hands and not taken against her will nor coerced to delete and retract the rape accusations by D’banj and his team. She labelled all the news surrounding her and D’banj as “false”.

3. Lil Frosh — Battering his (ex-) girlfriend

On Monday October 5, Michael, brother to model Gift Camille (known by her Instagram handle — @thecutegeminme — blasted Lil Frosh for his erratic behaviour turned routine of battering and assaulting his sister (Gift Camille) to a pulp and always coming back to beg. He said Lil Frosh has been found guilty of this act on several occasions but he could not take it any longer.

He revealed this incident on his Instagram (@mayoks_michael) in an all telling thorough breakdown of all that have conspired between Lil Frosh and Gift Camille (his sister), attaching photo evidence of the assault and chats screenshot of Lil Frosh begging him (Michael) not to tell anybody, even offering money to compensate for his behaviour.

November 27 came the time for Gift Camille to shed more light on the battering she was induced to by now ex-boyfriend Lil Frosh. She revealed not only will he repeatedly beat her to stupor, giving her all sorts of bruises and injuries resulting in the loss of jobs and gigs for her but he will do so by using his former boss’s name, Davido as alibi, claiming Davido will always come to his rescue and get him out of it while also recording her naked, threatening to release her nude footage if she went on to tell anybody about what is going on in her relationship.

Lil Frosh on the other hand had a very different story and accounting to what was said to tarnish his image; claiming he never for once laid his hands on Gift Camille during the course of their relationship. When asked on how she got brusied and incurred those injuries on her body, he claimed she was reacting to allergies that week and sent him those pictures of how bad her body was reacting to it. He even claimed he was not present with her that week of the said battering and assault, as he chose to let her seek medical attention and rest accordingly, therefore denying any accusations regarding himself and Gift Camille on the assault and battery issue.

This will not pass by silently though, as the label he just inked a deal with — DMW — relinquished him of his contract, ceasing to be involved with him and his musical career.

2. Burna Boy — Best since Fela statement; Beef; Cheating allegations:

Best Since Fela Statement: Born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Burna Boy is known for speaking his mind, notwithstanding the confrontation that comes with it. Leaving 2019 on a very high note, Grammy nomination icing the very delicious cake of a sweet year he had, Burna Boy started 2019 somewhat with a L, at least to him it was, he lost his much anticipated and coveted Grammy nod for ‘Best World Album’.

Two weeks after the awards, he made his reactions clear, in a very familiar egotistical African Giant manner, tweeting subs at his colleagues in the entertainment industry claiming they only show fake love to him but deep down their love  is “sugar coated” by jealousy and envy as they “hope and pray” for him “to fail”.

Burna did not stop at that, going further he tweeted the very much daring words: “FACT! I always knew I was and I am THE BEST. Everyone you think is the best KNOWS I’m BEST since Fela Kuti.” Well needless to say, we know what ensued.

Beef: Burna Boy reacted indirectly to Davido’s post of a Photoshop of Davido and WizKid in traditional outfits (quite looking like Ifa priests, just joking though) which the former posted with the caption:“The 2 greatest of all time! No [cap]” via his Snapchat with the sports analogy: “You cannot play football, everybody knows you cannot play football and you are an embarrassment to the team but your daddy bought the football team.”

Although not naming anyone in particular, fans quickly deduced he was referring to Davido’s wealthy background with those words. This did not go down well for Burna Boy, spewing hate to his side from fans of Davido, even his own fans condemned such attitude.

Cheating allegations: Earlier this month, Jo Pearl, an entrepreneur and model in a series of long videos posted on her Instagram page (@jopearl) said she and Burna Boy have been seeing eachother on the low pre Steff London but she was ghosted by him as he went on to date the UK rapper.

Something led to the other, they (Jo Pearl and Burna Boy) eventually came in contact with eachother and resumed their love affair, not minding the public relationship between the two artistes (Burna Boy and Steff London). She even revealed Burna Boy promised to  marry her; Jo Pearl made it known that they have been doing this for 3 years now, claiming anytime Burna Boy visits England, they spend quality time with eachother.

Although Burna Boy has neither accepted nor denied the allegations, Jo Pearl continued to subliminally reference Steff London on her IG story, saying Steff London keeps threatening her to keep her man (sorry their man *smiles*) from her mouth and life.

1. Davido — Peruzzi’s contract breach; Cheating scandal; “FEMdiss track + more:

Peruzzi’s contract breach: This will take a lot to breakdown and time so I will just summarize it. The year just started but for Davido, controversy had other plans for him. Label signee, Peruzzi was accused by Golden Boy Entertainment CEO — Patrick Anyaene — in a thread of tweet explained how he met Peruzzi at his lowest moment; how Peruzzi’s dad had medical issues and how he (Patrick) sponsored Peruzzi’s education but “be the bang bang” crooner focus on education was withering as his new focus was on music, so Patrick signed Peruzzi to Golden Boy Entertainment but got slyed as Davido snatched his talent and signed him to DMW.

He revealed how Peruzzi introduced him to Davido under a false alias, promising both of them will get signed to Davido but eventually got dished. Ever since then, Davido had always known he signed Peruzzi to an “audio contract” and promised to pay Patrick’s royalties duly but never did so. He (Patrick) eventually sued Davido and Peruzzi to court and yeah that is basically the details.

Cheating on Chioma scandal: June 2020 Larrisa London joined the chat. Rumours have it that Davido has a child with London-based make-up artist — Larrisa London. Larissa and Davido are speculated to have been together since 2017, they hooked up on several occasions but the child resulting copulation took place mid 2019 during his “A Good Time” U.S tour around June 2019.

Davido is reported to have blocked Larissa London on all his socials, denying her access to breed the rumours and denying the rumours of him having a child with her.

“FEM” diss track: After Burna Boy used the football analysis on Davido, he did not respond immediately but after a while announced to fans he was taking a break from social media for about 2-3 months which fans speculated was solely for him to focus on his “A Better Time” album.

After Davido’s self-imposed social media exile, he came back with a hit single in “FEM” a song perceived to be a diss track at Burna Boy.

Brawl with Burna Boy at Twist club at Ghana: Tell Odogwu say we like to party” are the exacts words of Nigerian Pop star, Davido on “FEM”. Rightfully so, Odogwu came to party this past Sunday at Twist club, Ghana where Davido was also present and he did try to allegedly “run up” on Burna Boy, with supposed video evidence of him (davido) causing a scene at the club as he was being escorted out by guards out of the club.

Notable mention:

Naira Marley — attending Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz party & performing before a crowd during lockdown.

Paul “Rudeboy” Okoye (of defunct group, P-Square) — ongoing fued with brother, Peter “Mr. P” Okoye; blasting Peter and his wife’s shady behaviours.

• Omah Lay and Tems arrest at Uganda for performing at a show in violation of Covid-19 protocols.

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Beyoncé features Tems on the girls’ anthem, “MOVE”

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Tems and Grace Jones add vocals on Beyoncé’s MOVE, track 10, produced by Guilty Beatz and P2J on her newly released album, RENAISSANCE. The song’s deep bass drums and claps give it a lively touch as the lyrics invigorate the listeners, especially the female audience to take charge of their lives, making sure their presence is felt anytime they step into a building.

Beyoncé’s verses are as commanding as can be, “Move, move, move, move (Move) / Yeah, you gotta move, move / Anything you do / Will be held against you”, she boldly sings in the first verse; Tems, on the other hand, did not get a verse to her name but can be heard on the interlude chanting “Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / It’s the girl, it’s the ‘Yoncé groove”, which sounds like a declaration of intention, notifying any other crew present not to mess with hers, the “’Yoncé groove”.

The bouncy beat and Grace Jones’ backup vocals on each verse serve as a hint to the ladies to move and bounce to the words being said on MOVE.

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Portable’s uncouth behaviour and proclaimed gang affiliations get him disqualified from the Headies Award 2022

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The organisers of the music award show, Headies Award have disqualified upcoming street-hop singer Portable for his uncouth behaviour, untamed public speeches and proclaimed affiliation with the notorious group, One Million Boys.

This will not be the first time Portable has got into trouble with the organisers of the show. The first time around was due to his controversial statement in a video in which he threatened to use force, even going as far as saying he will kill somebody (which translates to other nominees of the categories he is vying for) if he does not emerge winner during the event scheduled to hold later this year.

However, what warranted Portable’s disqualification from this year’s Headies Award show is the recent video of him associating himself with the dreadful cult – One Million Boys, which he claimed to have founded the group. “Have you heard of Ajah boy? One Million Boys? I established them.”, Portable said in his usual tell-all nonchalant manner. The statement has led to an ongoing investigation by the Nigerian Police Force.

Headies reason as to why Portable is getting disqualified reads in part: We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from any artists and hereby linked to such assembly or activities including Mr Okikiola’s [publicly known as Portable] prospects as long as these acts are linked to him as described.

Portable bagged nominations in the Rookie of the Year and Best Street Artist categories for having sprung up to commercial or mainstream recognition with his hit song, Zazu Zeh, but will lose all nods for being “reckless” and “uncouth”.

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M.I is proud to be “The Guy” on new single

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Me I like the way that I be feeling now and that’s on Poe”, M.I Abaga smartly lays the bar, using witty wordplay to present his current emotions, that of being The Guy of course. So many matters are on the Nigerian rap veteran’s chest and what better way to let them off than on the microphone like he has thoroughly done for almost two decades now.

M.I addresses different subject matters over his extensive career with clever bars, moving from one situation to the other one while making sure to keep listeners entertained through the two minutes, forty-four seconds rap single. First off, he speaks about his reconciled relationship with Vector, “And me and Vector are cool even though we don’t chat on a daily” before diving into longtime beef with Yung6ix, “Looking Yung6ix coming for the God MC / Man that s–t pain me”.

M.I shouts out label mate and fellow rapper, Loose Kaynon, “And my guy Loose, he got the Jordan connect like he Israeli”; incorporates a voice note from Tiwa Savage which says “Yo, keep that same energy fam“, just immediately after namedropping her in a punchline, “Anybody wants to get to rapping, we could make it happen oh, my guy show/ But remember sey no be only Tiwa Savage that’s on go”; brags without barriers, “Top of the rap game in three decades, call man ‘King’”, all these he does to show why he is the guy.

The Guy dwells more on M.I words than on its instrumental, giving room for proper enunciation and clarity of words from the rapper, passing the intended message. It will be the intro song on the album of the same name, coming out on August 18.

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