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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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Focalistic links up with Davido for the video of ‘Ke Star’ remix

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South African acts, Focalistic and Vigro Deep recruits Davido for the music video of the trending Amapiano single—Ke Star.

Ke Star is an Amapiano-EDM record, requiring lesser amount of vocals from the artistes involved while giving room for listeners to gyrate to the bouncy beat and that its visuals supplies in excess with different dancers showing off various typical South African dances.

The fashion, color and scenery is also something to watch out for in Ke Star remix videos. Watch the video below:

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Vector and MI have an upcoming collaboration on the way, titled ‘Crown of Clay’

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Finally, every Hip-Hop and Rap fan in Nigeria get what they have been waiting on for a very long time, a collaboration between two of Africa’s most respected rap figures, Vector “tha Viper” and “Mr Incredible, ‘MI’ Abaga”. They’re to work together on the collaboration titled—Crown of Clay.

MI and Vector as we know had their almost a decade long infamous feud which resulted in a lot of name callings, insults, unnecessary charter, indirect subs and most importantly – the diss tracks (both from a personal point of view and collectively from their individual cliques).

The year 2020 though brought an end to their beef when Alcoholic brand—Hennesy VSOP —organised for the artistes to meet and reconcile amicably through the YouTube series – ‘The Conversation by Hennessy artistry’ – much to the delight of fans (or maybe not, because those diss tracks were amazingly fire and quite engaging I am not even going to lie *laughing emoji*). And few months later, we are meant to enjoy two of Nigeria’s most lyrical and commercially successful rappers on a track. Wow!

Although not much detail is known as to the collaboration—Crown of Clay, whether it is going to be just a single, or eventually turn out to be a project – EP, mixtape or album – but we know it will soon come according to MI while vector simply tells fans to make sure they turn on post notifications; for sure, this is a must follow-up story and fans will be eager to know how it eventually turns out.

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Ric Hassani releases sophomore album – ‘The Prince I Became’

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Fresh off his vividly voiced single, ‘Thunder Fire You’, Ric Hassani drops his sophomore, two years after making a resounding debut on the Nigerian music scene. He titles his second LP—The Prince I Became.

Cover artwork for The Prince I Became|PC: @RicHassani (Twitter)

If there is one thing we have learnt from Ric Hassani since making his debut, it is that he is not afraid to voice his emotions, even if it means being literal, thinking out loud, as in the case of recent and promotional single for his sophomore album – ‘Thunder Fire You’.

The Prince I Became judging from the tracklist boasts to be genre mixing, infusing Ric Hassani’s staple – R&B and Pop – while also creating space for Gospel, recruiting some of gospel’s finest in Calledout Music and Frank Edwards on ‘Victory Belongs To Jesus’.

What to expect from The Prince I Became? Excellent vocals and storytelling as always, the classic Ric Hassani style while also banking on him to give us some shake body jam like ‘Do Lai Dat’ featuring Kuami Eugene. From the tracklist, we can also tell the album is a flurry of emotions, mostly of love while the latter part of the album, especially the last three songs on it, Ric Hassani turns our attention to the Lord, Jesus Christ, spreading the gospel in his own little way.

Tracklist for The Prince I Became|PC: @RicHassani (Twitter)

Stream/Listen to The Prince I Became below:

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