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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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Olamide sings on laid-back track, “Rock”

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Olamide season is upon us once again and to kick start his yearly music package, he puts out laid-back new single – Rock.

On Rock, Olamide is in his feelings as he professes his love for the girl in question, “Girl I just want make we rock / Girl I just want make we vibe / Girl I just, girl I just want make we chill like ice water” he sings on the chorus.

Rock is produced by Eskeez and will appear on Olamide’s forthcoming album, “UY Scuti”. Listen, stream and download it:

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”

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Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

Watch the video yourself:

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