Top messy moments in Nigeria music industry
In a matter of hours, the year 2016 will be boarding a ship to set sail for a journey of no return. The good news is that, another one, 2017, will berth, and stay with us for another 12 months. But can we ever forget 2016 in a hurry? Not a chance, at least not for us in the entertainment arena, where many gladiators have charged our world, with battle cries, blazing swords, hard-won prizes and yet bringing smiles and tears to our eyes.
Recession might have had its pride of place in most places with most Nigerians, but the entertainment sector was on record as one to witness a first major buzz in 2016 when rapper Olamide and music maker Don Jazzy went for each other’s jugular on January 1, 2016 at the Headies award over whose artiste was more worthy of the over-hyped ‘Next Rated Award’. For much of the first week in 2016, Olamide and Don Jazzy played out what can be classified as B movie dialogue, carving out the city of Lagos between them. While Don Jazzy claimed the Island, Olamide said the Mainland belonged to him, bringing back to mind the Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG’s feud of the East Coast and West Coast crews, that ultimately led to their deaths. Fearing the worst, Nigerians waded in to reconcile the two entertainers, but not until the billion-dollar voice of Aliko Dangote sounded the loudest, that they sheathed their swords.
That was how 2016 started in the entertainment industry and it didn’t let up until the very end of the year. Soon to follow Don Jazzy-Olamide’s roforofo fight was a string of spats and scandals, that pretty much defined the bare-knuckled 2016 Nigerian entertainment landscape.
Dammy Krane vs Wizkid
Shortly after the Olamide/Don Jazzy drama, Dammy Krane took to his social media page to accuse Wizkid of stealing his lyrics and slangs, which Wizkid used in one of his songs. The duo even went as far as engaging in a physical brawl at Quilox Nightclub. Owner of the club, Shina Peller orchestrated the settlement of this disgraceful incident between the two music stars.
Black Face vs Wizkid
Soon after Dammy Krane and Wizkid’s fight, it then seemed like the music industry was doomed as there was a never-ending open season of feuds . Next in line was erstwhile rapper of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, Blackface, who publicly accused Wizkid of stealing his song. The dancehall, ragga and reggae artiste claimed that Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’ is replete with his (Blackface’s) lyrics.
Blackface vs 2face
Yet again, it was Blackface, a member of the defunct Plantashun Boyz, who was in the news, this time, taking a shot at his former group member, 2Face Idibia. He took to Twitter to express his aversion for how 2face allegedly stole his song. He stated that his former partner 2face stole from him. He also threatened to sue the African Queen sensation. In response, 2face in an interview said, “ It is just so unfortunate. I got nothing but love and respect for him and it is just so unfortunate that he is coming at me like that”
Davido Vs Sophie and Dele Momodu
The drama between singer Davido and his babymama, Sophie Momodu over the custody of their lovechild, Imade, nearly broke the internet. And it got more interesting when media mogul and Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu, came in, in defense of his niece. Davido attacked the media mogul severally and didn’t let up even until some days ago, when Dele Momodu walked out of an event because Davido referred to him as “ his boy”
Tiwa Savage and estranged hubby, Teebillz
If the Davido and Dele Momodu’s drama broke the internet, the one involving Tiwa Savage and her estranged hubby, Teebillz certainly shut it down. Sometimes in April of 2016 the world woke up to a twitter rants from Teebillz, accusing his wife of infidelity, neglect and his mother in-law of witchcraft. In a matter of hours, he claimed the tweets were not from him, saying his account was hacked, asking people to disregard the rants. This was soon to be dispelled when some concrete reports emerged that he was actually under the influence of some substances, that, he had actually tried to commit suicide. For days, there were debates of all sorts, questioning and confirming veracity of the claims, until the super star singer herself set the record straight by granting an interview that was videoed for all to see. In the interview, she gave a graphic account of how Teebillz had been such an irresponsible father, husband, drug addict and incurable womaniser. Though before the close of 2016 some hard facts emerged that the couple may be on their way to coming back together as man and wife. The motive force to that speculation was set in motion at the Three Crowns concert that held in October, where Tiwa Savage, looking rather forlorn and drained, asked Tunde and Wunmi Obe for secret of making a marriage work. After that, another report claimed that the husband, Teebillz, was being certified ‘clean’ after some rehab time and a long session of counselling.
Ice Prince, his girlfriend, Maima Vs Sugar Daddy
Ice Prince Zamani’s love for his girlfriend, Maima, is never in question and the singer demonstrated it with actions when a certain old flame of Maima, named Akin, came on the Internet with photos that he was the one that saw the girl through school. Ice Prince debunked the claimed and stood by his girlfriend, but they got on the wrong side of their fans, who ripped them to shreds after the Akin, released more photos to prove his case. However, the singer showed love conquers all as it had no effect on their relationship.