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This Olamide Is A….By Joseph Edgar


This Olamide Is A….By Joseph Edgar


Article by written by Joseph Edgar. Read below:

As an ‘old man’, I really don’t follow the Headies or popular music so people like Olamide, Lil Kesh and Reekado whatever are just names I hear from my kids or whenever I visit Blogs. But the high level of indiscipline showed by this Olamide young man cannot go without my comment.

First let me say that the Nigerian music industry has come of age and I personally believe that if it continues at this pace would sufficiently replace Oil as our major revenue earner. I congratulate all its points men, the talents and the money men including sponsors who have walked tirelessly to get the industry to this stage.
But with what I have read and seen on TV about what happened at the Headies leaves me with so much pain. That someone who you think does not deserve the trophy won does not give you the effrontery to pull a ‘kanye’. By the way what is a ‘kanye’? You now did not stop at that you went into a tirade on Twitter throwing carelessly and stupidly all sort of vulgar virtupurations on all your perceived enemies and ended up with the alleged destruction of the green room.

You see this kind of behavior is very toutish to say the least and does not tell well of this Olamide fellow. There are more gentlemanly ways of registering your protests that would be more damaging to the organizers. A letter to sponsors would have held them in the jugular. I hear Olamide is ‘big’ whatever that means, then he should have relied on his weight to ‘kill’ the Headies. A letter to sponsors stating your disgust and informing them that you are launching a media campaign against their brand for supporting injustice would have gone a long way in redressing whatever injustice you have seen.

But no, you had to fall back to the ‘agbero’ tactics of smashing everything insight and in bad English abuse and curse everybody and everything insight. By blaming Don Jazzy for mentioning your name only shows the height of your cowardice. You went on your tirade without mentioning names, what is that? But Don Jazzy knowing like millions of Nigerians who and what you were referring to took you by your scrawny neck and handled the situation and yes if the car was your problem come and get it.

As an Investment Banker with a bias for the creative industry, I have seen your type flash for three years max and go back into the poverty and darkness you came from. So buying your protege a 2015 Range Rover from proceeds of one single or endorsement without putting down a sustainable plan for securing that artiste future only amounts to fishing in the Sahara Desert.

That Don Jazzy has not allegedly bought a car for his kids does not mean that he is not putting in structures in place to secure their future. I have just designed the Creative Industry Fund which aims at working with Industry People to invest some of these their monies wisely so that when the so called Hits stop coming they can continue to live their lifestyles without having to rush to the public to beg for money to treat Malaria after driving their 2015 Range Rover when the going was good.

I have reached out to a lot of industry honchos and the kind of feedback I have gotten from serious labels have been encouraging. But frivolous labels who prefer the flash of the moment, doing the Kanye and driving 2015 Range have simply just rebuffed the idea leaving themselves exposed to the vagaries of planlessness.

What this episode shows is that there is a high level of illiteracy and non education in the industry and I am concerned. The music industry is great and it’s growing defying all negative economic indices that we are facing in Nigeria today and if people like Olamide who are expected to be the leading lights can have this kind of warped sense of thinking then the industry will be short circuited.

Let me at this juncture say a word to the organizers of the Headies. I have never met with the main man but I have had an opportunity to speak with him on the phone and he came across like someone who knew what he was on about. But the truth is that the kinds of controversy this award show generates annually leaves one with a massive doubt as to his integrity and capacity. If he had lived above board this would not have happened at best it would have been muted.

The Silverbird group have been organizing beauty pageants for years specially in a field where there is a lot of subjectivity but we hardly hear of this kinds of allegation. How difficult is it to organize a music award with the public voting? Why do we have to be faced with so much cry of injustice every year? There is no smoke without fire, are these people selling these awards? is it true that Don Jazzy was called to leave the Ali Baba show to come since his person would soon be announced winner? If this is true, then shame to the organizers.

My grouse will definitely go to the sponsors who also do not limit themselves to a high level of integrity when choosing projects to sponsor. You see wishy washy events getting a high level of sponsorships when serious projects cry. I have personally been involved in a theatre production where we begged a beverage company for sponsorship and were dribbled and humiliated and eventually turned down claiming no funds only for them to now go and sponsor a run down comedy show. What I found out was that they took back half of the amount sponsored as kickback, got half the tickets as complimentary and the Promoter now did not have enough money to put up the kind of show he needed to put on.

So you see where the Headies is having these problems. I suspect the whole thing from its organisation to the sponsorship all reeks of corruption hence the annual fight all culminating in Olamide doing ‘the Kanye.’

To Don Jazzy I am on your side expect you have been implicated in paying for this award, your continued dignified silence is golden. Do not come down to the mud pit that is Olamide and his cohorts and yes if you have been attacked or feel disrespected whether your name is mentioned or not you owe it to yourself and family to defend your honour. If you want to fight, fight. No need of fighting kurukere fight by making strong allegations without mentioning names , that is cowardice.

Finally, the greatest losers in all these is Headies and their sponsors for spoiling and ruining an otherwise wonderful festive period with this tragedy of a show. Shame.

Moji Delano is a Lawyer turned Blogger, Entrepreneur, Digital Media Strategist/expert.

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  1. Bomi

    January 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Always on point with his writing skills and intellect, this is another masterpiece from The stable of the Loud whispers…

    Half the nigg@s in the game are only pretenders
    Edgar drops a couple of lines, he’s already a crown contender
    His words are double edge sword, so haters dont have sh!t to say
    Hit em up with the word, he does it his way…

    Joseph is the bomb diggity , when he spit is sh!t, y’all know he’s dope! No doubt, no diggity.


    January 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    So inteligent…I wonder y no1 s nominatin edgar as writer of d let’s wait nd c hw it goes.. Cnt wait fr ur volume 2

  3. whateva

    January 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Joseph Edgar bitter tribalistic loud mouth

  4. Lionheart

    January 3, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    When God wants to leave someone HE will first baptise that one with arrogance that’s the case of Olamide, what’s the need for buying your protege a 2015 Range Rover?

  5. Mash

    January 3, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    He got a lot of things wrong on Olamide. And a lot of you never say anything or see anything wrong about DonJazzy.
    Foolish write-up. If you want to address issues and be a judge it’s expected that you will write a balanced article. You have called Olamide names…His anger was directed at the organisers. Why did Don Jazzy not let the organisers defend themselves? The award was won by Reekado Banks was present! Why did Jazzy step up? He did because he was childish and it was so un-called for.

    Olamide messed up and has apologised. Whatmore after the apology?

  6. Lolu Ogundipe

    January 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Well said I am pleased

  7. Lolu Ogundipe

    January 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Well said I am pleased.

  8. sociologist

    January 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I’m actually tired of dis joseph edgar guy nd if I’m 2 describe him in 1 word ill say joseph is biased.lyk I’m really tired of his so called articles.for cryin out loud he is always on 1 side wen writin. look at dis case 4 example he should ave stated d faults of both side not just 1 side.I thought as a writer u shuld be able 2 see d prons and cons of the situation besides olamide apologised why can’t don jazzy also apologise dis is wah I will call pride on don jazzy’s me dey re both guilty

    • Blogress

      January 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Joseph Edgar is entitled to his opinion. Bias or. Not.

  9. Akindeere Adekunle

    January 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    His own perspective,though partial smh to me

  10. Olakunle Williams

    January 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Jazzy never apologise till now, he’s so arrogant and stupid.. They both messed up but one apologise and swallow his pride but the idiot never think he’s faulty too

  11. Eyan ti BaddoSneh

    January 4, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Really, this Joseph Edgar is a dumb ass! Silly ass 4 dat matter! Why wld he not talk abt both sides faults? Why talk abt Olamide’s own alone? Sure u got paid by Don Jazzy 2 critise Olamide dis way! And talking abt ur write up, cldnt even finish it caz it’s simply rubbish! I blv u jez creating awareness! No1 knows u! Av not even heard abt u b4 nor ur stupid writeup! Grow up and stop bin biased! Also stop seeking people’s attention! Mtshhhhheeeeeew*** And 2 dos dat said Joseph wrote a nice letter called write up here, y’all are dumb asses! Rubbish

  12. Adebiyi Ayorinde

    January 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Nice article

  13. Anonymous

    January 5, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Very stupid and biased write up won’t be surprise if jazzy is sponsoring your blog

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