subject that may not be very popular or nice to Nigerian celebs, especially the
guilty ones. I have said it severally that just because someone is a celebrity
doesn’t mean they are smart. They may have a talent or skill but many of them
are not smart especially when it involves their finances. The old saying, “your
lies will come back to haunt you” has never been more true than the recent
cases of D’banj, Iyanya and Wizkid who are being kicked out of their homes
after lying they owned the properties. The residents of blogosphere boulevard
were stunned when the news broke that D’banj got an eviction notice from his
landlord and was also said to be highly indebted.
Yes, it is hard to believe
that someone of D’banj’s status could actually be thrown out of his house. But
for those who know that the Nigerian entertainment industry is built on lies
and more lies, it didn’t come as a surprise or a case of a cranky landlord.
Entertainers are well rehearsed liars. They are not what they make you believe
they are. Even the upcoming artist with just one song on radio issues a press
release that they’ve bought a mansion in Lekki Phase One and a Range Sport SUV?
Jazzy and his crew owned Club Jonzing until the truth came out. You must have
also heard that D’banj owns Koko Lounge. My brothers and sisters in habit of
believing everything you hear, I wish you all knew how your favourite celebs
laugh in their closet seeing you swallow the lies like fufu and draw soup. Let
me give an example of how some artistes can be terrible liars, we were on a
tour of five Nigerian cities with Basketmouth and his then Humour Unlimited
monthly show sponsored by BAT. When we got to Enugu, a certain artiste was
snoring like a broken trailer exhaust pipe in the bus on our way from the event
centre to the hotel. I tapped him hoping to stir him up to reduce his noise but
I was shocked when he woke up immediately swearing that he wasn’t snoring, that
he was only trying to get our reaction. Our reaction? After snoring for about
20 minutes with a trail of saliva from one corner of his mouth to his shirt
collar! O’boy some people can lie in Africa.
in his dreams? His management must have thought it was a fantastic promo
strategy then. If only they knew that not far into the future, Iyanya would be
dragged by his balls across the floor of the internet, and that his aggrieved
brother would take to twitter to inform everyone that Iyanya had been evicted
(not from Project shame) from his dream mansion. Yes, it is double wahala for
deadi-bodi and the owner of deadi-bodi but won’t it be tripple wahala for
Oritsefemi and his management when fans eventually discovered that the N200m
mansion he purportedly bought some months back was actually bought in his
dreams and not in the real world?
How much does he charge per gig and how long
has he been playing these gigs to be able to afford a mansion of that amount?
Isn’t it wonderful how naija entertainers think their fans and everyone else is
shallow and gullible? Common sense should tell every artiste that these lies
won’t achieve anything but hurt their careers in the long run when the truth is
Like it was revealed this week that Wizkid’s car hasn’t
been paid for. True, some naija musicians make a lot of money, but not the kind
of money they want you to believe. Does Oritsefemi look the part of a N200m
house owner even with all his body cream? The telco brand ambassadors who are
being coerced into lying about their endorsement fees can’t make such a preposterous
claim not to talk of someone with no endorsement deal. I shivered when I saw in
some blogs over the week that Genevieve just bought a house in Ghana for a
whopping $4m. This will go down as the grandmother of all lies told so far.
Genny baybay, you should have asked yourself if there’s any house worth $4m in
the whole of Ghana, except you bought the Ghana National Theatre which by the
way may not be worth $4m.
These lies are getting dumber by the day. The worst
thing that can happen to any man is believing his own lies. If we had a system
where entertainers are taxed for their acquisitions, the ridiculous and
unnecessary lies will stop. They will speak the truth and nothing but the truth
or so help them God.