I think he was just being an ass. But watch the video and decide for yourself. Remember on Friday I put up a blog post asking who was boycotting D’banj’s concert which held on Sunday, February 19th? Well, on Saturday, D’banj had a live interview with Chika Oduah of Sahara Reporters via Skype. And I cannot find the word to express my disappointment. Continue to see the video.
When asked about his silence on the removal of fuel subsidy issue, D’banj said he did not and still could not comment because during the time of the subsidy removal, he was out of the country. He was in the U.K making good music with John Lennon and hanging out with Kanye West, so he was unaware of the things that were going on in his country. Besides, he is not a politician. How, then, can he be expected to comment, right?
It sparks an old controversy: how much should we expect from our celebrities? Does their celebrity status automatically make them socially and morally obligated to their fans? I think it does — to an extent. Is Nigeria supposed to base its views, decisions, and general living on the thoughts of one D’banj? Of course not. Should Nigeria (fans of D’banj) expect that when there is a crisis in Nigeria, D’banj will take a stand – especially when he had enough time to make a Scapegoat song for the President that is now causing all this trouble? Yes. Nigerians can and should expect this from D’banj.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that D’banj the entertainer is totally clueless and his manager and PR person has not briefed him on the current state of his Country and/or how not to talk about it, but what about D’banj, Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. When does he appear on the scene and possibly attempt to make peace?
Enough of my thoughts. What do you think?