Nigerian content creator and influencer, Big Derah has advocated for Afrobeats superstar, Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid to be celebrated as a national icon.
He said a statue of Big Wiz is supposed to be erected in Lagos state in recognition of his immense contribution to the music industry.
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Derah said the Starboy Entertainment founder and Grammy winner has done so much to promote Afrobeats and he deserves to be honoured.
He also seemed to take a swipe at Wizkid’s colleague, whose name he did not mention, but claimed has his own statue in the state.
The influencer wrote; “In a sane country, Wizkid is suppose to have a statue in Lagos State, Nigeria. That man has done so much for the Afrobeats culture.
Even the one wey no do reach half, get him own statue for Lagos lol.”
Meanwhile, On-Air Personality, Daddy Freeze has said music superstar, Wizkid is almost on the same level with late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
The media personality stated this in a video shared on his social media page while wading into the feud between Wiz and rappers in the industry.
It may be recalled that during an interview with 10 magazine the “Essence” crooner said rap is dead while arguing in favour of Afrobeats dominating the Hip Hop genre.
According to the Starboy Entertainment founder, the Hip Hop artistes mostly rap on the same beats, and they have similar styles.
Wiz also said Nigerian rappers as non-rappers who lack development and went on to list the South Africa’s Nasty C and Ghana’s Sarkodie as the ‘real rappers’ in Africa.
Subsequently, Wizkid received backlash mostly from Nigerian rap artistes who either responded to him online or released diss raps.
In reaction to the clash, Freeze opined that for Wizkid to have made that comment, it comes from a place of objectivity soaked in experience.
He said the Ojuelegba crooner has achieved a lot and should be taken seriously whenever he gives constructive criticisms.
The OAP who aid he is backing Big Wiz further said only a handful of artistes in Nigeria can boast of the achievements attached to Wizkid’s name in the music industry.
Daddy Freeze said; “When it comes to music in Nigeria as a whole, Wizkid is almost on the level of Fela then. What he (Wizkid) has been able to do, not many people can achieve it, when he says something, hear him out, there is one thing in me that makes me different from many people I might not like you but if you speak the truth I will support you…
The truth is the truth and it will set you free. When you see the truth and started ignoring the truth because of the person carrying the truth we become like Nigerian politicians, all of them are the same but they will make one look worse than the rest of them.”