How saying ‘Ghana influenced Nigerian music’ got me cancelled – Mr Eazi

Nigerian Banku music pioneer, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade, better known as Mr Eazi, has recalled being a victim of cancel culture due to his assertion that Ghana influenced Nigeria in terms of music.

Mr Eazi tweeted in 2017 that Ghanaian music has a great influence over present-day Nigerian music, which stirred controversy.

Speaking to Joey Akan about the criticism he faced over his opinion, Mr Eazi said he didn’t regret what he said despite getting threats.

When he appeared as a guest on a recent episode of the Afrobeats Intelligence Podcast, the ‘Patek’ singer also berated those who are still “hating” him to date.

According to Mr Eazi, his statement wasn’t that deep, and his critics are only hating him for something else but using that as a guise.

The ‘Leg Over’ crooner further lamented that some people he saw as friends in the music industry joined others in cancelling him instead of calling privately to correct him.

Mr Eazi said; “When the whole issue with me being cancelled, even till tomorrow, I see people come on my [social media] profile and still throw hate. They said, ‘Oh, yeah, you said that.’ I’m like, ‘Fam, really? This energy take it to your local politician wey dey run you street.’ You feel me? I didn’t kill anybody. I said what I said.

“And I said it many years ago. If that is the reason you hate, then you hate me for something else. It’s deeper than that. And realising that just make me feel free. That’s the lens to which I look at e everything. Because I was seeing guys I was saying ‘Hello’ to, coming out to say, ‘F*ck Mr Eazi.’ And I was like, ‘Bro, you could have called me and say Eazi, I just saw this interview, you shouldn’t have said that.

“This is what I advise you to do.’ But it just became a thing of let’s all band together. And that’s why in my song ‘We Dey’, I said, ‘Twitter fingers steady showing fake love.’ Because it’s crowd mentality. It’s trendy to hate you, and now it’s like for clicks.

“There are people making art and nobody is caring about their life whether they jump or sit. It’s like they are invisible. Love and hate is acknowledgement of your existence, I’m even blessed to be able to invoke something.”