A Must Read | An Open Letter to D’banj (& Don Jazzy) – A Fan

Have been seeing this for some days now,
on BBM Broadcast messages, as a tweet
but i never wanted to read felt it was
those regular open letters, after reading
this can see the difference is clear.
Dear Oyebanjo, Dapo Daniel AKA D’Banj,I
am seated at a local restaurant here at
the university town of Nsukka, in Enugu
State, Nigeria, drinking a bottle of
Fayrouz and listening to the sound of the
generator, which is the only source of
electricity around here.I have watched
your latest music video. I went through the
rigour last night. It is the video of the
song entitled “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense” and
it was awfully disgusting, the song, I mean.
Kaffy and the rest of the dancers didn’t
disappoint in the video.
This is bad, I know, using awful and
disgusting, in same sentence. But that is
what I feel about what I saw. Brother,
D’Banj, a lot has changed since you left
your brother and hustle partner, Ajereh,
Michael Collins AKA Don Jazzy. Your songs
have been nothing but trash. I wonder if
anyone has said anything nice to you since
you started making songs outside Don
Jazzy. If they have, it must have been for
that singular hit song entitled ‘Oliver
Twist.’ Kai! That song swept through
Nigeria and the rest of the world. You
would not believe that the ordinary child on
the streets of Nsukka knows the lyrics of
that song and the dance steps too.
In Nigeria, there are plenty factors that
weigh us down. One is our inability to
manage our weaknesses. I see you have
been buying yourself expensive jewelleries.
The other day, I saw on Olorisupergal’s
blog that you wear a wristwatch worth my
entire family and maybe inheritance. I
commend your taste. You are a lucky and
hardworking man. You deserve it, besides;
‘Oliver Twist’ made marks. It took the
Nigerian music to a height that had never
been seen in recent times. Its toping
charts, downloads, Youtube views and itunes
purchases are amongst the few things I can
Dear, D’Banj, Don Jazzy may not be an
ideal partner, I bet you, no one is an ideal
partner! Perfect couples quarrel and make
up. It is the joy of having such union. I
believe misunderstanding is part of us, as
humans. I will run to the zoo the day I see
a union that agrees on almost
everything.Back to your music, I feel Don
Jazzy was made to make good music with
you. He may not only be your producer, but
whatever input, from advice, to production,
will go a long way. Besides, he has been
miserable too, without you. I have seen his
eyes in music videos. There is one he did
with Tiwa Savage. Ah, Tiwa. She looked
dazzling, while Don Jazzy looked wanting
and dispirited. Tiwa may have a perfect
voice but Don Jazzy has not been able to
achieve what he did with you. The other
boys, K-Switch, Wande Coal and the goody
bag crooner, D’Prince are unfortunate
They must be stark illiterates to have
taken sides when you guys parted. I
understand their ignorance. But my concern
here is, if you wish to stay relevant in the
sight of Nigerians, making good music, and
not caressing a stripper on stage on your
birthday, then you have to make amends
with Don Jazzy and understand that people
argue because they are beneficial to
themselves; Only dummies agree on
I think tribalism had a lot to play in your
split. It is a sad reality, if I am right.
Tribalism will eventually destroy Nigeria.
Our young people think they belong to a
superior tribe and so make silly comments
which sometimes bring about misconception
and then crisis. I once had a boss, who is
Igbo, who felt my tribe’s men were lazy,
just because she came to my state and saw
a job and was privileged to be a high
ranking staff. I have had people who think
those from the north should be gatekeepers
and cobblers. Someone called me a militant
once in Abuja at the Sheraton, when he
discovered I was from the Niger-Delta. I
forgave his gross stupidity, i think we
should drink a cup of water when ignorant
people say rubbish about our personalities
or flaws and relate it to tribe.
You are a great young man, D’Banj. Few
people have attained the height you have. I
am encouraged to pursue what I am
currently pursuing because I know I will
triumph. Your likes and that of 2Face
Idibia, despite your weaknesses are heroes.
And you must recall that Kanye West met
you because he had heard good stuff from
you. When nothing good manifests, he may
be forced to give you a new job description
at Good Music, which may be mopping of
the floor of the studio. This evil will not
befall you. If you believe it, type amen.
D’Banj, pride is the worst enemy of any
man who wishes to last longer anywhere. A
drop of arrogance may work, but pride is
detrimental. You were called the
‘entertainer’ because you offered
entertainment. Today, Iyanya, Kcee,
Flavour, Wizkid and Davido are doing
better. Imagine Burna-Boy, chai, that boy
has some senses oh. His music, even when
he is talking nonsense makes you want to sit
and listen or dance to it, as the case may
be. The only person that is yet to outshine
you is my dearest sister, Tontolet Dike.
That girl needs Jesus.
I have to go back to my drink. I paid for it
and it is almost missing me. I enjoy your
struggle or hustle, as you may choose to
call it. I wish to hear something profound
from you. While awaiting that miracle that
only you can perform, I wish you the very
best of life.
Your admirer,
Nwilo bura-Bari Vincent
FF @saintvinny(330)

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