Award winning Nigerian author and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue has said that Nigerian celebrities like Dbanj, Don Jazzy and Linda Ikeji are broke and not what they proclaim themselves to be.
The outspoken author of Hiphop is for children said in his Facebook post that every celebrity in Nigeria is broke. He noted that they don’t have the money they claim to have.
In his words: Dear Young Nigerians,Grab yourself with some self-esteem, self-confidence and self-pride. We are all poor. Us and the celebrities. All the celebrities in Nigeria.
Linda Ikeji is not a celebrity. She is a business woman. So she is not one of those broke celebrities.
Every celebrity in Nigeria is broke. They are like me. They don’t have the money they tell you they have. Many of them I have seen their bank statements. I don’t care if they start avoiding me now. I know better. Stop feeling inadequate, young people. You see as I beg for money publicly, that is how these celebrities suffer and beg for money secretly.
When I was writing Hip-Hop is Only for Children, I spent time travelling with many of them and I know the truth. Let them shut up. Now HushPuppi and his bitches have dragged Ugo Mozie into their rubbish.
“Don Jazzy is a tenant. He is broke. Forget everything.
D’Banj is hustling every day to feed.
Davido spends the money they pay for every show.
Sinach and Frank Edwards are richer than these guys. This, I know! I am tired of all the social media haranguing and brouhaha and lies and show! And you will say, How e take concern you?
“I am angrily writing this because those of you who feel because you are not famous and so you think you are poor, remember it is the little cash that you people send to our accounts that make us dey do iyanga.
Forget all the foreign trips. Do you know how many people who buy me flight tickets?
When you talk about wealth, people who are wealthy don’t throw them around on social media.
Be yourself because I have seen their bank details. And I know we are all struggling.
Fuck inferiority. You folks who think fame is fortune need to relax. You are better than us!”
Onyeka Nwelue was born in Ehime Mbano in Imo State, Nigeria to Honourable Sam Nwelue, a politician and Knight of St. Christopher and Lady Catherine Nwelue, a teacher and Lay Reader. When he was 11, he was sent to Mount Olives Seminary in Umuezeala Nsu, where he was meant to become a priest. He left Mount Olives Seminary to continue at Holy Family Secondary School, before running away to Lagos, to pursue his career in writing. He wrote for The Guardian and The Punch.