How Not To Be ‘A Wizkid’- An Open Letter To Ayo Balogun by Kehinde Ajose

Due to the recent beef between Wizkid and
fan and his negative reaction of ‘broke people
think they have an opinion’ – which sparked a
lot of
reactions including that of Artiste, J Martins, a
concerned reader has taken his time to pen
this letter with hopes that Wizkid will have a
Dear Ayo,
I am writing this letter not because I know you
read it anyway, because celebrities give us the
impression that they are always busy 24/7 and
they hardly have time to defecate, but just to
the spotlight on some of missteps in recent
Yes! There is no manual that comes with being a
celebrity and I understand how the burden of
stardom might be too heavy for your young
but you have to simmer down. I am calling you
Ayo because in reality that’s who you are. You
need to always reconnect to your humble
beginnings and small starts; it will help keep
attitude in check
Your story is an inspiration to young Nigerians
that it s possible to profit from your passion and
be a ‘Starboy’, but you made the news for the
wrong reasons when you attacked a fan’s
status on Instagram because he dared to correct
your grammatical expression. I don’t want to
dwell on the issue because it has become stale
news, but the statement you made: ‘’Broke
people always think they have an opinion”
is an indication that you are getting high on
stardom. What you need to understand is that it
is the so called broke people who buy your CDS,
download your songs, support you, get the word
out about your brand, and become your brand
ambassadors. I know it’s difficult for celebs to
have people who can look them in the face,
the consequences, and make them swallow the
bitter pill called truth, but you need to recruit
individuals who are not boot lickers, who can
you the truth at all times. In a country where
poverty and squalor has eaten the part of the
brain meant for the right judgment, the truth is
fast becoming a scarce commodity.
You don’t insult your fans because you have
bucks in your bank account. Having more
doesn’t make you better than anyone. Money is
tool for achieving your goals. Talent without
character is catastrophic. The likes of Don Jazzy
Banky W, P square, Tuface, have been bashed
criticized on the social media and they didn’t
insult anyone. They are your ‘bigbros’ in the
industry you can take a cue from them. You are
not on the social medias just to push your
you are also on the social media to connect and
establish relationships with your fans. Stay
I know Nigerians are opinionated and can take it
to the extreme at times, In the midst of the
criticism you need to stay calm and maintain
positive attitude (This comes with being a celeb.
No be beans.) Looking forward to seeing a ‘New’
you. #Nuff said.
Yours Truly, Kenni
A concerned young Nigerian



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