Wednesday 25 February 2015

Azuka Ogujiuba, Please Leave D’Banj Alone- A Must Read

Reference: The Dbanj Brand: Dead or Alive by Azuka Ogujiuba (Article on ThisDay Newspaper)
I spent time to read Azuka’s article about D’Banj and I did not see any need for the lengthy article that was published. I asked myself questions: Was the article written out of the need to just write or to educate us about debt and fame or Azuka’s personal issue with the artiste?

The way you started your article was a means of telling the Nigerians that you’ve contributed drastically to the fame of D’Banj and Don Jazz even at the detriment of your baby by sacrificing the time you should had spent with your baby to write 3 pages of articles about the unknown duo at that time. And now you’ve made them famous and they’ve grown teeth, yet they cannot acknowledge you as the main path to their fame and famous life. Anyway, kudos to you for all you did, however, you did not do it right this time with the article you recently published about D’Banj

If sincerely you are concerned about D’Banj as an artiste and as ex-friend (because you wrote things fell apart between you and D’Banj/Don Jazzy when they started claiming the ladder of success), I believe you should had called him and have personal discussion and advise him on how to go about his Musical business rather than publishing the article about his flops, debts and his bachelor’s life (whereas you had a kid without being married). As stated in your article, you had his phone number but you decided not to call him again since the unpleasant incident and confrontation that happened in one of the African countries between you and D’banj/his crew. Despite his apology, you bottle the malice and proudly wrote that you decided not to call him again, but you have the authority to address him as someone that loves keeping malice. If D’banj is a Captain in keeping malice then you are a Major in the act too. So stop pointing fingers at this guy and trying to pick dirty from his body whereas you are not clean too (He who is without sin should come out). 

What stops you from calling him to talk to him and advised about all you later wrote?
Your article is a reflection of anguish. It was as if you had burning pains inside you about your life and things around you and you needed a defence mechanism to colour your life and work as been okay by projecting the anguish into others’ life. You might need to do a total reflection about your life too instead of dwelling on others to write such lengthy article. I know for sure, if you were to write about your own life, it won’t be as lengthy and pleasant like the one you wrote about D’Banj.

It is only here in Nigeria, people snoop around to know if you are broke, in debt or owning others. This act is normally not born out of the need to render any meaningful assistance (in term of settling a kobo out of the debt) rather than to make fun of you as if the word ‘Debit’ is forbidden. The simple thing I noticed about most of the acclaimed businessmen, organizations and countries in the business world is that they have one debt or the others. How come D’banj debt now become the stories of all time by cheap and non-acclaimed journalists that do journalism via Google?
Come to think about it, America, one of the greatest countries in the world also has debts likewise Nigeria.
I know people like you will be celebrating yahoo boys and worshiping them if they were your brothers or relatives. Why don’t you let the guy live his life the way he wants it rather than trying to dictate to him what he should have done, what he has not done or what he did wrong. I believe your article was a product of past and the present anger and hatred you have for the artiste and not that you actually want to help him in any way. I noticed you picked on several other artistes in your articles and talk less about Don Jazzy and indirectly silent about him even when they were still a team. Is it really true that Don Jazzy is a perfect achiever?. That is not for me to debate; because I love both guys and they are doing what they like to do best in surviving rather be prisoners of conscience.
Your article kept in my mind different kinds of questions, such as:
If D’Banji is your brother will you have published this kind of article?
If D’Banj is your husband will you have written about his debts?
Is that you don’t see anything good about what certain artistes and what they do with their talents?
Have you ever been in their shoes?
What kind of socialite are you? (One that is afraid of making money and owning)
Do you think you are creditworthy than D’Banj even at this stage of his published bankruptcy?
How much does Nigeria own? Can’t you spend your time to write about Nigeria debts and ways you think future debts can be averted?
How did you know D’Banj ex-girlfriend is so happy without him?
Are you even happy yourself?

You also wrote wonderfully well on how you promoted D’Banj and Don Jazz reputations when they were nobody but now that they were doing great and they are not giving you the expected accolades but why your focus was only on D’Banj and how he has been owning here and there?

You also mentioned that he is yet to settle down or own a house of his own, situations you have no business with especially when you were still single with a child. I was so surprised to read at the end of your epistle that you are still single despite how you colourfully painted the way you were on maternity leave, breastfeeding and having to sacrifice the attention required for your baby to Don Jazzy and D’Banj

I just want you to take a word or two from Roosevelt and allow the young man called D’Banj to live is life the way he wants it rather than the one you’ve scripted for him to live.
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore (Teddy)


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