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D’banj: Praise Worthy Or Industry Wash? – Facts Only With Osagie Alonge

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D'Banj Wins Best African Act at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards“Despite D’banj breaking grounds in and outside the Nigerian entertainment scene, the DKM boss has come under a lot of criticism, leading many to believe Banga Lee’s days might just be over.

Osagie Alonge breaks down D’banj’s career in the last 12 months and offers his own opinion of one of Nigeria’s most prolific music artiste.”

Highlights

  1. D’banj is every hustler’s dream.
  2. D’Banj has defied every odds.
  3. D’Banj signed to three major labels (Universal, GOOD Music, Mercury), who has done that before?
  4. D’Banj should receive props for all he has done.
  5. He had one of the biggest songs in the history of Nigeria’a (music industry) ‘Oliver Twist.’
  6. He has had major spins on radio in the UK.
  7. D’banj is said to be in debt but they are rumors.
  8. D’Banj has interviewed the President, Goodluck Jonathan, the only artist to do so.
  9. He is the First Nigerian to get Beats by Dre Headphones endorsement deal.
  10. D’Banj has constantly tried to be a bigger artist.
  11. His signing of Actress Tonto Dikeh is one of the biggest “creative/entertainment value.”
  12. He is constantly breaking boundaries within and outside Nigeria.
  13. D’Banj gets a lot of heat because of the comparison between Don Jazzy and D’Banj.
  14. Dangote endorses D’Banj, D’Banj has his One Campaign, and the list goes on.
  15. The problem is that D’Banj has constantly alienated the good people around him. He changes his managers all the time. He can’t keep a good team around him. He needs to know how to build a team around him.
  16. His artistry is not well presented or articulated.
  17. He needs a stronger relationship with the press through his team. He is unreachable even during controversies.

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  1. Winston Balagare says:

    -D’banj is every hustler’s dream. (What am I missing here? What is so great about this man that people are dreaming of being like him? Where's the MUSIC? I see garri; I see headphones–but where's the MUSIC?)

    – D’Banj has defied every odds. (What odds? What did he do that hasn't been done before? When I was a kid growing up in the US, I saw King Sunny Ade featured on a little program called "Entertainment Tonight". That was big then! What has Dapo done?!!)

    -D’Banj signed to three major labels (Universal, GOOD Music, Mercury), who has done that before? (So, three different foreign companies get to take a cut out of Dapo's cheques–what's good about that? Look at how many artists actually making music today are doing it without ANY major label; meaning they don't share their money with anybody but their immediate team.)

    -D’Banj should receive props for all he has done. (WTF has he done?!!)

    -He had one of the biggest songs in the history of Nigeria’a (music industry) ‘Oliver Twist.’ (It was a big song for him then, yes. But who cares now? Where's the NEW MUSIC?!!)

    — He has had major spins on radio in the UK. (Ok, now what? Now that you managed to get played on UK radio, what comes next? I guess the natural and obvious follow-up move to getting major radio spins is to sell garri, right?)

    –D’banj is said to be in debt but they are rumors. ("Rumor" doesn't mean "false" or "lie"; it just means the story is yet to be substantiated.)

    –D’Banj has interviewed the President, Goodluck Jonathan, the only artist to do so. (Again, you got all these radio spins, you did plenty shows, and sold ringtones, but instead of riding that momentum to another hit song–not even an entire album–you become a journalist? Obviously, that's the best career move for the supposed "biggest star in Africa".)

    –He is the First Nigerian to get Beats by Dre Headphones endorsement deal. (So what?!! What does that do for your legacy? You don't even have any good songs of your own to play on these ugly headphones!)

    –D’Banj has constantly tried to be a bigger artist. (Tried and failed. A comedian, MC Galaxy, had bigger records than you last year.)

    –His signing of Actress Tonto Dikeh is one of the biggest “creative/entertainment value.” (Where's her album?!! We didn't even get a video for her song "Sugar Rush". WORST RECORD LABEL EVER)

    –He is constantly breaking boundaries within and outside Nigeria. (if by "breaking boundaries", you actually mean, "fooling foreigners into doing business with you", then yes, it's true.)

    –D’Banj gets a lot of heat because of the comparison between Don Jazzy and D’Banj. (Don Jazzy is a better artist and a stronger brand. Dapo is the corniest. It's true!)

    –Dangote endorses D’Banj, D’Banj has his One Campaign, and the list goes on. (AND?!! What are they endorsing? Where's the music? Where's the Poko Lee album? Where's the 2Kriss album? Dapo, you bum!)

    –The problem is that D’Banj has constantly alienated the good people around him. He changes his managers all the time. He can’t keep a good team around him. He needs to know how to build a team around him. (Exactly. Nobody wants to catch a ride on a sinking ship. Last year, we saw more pictures online of Koko garri, than we did of the artists on DB records. What does that tell you about your precious Dapo?!!)

    –His artistry is not well presented or articulated. (How can it be, when he doesn't know how to do it? Stop expecting D'Banj to succeed. It won't happen.)

    He needs a stronger relationship with the press through his team. He is unreachable even during controversies. (Don't you know that it's by design? Why would he talk to the press, if he's not trying to drum up "investors" to fund his lifestyle? He's a scammer!)

    Bottom Line: Your White Lion is truthfully nothing more than a mangy house cat. You people keep feeding his ego and lies. And when you feed strays, they never go away. Stop feeding him, mehn!!

    1. west says:

      LOL hater.. i doubt if you will ever be successful in life if you think dbanj has don nothing after all the listed achievements.. even 2face havent achieved such..

      1. Winston Balagare says:

        Did I lie? Keep going west; I'm going east.

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