Artist Health

Does Marriage Hurt the Career of the Nigerian Male Musician?

The latest news hitting the industry is that Terry G is expecting a baby with his girlfriend. Congrats to him! It also looks like he will be tying the knot, White wedding as the traditional wedding allegedly took place last year. Good for Terry G.

However, it seems there is a growing minority of male artists knocking up their ladies without necessarily tying the knot. Two poster fellas for this trend is TuFace and Peter Okoye of P-Square. TuFace who has six children from three women (one baby is very recent), recently proposed to one of the three women. I hear the wedding has been called off but see no evidence or statement from TuFace evidencing that.

In my view, many Nigerian male artists seem to have no problems getting on one knee and proposing. There are many examples to cite. Nevertheless, as mentioned, there is also a growing minority that have babies but are in no rush to wed these baby mamas. I have had this conversation with some industry people as a way of debate and I am told there is a growing fear that if these artists tie the knot, they most likely will lose their fan base.

Really? Isn’t Nigeria’s music market culturally different? Nigerians are so crazy about marriage it is hard to believe. Does marriage hurt the career of the Nigerian male musician?


Photocredit: Picture shared by Peter Okoye on SM


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