Veteran Yoruba radio presenter, Kola Olootu, has called out Fuji star, Akorede Babatunde aka Saheed Osupa for allegedly neglecting him despite his immense contribution to his music career.
He claimed to have directly influenced a decision that led to Osupa being crowned the king of music by the late Fuji maestro, Sikiru Ayinde Balogun popularly known as Barrister.
Kola claimed in a video on his TikTok page that he arranged the circumstances that saw Barrister crown “Saheed Osupa” as king of Fuji music in 2008.
In the viral video, Olootu said late Barrister did not intentionally crown Osupa as the King of Fuji music and the heir to the art that he pioneered over his industry seniors who were close to him. He added that his role in the arrangement is why his relationship with other prominent Fuji musicians remains needlessly strained.
The broadcaster said Barrister only gave him a passing response to quickly manoeuvre the episode when asked whether he agreed that Osupa was a good musician that should be crowned King of Fuji music.
According to the presenter, Barrister admitted, in benign acquiescence rather than conscious intent, that he would crown Osupa as King of Fuji music, not knowing that a crown had already been arranged.
“We planned it together at my house in Oluyole after Saheed informed me that Baba (Barrister) was coming for his birthday show.
I told him to arrange for a crown before Baba arrives and leave the rest of the job to me. When we gave the crown to Baba, he was taken aback and could only exclaim that they had put him in trouble,” Olotu said.
Olootu vented that Osupa has not reasonably repaid his ardent labour for the success of his career since he hit the limelight.
“Saheed became popular and made a lot of money after this coronation, he was everywhere, but I, who orchestrated the act, became enemies with everyone.
“My intentions were good, and I love Saheed. Today, he gives people things everywhere, but he never remembers me, who suffered with him when he had nothing,” he added.
The On-Air-Personality’s claims elicited a cryptic response from Osupa, who took to the airwaves with a music snippet on Monday morning. Where he briefly dismissed Olootu’s assertions as an attack on his person, it is anticipated that a more elaborate response will be given in his upcoming track or next outing, in line with his customary approach.