How I got cancelled for saying Ghana influenced Nigerian music – Mr Eazi

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Mr Eazi, a well-known singer and successful entrepreneur, has reflected on the cancel culture he experienced after stating that Ghana had an impact on Nigerian music.

In a tweet on January 11, 2017, he acknowledged the significant influence of Ghanaian music on contemporary Nigerian music, which caused a negative response from fans, colleagues, and music lovers who threatened to cancel him.

During his appearance on the Afrobeats Intelligence Podcast with host Joey Akan, Mr Eazi shared that he stands by his statement and does not regret it, despite the backlash.

However, he expressed disappointment that instead of addressing the matter privately, some individuals he considered friends in the industry chose to cancel him as well.

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The artist behind the hit song ‘Leg Over’ also called out those who still hold animosity towards him, stating that his statement was not meant to be profound.

He suggested that their resentment might stem from unrelated reasons, implying that their negative reaction was disproportionate to his comments.

In his words;

“When the whole issue with me being cancelled, even till tomorrow, I see people come on my [social media] profile and still throw hate. They said, ‘Oh, yeah, you said that.’ I’m like, ‘Fam, really? This energy take it to your local politician wey dey run you street.’ You feel me? I didn’t kill anybody. I said what I said.

“And I said it many years ago. If that is the reason you hate, then you hate me for something else. It’s deeper than that. And realising that just make me feel free. That’s the lens to which I look at e everything. Because I was seeing guys I was saying ‘Hello’ to, coming out to say, ‘F*ck Mr Eazi.’

“And I was like, ‘Bro, you could have called me and say Eazi, I just saw this interview, you shouldn’t have said that. This is what I advise you to do.’ But it just became a thing of let’s all band together. And that’s why in my song ‘We Dey’, I said, ‘Twitter fingers steady showing fake love.’ Because it’s crowd mentality. It’s trendy to hate you, and now it’s like for clicks.

“There are people making art and nobody is caring about their life whether they jump or sit. It’s like they are invisible. Love and hate is acknowledgement of your existence, I’m even blessed to be able to invoke something.”

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