Actor Yomi Black has slammed some Igbo celebrities who accused Southwest of controlling the music industry through tribalism.
Media personality, Emma Ugolee had stated that tribalism is the reason why the Southwest produced the top ten musicians in Nigeria.
According to him, gone are the days when other tribes also had a good showing in the entertainment industry.
He said, ”Nigeria’s music treasure is so vast and rich. Great musical tradition from Victor Olaiya, Rex Lawson, Ebenezer Obey, Oliver De Coque, Osita Osadebe, Peacocks international, Oriental brothers before you even talk about Fela, Sonny Okosun, Ksa, Nelly Uchendu, Onyeka, Ras Kimono, Mandators and so many others, the Nigerian discography is rich and varied with a lot of unique genres, it’s a national treasure says my friend Obi Asika
Without any intention to stir up a hornet’s nest, this wide spread representation touches a thought that has been disquieting in me for a while now.
Is it a coincidence that the top 10 (if not 15) music acts are from the southwest ? Or is there more to it?
I ask this absolutely free of any bias and no streak at all of tribalism. I truly just would like to know.
I have tried to explain it with the Lagos hub influence but Lagos was still the place to go to (in an era I witnessed) when it was okay for a Zoolezoo to come top the charts from Makurdi. When a Flavornabania could become the the biggest Nigerian act from Enugu, Jeremiah Gyang doing the same from Jos, Duncan Mighty & Timaya killing all the Lagos shows from PH city. Rymzo & Kaha from Benin. Age Beeka, Style & 6foot plus from ABJ. Nigga Raw Abia!!
The story is not the same at all. Traffic has significantly slowed down in the last 10years. Has the inroad into national limelight via Lagos been shutdown?
The same platform that allowed for others who spoke different languages, had a different sound etc to use the same platforms to national acceptance seems to now be region sensitive
The problem isn’t coming to Lagos anymore, it’s being accepted by Lagos. Seems like the open arms have been folde
Why is Erigga not a hiphop household name in Lagos? Was rap music from the middle belt and north produced only from the the era of swatroot & did it end with MI & Icepeince?
Does the media still show the same unbiased love we used to? Do music awards go to non-Lagos acts?
I speak not of a handful of exceptions. On a grand national scale as it used too, the question is, ….IS NIGERIA STILL represented IN SOUND, LANGUAGE AND MELODY OF MAINSTREAM MUSIC?”
Some of his fellow celebrities of Igbo extraction sided with him by elaborating his words.
This didn’t sit well with Yomi Black who fired at them saying the reason why Southwest controls the music industry is because they make better music than others.
He said, ”Maybe we are just better at making music, has anyone ever asked why the best footballs are from the east?… hiss”.