Tonto Dikeh

I have watched with patient annoyance, and I have listen with patient distress, to the sights and sounds of our dear actress turn singer, Tonto Dikeh.

Like many others, I chose not to talk about her but I was forced to know how wrong I was for keeping silent by the words of AliBaba and OJB, 2 eminent personalities that means a lot to the entertainment industry. AliBaba once tweeted, “playing a song of an artiste that you know is not good enough is no encouragement you are spoiling the market”; I don’t know what he had in mind. In an online interview with OJB by the crew of Information Nigeria, he said Tonto Dikeh should learn to sing. Simple as ABC!

Foremost, I must say I admire her confidence and doggedness, but to what avail is it when used in a wrong way. A cutlass is a good tool in the hand of a farmer, without which we cannot get food to it, but that same cutlass can kill! Despite her confidence there should be substance. Is music so hard to learn that she cannot even get average in a year? She has a well publicized relationship with one of Africa’s best music producers, Don Jazzy. She once took to Twitter to say she was deflowered by Don Jazzy and he replied saying, “me wey I still be V”. I don’t care about what they had together; my point is this – she enjoys a very good relationship with him, making it easy for her to have approached him if she truly wanted to make some good music. My opinion is this, it is either he already told her she cannot sing or she personally knows she can’t and decides not to talk about it to him.

Many upcoming artistes out there have seen their career rescinded due to annoying words from, DJs, Media Personnel and the likes and yet they make music, 10 times better than that of Tonto Dikeh. The only difference is that she was a star before she started singing, making it is obvious that all we worship in the entertainment industry is “money and fame“, not “true talent and ability“.

If a lady with the world at her feet and the cream of the industry at her beck and call, comes up with a song as poor as “Hi” [auto-tune on a false-tone “falsetto”], how woeful? We accepted it, while there are several up and coming acts out there that can make music as good as that of Wizkid [I have met a lot that are better] still roaming the streets. This makes me wonder if Nigerian music has a body in place to monitor the type of music produced and released to the market. I am not against her singing, I am against her singing NONSENSE! If she can learn to sing well, I’d be the first to clap for her once it is good music.

Several individuals in several capacities have built Nigerian Entertainment Industry [especially the music sector] to this point of international recognition. Should we watch with folded arms as someone crumbles it recklessly? Is it true that we only work for money not passion in this industry? Will the labour of our heroes [and heroines] past go in vain. We have to stand up and support good music! True talent and a not just desire to be popular, a lust for fame! Let us remember that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, Tonto Dikeh has to be stopped for the sake of the talented youths out there!

By African Man

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