I saw this post on the facebook wall of Tunde Alabi-Hundeyi, whom I call Uncle T, a former senior colleague from my days at Ogun State Television (OGTV) Abeokuta, Nigeria – and I knew immidiately it had to appear on my Guest Bloggers’ segment.
It is Uncle T, saying out loud what many of us are thinking about our young stars and celebrities today, whose main preoccupation seems to be the acquisition of – or the opportunity to have ridden in a private jet, the champagne lifestyle with as much foreign cash and women as possible.
While many of the images we see might be simple PR stunts and photo ops, these stars need to remember that many youngsters look up to them as some kind of role model and unfortunately, see their lifestyles as one to emulate.
It also gives the wrong imppresdion to up and coming artistes who might wrongly assume that the jet and champagne lifestyle is the reward of every artiste. The truth couldn’t be any further from this because not every artiste is going to have the success of Davido or Wizkid – who are still in the hey days of their carreer.
The next 20 years will determine if they are true evergreens.
Read Tunde’s article:
Have you noticed ?
All these young music stars now competing on who can best pose in a private jet with a glass of wine in hand and legs thrown out like they own the world.
Non and I mean non of you has earned in your entire career enough to buy 1/4 of the cost of the engine of a private jet.
What you should concentrate on now is how to invest. Eg in top of the line studios, concert arenas and hospitality, real estate etc
You should also pay attention to charity and giving back to society.
How many times you seen someone like FEMI KUTI pose in a private jet. His investment in Shrine is yielding global dividend now.
Same with his father Fela. Obey, Decross etc.
The reality of celebrity life is sometimes the lights in the hall dim earlier than you think or your fingers can no longer strum the guitar as it used to (courtesy Ed Sheeran)
Stardom just like sports celebrity doesn’t last forever.
Sunny Ade has the longest career in music at the top in Nigeria today but can you remember the thousands that have been forgotten. Yet they too had all those international record deals and concerts.
The images you should also use to inspire your generation should be different .
What you give back to the society also has a spiritual payday.
A word is enough for the …..
Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin is a veteran broadcaster, producer and the MD/CEO of Dudu Productions