Afrobeat singer, Mr Eazi, is in the eye of the storm -— on Nigerian Twitter — for stating that present day Nigerian sound was influenced by Ghanaian music.

The Headies Awards ‘Next Rated’ winner on Wednesday night desperately sought to make fans understand his argument, but all he got was a barrage of attacks and criticism.

Undeterred, Mr Eazi said although Nigerian music is a major force in Africa, “the new bounce is Ghana”.

“Ghana’s influence on present day “Naija Sound” cannot be over emphasized. Naija music is & has been a major force affecting the entire African scene. Quality, riddim, business,” said the artiste whose real name is Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade.

While the singer who recently released a mixtape was getting slammed from all angles, a few music industry figures drummed up support for him.

Ovie Ofugara, co-owner of NotJustOk and Oladotun Ojuolape Kayode, Cool FM on-air-personality and hype man, agreed that Nigerian sound is heavily influenced by Ghanaian music.

Ovie noted that Mr Eazi didn’t say anything far-fetched nor was his assertion off the mark, noting that it is “what some industry folks have been saying behind the scenes”.

“No disrespect, he made a valid point. Listen to likes of Daddy Lumba, VIP, fuse ODG etc. Well, we bit off their sound but we popularised it,” Dotun stressed.



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