Brymo, Nigerian singer, has made his acting debut in ‘Price of Admission’, a short film that addresses the payola culture in the music industry

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Payola refers to the illegal practice which involves record labels or individuals paying a commercial radio station to play a song to make the project popular.  

In the project, directed by Udoka Oyeka, Nigerian filmmaker, Brymo plays the role of Kola, a fast-rising artiste, struggling to make it into the music limelight.

Kola’s focus was divided between his struggle to get a record deal and also take his sister off the slums of Lagos and fund her education. 

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In his quest to become a superstar, he had to go through the extreme lengths of lobbying radio personalities who demanded money to get his songs on air.

The short film, which premiered on YouTube recently, features several movie stars including Folu Storms, Femi Branch, Shawn Faqua and Buckingham Franklin.

Its virtual premiere had come months after its screening in Lagos on January 24.

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Brymo, whose real name is Olawale Ashimi, has been critical of happenings in the Nigerian music industry.

He had last year called on Nigerians to stop criticising politicians for corruption, arguing that they are less “dangerous” than his “colleagues” in the industry

Watch the movie below:

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