Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has slammed international awards organisers for giving African artistes their plaques backstage.

The singer issued the criticism on Wednesday during a media parley aired live on Uganda’s NBS TV.

Wizkid is billed to perform in the East-African country this weekend.

When asked about the treatment of African artistes at international awards, he explained why he doesn’t attend such events.

“This is why I don’t go for those shows,” he said.

He said the only way African artistes can elevate their status internationally and attain recognition is by demanding respect.

This, Wizkid said, can only be done “by not taking nonsense from anyone trying to give us awards backstage. That is what I do. I don’t take nonsense from anyone that tries to look down on Africa or African entertainment.

“So if you are not going to show us the same love you show your international artistes on the main stage, then don’t show us no love at all. We don’t want it. We have our own people and we are content with our own people”.

The Nigerian also apologised for failing to honour his initial invitation to perform in the country.

The singer explained that his absence was due to contractual obligations.



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