ACCENT OR ASSENT: THE WIZKID UPROAR

Bayo Ajibola

DAMI DEOLA | 14 APRIL 2017 | 5:21

Recently this week, Nigerian Afro-Pop Star, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, received a lot of criticism for his suddenly ‘acquired’ accent while in an interview on UK’s Chanel 4.

Wizkid spoke extensively about the importance of Afrobeats in the world currently, how various american artistes like Drake and Alicia Keys are already creating songs influenced by the genre.

He also spoke about the hope music brings to the people and it’s power of escapism: making them temporarily suspend their suffering and dance away.

But it was the slight nuances in hs pronunciations of some words that caught the attention of Nigerians. Pronouncing better as ‘beha’ and other numerous ‘accented’ words.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer has come a long way from Ojuelegba, and has since toured several countries and spent lengthy time in America while also snatching a global record deal with RCA Records in the process.

Perhaps, on this matter, Wizkid didn’t dull and opted to add the much needed ‘fone’ to selected words and phrases; you would recall that sometime in 2015, Nigerian OAP’s were called out for their extensive use of accent in their English, accused of being insensitive and phoney.

The real question is: when you assent in life, is it time to employ the accent? Share your opinion below.

You can watch the full Wizkid Chanel 4 interview below:

 


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