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“I didn’t collect money from Jonathan,” says D’banj – Was the Kokomaster ‘dumb’ in his interview today?

by Abdullahi Aborode

This afternoon, D’banj was live on Sahara TV to speak about his position as face of African pop music and his view on the last fuel subsidy removal protest et al.

Anchored by Chika Odua, below are extracts from the interview:

Chika: Did you ever dream of being this big in music?

D’banj: I dreamt about this…(Jokes: I’ve a dream!) God is using us to take our message across from Africa to here.

Chika: You are the face of African Pop music don’t you feel a lot of pressure?

D’banj: Yes a lot of pressure but I have nothing to be scared of. I have much responsibility.

Chika: There are rumors that you are dating Genevieve Nnaji how true is that?

D’banj: No! We are not dating.

Chika: What is your status?

D’banj: I’m very single. I like Rihanna, I’m interested in her.

Chika: Will you Americanize your music now that you are working mostly in America…..(D’banj cuts in)

D’banj: What do you mean by Americanize?

Chika: I mean you use a lot of pidgin and yoruba in your music will you still do that?

D’banj: Yes I’ll, did you hear scapegoat? fall in love or oliver twist? I do music depending on the message and who I want it to suit.

Chika: So will you maintain the identity?

D’banj: I think American music is universal so I’ve a lot of work to do.

Chika: Ok, now on your interview with the President of Nigeria, there are talks that you collected money from him to sing and interview him.

D’banj: I didn’t collect money from the President. It wasn’t an interview it was a request, watch the interview I asked the President and I can remember the statements “What are your plans for the Nigerian youth?” because I dedicated a track to him so I wanted the people to know why I said I was going to vote for him, I wanted them to know his plans.

Chika: We understand you run a foundation and you were appointed as the United Nations youth ambassador for peace, with your position what are your responsibilities and what have you done with you position?

D’banj: I have much responsibility. I represent Africa, I represent Nigeria…do your research.

Chika: What was your take on the Occupy Nigeria and the fuel subsidy removal?

D’banj: 1st of all, lets take a minute silence for those who lost their lives during this period

Chika: Ok D’banj we really appreciate that, so carry on.

D’banj: I did not know anything that was happening [in Nigeria during protests] because I was working on my album in the UK.

Chika: But there was a protest in London why didn’t you participate?

D’banj: I didn’t know anything that was happening in London about the feul protest because I was working… I am not a politician! And everyone that knows me well knows I don’t like cold, so I couldn’t go outside.

Chika: So what do you have to say?

D’banj: I don’t have anything to say, I wasn’t in the country when it was happening.

Chika: But I wasn’t in the country also.

D’banj: I’ve told you I don’t want to say anything about that topic, I don’t say what I don’t know anything about, If you know me very well I speak about what I know. I will not speak on something that I don’t know about. You will not get me to speak about what I don’t know. I wish my publicist told me that this was a political interview… (Chika cuts in)

Chika: So who operates your twitter handle?

D’banj: I operate it but I’m not always online, I’m on twitter when I want to pass an information not when you want me to.

Chika: There has been increase in poverty in Nigeria what do you have to say about this?

D’banj:  Yes I know, but poverty has always been in Nigeria. Let us focus on what we have,why are you hammering on negativity? I’ll speak from the angle that I know well which is the entertainment, that is what I know we can export, we should invest our talents to escape from poverty. I’ve a concert tomorrow, I need to practice and prepare well so I can represent Africa well.

Chika: Thank you very much D’banj. We appreciate the time you spent with us, we wish you all the best in your concert tomorrow.

Well that was gist of the discussion with the KokoMaster.

My opinion: I’m an avid D’banj fan, but I was disappointed in this interview, he was so confused. He didn’t hammer the necessary questions, with the look of things, his career seems more important than his country. I know not everyone is interested on how the country is being run, but as a youth ambassador he’s supposed to be the voice of the youth, to know the pains of the youths and speak for them without fear nor favour.  Unfortunately our youth ambassador has proved to me yet again that Knowledge, Wisdom and Talent are three different entities, if you lack any of the above in large quantity you are more or less dumb.

Well I wish him all the best in his career but he needs to take delicate issues like this seriously as it may affect even his rising career.


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Comments

  • You guys should cut him some slack,everyone knows D’banj does not like cold,and so could not go outside. ~ LOL…

    eefeanyi February 18, 2012 10:29 pm
  • I aam very disapointed! Dbang don fuckup!

    Makinde remi February 19, 2012 1:46 am
  • dbanj is fool.we all don’t like cold,but u don’t see us complaining about it,plus if he doesn’t like cold what was he doing in u.k. DUMBASSSSSS

    orchid February 19, 2012 1:53 am
    • you are a fool, didnt you read that he went to shoot his video, you can live in the uk and saty where you will be warm, why will you go and kill urself in the cold, as if you can die for ur country, bastard

      obi February 20, 2012 1:47 am
      • @OBI..i dnt knw y u so stupid…so are u tryin to tell us now OBI that all wat he said makes sense coz if u do then u too b d main bastard in dis country

        PureSoul February 26, 2012 8:05 pm
  • *Sigh* D’banj is an idiot.

    Cheche February 19, 2012 6:26 am
  • The retard d’banj is an ambassador just at face level, he does nothing to strengthen the cause of the youth that follow him. We know he didn’t collect money from good luck, he was given oil alloction from ppmc alongside other loyal supporters. Now let him deny this.

    jr February 19, 2012 8:22 am
  • The “me, myself & I” syndrome.

    Oyin February 19, 2012 8:43 am
  • Dumb and arrogant…two words that describe the guy.

    Jazzy February 19, 2012 8:48 am
  • Also on good authority that he is one of the portfolio importer of kerosene….so what he collected was more lucrative than collecting cash ke!

    Jazzy February 19, 2012 8:51 am
  • im so sure that even 2face wey no go skool no go anwser questions for interview like. hes more saying i dont care what happens in my country i care about my carear and carear alone. A youth ambassador for that matter, someone should please teach him his job. but we all know he just told an open lie, cos his producer Don jazzy cant say he didnt know anything about the protest and his twitter handle and that of dbanj received lots of negative mentions

    sandra February 19, 2012 9:02 am
  • Not really his fan, but I’ve never critisized him. He really messed up himself in this interview and I noticed he became aggressive at some point. Well goodluck to him.

    dee February 19, 2012 9:05 am
  • Since d’banj ventured into the limelight, he has not been taking stuffs serious. Thats why i am not suprised about all these issue

    Badotee February 19, 2012 9:47 am
  • It simply shows his intellectual capacity and how high he may possibly fly… If he thinks his music career would give him a life time wings to fly, he should think again and take lessons from those before him(hammer, majek,bobby est).

    gbenga February 19, 2012 11:13 am
  • Suddenly D’banj is no longer concerned, he was concerned when he sang and interviewed GEJ, but now the dumb idiot who thinks its all about money in his pocket is no longer concerned! He didn’t have to be in the protest anyway, people showed solidarity without being at the venue of the protest!

    Bolarinwa February 19, 2012 11:34 am
  • D’banj, Omo u don fall boys hand! I no dey waste my money buy ur album again!

    mohammed February 19, 2012 11:40 am
  • D’banj should know that Nigerians cannot be fooled forever. One day nemesis will catch up with all those taking Nigerians for fool. He has indirectly shown in this interview that he is part of the cabal. His generation will pay for this.

    xumzy February 19, 2012 11:43 am
  • Wtf! I can’t believe this crass indifference from an acclaimed youth ambassador! This guy na fool abeg!

    Umar February 19, 2012 11:45 am
  • i will only say that i am highly disappointed at D’banj posture in what happens in this country, despite his claim that he loves Nigeria, does he think without Nigerian youths he can get to where he is now (NO) but unfortunately he had lost it. and it is so unfortunate.

    Ola Ade February 19, 2012 12:01 pm
  • Dbanj thought the interview was meant to promote his show, but got confused and dumb when he saw that it was more on his roles. Someone that campaigned for a president is now suddenly realizes he’s not a politician? He’s a disgrace. I cease to be his fan!!!

    gcon February 19, 2012 12:23 pm
  • We are all entitled to our opinion. Anyway,is selfishness not the order of the day in Nigeria? The rich do not care about the poor so the poor are left to fight for their rights. Please let us leave him but I know God will judge everyone of us.

    temmy February 19, 2012 1:41 pm
  • You all are fools. So because you expect him to support the anti-fuel subsidy thing and he disappointed you all by keeping calm on the issue that is vexing you all eh? Everyone must not support what you support. Why must the stupid Chika try to false words out of him… #Hiss. He is being diplomatic and I love it. I have more respect for him than that Donjazzy of a boy.

    na me talk am February 19, 2012 2:09 pm
    • er Mr/miss/mrs Na me talk am you must be a completely retarded human. Is this about supporting anti fuel subsidy or about the fact that he was so active in the campaign and now he is acting like his country isn’t even a biggie? dude read the interview well and tell me how words were forced out of his mouth! dbanj got all defensive when he shouldn’t have. And he is a YOUTH AMBASSADOR. what did he think youth ambassadors were expected to do? pose for pictures? U’re either dbanj or U’re the biggest fool ever to come out of a woman!

      Coco February 20, 2012 12:55 pm
  • Touts. Uncultured. The bunch of them. D’banj, be a little winny tinny bit interested in the affairs of your country. “Cold”? Seriously? What s weist!

    Pearl February 19, 2012 2:37 pm
  • He should ask d musicians of d abacha million man match, where are de now?

    jesse February 19, 2012 4:00 pm
  • He didnt knw wat was apning in d country during dat period?! He doesnt like cold?! LOOOL.. Seriously?! :x Dude is tripping….

    Lanre February 19, 2012 10:21 pm
  • dat ‘cold’ comment was jus low, maib he smoked 1 b4 d interview

    dupe February 19, 2012 10:47 pm
  • Why not leave Dbanj alone, he didn’t say anything….he didn’t want to mis-yarn. This is a simple case of “keep shut & be thought of as a fool, or open your mouth and confirm it”. However, his response was also very terrible. Yes, he fell hand (even shoulder join) with that “Cold” excuse, but if u think about it, he really didn’t say anything wrong.

    Daabo February 19, 2012 11:42 pm
  • Dbanj needs to cut down †he marijuans intake

    forte February 20, 2012 12:11 am
  • Wat do u expect 4rom a tout dat get lucky 2make it by hailing him and buying his album? Its in our culture 2 let go those dat help u out of poverty and lead em 2hell.Am tired of nija poor pple dat re activist only 2get 2e top.Simple questions a lagos mumu couldn’t answer.But if its a northern artist it should be sth else. They should start calling u aboki,mollaetc.

    ahmad February 20, 2012 12:33 am
  • Wat do u expect 4rom a tout dat get lucky 2make it by hailing him and buying his album? Its in our culture 2 let go those dat help u out of poverty and lead em 2hell.Am tired of nija poor pple dat re activist only 2get 2e top.Simple questions a lagos mumu couldn’t answer.But if its a northern artist it should be sth else. They should start calling u aboki,molla etc.

    ahmad February 20, 2012 12:35 am
  • Lmao… Really? This shows how important education is!

    eromzy February 20, 2012 12:37 am
  • Gosh…this guy is an idiot! I was in london till january during the fuel saga. London was just 12ºC or more. It never snowed, jes rained twice! And this BASTARD is saying this. His career now matters more than his country (∂ whole youth ambassador) *pukes. . .
    That interviewer just kept his cool. As he ª§ arrongantly replying him. ‘Bla bla bla. . . Why are U̶̲̥̅̊ taliking about negativity’ U̶̲̥̅̊ like rihanna. . . U̶̲̥̅̊ go old naa___if U̶̲̥̅̊ like wear shades sleep dey form big boy!!! *foolish Dbanj. Mae just πσ see your album near ♏e…imbecile

    carlos prinZ February 20, 2012 12:55 am
  • Yal shouldn’t blame him he might hav been stressed……..but den again he no try……..even non nigerians knew about subsidy

    jemi February 20, 2012 2:11 am
  • Youth ambassador or Peace whatever, he’s nothing but a dumb retard who lacks patriotism and he’s consumed with greed, he lacks knowledge nor charisma to hold that title. Honestly he deserves be stoned on stage by Nigerian youths…. dumbest ish ever

    Call me Toks February 20, 2012 2:36 am
  • The Truth of the matter he is feeling funky,proud,selfish…dbanj my ass meheen person no dey forget where em start…u sold ur penniless life to devil. Looking back at 2005 in ib when we all performed he was a humble dude nw u dey form croaker fish stupid pala. For that two time back stabber bastered Na me talk. Y u no use ur name fool. See ur life I blv u gay. U are not a bold fan of ur dbanj ready buy all that Cd he is recording in uk alone Goat,son of bitch. Let me not see ur comment here again

    swift February 20, 2012 6:13 am
  • I fink d banj is bin insensitive 2critical issues @hand…he fal in d colossus of half heartd political babarians masqueradin demselves as ambasadors…if u dnt no n cnt say anytin ow kum u new pple died in d protest?…skool of tot…a word 4rm d wise…PRIDE[goes b4 downfall]…learn 2peel d onions…@na me talk am -lipservice wnt get u a kobo…we wil survive,no mata wat my ppl wil survive!

    Pebbles February 20, 2012 7:42 am
  • The interview is not half as hilarious as the comments that followed. I’ve been laughing my head off here since I read this piece. But that ‘cold’ talk is just classic man! It should be up there amongst the best…(Sarcasm)

    Yung'Chuck February 20, 2012 9:03 am
  • Dbanj is a fool, it seems everybody in möhits needs Sunday school… Donjazzy talked trash about rappers, now see dbanj… Dey lack knowledge… Just lost my respect for them

    Amami February 20, 2012 9:42 am
  • Who even made that fowl a youth ambassador? “If you know me well, you’ll know I dont like cold” mtcheeww!!! Cold indeed. This really showed that this guy lacked thorough education. D’Banj bottom line is, you f**k up! You’re just too freaky annoying.

    hilary February 20, 2012 10:17 am
  • He is an entertainer, he entertains. We have too many leaders to blame not a musician. so what ever you are saying about d”banj is meaningless

    Fawaz Madugu February 20, 2012 10:21 am
  • This is sacrilege!A Youth Ambassador didn’t protest ‘cos he was working on his album. Tell D’banj to check the meaning of ambassador. No tweets concerning the fuel subsidy,that shows he lacks spirit of leadership. From what I read here,he is less concerned ’bout Nigeria so far he is making money.

    9jaboi February 20, 2012 10:29 am
  • okay, so what’s this all about? He aimed to dodge the question on fuel subsidy by saying he’s not aware. I think IMO, he is angry that many people have called him several names for airing his support for GEJ, even during the Occupy Nigeria thing, he was abused and called several negative things, so why would you expect him to say something when you have actually call him what he think he is not. by saying he is not aware, he should have said NO COMMENT. …and I think it was a dumb question to ask him about poverty in Nigeria, what do you expect him to say about that, that he is the ambassador for youth or whatever doesn’t mean he should speak on behalf of the government or UN, he was made AFY because many people would like to emulate him, if you want to discuss poverty with anybody then you shouldn’t invite D’banj, invite GEJ or any previous government official that put us in this precarious position. Enough said.

    O'seun February 20, 2012 10:38 am
  • Dbanj is a bloody idiot! Its only u and ur family dat ll buy d dumbass record u r recording in UK. He is a good 4 notin fool!

    yomi February 20, 2012 11:01 am
  • He’s interested in rihana, dis dude is indeed ILL******

    kb February 20, 2012 11:38 am
  • He is a hungry scape goat.that dnt no we he rise frome

    peesmoh February 20, 2012 11:47 am
  • He doesn’t like d cold? Excuse me? it had not started to snow at d time! Does he think Nigerians are fools? Who made him UN youth ambassador anyway? Such display of pride&arrogance! Chika,I commend ur patience wit pple like this.

    deedee February 20, 2012 12:34 pm
  • D’banj ‎u be big time fool, how will ‎u open dat ur useless mouth and say ‎u didn’t know anything bout d fuel subsidy…arrogant bastard

    yinda February 20, 2012 12:41 pm
  • Chika I am grossly disappointed in you for this interview:
    First your interview is without a focus, started as a rambling of talks, culminating into baseless soft sell entertainment questions and where all of a sudden, from no where you delved straight into a ‘political’ questioning session that have no roots really. I seriously question your integrity and wonder what you did (not) say to secure the interview in the first place.
    Secondly, you all of a sudden now have an opinion AFTER the interview, joker! If you were not satisfied with his response to ur questions, u shud av said so during the session, not open ur ‘pen mouth’ and write down all that you’ve written, so what if you are avid fan, do you know what being a fan truly means? Ask a loyal ManU fan what they did to him when he wrote Chelsea behind his Jersey @ trafford (take back your fanship!!!… pun intended! ). And if u truly know what being a youth ambassador is, or a role of a youth ambassador, why not suggest yourself…if you will not end up another Rueben Abati or a Ribadu in the making. It takes grace.
    Thirdly, scratching the surface of problems in Nigeria like ur doing, does not contribute in the least to providing a solution… Please educate me, what have you done differently with your office really? How have you been a solution provider in your own way? Empty barrels make the most noise they say, can u please make us some decent news without noise?
    Lastly, if I dare to go biblical, he who is without sin should cast the first stone. Are your own hands even clean? It’s logic; when u dare point an accusing finger @ someone, you’ve got 3 pointing directly toward you, so do it with caution.
    And to answer your question, if he (D’banj) was dumb in your interview: no he wasn’t. Silence is golden, y confess to things you don’t know of really, or open your mouth to confirm or remove doubts. I find you even dumb thinking he was dumb, ‘your’ expectations of him was cut short, so why express your bitterness globally?
    Since you do not know, D’banj is not the root of nigeria’s problems… When you (we) find the root, you have solved a fundamental problem. Get serious, and stop being comical with people’s lives.

    Sameera February 20, 2012 12:42 pm
    • @Sameera..You are a complete fool! You made no iota of sense in your epistle above…You and D’banj should jump off a bridge..What an ignorant bitch!

      lala February 20, 2012 4:12 pm
    • TELL THEM AGAIN PLEASE.. GOD BLESS YOU!
      NIGERIAN’S HAVE PROBLEMS, I MEAN THE PEOPLE THIS TIME. LIKE DANG!
      WHEWWW!

      beautyfull February 21, 2012 3:43 pm
      • I support you Sameera..like it would make any difference whatever comment he made..And to all those saying how dumb and foolish and selfish..whatever name you may call him..how many of us are totally free from what we accuse him of? Is he the problem or the solution to the problems we have in Nigeria? how would his participating or not in the protest have changed anything? was it not the so called civil right leader that accepted an appointment from Jonathan barely days after the protest?..how hypocritical!! And you all come out here to single out one man..one man trying to make the best of his career, and why not? aren’t we all trying to do the same for ourselves? how many of us would remain humble if given the opportunity to rise from grace to grass? how many of us remain humble even now? who are you to judge what he choose to do and what not to do? So he is a celebrity and a so called youth ambassador? so f**king what. You all can bombard for all i care..but what i do know for sure that it doesn’t change anything, so just drop it!!

        Oma February 28, 2012 10:09 am
  • you too??? u wrote all these just to sound like ur mentor? its just sad. there are literates and literates. be more rational dear.

    oby February 20, 2012 2:10 pm
  • Hey guys dat comment bout Dbang, he don yan d koko …he is still our man … Our country man nobody is. Above mistake , but h ehe fuckup other timt let den treat his fuck up dis way :peace

    Olawale February 20, 2012 3:20 pm
  • Dbanj has alwaz been a fool,it was obvious he was waitin 4 d rite moment 2 show it,nd 4 u sameera he wil feed u nd ur family wit d moni wen una go tk buy em album

    kemzeal February 20, 2012 3:37 pm
  • I love Dbanj but based on this interview, i personally think he is selfish :|

    @Ceamberrie February 20, 2012 4:45 pm
  • Dis is interesting. D comments wr more interesting sef. D’banj fans pls dnt get it twisted- nbdy is sayn he MUST support dis or dat bt nt having anyfng to say or forming ignorance bout smfng dat big is d silliest fng eva. Wen he decided to campaign for jonathan he didn’t realise dt it wldnt end der. Dnt start wat u can’t finish. Life isn’t al about money. U can stay in wateva country u want buh Naija is ur home. We will build or destroy it 2geda. P.s Shame on u D’banj if dt interview really took place.

    deji February 20, 2012 5:07 pm
  • His life will be in danger if he reveals too much..remember Dele Giwa? so don’t blame him for being a stooge of the Nigerian government…poor DBANJ.

    kaleta February 20, 2012 5:18 pm
  • I second O’Seun and Sameera.

    Oyins February 20, 2012 5:32 pm
  • D’banj dat so senseless of U̶̲̥̅̊ gosh! U are so dumb! Can U̶̲̥̅̊ hear d’ idiot  hate cold! U̶̲̥̅̊ are doom

    Guru February 20, 2012 6:19 pm
  • Mr Olabanjo has erred beyond correction and as such has incurred the brunt of better articulating Nigerians. Mr Eminem wud say and I quote,”if u aint got nothing. Nice to say then don’t say nothing”. He has sold millions of albums and still showed concern for the Nigerian sunsidy issue that u were suffering from hypothermia as at the time the issue surfaced. U are a living disgrace to the youths of this nation.Do u even know the meaning of “UN” of which u manage to be an ambassador of peace for,if u do,then u owe Nigeria an apology if u don’t then wallow in ur obvious ignorance. Finally its obvious u need a complete analytical overhauling to help prevent careless mistakes like this in the near future. Once I think up more,I will say more. If this interview is doctored,then I tender an apology to the “koko maste”r,but if its not and it is as he said it,then keep ur eyes in this column cos I will go universal on Mr Olabanjo. The media can actually say anitin.

    Mr ken February 20, 2012 8:05 pm
  • Y’all r looking 4 a saviour in d wrong place. Dbanj is jst lik every1 of u.y’all won’t do nada if u were in his shoes. D man has dined wit d devil (the federal government), he has to be careful with wat he says if not he’s gona b ur dp 4 wit d quote RIP. Leave d guy alone.

    kobikes February 20, 2012 10:36 pm
  • @Sameera,I actually read tru ur comment twice n came to a conclusion dat u actually don’t no wat u talkin bout. I actually excuse ur ignorance n applaude ur fast mouth and hand. Chika actually potrayed the third instinct of a good journalist. She is actually to b compared to greats alike. She got his soft spot,made him comfy den hit him hard,saw his reactions den brought him down again. If dbanj didn’t wnt to b asked such questions y did he involve hmslf in politics den? Wat r u talkin bout sef? R u tryna tell me nw dat Chika didn’t v d rite to ask him political questions cos he is an entertainer per sey? U dnt jst talk wivout basis. In one of his response he said***I dedicated a track to GEJ cos I want nigerians to no his plans* he should den b able to teLl us his (GEJ) plans nw. so pls tell me y u fink d interview was baseless. Well, at dis point I guess it all sums up to d fact dat ur response ws nt only irritating bt also shows ow shallow minded u r indeed. D likes of oprah etl would do same. We nid to curb down on come chop from our countrys wealth. We nid to no where public figures stand. He deserved wat he got cos he indulged in politic. Arghhhh!!!! Wole soyinka spoke up bout where he stands on dis, y was Dbanj diff? He actually scored 0\10 n u scored same 2. Even a nusery sch child can talk bout poverty in nig. Haven’t u heard interviews wiv oda entertainers talk bout poverty? Wyclef ws interviwed extensively on d den Haaiti condition to mention less. Haba, na wa o. Sameera, u jst ended up being so so comical. We will sure make u a character in d soon to b out comic. She did her job n we finally saw d real Dbanj away frm d mask he wears. Good Job Chika.

    richie February 21, 2012 2:01 am
  • Man, everybody with their own opinions.. Mine is; D’banj didn’t care about what was going on.. And the comments are hilarious.. Y’all actually started throwin comments at each other. LOL

    Bob February 21, 2012 9:39 am
  • Stupid idiot, D.banj ure really a disgrace

    piss February 21, 2012 10:12 am
  • Its truth that ”one humble wen he z poor but d opposite wen bcom rich”…u r a disgrace 2 b choose as youth ambassdor…even deaf know much abt d subsidy removal..,u r a fool.

    Bayu February 21, 2012 1:17 pm
  • one thing that i think y’all should know is that ‘not everybody likes to disclose whatever they have in mind’. Btw, he’s just a normal guy like you, you don’t expect him to be everywhere solving problems like hell no, he aint a solution manual. y’all probably think he deosn’t care because he didnt respond based on everyone interest? Remember that he ain’t a politician! It’s so funny how you silly nigerian’s talk sometimes, talking about fuel subsidy like the fuck is wrong with y’all? HE IS SO NOT THE PRESIDENT FOOLS! He has his own thing to take care or y’all probably this being a celebrity is easy? smh…. y’all idiots need to respect the fact that he has the right to his own answers/response. oooh, I bet y’all thought this is a movie steam huh? LMFAO, THIS IS REAL, D’BANJ AIN’T A HERO WHEREBY HE CAN MAKE EVERYTHING RIGHT!!! Am i communicating??? Dumbass fools!
    And for you CHIKA, GROW UP DUDE! Sitting around question people with silly questions. What have you done for your own country? THINK!

    beautyfull February 21, 2012 3:38 pm
    • *think*……….. *questioning*

      beautyfull February 21, 2012 3:40 pm
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  • This is a very unfair transcript designed to discredit him.

    If anyone is truly keen on understanding his position, I’d suggest you take time out to watch the said interview.

    What this article has done is to put answers from different questions to a particular question in order to paint him in a bad light.

    Although dbanj could have done better with the interview….I think he made it clear that his knowledge of anything (especially politics) outside entertainment is limited.

    Vicider February 25, 2012 1:33 pm
  • He’s an ass… Is there a reason y dis ass is a UN ambassador???

    Anzah February 25, 2012 1:39 pm
  • You guys are all hypocrites. 1st of all, the “My opinion paragraph says: he loves his career more than his country like DUHH.. How many of you guys left your jobs to go and protest(I am not talking of those in Nigeria)… Those in the UK??? those in the US??? how many??? Being in the limelight is a very sensitive. You guyz are never satisfied. You are the same people that voted for the same man that turned his back on you… Why did Chika not focus on the positive side of nigeria???? Why the negative???… If he gave an answer… all you People would have said “OH ISNT HE THE SAME PERSON THAT COLLECTED MONEY FROM JONATHAN” I am not saying what he did was right or wrong… All i am saying is you guyz shouldn’t be hyprocrites.. Dbanj is NOT the reason why our country is where it is now.. HOW MANY OF US YOUTHS HAVE GONE BACK TO OUR MOTHER LAND TO AT LEAST TRY AND IMPLEMENT CHANGE????

    MR CHANGE February 26, 2012 4:34 am
  • dbanj is not fit for that position he is too childish. i honestly dont know why. how can he say publicly in an interview that he is interested in rihanna. wtf! this is so irritating.

    oto February 26, 2012 7:19 am
  • Someone should please print the transcript of the Piers Morgan/ 50cent interview and give it to Dbanj to read. 50cent dropped out from school—–> I can’t!

    one love February 26, 2012 8:09 am
  • Agreed he actually did poorly during the interview, this goes to show how important education is. Though a guy like 2face would have done better but still dbanj messed up. From the look of things, ha has no idea what it means to be am ambassador so maybe he should quietly step down.

    Cynthia February 26, 2012 10:13 am
  • Very unfortunate. You don’t need to be a politician to know that people were dying and that because Nigeria is a special country (poverty, corrupt leaders, etc), the removal of fuel subsidy is most likely going to be affect all aspect of Nigerians negatively.

    Forget about Charisma right now he doesn’t care for the well being of Nigerians.

    Babe February 26, 2012 1:06 pm
  • D’banj, welcome to CelebReality. Expect to be questioned and criticised for your actions & responses to questions.

    My advice to D’banj, If he knows nothing about Politics,

    1.he shouldn’t mix his career with ‘Politics’.
    2. Don’t request or ask the President “What are your plans for the Nigerian youth?”
    3. Don’t make/dedicate a song to any political figure

    If you mingle in Politics, expect to be questioned about politics.

    Yinkus February 26, 2012 1:12 pm
  • Nigerian’s in UK , know that DBANJ IS A HYPOCRITE and has no morals whatsoever , besides talking about bum and pple shaking thier ass!
    U like rhianna
    U like nicki minaj,and even beyonce.
    But you have nothing to say about a country that made you a super star over night and fetched you millions.
    Heard u lived in d UK for years before relocating to nigeria and now u complain of cold….. GIVE ME A BREAK ! did u actually think that your 1 minute of silence is enough for all the life’s that were lost or thier families. U HAVE MISLEAD several vunerable youths of nigeria.
    Its about time, we all stand up to save our GREAT Nation Nigeria,relentlessly and stop wasting time and space on this talentless , fame hungry, money grabbing, so called artists of today!

    princess February 26, 2012 1:14 pm
  • If all of you love your country more than your careers, what are you all doing in USA and Europe? Dbanj is not the cause of our problems. All of you are are suffering from ‘pull him down syndrome’ and probably need therapy.

    DeRaj February 26, 2012 1:40 pm
  • Na wa o! I will advice dbanj to resign from being a youth ambassador and have a peace of mind like every other artist because even if he had spear headed the rally, all you hypocrites will not appreciate it.
    dbanj or no dbanj, NIGERIA HAS A PROBLEM AND WE NEED TO FACE OUR PROBLEM….stop taking a piss on the young man.

    Everyone is crucifying dbanj now when it was y’all that voted Jonathan to office….DUMB ASSES! y’all hypocrites better go get a life.

    Me February 26, 2012 2:20 pm
  • I don’t blame the young man,he only knows music which is his craft,but he knows nothing about diplomacy,politics and current affairs.i expect him to be vast.
    http://www.jobplanet1.com

    Rocky February 26, 2012 3:15 pm
  • First of all @Sameera,,ur comment is the only one that Caught my Attention long Enough to Induce any sort of interest in d Matter..cos of its length nd Rambling!..I had to read it Continously for a while (heck I’m still scrolling up now to do so) to get a Better understanding..I think its Offensive to read n plain Gibberish,,all I saw re letters that make no absolute sense at all..this is nt about Chika or his/her Method of interviewing, its About a Man Who is an artist by pofession (a preTty Good one at that)who put himself out there into Politics(maybe fr busineSs reasons,,we can nevr be sure)..first by Endorsing the President in his Music n then Accepting a Position or Title (whatevr) as a UN Ambassador of Peace..if that isn’t reason enof to quell him on matters of state, I wonder what is..I’m nt Saying he shld follow the public voice & show contempt on the president concerning the Fuel subsidy Removal issue..but there re mre subtle & wiser ways to do it..Chika was Right asking him about it..infact it wld ave been wrong on Soo many levels if the Topic had nt been brought up,,he is a Youth Ambassador of Peace for christsakes(u don’t see anybdy asking wizkid his thoughts on d matter)So Rightfully he was expected to adress the issue one way or the other..obviously he Didn’t want to step on Any Toes (The President’s or the Mass) By being outright Condemning of the issue or Supporting it!..but as a Man of his Supposed “Prestige”being an ambassador n all, he could n should have Done a Better Job!..
    Then on your quote of the bible verse..”He Who is without Sin let him Throw the first Stone” I didn’t believe u cld be any more ridiculous..Nobody’s Casting any stones at anyone,,D’banj Embarrased himself on live TV!..He Embarrased Nigerians Home n Abroad,,he Embarrased the UN if I may add Since he is a Rep to them!..he Even Embarrased the FG he was trying So hard to protect,,he Embarrased his Fans,,He Even Embarrased YOU!..a Simple “No Comment for Now” wld’ve Sufficed, instead going all Defensive on the poor interviewer & basically Dis-owning Nigeria on Live TV & What was that with the Arrogance??!!

    Preye Tito February 26, 2012 5:11 pm
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  • Why are we commenters hypocritical?

    Anu February 26, 2012 9:21 pm
  • i think Chika’s questioning was not that great too. It was like she wanted to push him to make a bad remark. She needs to also be respectful, celebrities may choose not to take interviews with her if she has this sort of reputation already. Also there is a growing anti-Mohits sentiment in Nigeria. Its all the PHD syndrome again. I really cannot see what is so bad about Dapo’s responses. He was only trying to be careful.

    obi-talk February 26, 2012 11:29 pm
    • Thank you so much obi-talk..I find her questions not too great either..dude was just trying to be careful in his response! her questioning even, had no direction!

      oma February 28, 2012 10:31 am
  • this Chika is a complete idiot. What have you done? In your life? Idiot!

    chimdi February 27, 2012 5:44 am
  • The fact is that, you guyz failed to understand the truth. D’banj as he is fondly called by his deciples, is now a full member of Illuminati and he doesn’t care if you buy his CD or not. Like him or not, the motherfucking bastard has sold his soul to the devil and he plans to rule the world soon. Freemansons. Illuminati is taking over our world. Watch out for them. May God help us. If you can take this message to him, pls tell D’banj I said so and I can prove that.

    chukwunenye February 27, 2012 1:31 pm
  • I support you Sameera..like it would make any difference whatever comment he made..And to all those saying how dumb and foolish and selfish..whatever name you may call him..how many of us are totally free from what we accuse him of? Is he the problem or the solution to the problems we have in Nigeria? how would his participating or not in the protest have changed anything? was it not the so called civil right leader that accepted an appointment from Jonathan barely days after the protest?..how hypocritical!! And you all come out here to single out one man..one man trying to make the best of his career, and why not? aren’t we all trying to do the same for ourselves? how many of us would remain humble if given the opportunity to rise from grass to grace? how many of us remain humble even now? oh yeah so dozens of us participated in the protest? so what? does it make you a better person? what have each one done in his way to improve the country’s condition? who are you to judge what he choose to do and what not to do? So he is a celebrity and a so called youth ambassador? so f**king what. You all can bombard for all i care..but what i do know for sure that it doesn’t change anything, so just drop it!!

    oma February 28, 2012 10:24 am
  • i will advice all nigeria not to buy his music again or his work

    bobby February 28, 2012 11:13 am
  • I really never knew,why he’s getting so much attention like a Blind man.

    http://freesmszone.com/

    Freesmszone.com February 29, 2012 12:53 am
  • lol it was too cold so he couldnt come out for the london protests but he was preparing for a concert the next day in winter in nyc. what i find even more disturbing is that he would actually say he didnt know what was happening in nigeria. that is such a dumb statement. too dumb. whatever happened to ‘no comment’ he better get his stories right what does he think is involved in being a youth ambassador –> advocacy. not diplaying his ignorance and being defensive ‘oooo if my ‘publicist’ had told me it would be a political interview i wud not have agreed blah blah….” so dumb.

    sandra March 1, 2012 9:24 am
  • First of all,i think D’banj did all he could to avoid making the wrong comment.. If you watched his interview with GEJ and what he said afterwards, he said it wasn’t a campaign but an interview just like the one he got and he was convinced just like every other fool who voted GEJ in and he used his talent as an entertainer to dedicate a song to him. Are you haters telling me GEJ involves D’banj in his political plans? Who wasn’t fooled by GEJ? That’s even if GEJ doesn’t really have a good plan for this country. If he says he doesn’t know about the fuel subsidy protest, i can believe him based on the fact that he said he only tweet if he has important message to pass to his fans, even Kanye West doesn’t have a phone because of the nature of his job. I believe he is busy enough to be ignorant of the protest, at least he didn’t deny his knowledge of the removal of fuel subsidy. And i believe Chika is just like Ruggedman who uses celebrities to get fame with controversial statements and questions and i hope she’s got the attention she craves for all thanks to D’banj. D’banj is just human and i’m sure most of you are either not his fans or beefing his progress into G.O.O.D MUSIC(Being Illuminati Connected). Hate him if you like but i am sure nobody oted for GEJ because D’banj interviewed or dedicated a song to him. Whatever he said wrong in this interview shouldn’t warrant this crucification he’s getting from you and i think you people should rather watch the live interview and not the written one. Chika should make that available as well..

    Ademola March 6, 2012 3:28 am
  • The interviewer was very insensitiv. Those Qs. Were terrible

    Its like asking a professor about football.

    tolani April 27, 2012 9:28 pm
  • I think this is d beginning of the end of d legend that was d banj…what a pity

    obiosa April 30, 2012 6:24 pm
  • This interview was designed to spoil D’banj’s image. I see no reasons why it becomes essential to force anyone to speak on a topic he desires not to. Personally, I didn’t join the protest for personal reasons and I believe D’banj has his rights too. Nigerians are just angry people not knowing where to focus their anger. For those who said He (D’banj) isn’t intelligent and doesn’t know how to answer questions, should first climb the latter of success and then accept an interview that is aimed at destroying you, and let us see how well your responses are. Some questions have no right answers and those questions were one of them. All said, I wish D’banj a successful carreer with no potholes. And I’m out.

    michael-calmwaters October 30, 2012 10:34 pm
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