by Hauwa Gambo
So this morning, emails emerged that were purportedly leaked from exchanges between Don Jazzy and D’banj, former Mo’Hits Records heads who have now gone their separate ways.
The vicious back and forth made it clear the two young men won’t be back together anytime soon. Most striking were claims of Dban’j’ buying multi-million dollar cars for Don Jazzy and his brother D’Prince. The emails also revealed that D’Prince—who is mired in a scandal over the murder of a Lagos night-club boss—actually has no record deal with the label.
When contacted by NET, both of D’banj’s representatives denied the content of the emails strongly. According to his manager, known as Bankulli (Abisagboola Oluseun), “Dban’j has nothing to do with that,” adding the singer is “too busy” to be involved in this.
Don Jazzy’s response said little but was perhaps loud in its confirmation: “Lol just read it. Eyaaaa such a sad story. Oh well, there is a Yoruba saying that goes like this. Oro pesi je, oro di HMMMM” (Rough translation: It’s all out there now.)
This evening, the hitherto quiet Wande Coal joined the fray. “As much as I would like to be quiet on this issue. seeing peoples response to this so called leaked emails i can’t take it any longer,” he tweeted from his handle @wandecoal. “‘Saying that he bought a car for donjazzy is wrong and untrue. come onnnnnn. well i dont think he said it sha until i see a video of it.”
The singer has been on a tour, performing in Malaysia and set to perform in Dubai tonight.
Then he makes it clear what he thinks of D’banj: “God please don’t let the success you have given me get to my head to the extent that I will forget my humble beginnings. @donjazzy baba i hail you dieeeeee. will be back from dubai tomorrow.”
Okay—the knives are out officially. But, how long before Nigeria gets tired of this back and forth?