We like Denrele even though he’s probably at least three parts insane. In the grand scheme of things it’s infinitely better to be mad than it is to be dull, and that’s Denrele’s calling card. You could make him demonstrate the proper method of washing a toilet, and it would still be interesting.
This week, he ended his relative retirement from public life by appearing on the cover of the Guardian Life. It was a good cover, weirdly cool and accessible, but and you may think that the interview’s better until you learn that it’s basically a rehash of the lad’s segment on CNN’s African voices. And it makes you wonder if the only thing that’s interesting about Denrele is the fact that he’s an odd guy living in a conservative society. Surely there has to be more to him than that! Luckily, the sob story only lasts about three paragraphs. When you’re not reading about how he’s misunderstood, or how he was stoned with bags of pure water in Unilag, you read about how he earned N 3,000 a month on Kiddievision (modern slavery?), and about how Sound City kept him earning N 45,000 a month from 2005 to 2006 (very curious).
The best bit about the feature is the part when they tell you what he’ll be doing next. He’s replacing D’banj as a commentator on MTV’s Lip Sync Battle – Thank God! And he’s working on a scripted reality television show with Fox TV.
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