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Don’t Tell Me Nonsense Video Is Distasteful: An Open Letter To D’banj, Dapo Oyebanjo

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Don’t Tell Me Nonsense Video Is Distasteful: An Open Letter To D’banj, Dapo Oyebanjo

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June 18, 2013 – Don’t Tell Me Nonsense Video Is Distasteful: An Open Letter To D’banj, Dapo Oyebanjo

Dear Oyebanjo, Dapo Daniel AKA D’Banj,

I am seated at a local restaurant here at the university town of Nsukka, in Enugu State, Nigeria, drinking a bottle of Fayrouz and listening to the sound of the generator, which is the only source of electricity around here.


I have watched your latest music video. I went through the rigour last night. It is the video of the song entitled “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense” and it was awfully disgusting, the song, I mean. Kaffy and the rest of the dancers didn’t disappoint in the video.

This is bad, I know, using awful and disgusting, in same sentence. But that is what I feel about what I saw. Brother, D’Banj, a lot has changed since you left your brother and hustle partner, Ajereh, Michael Collins AKA Don Jazzy. Truth. Your songs have been nothing but trash. I wonder if anyone has said anything nice to you since you started making songs outside Don Jazzy. If they have, it must have been for that singular hit song entitled ‘Oliver Twist.’ Kai! That song swept through Nigeria and the rest of the world. You would not believe that the ordinary child on the streets of Nsukka knows the lyrics of that song and the dance steps too.

In Nigeria, there are plenty factors that weigh us down. One is our inability to manage our weaknesses. I see you have been buying yourself expensive jewelleries. The other day, I saw on Olorisupergal’s blog that you wear a wristwatch worth my entire family and maybe inheritance. I commend your taste. You are a lucky and hardworking man. You deserve it, besides; ‘Oliver Twist’ made marks. It took the Nigerian music to a height that had never been seen in recent times. Its toping charts, downloads, Youtube views and itunes purchases are amongst the few things I can mention.

Dear, D’Banj, Don Jazzy may not be an ideal partner, I bet you, no one is an ideal partner! Perfect couples quarrel and make up. It is the joy of having such union. I believe misunderstanding is part of us, as humans. I will run to the zoo the day I see a union that agrees on almost everything.

Back to your music, I feel Don Jazzy was made to make good music with you. He may not only be your producer, but whatever input, from advice, to production, will go a long way. Besides, he has been miserable too, without you. I have seen his eyes in music videos. There is one he did with Tiwa Savage. Ah, Tiwa. She looked dazzling, while Don Jazzy looked wanting and dispirited. Tiwa may have a perfect voice but Don Jazzy has not been able to achieve what he did with you. The other boys, K-Switch, Wande Coal and the goody bag crooner, D’Prince are unfortunate learners. They must be stark illiterates to have taken sides when you guys parted. I understand their ignorance. But my concern here is, if you wish to stay relevant in the sight of Nigerians, making good music, and not caressing a stripper on stage on your birthday, then you have to make amends with Don Jazzy and understand that people argue because they are beneficial to themselves. Only dummies agree on everything.

I think tribalism had a lot to play in your split. It is a sad reality, if I am right. Tribalism will eventually destroy Nigeria. Our young people think they belong to a superior tribe and so make silly comments which sometimes bring about misconception and then crisis. I once had a boss, who is Igbo, who felt my tribe’s men were lazy, just because she came to my state and saw a job and was privileged to be a high ranking staff. I have had people who think those from the north should be gatekeepers and cobblers. Someone called me a militant once in Abuja, at the Sheraton, when he discovered I was from the Niger-Delta. I forgave his gross stupidity. I think we should drink a cup of water when ignorant people say rubbish about our personalities or flaws and relate it to tribe.

You are a great young man, D’Banj. Few people have attained the height you have. I am encouraged to pursue what I am currently pursuing because I know I will triumph. Your likes and that of 2Face Idibia, despite your weaknesses are heroes. And you must recall that Kanye West met you because he had heard good stuff from you. When nothing good manifests, he may be forced to give you a new job description at Good Music, which may be mopping of the floor of the studio. This evil will not befall you. If you believe it, type amen.

D’Banj, pride is the worst enemy of any man who wishes to last longer anywhere. A drop of arrogance may work, but pride is detrimental. You were called the ‘entertainer’ because you offered entertainment. Today, Inyanya, Kcee, Flavour, Wizkid and Davido are doing better. Imagine Burna-Boy, chai, that boy has some senses oh. His music, even when he is talking nonsense makes you want to sit and listen or dance to it, as the case may be. The only person that is yet to outshine you is my dearest sister, Tontolet Dike. That girl needs Jesus.

I have to go back to my drink. I paid for it and it is almost missing me. I enjoy your struggle or hustle, as you may choose to call it. I wish to hear something profound from you. While awaiting that miracle that only you can perform, I wish you the very best of life.

Your admirer,

Nwilo bura-Bari Vincent




  1. Gistyinka Blog

    June 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Truly nigeria music scene miss dis two couple.. Hope somebody can help us out

  2. dave

    June 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    @saintvinny that is sure a knuckle on the head. Hopefully, he will take the advise.

  3. Tiswell

    June 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Whats ur point? sitting down watching in Nsukka….hmn…tribalism, indeed. Obviously, u r the tribalistic one, trying to defend the side u ve chosen. Leave D-banj alone. That same videon was seriously commended in some dailies today. D-banj and Jazzy are not siamese twins so let go of the past and stop attaching whateva d guy does to their split. this is life, things happen. Life goes on.
    i was in a shop while on hols in London and they were blasting d-banj on radio. Please, lets learn to appreciate our own no matter where they are from.
    I was proud to say that my country person was the one singing to anyone who cared to listen. We cant all love him but if we must progress, we should learn not to pour venom on other people’s effort. it is well.

    • Chydosky

      June 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I see no venom in his letter, but words of advice born out of love and admiration for our beloved brother D’banj. God bless him for it, and show D’banj mercy and grace not to derail from the path of greatness; it’s way too early for that.

  4. Obinna

    June 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    This video and music is full of Iluminaiti secret society symbols, i live here in Europe and i know one when i see it. i hope people will keep away from this boy, since he met kanye west everything about him has changed and we know what happened. he is getting posts from federal government, Cnn is talking about him and his music is being played all over the world. it is the devils reward and it last just for a while. micheal Jackson, whitney housten,Tu pac,Aliyah,

  5. iron bar

    June 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    its either they expose nyash or boobs..exposing marijuana and hot drinks and exotic cars and heavy neck chains capable of puling an elephants..the lyrics hv no censorship..good music is hard to come by nowadays.i pity our growing kids

  6. Obinna

    June 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    nwilo bura-bari vicent, you called people dancing naked around illuminaiti symbols great tarlent? there are two types of music, music for God, you can call it gospel and music for the devil. me knowing the devil very well, will not glorify him because his reward is hell fire where he lives. temporary pleasure of sin will take many to hell fire.

  7. Kendex baller

    June 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Mtcheeew, d’banj, dnt mind dis guy o, kary go my guy, u can make it al alone. Standn weL

  8. Olufex

    June 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    See whatever you call yourself mind the way you talk about someone who is not ur match,as far as i am concernd D’banj is far better than all musical artist in ur village so respect D Kings Men.who in this country in teams of musical awards can challenge D’banj? Pls. Just drink ur useless ogogoro and leave D’banj alone.

  9. sheggyfag

    June 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I know its gonna be a good music whenever Dbanj says…..Don Jazzy again! Only God knws the best!

  10. Densy

    June 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Ehm! My piple wetin saint tok na tru oo. Dat tin don dey vex me since bt i dnt knw hw 2 vomit it coz of insult bt mak we forgv D’banj. D’banj ru n na na go reconcile wif Don jazzy cos na hm stnd u my piple abi no be so?B-)

  11. Hon Hamzat

    June 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    @ Vincent trully 9jas missed d combo of both (Dbanj $ Jazzy) but partaining to d Video “dnt tell me Nonsense” rili Make sense mayb cos he sang it in Yoruba dats y ure nt comprehensive enough…thus one man food is anoda man poison….Love d Music $ video concept

  12. erelu

    June 18, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Can someone tell dapo to stop being childish and rascal, this new song doesn’t have meaning at all compare with oliver twist though sometime things like that happen with muscian but not to this level of “egba oju e”. Can these besold worldwide? I think you need to reconcile with your friends, you are meant for each other they are your angels. Because there are some people in our life which God had already ordained for us. Please before is too late do something boy.

  13. Stephanie

    June 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    So re u guys trying to say dbanj can’t grow wit out don j. Please u need to real think he wants to b on his own so some of u should mind ur business. Only poor man who see d rich ones growing call dem illuminate members or blood moni. Lolzzzz to h**l wit does f***ing heaters

  14. Lummy love

    June 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Carry go jor D’banj dnt mind this barbaric village headmaster fools guy

  15. dmoment

    June 19, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    tiswell, kendex baller, olufex and stephanie..the 4 of you are monumentally stupid..senseless can he stand alone when he has been spittinq out tommy-rot??..some commenters should be sanctioned..atavistic anachronisms enqulf d twaddle dat dey post..tseeeew!

  16. Summy

    June 19, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    In life we all need someone to lay on a tree can not make a forest dbanj can do it all alone likewise donJ but we enjoy there company together. But dbanj u can do better!

  17. True

    June 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The man said it all pride is a chronic sickness i live with dapo for 2yrs in uk that was how long he spent in uk b4 moving back to 9ja, and anytime i see my homeboi him just dey tint me noni no matter how fat ur bank balance is everyone is defo going for 6 foot not 12 foot

  18. VallieBrown

    June 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Dear Mr. Vincent,
    I am going to assume you were pain to say the nonsense you are saying. Your sponsors have failed completely. If at all you said anything in all this junk of a post, it is Nonsense.

    Last time I checked, Don Jazzy is no god and definately no D’Banj’s god…. To even be frank, MAVIN Record is literally trailing behind DB Record. K-Switch singly-handedly is bigger than any MAVIN.

    The success than D’Banj has recorded since setting up DB Record is overwhelming. So yes, don’t tell me Nonsense.

    D’Banj is a bigger star NOW.

  19. SUNDAY

    June 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    hmmmmm nice 1

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