Tuface and Annie Idibia’s fairy-tale Dubai wedding has come and gone but obviously, some of his fans are not happy that the artiste and his wife chose a foreign land as venue for their nuptials.
In a broadcast message that has been going round on Blackberry smartphones and on Facebook and Twitter, the bitter fans expressed their displeasure that though they had supported the artiste’s musical career over the years by buying his CDs in Nigeria, he took his wedding ceremony to a place that was accessible to only invited guests and family members.
The message reads, “We bought your compact discs then you went to get married in Dubai where we can’t eat your rice. How many Arabs have brought their weddings down to Nigeria? Well, if you sing your next song, get ready to go and sell it in Dubai – Angry Lagosians. ”
More angry fans wrote, “I never knew or comprehended that Mr. 2face Innocent Idibia had this spirit of wickedness in him. We have been encouraging him even when he was nothing till now that he felt that he has arrived. 2Face, we all bought every CD you have ever played, paid for all the shows your attended, devoted our time to listen to all your songs. Even when the songs may not meet our expectations, as an encouragement, we continued to listen to them. Yet you didn’t show us appreciation. 2Face, let’s ask you a question. How many Arabs have bought your CDs or listened to any of your songs? Annie Macaulay’s parents are not Arabs to say your chose Arab-land because of proximity to her parents. With your spirit of wickedness, you carry your wedding to Dubai so that Nigerian fans will not eat rice or cake or drink your mineral (non-alcoholic drinks) or even our local beer. You know for sure that most of your fans can’t afford tickets to Dubai. You denied your fans who bought and paid for your CDs and shows the generational opportunity to see a glimpse of your wedding, because you are sure that we fans are not important. Nigeria is not good enough to host a celebrity wedding. Tomorrow, your friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry who are natural copy-cats will join the trend of wasting our foreign exchange in countries that see Nigerians as nobodies. Well, let’s tell you, get ready to sell your next album in Dubai, perform all your new shows in Arab, with new found Arab fans. As for us, we will not buy or patronise your music ever, again.”
JD: I beleiveT face’s fans(i am not one of them) have a right to be angry with him but not necessarily for going to get married in Dubai.My anger with him is the Godswill Akpabio connection where t face a public figure who has a following allowed himself to be dragged into the decimation of public funds by the Governor.That makes him an accomplice and he will also have questions to answer on” judgement day”.Being a public figure comes with a lot of responsibility and especially for a musician who has a lot of following in the youth one would have thought he would be in the vanguard of insisting on a better life for his people.He failed them.He should look at the likes of Fela Kuti for example,and indeed Femi Kuti who denied themselves millions of dollars to be on the right side of their people.He should emulate of the late Sunny Okosuns,Ebenezer Obey(the philosopher) and many more who are contributing a lot to making our soviety better.2 Face should ask himself what legacy he would like to leave when the almighty calls.a string of single mothers and fatherless children and being an accomplice in the wastage of public funds?