50 Cent: Eedris Abdulkareem Took Bullet For Nigerian Singers – Music Executive, Obi Asika Reveals

Obi Asika, a veteran talent management and music executive, has alleged that controversial singer Eedris Abdulkareem took a bullet for other Nigerian musicians when he challenged the terrible treatment of local artists during American rapper 50 Cent’s 2004 concert in Nigeria.

He was featured on a recent Hip TV show called Trending.

Asika said, “The basic situation was this, Nigerian brands did not respect Nigerian artists. They made Nigerian talents feel like they have to beg to get on stage. They diminished them. Now, they are complaining that Nigerian artists are costing too much. It is because the brands didn’t respect the first set.

“Eedris was one of the first set. He was one of the biggest artists in the country. He told the organisers of the show that he wanted the same rights as 50 Cent. They did a show in Lagos, they were supposed to go to Benin or Port Harcourt, so they got into the plane… 50 Cent wasn’t even there at that time. Eedris went to sit in the business class properly to discuss collaboration with 50 Cent but he was bounced out and an altercation ensued.

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“What he did, he took a bullet for other artists coming behind him. Because they ended his career. After that whole thing happened, you didn’t see him [popping] again. They painted him like he is a trouble maker but he is not a trouble maker.”