Temmie Ovwasa, Nigerian singer, has alleged that Olamide, the YBNL record label owner and her former boss messed her mind up.
The singer made the comment when she was asked by a fan if she still keeps in touch with Olamide during a question-and-answer session via her Instagram handle.
She responded thus: “That man brought me to Lagos from Ilorin as an 18-year-old, put me on a platform then proceeded to reject every show I got, every offer I got. Stopped me from releasing songs, kept me in his house with his wife and kid in the name of ‘family’. Put my face on the wall, on an album where the ‘men’ were allowed to be people.
“He messed my mind up then tried to compensate for it. I let it die because I do not enjoy talking to his minions or being associated with them. Why would I be in touch with him? You see all your idols and think everyone should worship them, but forget that they are real people capable of doing real things.”
Another fan asked if she would still love to do a collaboration with Olamide after the whole saga has been resolved. In response Ovwasa said: “My trauma is not a ‘whole saga’. You all forget that people feel things and what might seem like gist to you is actually somebody’s lived reality.
“I don’t crave fame and I do not want to be associated with men who use their positions to hurt others while carefully curating their public presence to reflect values they do not uphold.
“Might seem surprising to you but I do not want to be associated with your faves. They are people of questionable character and I have no space in my life for anything that does not serve me. I have tasted fame, been around multimillionaires and I can tell you for a fact, I don’t rate them.
“I would love to collaborate with women, with artistes from marginalised communities, with nonbinary artistes, queer people; people who can understand art beyond capitalism.”