It was an unforeseen peaceful co-existence and exchange of brotherly love between Wizkid and Davido.
For most part of 2017, the two singers went head-to-head for the top spot of African music and the duel caused a crack in the circle of music lovers. Nigerians were literally split between the two artistes.
However, following the festive-period reconciliation, the two superstars appear happy to share the top spot and their fans are now expected to exchange pleasantries rather than insults.
The much-celebrated friendship/brotherhood has swelled expectations from fans, especially as the new music year starts to take form. Nigerians have a lot of expectations from the Wizkid- Davido friendship in 2018. Here is a list of them:
Fans have started talking about a collaboration between the two African kings and there has been hints that the two singers are working on a collaboration already. Some fans are wishing for a joint EP but it looks more likely that their collaborative effort will feature on Davido’s sophomore album which is set to drop during the course of the year.
Nigerian music has become highly in-demand in the international music community. Wizkid and Davido are two of Nigeria’s biggest export and before now, this has been a source of intense rivalry between the two. Now that they are on good terms, it is expected that the two singers can work together to speed up the penetration of the Nigerian sound into the global music community, through referrals, link-ups, idea sharing and perhaps a syndicate of African music stars collaborating with international music figures.
Already there has been a lot “my brother,” “my G” exchanges between the two artistes on social media. It does not look like that would cease anytime soon. It is expected that more party-time pictures and in-the club clips of the two stars would be seen on social media platforms as the year runs down.
Without doubt, Wizkid and Davido command the largest following in the Nigerian music industry. Their names are like sugar to ants, once it pops up, multitude of fans gather around it. Their2017 face-off led to a chaotic ambience in the industry, with their loyalists hurling abuses at each other, even the two superstars almost came to blows. Now that they are buddies, we can expect a period of calm in the industry, with more of music making and less noise making.
Something about the Wizkid-Davido reconciliation still feels unreal. It seems too artificial and maybe even forced. It is like they both signed an agreement to just give their fans an end of year gift. The whole thing looks like the best scenes of a make-believe movie.
And like every movie, there is always the ending part. I would not be surprised if somewhere along the line, the artificial brotherhood doesn't play out and the competition between the two heats up to the point where they both go back to crossing swords over who should be named “King of African music”.
Written by Ogbeni Lagbaja.
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