Dancehall musician, Stonebwoy, has rubbished claims and perceptions that Nigerians don’t cheer to his songs whenever he’s billed for a show in the country.
The Bawasaba musician tagged himself as “popular” in Nigeria although some portals said he was shunned at recently-held SoundCity MVP Awards at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.
Queried on how he felt receiving low patronage in Nigeria, Stonebwoy said, “my hurt is coming from our side. I honestly cannot blame anyone in Nigeria for what they do to us because you can’t force anyone to accept what they do not know.
“But to be honest on the continent on Africa, I am one of the known Ghanaian artistes and Nigeria loves me. I wouldn’t paint them down.”
Stonebwoy made this assertion during a press conference held at the Golden Tulip Hotel last Friday.
He said “when I get to Nigeria’s airport, I hear ‘Stonebwoy’ from immigration to everywhere I go… Nigeria gives me my respect; they obey my business. I think the industry doesn’t allow regulation that allows inflow.”
Justifying the low patronage perception, he said: “everyone literally gets the same treatment. I have seen other acts in Africa get the same treatment.
“So if they are not pushing ours across, we also have to push ours out. I think we have left our guard too open that is what is causing the pain. But it doesn’t mean they don’t know you. Rather any Nigerian can get up and do anything easily in Ghana,” he said.