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Obi Asika Recognizes Eedris Abdulkareem’s Battle with 50 Cent as Advocacy for Nigerian Artists’ Rights

In a notable reflection, music executive Obi Asika has highlighted Eedris Abdulkareem’s clash with 50 Cent in 2004 as a pivotal moment in the trajectory of Nigerian artists, particularly those emerging in the Afrobeats scene.

The clash between 50 Cent and Eedris unfolded at a concert in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where both were slated to perform.

Allegedly, Eedris was subjected to assault by 50 Cent’s associates at Lagos airport following a disagreement over seating in the first-class section.

Eedris Abdulkareem later characterized the incident as a “beautiful sacrifice” during a February interview, underscoring its significance in clearing the path for the success of newer artists.

He recounted how 50 Cent’s entourage purportedly intimidated and ousted several Nigerian artists, including the notable duo Psquare.

In his perspective shared on HipTV, Obi Asika framed Eedris’ clash with 50 Cent as a bold stance akin to “taking a bullet” on behalf of subsequent artists.

Asika elaborated on the fallout, noting that the incident had severe repercussions for Eedris’ career, with event organizers branding him as a troublemaker.

According to Asika, Nigerian brands at the time undervalued local artists, fostering a culture of separation and disrespect.

Eedris’ attempt to assert his rights and engage with fellow artists was met with resistance, leading to his removal from the chartered plane meant for the performers.

Although 50 Cent was not directly involved in the altercation, the repercussions prompted him to forgo performing for the remainder of the event.

Asika emphasized that Eedris’ actions were aimed at challenging the status quo and advocating for fair treatment of Nigerian artists.

Efecha Gold
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Multimedia Expert, Journalist, and Singer.
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