The frequent insult plastered on the publisher of Ovation magazine, Basorun Dele Momodu, 56, by hip hop artiste and son of billionaire, Davido (David Adedeji Adeleke), 24, is becoming worrisome – and those who know a little about the vagaries of life are advising the young man to respect his elders, tread with caution, build a strong character, be slow to anger and understand that fame is fleeting.
They are hollering that no matter how famous Davido thinks he is now, with popular singles, sell out performances, red carpet reception around the world and endorsements, a day will come that he would walk the streets without being recognized. The fame and adulation, hit songs and commercial value for branding products will be in his past. And his integrity and character, how he managed stardom would be the only things he can hold on to.
Elders who have studied fame and fortune are advising ‘Omo Baba olowo’ ( son of a wealthy man) to go and ask about the Candido da Rochas, Georgios Enitanyole Coles, Mobolaji Bank Anthonys (very wealthy families who redefined high net worth with panache), and many wildly popular artistes who ruled and reigned in the last two decades, just like yesterday.
Time changes everything, they admonished.
Last week’s ‘Dele na my boy’ insult in Falz’s Bahd, Baddo, Baddest video, featuring Olamide and Davido, followed the ‘Osinachi’ derision in bad faith. And many raised their voices against the insolence, since Momodu is only three years younger than Davido’s father (Dr. Deji Adeleke), who’s 59.
The Adelekes and Momodus had a misunderstanding months back over Davido’s daughter by Sophie. The now one year old, lmade, was prevented from being ferried abroad at the airport in Lagos by the Adelekes – and the insults have been unrestrained.
Now, elders want a stop to the nonsense.