Media personality and video jockey, Oladotun Ojuolape Kayode, popularly known as Do2dtun, has expressed bewilderment at the trend of Nigerian musicians charging in dollars for their performances, even within Nigeria.
Taking to his Twitter account, Do2dtun lamented this practice, emphasizing the peculiarity of Nigerian celebrities demanding payment in dollars within their home country, where the majority of their fans do not earn in dollars.
In his tweet, he highlighted the collaborative effort in building the Afrobeat genre in Nigeria, expressing concern that charging in dollars disrupts the sense of unity associated with the music style.
He wrote, “This Afrobeat we all built together, na Una go use Una hands spoil am. You now charge your own people in dollars.
Forget to unlock the togetherness the genre gives you and your people. Quite strange and bizarre.”
In a subsequent tweet, Do2dtun pointed out the challenges faced by show promoters, noting the increasing costs that have arisen over the past two years.
He commented, “Ask why there isn’t so many live shows this year. It started 2 years ago. Now it’s worse.
Corporates have canceled their end-of-the-year parties, show promoters can’t pay except you launder money & not expect profit. You can never get your money’s worth.”
Addressing hypemen and DJs, he urged them to adjust their rate cards in response to the evolving industry dynamics.