Tinsel star, Lala Akindoju woke up disturbed today and it is due to the promotion of hard drugs by most Nigerian entertainers.
According to Lala Akindoju, what is even more disturbing is how we are all comfortable with the ‘promotion’, all in the name of song and dance.
Recall that in a 2017 interview, ace comedian, Okey Bakassi claimed that over 70% of Nigerian entertainers use hard drugs.
According to him, the rate of drug abuse and consumption in Nigeria is alarming and what is more worrisome is the high number of Nigerian celebrities engaging in illicit drugs, which he said was bad influence on the youths.
Bakassi spoke when he appeared as a guest on Emma Ugolee’s ‘The Gist’ alongside African China and Sound Sultan.
His words: “Conservatively 70% of Nigerian Celebrities are on some sort of substance today.
“They have gone ballistic. You hear a lot of names- SK, Kush, Loud, etc. the names come everyday and you’re struggling to keep up with the nomenclature of it.”
Bakassi, however, admitted that he also indulged in the act when he was younger, and noted that entertainers often take drugs to boost their creativity.
“I did some of it too; It enhances creativity in the short term,” he added.
Recall also that the deaths of three associates of Nigerian hip hop sensation, David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido brought to the fore the disturbing claim of prevalence of hard drug use and alcoholic drinks among entertainment stars in Nigeria.
Davido attracted negative publicity last yer following the sudden death of one of his friends, Tagbo Umeike. Tagbo reportedly died in a controversial circumstance on the eve of his birthday, with actress Caroline Danjuma, who is alleged to be the girlfriend of the deceased, claiming that Davido had questions to answer on Tagbo’s death.
Davido’s camp’s claim that his friend died after taking excess of Tequila, a brand of alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant was pooh-poohed by the result of the autopsy carried out on the deceased by the police. The result, according to the police, showed that Tagbo died of suffocation and not drunkenness.
But if the autopsy report dims the correlation between Tagbo’s death and alcohol, the death of another friend, Olugbemiga Abiodun, aka DJ Olu and one Chime Amaechi, who was reported to be a member of the young singer’s crew, three days after Tagbo’s controversial death, has further accentuated the prevalence of hard drug abuse among artistes and their associates.