Braggarts in Showbiz



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Braggarts in Showbiz

By Victor AKANDE



BOASTERS, showoffs, bigmouths, loudmouths, windbags, egotists, impostors, and the lots abound in showbiz industry.  But is this part of what the business is: Fantasy, make-believe, and drama without drawing the line?

Charismatic actor Segun Remi, aka Chief Kanran, has been royalty in several movies, but I guess he wakes up every morning smelling the coffee; that way, he keeps up with reality of his life. He is not ashamed to walk the streets an ordinary man. His life is a total contrast from his carriage on screen.



Some celebrities have been busted lately for boasting on social media with other people’s wealth. Sometime ago, Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, was said to have stolen a picture and lied about flying a private jet. It turned out that nothing about the jet was private. The photo appeared to be from a VIP transportation service out of Fort Lauderdale. But Bow Wow, before boarding the plane, captioned the photo: ‘Travel day. NYC press run for Growing Up Hip Hop. Let’s gooo. I promise to bring you the hottest show EVER.’

A fellow passenger on the same commercial flight was the first to bust the singer’s claim. ‘So this guy lil bow wow is on my flight to NY,’ the user tweeted. ‘But on Instagram he posted a picture of a private jet captioned ‘traveling to NY today.’ smh.’

Bow Wow was later to say that he didn’t actually say that he was flying on that particular jet; his defense was considered weak by several social media contributors to the matter.

Nigerian actress, Oge Okoye had also shared photograph of ex-beauty queen and reality television star, Kenya Moore’s pets on her page on January 19, 2017 with the caption: “Yiipeeee!!! My new babies just arrived.”

Busted by the real owner of the pets, the attendant backlashes thrown at the Nollywood actress on social media were as though the thespian stole a thing in the real sense of the word. It is quite shameful how a celebrity would try to sell a perception of affluence that is false, whether or not she can afford it.

Next, Limpopo crooner, KCEE was being called out on social media for posting stacks of dollar bills belonging to a American with username @vvs_uno. He captioned it ‘No time, God I give you praise. Just for one day #desire #mrromantic #romanticcalls.’

And when the real owner came calling, saying: ‘Screenshotting my money pics…thirsty an lame just go get ah bag @iam_kcee’, fans of the singer began to express their disappointment, wondering why KCEE would lift the picture and repost it, suggesting to his fans that this is how much he makes in a day.

With these unfortunate trend, one cannot but wonder if showbiz is all about showmanship; and if showmanship is all about falsehood. As it is, theirs appear to be a case of the ’empty’ drum making the loudest noise.

Music artiste, Innocent Idibia, aka 2Baba is arguably the richest Nigerian artiste, but with near zero habit of public display of wealth.

The singer is said to possess two properties in Lekki worth over N400 million. The CEO of Hypertek, an entertainment company and record label, also owns Rumours Lounge in Ikeja and Festac, among other business interests.

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