2nd April, 2014
Paschal Uche Ejikeme, a soft-rock musician, better known as Etcetera, has described some of his colleagues in the Nigeria entertainment industry as gigolos.
Etcetera in a chat with popular blogger, Rose Peters-Graham, said many of Nigerian male entertainers now engage in what he described as artistic sex to survive.
“It is so appalling how some Nigerian men in the entertainment (industry) are becoming enslaved to women because of money. How can a man be so emasculated? Where is our pride?” Etcetera queried.
According to guitar-loving singer, there are a lot of Nigerian male celebrities all over town searching for older women with connections to the corridors of power to take as wives or sugar mummies.
“Each time an entertainer boards a flight to Abuja, you begin to wonder if he’s going for a public event or a private one. Our male celebrities are unashamedly becoming sex toys and pleasure gadgets to female senators and Alhajas. What’s happening to Nigeria men?” he asked.
He continued: “It is so appalling to hear talks of how a former Senator has so many male celebrities on rotation for her weekly pleasures. Even the supposedly gospel musicians are at the fore front of this ridicule…Also, a man knows that his wife is sleeping with politicians and other societal big wigs for money and he closes his eyes to all the insults. What’s going on?” Etcetera asked.
The singer’s peculiar music style has over the years put him in a class of his own. With popular songs like ‘This is not a Song’, ‘Michelle’, ‘Biafra’ and ‘Ring the alarm’, Etcetera has carved a niche for himself, wining multiple awards and topping charts with his songs.
He once frowned at some younger entertainers whose lyrics he considered too explicit and called for positive vibes. “To think that some people are expecting me to sing about pants and bras, or Hennessey when my house is on fire? It is a trying time for our nation, that is why we have to be very careful about the things we say in our music, in order to avoid spreading negative influence to the younger ones,” he said.