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Entertainment of Friday, 14 February 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Emma Ugolee responds as Nigerians label him a tribalist for slamming Southwest

Media personality, Emma Ugolee has responded to criticism from people who labelled him a tribalist for claiming that the Southwest now controls the entertainment industry through tribalism. reported that Emma Ugolee issued a statement where he said that the reason why the top ten music artistes in the country are Yorubas is because of the control their tribe has over the entertainment industry through tribalism.

His words didn't sit well with many Nigerians on social media who slammed him for trying to divide the country with his claims which they described as false.

In response to the backlash he received, Emma Ugolee issued the below statement.

He wrote: "So I hear that in the online mass market I have been misconstrued as having a tribal streak over a recent post I made.

I am not the kind to go explaining myself in any arena where emotions is the driver and logic, a conviniently ignored passenger. You cannot successfully collide with that bandwagon so I never bother.

I however worry about my fam here who deserve a cleared air for their support over the years.

So for the records, I have never and would never see a persons creed or tribe before I see the persons heart.

I got married to an amazing Yoruba woman in 2013. On that day, my best man was Lanre Fassasi aka Sound Sultan. Who by the way is still my best friend in the whole world and whose folks until they passed, were my parents in Lagos. His siblings are my siblings till date.

My father who speaks yoruba, hausa and igbo still shames me for not haven't solidly added yoruba to the other two I speak fluently. So the first thing he says to me when I call is "Bawo" after which I try to impress him with how improved my yoruba is

I gave my soul to supporting countless acts in music at a time, a large chunk being from the southwest.

I remember the viral flack I got from many music acts when I said Kizz Daniel's was the next 2face. I stood by words because I saw mad talent and longevity. I did not see a yoruba boy.

Until he passed on, I was what you would call a "godson" to Pa Olugbebi.

So for the 1st time in 44years, it is shocking to both me and all who know more than just my name, to have anyone even remotely insinuate that I see tribe.

As a trained journalist, I simply made an observation and asked an intelligent question based on blinding statistics. Asking why in the last 10 years unlike the Nigeria I know, national music superstars have become region sensitive. What changed? Logical, intelligent answers still at large.

I practice a religion that seriously frowns on taking tribal stands as God too is blind to it.

So I sincerely apologize if anyone has misunderstood my quest (A quest that is still valid) for an explanation, over a growing anomaly, as being tribalistic. It is not who I am and would NEVER be".

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