2016 was a great year for Nigerian music legend, Banky W who after a public outcry decided to take to the family way as he searched for a wife and found the ‘good thing’ in the eyes of Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi.
While the couple sealed their romance in the 2016 blockbuster movie, The Wedding Party, many never took them seriously as they believed it was all for the viewing pleasure of the fans, until the traditional wedding which took place in Lagos the following year cleared their doubts.
All roads led to the wedding venue in Lagos Island which had a plethora of celebrities in attendance which include the likes of Ebuka, Bovi, Basket Mouth, Kemi Adetiba, Tunde Demuren, Chigul, Lynxx, Juliet Ibrahim, M.I Abaga,Dotun Kayode, Toolz, among many others. Infact, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu was the man of the day as his iconic Agbada stood him out and earned him a place in the heart of many Nigerians who are fashion conscious.
But one person was vividly missing in the list of celebrities duly expected to grace Banky W’s traditional wedding.
And that’s no other person than the Nigerian music sensation, Wizkid who came to limelight through the constant push and under the umbrella of Banky W’s record label, the defunct EME (Empire Mates Entertainment.)
Personally, I kept rummaging for Starboy Wizzy in every group photography that was released online during the traditional wedding ceremony but couldn’t set my eyes on the international singer whose weight and size in the music scene weighs more than his physical size.
Many fans, including myself were disappointed when it got obvious that Wizkid was not present at Banky W’s traditional wedding. Conventionally, he should have been the one leading the pack of groomsmen during the ceremony, which I believe is the right thing to do in a sane clime.
“My big brother and boss for life! Love u bro ?? God bless your day! Lord knows how sad i am missing this special day?? We go rock church wedding ..Love forever!” wrote Wizkid after missing the traditional wedding.
Following his apologetic message to Banky W as regards his absence at the wedding, fans with their soft spot for the record-breaking artiste accepted his apologies on-behalf of Banky W. Since he was being honest to redeem himself and turn up at the white wedding which was scheduled a week later in South Africa, they all buried their grievances and continued vibing to Wizkid’s hits; the most popular one then (2016) was ‘One Dance’ which earned him international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit.
And finally the church wedding went down a exactly week after the traditional marriage, November 25th precisely. As expected it was another gathering of the Nigerian celebrities as the likes of Skales, Ireti Doyle, Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Linda Ihuoma, Toolz, etc were all in attendance.
Shockingly, Wizkid again, was nowhere to be found, instead he shared a photo of his son on snap with him as they enjoyed a special bonding time together.
Banky W is believed to be the man that made Wizkid, and he being absent at the weddings of his former boss, speak tons about him.
I know many Wizkid fans won’t see anything wrong with him being absent at the wedding but my question is, why will you go all out to put up a promise you can’t fulfil knowing fully well that majority of the fans were looking forward to the re-union with your former record label boss on his big day.
Which other way there is to display your loyalty and respect to the man who tutored and introduced you to the big stage?
That speaks a lot about the kind of person Wizkid is. One who never keeps to promises. Like they say, Let your word be your bond. A brand like Wizkid should know better when it comes to making open promises. He shouldn’t have reacted to his absence at the traditional wedding openly or better still, he should have written to Banky W privately and leave the fans to keep assuming reasons for his earlier absence.
Putting it up drew a lot of attention on him as almost everyone’s focus somehow shifted from expecting how Banky W and his wife, Adesua Etomi will look on their wedding attires to what it will look like having Wizkid turn up at the wedding of his big boss which never happened. What a great disappointment!
For me, that’s the highest level of disloyalty! Missing the traditional wedding and apologising is human, but missing the white wedding after an open promise, is inhumane.