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Ali Baba lists Side Chicks, Bad PR, Bad Belle Journalists, Weak Upbringing & More on ‘50 Things that can kill an Artist’s Career’



Ali BabaStill in the birthday spirit, comedian Ali Baba has listed 50 things that can kill an artist’s career as part of his 50th birthday celebration series.

He wrote:

1. Not understanding the business
2. Failure to research
3. Poor financial management skills
4. Charges and discounts
5. Pride and arrogance
6. Expensive Lifestyle
7. Taking game changers for granted
8. Bad health
9. Peer pressure
10. Lack of quality education
11. Wicked contracts
12. Failure to take risks
13. Not matching up to competition
14. Not networking
15. Failure to weigh consequences of decisions
16. Wanting to be everything
17. Hangers on who don’t build or contribute but only take
18. I have arrived
19. Side chicks
20. India hemp
21. Complacency
22. Bad PR
23. Rent
24. Baby momma
25. Facing the future with old ideas
26. Stingy and selfish
27. Can’t think for themselves and won’t pay someone who can
28. Not IT compliant
29. Keeping up appearances
30. Lack of integrity
31. Bad company
32. Bad habits
33. Alcohol
34. No self confidence
35. Bad belle journalists
36. Wrong advices
37. That stalker you said NOOOO! To
38. Beef aka jealousy
39. No set goals
40. No mentors and role models
41. Karma
42. Afowofa
43. No career review mechanism
44. Poor choice of life partners
45. Waiting for someone to make you a success
46. Weak upbringing
47. Home trouble
48. Unnecessary rivalry
49. Controversy
50. Lack of a structured industry

He ended his list with ‘#BeenThereDoneThat #IknowWhereTheBodiesAreBuried #BeVeryAware #ShowBiz #Artistes #BusinessIdeas  #TalentIsNotEnough’

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  1. Chi!

    June 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    God bless u Ali Baba for being a true father n a selfless human being to all artists.indeed u’re leaving a good legacy n making a positive impact to the artists of dis generation!tanx for sharing cos,others know but don’t share,to help d ignorant ones.

  2. chy

    June 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    of recent all ali baba does is give advice and act as defender of the universe.

    • polypoly

      June 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Uncle Ali Baba pls face ur work and ur marriage oh…or do you want the gurls to bring forth the rumors hun???? okay then, pls hush…be there forming Spokesman.

  3. Debby

    June 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Ha hen…. Abo oro lanso fun omo luabi( a word is enough for the wise).

  4. A Real Nigerian

    June 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    What a ridiculous list.
    And what exactly is a “bad belle journalist”?

    • Ashoka Fellow

      June 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      bad belle journalist is Azuka Ogujiuba

    • polypoly

      June 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      errmmmm Azuka is not a bad belle journo…..ughhh!! not everyone will bow down at ur feet cos u be celeb.

  5. Ashoka Fellow

    June 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    What did Indian Hemp & Alcohol do?
    That’s not fair jor!

  6. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    he forgot to mention the most important one

    that why after one hit they become irrelevant.

  7. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    if u are talented, all these things can’t stop u from being successful. talent is the main thing, nigerian entertainers dont have talent that’s why they become irrelevant after some time.

  8. prince

    June 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    THAT’S TRUE but No. 5 is the most important because ‘FOR SUCCESS ATTITUDE IS AS IMPORTANT AS ABILITY”

  9. Tari

    June 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Ali and his plenty talk.
    This is a man with plenty kids from different women.
    A man that only returned to Mary after her career started looking up (irrespective of what he says in public). He left Patricia Leon when her light began to dim.
    A 50 year old man that thinks his primary job is to be dishing out advise on instagram and Facebook.

    When was the last time you cracked a funny joke?
    Dude, go and park well with your plenty advice. Always forming counselor.

  10. yummie

    June 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    @real nigerian, r u a journalist?

  11. Thatgidigirl

    June 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I would like to know which of the reasons above killed or is killing his career.

  12. Ngee

    June 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    @ Bruno fierce, how can u say Nigeria entertainers don’t have talent? That’s #fallacy of hasty generalisation#

    • polypoly

      June 29, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      i spot no lies cos a lot are not talented….being popular doesn’t =talent….dats the truth

  13. Kafui

    June 29, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Please oo,what’s the meaning of ‘afowofa’??..**i’m not frm naija,that’s why i’m asking **

  14. Ife

    June 30, 2015 at 6:48 am

    This list applies not only to artist, it is a checklist to know if you are in order and what to do to make correction(s). It is a word of wisdom. You either leave it or take it ! Thank you Ali Baba. Your car gift……winks and smiles @ Ali Baba.

  15. Bella

    June 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Lollest at number 37 _ okay o! the guys is a true comedian!

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