Singer Mr Eazi has clarified his recent statement on giving up a $6000 per month job to focus on his music career.
Mr Eazi had earlier faced criticism from Nigerians on social media after he said the new wave Nigerian sound draws inspiration from Ghana, a sound, he said he’s a pioneer of.
Mr Eazi, in an interview with Capital Xtra said Nigerian artistes now copying his “formula”. It was after the interview he made the statement on turning down the job.
Some social media users however said he was only an intern at the said company and was never a staff, thus could not earn that much. Mr Eazi however clarified that he never said he was a staff, adding that he was offered a full time job, but turned it down.
“I turned down the job; I didn’t say I had started working there. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being an intern. I don’t have anything to gain by lying about such a thing. The truth remains that I was offered a job by Schlumberger, but I decided not to take it, but rather concentrated on my career. And that is a decision I’ve never regretted till date,” Mr Eazi told Sunday Scoop.
He also stood by his words that he “brought a new vibe to the (music) industry”.
“The interview that caused this uproar was just me speaking my mind and saying things the way I see it from my perspective. It wasn’t meant to be an insult to any Nigerian artiste. You cannot deny that I brought a new vibe to the industry and I believe everybody can see that. Now, there are lots of Nigerian artistes who use Ghanaian words and melodies in their songs, but they’ve never been to Ghana. So how did they get to know about those words? There are a lot more songs out now that have that Ghanaian influence, and with all due respect, I can boldly say that started after my songs started gaining popularity,” Mr Eazi said.
“I don’t have to mention anybody’s name. I am sure that those who are discerning know what I’m talking about,” Mr Eazi said, when asked to mention the artistes that are copying his “formula”.