Emeka Akumefule, widely known as Blaqbonez, the renowned Nigerian rapper, has expressed his view on fame, labeling it as a “crazy punishment.”
He pointed out that individuals who are considered “normal” and more affluent than celebrities do not experience the challenges associated with fame.
The ‘Like Ice Spice’ artist bemoaned the fact that being famous in Nigeria hinders him from enjoying genuine leisure, as the demands of celebrity status restrict his ability to have “actual fun.”
Speaking in the latest episode of the Afrobeats Intelligence Podcast hosted by Joey Akan, Blaqbonez said;
“I think fame is a punishment. Normal people can have all the money in the world, and drive a way bigger car than I would drive. But in traffic, everybody will leave them and focus on me. Why?
“Now, if I walk into a restaurant, everybody is on me. I can’t even do those basic things. Normal people can have 50 times my money, wear a regular T-shirt and just stroll. Nobody is checking what type of ring, or chain he is wearing or how fresh he is looking. No human being cares. They just go straight to the world to buy whatever they want. Enjoying whatever experiences.
“I can’t even go out in Nigeria to have actual fun. I must be Blaqbonez. It feels like a crazy punishment. Other people who have way more money have a much easier life than me. I have to be hiding.”