When MC Hammer struck gold with his one-hit wonder, “You Can’t Touch This,” he went on a shopping spree that saw him buy mansions,cars, the inevitable slave chains and the girls. He didn’t need them. MC Hammer also began to have a narcissism that is fatal for a certain class of people . We mean those to whom money was never in their heads before it got to their pockets. A few years later,without being able to record another hit, he lost his home,cars and the girls. He belongs to the “Where Are They Now “? group along side Mike Tyson. Perhaps on Welfare.
Nigeria’s artistes, though always in America, have not learned anything from the tragedies of MC Hammer and Mike Tyson the way Jay- Z has done, for instance. And there are no welfare systems in Nigeria. They have also been known to supplement their incomes by experimenting with crimes buoyed by their fame.
Nigeria’s Naira Marley, Musician, is looking at 7 years in prison for augmenting his income by internet fraud. The EFCC, anti-graft outfit of Nigeria, first arrested Mr Marley whose original name is Azeez Fashola on May 10 along with 5 others. 4 of them have been released on bail.
A popular musician who is not exactly fond of Naira Marley, Ruggedman,said that “I’ve been expecting people to carry placards in protest of their arrest but nothing has happened so far. Some people are even saying I was the brain behind their arrest which is funny because I do not have that kind of power; they played themselves. I advised him not to mislead people because a lot of people see their Benz life and want to be like them and it is fast becoming the norm. I was happy when I heard of their arrest because it’ll make them realize that people and the authorities are watching”.
The prosecutors say “That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud possessed counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea FedorneTatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”
Naira Marley is notorious for his endorsement of internet fraud and praise for fraudsters in his songs and on social media.
What these young men and women really suffer is a terrible lack of self-worth irrespective of financial achievements. They tend to need others to remind them of their own place. And this costs money. And like I said earlier, when money is not first in your head, it leaks out of your pockets.
By the way, there is a feeling in Nigeria that money does not go to jail. All that might change today.