From social media to the boxing ring, how deep seethed anger gradually turned into a full-blown ‘fight’ between two of Africa’s big artistes, Shatta Wale and Burna Boy.
2021 ended with a bang on the African entertainment industry as two starlight entertainers of Africa were at loggerheads. Ghanaian and Nigerians Ghanaian reggae-dancehall artist, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., popularly known as Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana, and Nigerian Grammy Award superstar, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, have engaged each other in a war of words on social media in the past few days that would go down as one of the biggest in history.
Fans were shocked when what had started as a mere social media thread, gradually turned out into a full-fledged ‘fight’ with both musicians downplaying the other’s achievements and accusing each other of unprintable offences.
For some who might not have known how it all started, here is what transpired between the Ghanaian and Nigerian music stars.
Right after Christmas, on the 26th of December 2021 Shatta Wale addressing his fans at Green Lounge, Tema, Ghana, threw a shade at his Nigerian counterparts after selling out the Accra Sports Stadium for his concert. At the concert, he boasted that he did not need Nigerian musicians to fill up the biggest stadium in Ghana. “…They told me that I won’t be able to fill my stadium. I don’t look up to any stupid Nigerian artiste. I look up to my fans. F##k Nigeria.” His remarks generated a lot of sentimental reactions from several Nigerian celebrities and fans alike. Little did we know that Shatta Wale’s statements were a calculated attack on a particular artiste.
December 30, 2021, the Made in Lagos crooner, Wizkid at a sold-out concert in Ghana, explained that everyone from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and other African countries “are all the same” and should carry the message of a united Africa. The Nigerian Grammy Award singer, said “It is one Africa, man. We move together in numbers, baby. And I want you guys to know it is one love, one Africa, every f##king time. Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, we are all the same people,’’ Wizkid said.
Forward to New Year’s Day, Burna Boy reacting to Shatta Wale’s rant took to his Instagram story to condemn any attempt to divide African nations.
He wrote, “Pushing this Agenda of separation between our beautiful African Nations is a grave disservice to the generations coming after us. It goes against everything I stand for as a Man and as an unapologetic pan Africanist…Therefore, if Shatta or anyone has a personal problem with me, I’m still open to fighting one on one and squashing it after…The same way I have always been, nobody will ruin the unity we continuously try to build for a stronger and better Africa”.
As though Shatta Wale was waiting on Burna’s comments, he didn’t hesitate to react the following day, double daring the grammy singer to a one-on-one challenge in a stadium in Accra, Ghana. Responding to his tweet, Burna insisted on setting whatever issue between them in a physical combat like “real men do.”
Shatta Wale responded saying he had respect for Burna Boy’s mum, who also doubled as his manager. He noted that Burna Boy was lucky because of the respect as he warned the Nigerian singer against coming to Ghana. He also alleged that the Nigerian singer sexually molested several ladies in Ghana.
The next day, January 3, 2021, Shatta Wale sent an address to Burna and his fan saying that fighting him was a waste of time. At the time Burna Boy had already desisted from engaging or responding to Shatta Wale’s outbursts.
In later development, the Grammy winning Nigerian singer went online to apologize to his fans for ‘rolling with a pig’, promising that it would be the last time he allows himself stoop that low as he sincerely apologized to all his fans. According to Burna, he doesn’t normally behave the way he did and fighting with a pig will only leave him dirty. In his apology note, Burna Boy revealed that he will no longer be seen on social media for the rest of the year. he added that he would instead be seeing people in real life. See a screenshot of his post below:
While fans thought the fight between Shatta Wale and Burna boy was entirely about Nigerian and Ghanaian music, Wizla Finito, a Ghanaian entertainer, and Shatta Wale’s ex-best friend brought in another angle to what could be the cause of this war of words.
In a viral video circulating on the internet, Finito said that the Ghanaian artist had allegedly slept with Burna boy’s girlfriend. He said: “Shatta Wale lied, he never helped or did anything for Burnaboy. Burna brought a lot of Money to Ghana and Shatta Wale ate the money and paid Burnaboy back by sleeping with his girl. Shatta Wale is notorious for sleeping with all his close friend’s girlfriends.” Finito went further to state that Shatta Wale broke the street code. He added, ‘‘someone like him is capable of putting poison inside Burnaboy’s food. Shatta Wale is very fake; he will never befriend you if you are broke. He has switched up on me and all his close friends whom we all started the SM4Life movement together. He is very selfish and he has not helped any of us including his baby mama, but Nigerian artistes have been helping Ghanaian artistes from the Days of VIP, R2bees to Sarkodie and many more’’.
While this might be true, what we can confirm is that this relationship had not always been sour as we can remember having the duo together in 2017 as friends and colleagues, were Burna Boy featured in Shatta Wale’s hit track ‘Hosanna’ which was produced by Da Maker.
Also during the Zylofon Invasion Concert in 2018 held in Nigeria, Shatta Wale, while performing one of his hit songs invited Burna Boy to join him.
Shatta Wale is not just one of Ghana’s biggest music acts but also one with a stash of controversies too. In October 2021, Shatta Wale allegedly created a hoax that he was shot and was receiving treatments. He later turned himself in due to the police declaring him wanted.
He was arrested by the Ghana Police Service for allegedly creating and circulating information to create fear and panic. He was remanded in prison for a week and thereafter granted bail.
In light of all this, Nigerians and the lot of fans are still dazed as to what next would happen, as report has it that the superstar made an entrance to Ghana via a private jet, where he was received by Shatta Wale’s ex bestfriend; Wizla Finito. At the time of this report, the purpose of this visit was yet to be ascertained.