During an interview with Inspiration FM, Nigerian Music producer, OJB Jezreel told Gloria Maduka that a lot of celebrities used his illness and request for help as a form of competition among themselves. He was most especially disappointed at top Nigerian entertainer, DBanj.
According to him, Dbanj, who he once managed, did not come out to reject the news that alleged he donated 7 million Naira towards his liver transplantation surgery in India. He said he did not even receive a dime from Dbanj and was really disappointed by his behaviour.
The most disappointing one for me is D’banj because he passed through my hands, he was trained under my tutelage. That is offensive. I don’t care if you’re with Kanye West, you can’t forget your root. I won’t call anybody else’s name but I will call his because it hurts. His own hurts very deep. And he never tried to reach out to me. It’s not like we parted on fighting terms. He told me he had to go to London and he went. And when he came back it was Don Jazzy, and I said OK, that’s fine. And what he did worked and I’m very proud of him, the love, that’s why it hurts more. He should have come out to say no, I don’t know why you people are saying all this, I didn’t give OJB N7million, maybe a part of him felt embarrassed because at the end of the day, really, are you not supposed to do something?” OJB asked during the interview.
But Dbanj is not the only celebrity the music producer OJB is unhappy with. According to him, some celebrities saw his fundraising effort as a means to compete with one another. Aa a result, some offered cheques and made the news but their cheques bounced when he took them to the bank to pick up the money.
When P-Square gave me N5million cheque, everybody started treating as a competition. They were like, they brought N5m, I want to show that I can do more, or equal it. So they will come to my house, some will drop N2m, N1m, you say thank you, they take pictures and go away. Then you drop the cheque in your account and you see that almost N4/5million is being returned back to you that it didn’t clear. You call them and tell them and they tell you they are coming but they haven’t picked the cheques till now.
But the bounced cheques were not the only thing that surprised him. He said the most shocking ones were the one that came with their camera crew just to show the world that they were donating money to him.
“The shocking ones are not even the bounced cheques. It’s the ones that when they are coming to meet you in the house to give you money, they come with a whole camera crew. Then they will say I’m donating one million Naira to you and the cameras start recording and maybe the guy’s tape stops, and he says let’s take that again (Laughs).
Speaking on how he helped people who were in need like him without showing off to the world, OJB said,
“There were people in my dialysis that I gave N100k each to pay for their dialysis, we didn’t publicise it, we didn’t take photos with them, because I felt that was unnecessary.”