“Why Wizkid should be highly regarded” – Tunde Ednut (Video)

Tunde Ednut reveals Wizkid's Impact on BET Awards treatment of African artists

Popular influencer Tunde Ednut has opened up on his reasons why Wizkid stands out as more highly regarded than his counterparts, Davido and Burna Boy.

In a video posted by Blogger Tunde Ednut, it was stated that Afrobeat artist Wizkid commands greater respect across Africa than any other Nigerian singer.

This elevated regard is attributed to Wizkid’s instrumental role in changing the way African artists are treated at the BET International Awards.

The video, posted on Tunde Ednut’s Instagram page, revisits the pre-2018 era when African artists routinely collected their awards backstage at the BET Awards event.

Wizkid’s defining moment came in 2017 when he won the BET Award for Best International Act but opted not to attend the ceremony.

His decision was rooted in the accusation that the award show was guilty of promoting insincere support for African artists.

Wizkid boldly expressed his dissatisfaction with the BET Awards, insisting that if African artists were not treated with the same level of respect as their international counterparts, then the recognition was better withheld.

Surprisingly, Wizkid’s criticism made a noticeable impact. The subsequent year, when Davido secured the BET Award in 2018, the ceremony showcased a noticeable change.

Unlike previous years, Davido was welcomed to the main stage and presented with his prize in front of a live audience.

“Beyond his musical prowess, one of the significant reasons Wizkid commands respect across Africa is his pivotal role in changing the treatment of African artiste at the BET Awards.

Prior to 2018, African artistes received their awards backstage or in front of an empty audience often hours before the main show.

In 2017, Wizkid won BET Best International Act but chose not to attend the event. He not only refused to show up but also called out BET expressing his discontent in an interview.

“If you are not gonna show us same love, you show your international artiste, if you’re not gonna show us that same love on the main stage then don’t show us no love until we don’t want it.”

The impact was tangible, the following year when Davido secured the award, it was presented to him during the main show in front of a live audience.

since then African artiste have been accorded the same respect as their America counterparts at the BET award,” the voice over behind the video said.

Captioning the video, Tunde Ednut wrote; “RESPECT!!!! ✊🏽.”

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