In an interview with Saturday Beats, D’banj addressed controversies surrounding Tonto Dikeh’s exit from his record label. The 35-year-old entertainer also lamented about people bugging him with marriage questions. Below are excerpts from the interview.
“Who said I am not married? I would tell you the truth, I am not married but if I am, nobody would hear about it. It is going to be a very quiet wedding because I am tired of people asking me that question. It is my personal life and it is not going to change my music or brand. I am not going to get married just because people want me to, neither would I do it just to enter another phase of my life just like some of my colleagues have done.
“They make it seem as if once you are married you have retired. But that should not be the case. Marriage would not change anything about me and whenever it happens, nobody would hear about it, there would only be speculations. My wife would not be seeking for fame because the one I have is already enough for all my family members. When I get married, it would be a very quiet one. Who knows, it might have already happened.”
On rumours he kicked Tonto Dikeh out of DB Records because she wasn’t generating money for him
“I had a meeting with my team last year and I told everyone of them, my producers, songwriters and artistes that this year, they have to go and work harder than they have ever done in the past years. I advised them to sit up and I even included myself even though I am their boss. That is why you would notice that I am not using my in-house producers, I am branching out to get producers from around the country.
“For instance, I never met the producer of the song, Emergency, before we did the song. Even the song that I am about to release now which features Oskido and some other South African artistes was done by a Nigerian that I had never met before.
“I made up my mind that I was not going to do things the same way we used to do them anymore; there is no way we keep doing the same thing and expect to produce different results. We are all talented and I believe that all the artistes I took under my wings are very talented. Tonto Dikeh can stand alone because she is very talented, they are all big brands and from their looks, you know they have great talents. All I did was to tell them that we should look for ways to make things work better. Also, when a woman is married, it is a different ball game. I have not seen her since the marriage and of course, now she has a child. She has been out of the country and I would say to you that the last thing she said to me was that she wanted to work on her foundation. I believe when she comes back, she would take some decisions.”