Despite the reports that Tekno had disrespected Sunday Are, who is also Wizkid’s manager, during The One Africa Music Fest which held in Dubai last month, Are has said he wishes Tekno well.
Are, who is regarded as one of the veterans in the music industry in Nigeria, said no artiste in Nigeria had disrespected him before the One Africa Music Fest.
It was reported that during the event, top artistes from across Africa literally battled to perform due to time constraint.
According to some reports that made rounds, there was a fracas among three of Nigerian music heavyweights – Wizkid, Davido, and Tekno. Reports also said things got ugly and Wizkid was allegedly punched in the face and the Starboy and his crew had to be escorted out of the venue before things could degenerate.
Since the incident, all parties involved had kept mute except Davido who had tweeted that he was solidly behind Tekno.
However, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, Sunday Are said that he kept quiet on purpose but likened the scenario to that of a misunderstanding between a father and son.
He added that the stories that circulated mostly online were false.
“Initially I did not want to say anything about the issue I had with Tekno at the One Africa Music Fest because if I speak, the industry would not be happy about what happened. I just want to be silent on the matter because what actually happened was more or less like the quarrel of a father and son in the house. When a father has a problem with his child in a house, that is when the child will do something that is not good, you scold him and it ends there.
“What people have been reading was not actually what happened. When these young boys in the industry act sometimes, it makes me remember the Yoruba proverb which says, ‘a child can have as many clothes as an elder but he can never have as many rags as the elder.’ Also, what an elderly person sees while seated, a child cannot see it even if he climbs a skyscraper. With all due respect to every artiste in Nigeria both old and young, what happened on that day has never happened before. No artiste in Nigeria has ever disrespected me. Every artiste in this country knows that I am always there for them and I also try my best not to disrespect any one of them.
They can all testify to this. I always wish every music artiste the best because I stand for African entertainment. I have always wished them the best including Tekno; my happiness is for him to grow higher than he is today,” he said.