Asake’s Controversial Donation: A Generous Act or Exploitation?
Ailing Policewoman Helen Utabor Receives 5 Million Naira from Asake
Nigerian singer Asake has found himself at the center of controversy after making a five million Naira donation to Helen Utabor, the ailing policewoman who gained fame through the viral ‘Epp me’ video.
Helen, known for her emotional plea, recently faced health challenges after being hit by a vehicle while performing her duties in Edo state.
Asake’s gesture, intended as financial assistance, has sparked mixed reactions.
Background: The Viral ‘Epp Me’ Trend and Asake’s Use of the Audio
Helen Utabor gained online attention through her ‘Epp me epp me, he dey carry me go where I no know’ trend.
As a response to her plea for help, Asake, a well-known Nigerian singer, contributed five million Naira.
However, the gesture has raised questions, especially considering Asake’s previous use of Helen’s audio in his hit song ‘Peace be unto you’ without offering her any royalties.
Controversy Unveiled: Asake’s Donation Sparks Backlash
While Asake’s donation was intended as a benevolent act, it has ignited controversy.
A social media post claims that Asake used Helen’s audio in his song, generating over 500 million in streams, without compensating her appropriately.
The post argues that the singer’s five million Naira donation falls short, especially considering his recent acquisition of a 136 million Naira house.
Public Reactions: Diverse Opinions Flood Social Media
The controversy has prompted diverse reactions on social media.
While some users criticize Asake for allegedly exploiting Helen’s voice without fair compensation, others defend the singer’s voluntary donation, arguing that there was no legal agreement regarding the use of Helen’s audio.
Social media users express a spectrum of opinions, ranging from appreciation to condemnation.
In Conclusion: A Generous Act or Ethical Concerns?
As the controversy unfolds, the question remains: Was Asake’s donation a genuinely generous act or a response to ethical concerns regarding the use of Helen Utabor’s audio in his music?
The public discourse continues, underscoring the complexities of fame, artistic rights, and the responsibility that comes with financial success.