Rapper Calls Fame a ‘Punishment’
During his recent appearance on a podcast, popular Nigerian rapper Emeka Akumefule, known as Blaqbonez, described fame as a “crazy punishment.” He claims normal yet wealthier people do not face the same stresses.
Scrutiny and Loss of Anonymity a Burden
Blaqbonez expressed displeasure that his celebrity in Nigeria prevents him from genuinely enjoying himself. He notes that in public, focus defaults to him rather than anonymous richer citizens, forcing a loss of normalcy.
Money Doesn’t Equate to True Freedom
The rapper observes that non-famous people with exponentially more money can maintain privacy, wear regular clothes, and “just stroll” without attention. Fame robs him of basic experiences and freedoms money alone cannot provide.
Forced Seclusion to Avoid Attention
Blaqbonez claims he cannot even go out to have real fun in Nigeria, forced to hide to avoid constant scrutiny as a recognizable figure. He feels robbed of the easier life private rich people possess out of the limelight.