Handlers of OJB Jezreel (Babatunde Okungbowa) have move to clear the air over the growing conflicts surrounding fundraising efforts aimed at helping the well known producer return to good health.
The team, headed by musician Nomoreloss (Muyiwa Osinuga) and one of OJB’s wives, Mama J, has labelled all concerts and related efforts to raise funds in the name, and on behalf of the ailing music person without their express approval as ‘fraudulent’.
They expressly disowned individuals behind such efforts and their attempts at using the name of OJB, who has produced superstars like Tuface, to raise funds.
Investigation revealed that rather than make official declaration, the OJB’s team chose to make their stance known in a strong-worded statement to interested sponsors of some of the proposed initiatives that got in touch with them.
According to an insider ‘the belief in their camp is that, public denial via an official statement might have a negative backlash, make the situation look like there is an in-fighting over generated funds and how to get more and this might discourage those who genuinely want to help.’
Information gathered further revealed the strategy the team is utilising is ‘strong underground denial and increased encouragement for donors to pay straight into his account – or directly to him at his Surulere, Lagos home.
More investigation revealed, the ferocity of disowning the ‘unrecognised fund raising’ attempt was such that part initiator of one of such initiatives, Chris Nwadu – the promoter of growing news portal ‘CKNnigeria’ was forced to issue this broadcast: ‘Several of my friends have been calling me saying they heard from OJB manager that I was trying to dupe OJB Jazereel through a fraudulent concert I was putting up in Abuja ..for the benefit of the doubt, I am not and have not organized any concert for him and won’t . As I said yesterday, the Abuja Concert was being organized by a young man in the industry by name Chris Odey (08033468079) with some of his friends..CKN Nigeria was ONLY contacted to render free publicity for the event using our huge platform. They have also cancelled the event based on a disagreement with the OJB crew and managers. This is a final write up from me on this..Thanks. CKN’
Aside this, insiders also disclosed that organisers of the proposed attempt that had endorsement of popular figures Eddy Lawani, Alli Baba, Willie Walkman and others have also cancelled for similar reasons.
An observer claims this means, the OJB’s team strategy to harmonise fund generation is ‘working,’ especially with a couple of celebrity figure taking out time to visit him at his Gbaja, Surulere resident to make personal donation.
Superstar, Wizkid (Ayo Balogun) is said to have gone incognito and made heavily shrouded donation, Ruggedman ( Ugochukwu Steven) also reportedly did the same.
Actress Mercy Johnson attempted the same style but her automobile’s number plate (Odi’s Wife) allegedly gave her away- her privacy was however respected and the sum donated kept under wraps.
It was gathered that Don Jazzy (Collins Ajere) reportedly gave N1m, Psquare (Peter and Paul Okoye) are also said to have signified intention of coming to see him and some ‘others’ as well.
Unconfirmed sources claimed the donation is nearing N5m. The ace producer, song writer and singer needs about N15m for kidney his kidney transplant. He is said to have a donor on hand.