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Dr Ofweneke: Why I want to sit down with rapper, Stoopid Boy- EXCLUSIVE

Comedian-turned-TV host Dr Ofweneke has extended an invitation for a conversation with rapper Stoopid Boy after the artist rejected an invitation for an interview.

A debate has ensued regarding media compensation for celebrity interviews in the past week.

The controversy arose when Dr Ofweneke, now a TV host, faced scrutiny after Stoopid Boy abruptly cancelled a scheduled interview on his show.

Dr Ofweneke voiced disappointment over Stoopid Boy’s last-minute cancellation, attributing it primarily to the rapper’s request for payment.

“Stoopid Boy canceled at the last minute because he wanted to be paid. So, Stoopid Boy, just wait, we will pay you. When you seek to promote your third or fourth single and look for Ofweneke to promote, we shall remember. We shall revisit,” said Dr Ofweneke.

Stoopid Boy moved to clarify his decision to decline the interview.

In a widely circulated video on TikTok, the rapper and his friend discussed the financial struggles encountered by artists despite gaining popularity.

Stoopid Boy emphasised he’s prioritising his financial stability before committing to interviews.

“Hakuna vile tutakuwa famous and broke. Hiyo tumeruka… Wasanii wengi wanatrend lakini kwa street wanatusiwa. That’s why nilikuambia lazima ujue vile naishi kwanza ndio uniite…,” Stoopid Boy said.

(There’s no way we’ll be famous and broke. We’ve surpassed that… Many artists trend, but on the streets, they’re insulted. That’s why I told you that you must understand how I live first before you call me for an interview…)

In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Dr Ofweneke expressed his desire to mentor artists on the importance of conducting media tours for emerging musicians and understanding the challenges they face.

“We need to educate them on proper communication skills. If they struggle with interpersonal communication, they should recognise the necessity of having a management team to represent them. Poor communication could cost them lucrative endorsements,” Dr Ofweneke emphasised.

He recounted instances where artists insulted clients during meetings due to disagreements.

“I also come from the ghetto, Mathare, and I understand the struggles of slum life. I am willing to sit down with them. While some industry friends have cautioned against engaging with these artists, I prefer to extend an invitation for lunch. As a man of faith, I approach these matters spiritually,” he said.

“I aim to understand their challenges and guide them on the standards expected in our industry. I am not the issue here; my name was brought into this without any prior conversation with them,” he added.

Stoopid Boy is famous for his hit song, “G Bag Na Jug”, which has over 2.6 views on YouTube.