Reason For Wizkid And Davido’s Conflict In The First Place
Wizkid and Davido have once again resumed
hostilities on popular social network, Twitter.
As exclusively reported by Ehxclusive360 in 2013, the
once buoyant relationship between Ayo
‘Wizkid‘ Balogun and David ‘Davido‘ Adeleke
has run into stormy waters.
Though the music stars have maintained
relative peace in the last one year, they have
once again resumed hostilities on popular
social network, Twitter.
Currently, the young pop stars are at
loggerheads over what insiders say is a claim
to superiority between ‘Wizzy’ and ‘Omo baba
Both camps have taken sides, insults have
been traded and subliminal messages thrown
around; the tension between both artistes
keeps threatening any air of peace left.
The dispute between Wizkid and Davido,
which have seen older Nigerian celebrities,
Iyanya and Wale Gates trying to mediate,
dates back to the parting of D’banj and Don
Jazzy, as reported by The NET.
It all started with the news of D’banj signing
Davido to his DB Records back in May 2012
– the news turned out to be false, but this
obviously didn’t go down well with the ‘other
‘Davido was very close to Don Jazzy and the
Mo’hits squad before they parted with
D’banj. When Jazzy heard Davido signed with
D’banj, he wasn’t entirely happy’, a close
friend of both camps tells NET.
Second Round’s On Me
Don Jazzy is said to have immediately told
Wande Coal (who mentors both Wizkid and
Davido) to stop visiting Davido at his Lekki
Davido, at the time, was still recording his
debut album and had plans to collaborate
with Wande and Wizzy on separate songs.
When Davido contacted Wande Coal, the pop
singer’s management asked for an exorbitant
fee (reportedly N1.5m) for the collabo.
Sources say Davido was keen to get it done,
but his manager Asa Asika was having none
of it. This ‘sudden policy’ led to a war of
words between Asika and Wande’s manager
Nana . The collabo never happened. Wande
and Davido stopped talking to each other.
Davido moved on to record the much talked
about duet with Wizkid. But when he sent the
instrumental to the EME team, Wizkid,
sources say, told them he couldn’t work with
Davido on the song, saying the beat wasn’t
up to standard and he didn’t want to lower
his brand. Little did Davido know that it was
his fight with Wande that made him (Wizkid)
immediately take sides.
‘Wande is like Wizkid’s elder brother. Wizzy
looks up to him a lot and anything Wande
says, Wizkid will do. When Wande told him
about what happened between him and
Davido, he just took sides with him’ s ays our
Davido, losing on both ends, scrapped both
songs and even though it was a huge blow,
he didn’t let it get him down. The
disappointment is said to have inspired the
first track on his album ‘All of you.’ Davido,
well known for his boisterous attitude, laid it
all out on the song, claiming to be better
than ‘everyone’, referencing artistes such as
2face, Psquare and D’banj as his mentors,
conspicuously leaving out the MAVIN and
EME crew. The MAVINS seemingly responded
by not attending Davido’s album launch, held
at the Eko Hotel and Suites.
‘Davido doesn’t send Don Jazzy or them
Banky W again, that’s what inspired that
song. He believes they aren’t better than him,
and to an extent, he does prove it’ said our
As It Stands
After the Don Jazzy-D’banj split, crew
members decamped and spoils were taken.
While Don Jazzy took pop singers Wande
Coal, Dr SID, and rapper D’Prince , launching
his MAVIN Records label with surprise
signing Tiwa Savage, D’banj went the other
way, with his younger brother Kay Switch .
Other familiar friends like Naeto C, Ikechukwu,
Davido, the HKN Gang and Mo’Hits hype man
Special Ed readily affiliated themselves with
Cat And Mouse Game
After all that happened in 2013, Wizkid and
Davido sheathed their swords and then began
the cat and mouse game.
Davido’s HKN Gang continued working and
soaring high, while Wizkid kicked off his
StarBoy Entertainment even though he was
still signed to EME.
The pop stars tried to avoid each other most
of the time and when it was unavoidable, they
put up a façade to give the impression of a
Change Of Handlers
Davido fell out with his cousins and fellow
HKN team but later reconciled with them
while Wizkid also reconciled with EME and
signed on two acts in the United Kingdom.
A few months after Davido parted ways with
his manager, Asa Asika, Wizkid also parted
ways with his manager, Osagie Osarenkhoe
after their contract expired.
Kamal Ajiboye immediately took over
Davido’s management while his elder brother,
Adewale Adeleke took over the running of the
HKN Gang businesses.
Meanwhile, Wizkid immediately employed the
services of Godwin Tom as his manager. The
two camps looked good to go and take on
any team but the façade relationship
remained, with Special Ed always claiming
the two were cool.
The Sesan Ogunro Part
Unknown to many, the relationship between
Wizkid, Davido and top music video director,
Sesan Ogunro , also contributed to the
ongoing battle for supremacy between the
Earlier in the year, Sesan Ogunro shot one of
the three videos for Davido’s monster hit,
‘Skelewu ,’ but the video was leaked days
before it’s official release, after which Davido
went on a Twitter rant accusing the
filmmaker of breaching terms of agreement.
While Sesan, who is hardly drawn into the
limelight except through the videos he made,
cleared the air, Wizkid was quick to show his
support for the talented filmmaker, throwing
shade at Davido by praising the Sesan’s work
and referring to Davido and his crew as
A few weeks later, Sesan shot Wizkid’s ‘ Jaiye
jaiye’ video, while Davido worked with Mr.
Moe Musa on a new video.
And They Grew In Leaps And Bounds
Between 2013 and 2014, Davido and Wizkid
amassed more affluence, fame and awards
than their contemporaries and older
From Nigeria to other parts of Africa, Europe
and America, the young men continued to
conquer the world as their rivalry thickened.
Winning awards from Hip Hop World awards
to MOBO, NEAs, MAMAs and BET, the
competition for the most superior between
the two grew, as their rivalry got deeper.
Just as they performed at tours and concerts
across Europe and America, jealousy and
envy became the order of the day and the
dislike for one another couldn’t be quenched.
Trouble once again reared its ugly head after
Davido threw shade at Wizkid for allegedly
parting ways with his old friends and
buddies, Wizkid replied with his concert
success, featuring Akon and Wale on stage at
his New York show.
The Twitter Rants
Both Davido and Wizkid were quick to take to
Twitter to express their mutual dislike,
thereby kicking off a beef-trending week.
Here are some tweets from the duo, despite
claims that all is well between them.
‘Snitch. No wonder you are not rolling with
your day 1 niggas,’ Davido
‘Thank you so much New York! Amazing
show last night, big up @Wale and @Akon.
Proper show, proper venue, boys talk, men
‘Pull Half of my crowd before talking shit
‘It’s all fun and game till somebody gets
knocked out! Ask around, I got them hands!!
You would always have a H factor,
‘Done with all this shit!! Back to music…
smooth sailing.. Tick tock’ Davido
‘Easy to type shit about somebody and put it
on twitter, another thing wen you see face to
face,’ Adewale Adeleke
All ima say is it won’t be pretty niggas ain’t
pussy but if you are willing to find out, we
can take that route as well…’ Adewale Adeleke
Iyanya, Wale Gates Appeal To Warring Parties
Following what seemed like a brewing battle
between the two, older colleagues of the
music sensations have decided to wade in.
Iyanya and Wale Gates have tried to calm
frayed nerves without calling any names.
While Wale Gates used Twitter to reach out to
the youngsters, Iyanya took to Instagram to
preach about peace.