The connection between, Davido and his previous manager, Kamal Ajiboye, was one that is recognized as a productive association that opened the way to universal deals to the artiste.
The relationship however was accepted to have achieved a tragic end when OBO made a declaration on the internet affirming the finish of their partnership.
It was accepted that OBO has fired him & eyewitnesses did not anticipate that the artist will end his association with Kamal in such way, particularly due to the last’s respected status in the industry.
In a selective chat with Sunday Scoop, Kamal exposed the supposition that he was fired by means of social media. He stated,
“Davido didn’t give me the sack via social media. He was in Gabon when he wrote ‘I am now my own manager’ on Snapchat. Funnily, I was the one who drove him to the airport.
Before then, we had had conversations about moving forward and I realised that what he wanted was different from mine. I wanted something bigger for him, but he was comfortable with what he wanted to do.”
While conceding that Davido is a major customer, Kamal kept up that going separate ways with him had not influenced his profession as an artiste’s administrator.
“I was prepared for it; I was the one who left voluntarily. It was something I thought about for a while. I wanted something I could control. This doesn’t mean I couldn’t control him, but Davido is a lot of pieces. When an artiste is big like he is, trust me it is not easy to control him. I didn’t lose control over him, but it got to a point where we had different goals.”
“We are still cool; I see him as my friend and family. I still have a good relationship with the family members too; so there is no bad blood,” he said.
“I have a good relationship with everyone. People who are familiar with me know that I am a man of my word. Whenever I set out to do something, I don’t look back. I think people appreciate this about me. I never got carried away because I was managing Davido. Then, I ensured that I always reached out to people and hung out with my friends. So, after the split, I had a lot of support from my friends within and outside the industry.
“The split had nothing to do with the fact that I didn’t support his decision to snub the international deal he got with Sony Music. You know when artistes want to sell their market, they say different things.”
He asked different chiefs to assemble themselves and brands paying little heed to how enormous their artistes could be on the grounds that they may leave sometime in the future.
“Once a big artiste leaves a manager, it becomes hard for him or her to survive. But that shouldn’t be the case and I believe we must have learnt our lessons. When you are managing an artiste, you need to start building a brand for yourself because nothing lasts forever,” Kamal stated.