A former protege of Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem has waded into the spat between him and Timaya with the person laundering the image of Eedris.
The last has not really been heard concerning the recent fracas between Timaya and Eedris Abdulkareem. In his last video rant where Timaya replied to Eedris’ allegations against him, the self acclaimed Egberipapa 1 of Bayelsa had said Eedris was not nice to a lot of people, including his former colleague, Rafioso, who was with Eedris at that time.
However, in a telephone conversation with Saturday Beats, Rafioso who also doubles as a show promoter, sang a different tune. He claimed that Eedris treated everyone under him with love and further shared an experience where the Mr. Lecturer singer saved Timaya’s life.
He added that he was surprised Timaya would call his name because he was doing very well in life.
He said, “I was Eedris Abdulkareem’s manager at the time when Timaya was serving under him. If you have heard Eedris hit song,’ Oko Ashewo,’ it was my name, Rafioso, he was calling in the song. Initially I was Eedris’ back-up artiste but when his former manager travelled to the UK, I was in charge.
“There was a time we went for a show at Ogun State University. I was already asleep in my room during the show but I learnt that Timaya insisted that he wanted to perform last after Eedris was done with his performance. The show promoters were not comfortable with the arrangement because Eedris was his boss. Eedris agreed and when he went on stage, the tempo was very high but when it was Timaya’s turn to perform, they were not feeling him anymore. The people began to insult him and Timaya insulted them back. When he came down from the stage, the cult boys in the school followed him because they wanted to beat him up. The next thing I heard on my door was a loud bang, it was Eedris at my door shouting that I should wake up because the boys wanted to kill Timaya. We went to where Timaya was and brought him to my room where he slept that night. You can ask Timaya or the show promoter, Offshore, he would tell you the truth. Spydaman was at the show among other artistes. The cult boys began to look for Timaya for insulting them but we hid him in our room. Early in the morning, we had to move out.
“So when I saw what Timaya posted about Eedris, I felt it was like an insult. I don’t know why he called my name and said that I am nowhere to be found. You don’t say that. He should speak for himself and not for me. I am doing very well. I am an artiste and a show promoter; I also have other businesses I am into. I have houses and tenants. I don’t understand why Timaya mentioned my name. I was with Eedris for more than 16 years and he helped me. He showed me love just like he did to everybody.”
Rafioso told Saturday Beats that Eedris did not only provide shelter for them but also fed and clothed them.
“When I was Eedris’ back-up singer, he treated me in a very lovely manner. As a back-up artiste, it was not as if Eedris called me or Timaya, we were trying to be famous, so we had to go and meet him. We were serving him. To be honest, Eedris can cut his arm and leg just to help someone. Whenever they gave him money, there was a boutique where he normally bought clothes; he would call the owner of the shop to bring costumes. We would all pick costumes and Eedris would be the one to pay for them. After everything, he would still give us money. Timaya was not based in Lagos at the time, he was in Port-Harcourt and he only came down to Lagos anytime he heard we had a show. Whenever we had a show, we had a stand-by bus that conveyed us to the venue and back home but since Timaya was coming from Port-Harcourt, we could not wait for him so he had to come and meet us at the venue of the event. Eedris treated all of us fine.
“The problem is that when Timaya came, he did not come to Eedris as a singer but as a dancer. He is a very good dancer. Eedris could be harsh when he wants to advise you so he advised us on how to explore our different talents. As for me, I was into acting before I got in contact with Eedris, I was in Kiddies Vision 101 with Denrele. When I met Eedris, he advised me that I could sing because I have a good voice. He put me through and he encouraged me.”
Reacting to Timaya’s video, Rafioso said, “When I watched Timaya’s video and saw that he said Eedris did not treat him right, I did not understand what he meant. When I first joined the crew, I did not get to see Eedris all the time. He was always inside so we had to relate with his manager. He was not someone you could walk up to like that because there was protocol. The compound was very big so whenever we got to his place, we would sit under a tree and we ate whatever we wanted to eat because they would bring food for us. Timaya was not the only one with Eedris, there were so many people with him. I remember Eedris told Timaya then that he should stop singing and try to sing a song about his dialect or where he is from. I sincerely apologise on behalf of Eedris to the likes of Tuface, D’banj, Davido, Mr. Eazi and every other person he insulted except Timaya,” Rafioso said.
When asked if there was any truth in Tiimaya’s allegation that Eedris smokes Marijuana, Rafioso simply said,“Ask Timaya if he smokes Indian hemp as well. That should answer your question.”