Published January 19, 2019
Ademola Olonilua and Timileyin Akinkahunsi
This might come as a shock to many lovers of Mr Eazi and his work as in a recent interview with Saturday Beats, the Leg Over singer revealed that he did not own a car .
In his explanation, he stated that he preferred using Uber . He further said , “If your self- esteem is based on how much you have in your bank account, then you have a serious self- esteem issue. Right from when I sang my very first song , someone offered me N80 m record deal but I turned it down and at the time, I did not have N300 ,000 in my account.
“ My first record deal offer from the UK was £ 356 , 000 , I turned it down but at the time, I had done a tour and the total amount I earned was £ 12 ,500 . I used the money to shoot the videos of some of my songs . I was left with £ 20 ; they were offering me £ 365 , 000 , but I turned it down . The reason I did that was because my value was not dependent on what was in my account .
“ Till today , I use Uber but I do not care and by the way , I don ’t even pay for the ride because I was given Uber credit. But if you see me in the Uber vehicle and feel that Mr Eazi is poor , what is my business (with that )? For instance , everybody around me has cars , and besides , I buy cars for people . If it makes sense for me to use an Uber , why should I drive ? Why would I pay about N100 m for a car that I would probably drive just five times a year ?
“ There are better things to do with that money . In the short time I have spent on earth , I have made a lot of money . While I was into mining , I had so much money that I was living at a place that was a stone’ s throw away from the airport in Accra and I was paying my rent in dollars .
“ I was making a lot of money . That shows you how expensive it was but I went from there to squatting with my friend in a one -room apartment. I was sleeping on the floor in his room . Also , when I was doing the business of selling beverages , we started with a crate and in a short while , we began to import four containers every two weeks. From importing four containers every two weeks, we went back to nothing. In my life, I have had ups and down . If my self – worth was based on material things , I would have killed myself .”
The singer admitted that he had received a lot of backlash on social media simply because of his relationship with Temi , one of the daughters of a billionaire oil magnate , Femi Otedola .
However, Mr Eazi said such things would never faze him .
“ People can say what they want to say and if you want to let everything they say about you bother you , then you are not going to live , especially when you are in the public eye .
“ You have to realise that as an entertainer , your life becomes a form of entertainment to others . I really do not care about what anybody thinks . He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world, so why care about what the world is saying ?” The singer said .