Blaqbonez opens up on struggles with fame and maintaining privacy
Renowned Nigerian rapper, Emeka Akumefule, popularly known as Blaqbonez, has candidly shared the challenges he faces with the burdens of fame.
The artist revealed this in an interview on Joey Akan’s Afrobeats Intelligence podcast on Friday, December 15, shedding light on the difficulties of maintaining a semblance of normalcy in public spaces.
The 'Emeka Must Shine' singer opened up about the constant attention and scrutiny that come with being a public figure, emphasizing how it hampers his ability to live a regular life. Blaqbonez admitted that the pressure to uphold his image as Blaqbonez often leads him to seclusion.
Fame, according to the rapper, feels like a "crazy punishment" as the public's focus on him becomes all-encompassing. He highlighted the disparity between his life and that of individuals with considerable wealth who can move around inconspicuously.
"I think fame is a punishment. Normal people can have all the money in the world, and drive a way bigger car than I would drive. But in traffic, everybody will leave them and focus on me," he expressed.
Blaqbonez delved into the challenges of going out in public, where the constant scrutiny prevents him from engaging in basic activities without the spotlight on his every move.
He emphasized the constraints of fame, recounting how he is compelled to maintain the Blaqbonez persona even in moments of personal relaxation.
Reflecting on the limitations fame imposes, Blaqbonez voiced his frustration, stating, "I cannot even go out in Nigeria to have actual fun. I must be Blaqbonez. It feels like a crazy punishment. Other people who have way more money have a much easier life than me. I have to be hiding."
The rapper, signed to Chocolate City, is acclaimed for his unique rap style and creative prowess. His latest album, "Emeka Must Shine," continues to garner attention and acclaim in the music industry.