Yemi Alade has declared herself no longer a fan of Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie after being disrespected by him.
The superstar singer featured Sarkodie on Ego, a song off her sophomore album, Mama Africa. She revealed that she hadn’t been able to shoot a video for the song because Sarkodie repeatedly refused to turn up for video shoots.
She said in a recent interview: “It’s super unfair, unprofessional and unkind for international or any other artiste to have a dealing with anybody and after agreeing to certain things you don’t come through at all, I can count three different countries and three different venues that my team and I had an agreement with the artiste (Sarkodie) in particular and he didn’t come through.
“I don’t want to bring in the feminine and masculine inequality we’re experiencing in the industry and I don’t want to link it to that. I was pained as a person but I’ll say it is almost impossible to promote a project that is supposed to be for two people when the other party isn’t coming through at all, the music pretty much suffers.
“The good thing about the whole thing is that I already had my name so I’m not bothered, he never got back to apologize and I’m over it. He asked that we meet in UK, America, and South Africa and it never happened and because we realized that we were in the same location at the same period and realized that our calendars were kind of linking up in these three countries, we tried to make it work but the moment we tried to link up and make things work it didn’t work, it was gross unprofessionalism on his part,” Yemi stated.
She added that he never once apologized, and she has now moved on. “Definitely I did but the good part about it is that before the idea of having this collaboration, I already had a name for myself and I’ll continue to do that for as long as I can and as God leads me to. It was just a point in my career that I went over and I’m so fortunate. For instance I’m here in Ghana and working on a song with MzVee. It takes two to tango… I’m here to support her and she supports me too.”
Asked if she is aware Sarkodie is Ghana’s biggest export and talent when it comes to music, Alade said, “Yes but I don’t listen to his music, no more fan of him… I only work with artistes I’m a fan of. I’m just not a fan of him anymore.”