Following the exit of Popular Nigerian singer, D’banj, from his former label, Mohits, the singer established his own music label, DB records, and signed in Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh. However, his female act dumped DB records after releasing only a few singles with D’banj.
In an interview with Tonto, after her child delivering, she gave her reasons for leaving D’banj’s label. She said D’banj is a very sweet person but she can no longer do business with him. The DB Records’ CEO has stepped forward to clear the air as to why Tonto left him.
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D’banj starts by saying he hasn’t seen Tonto Dike since she got married and believes she’ll make some decisions when she returns to the country.
“We are all talented and I believe that all the artistes I took under my wings are very talented. Tonto Dikeh can stand alone because she is very talented, they are all big brands and from their looks, you know they have great talents. All I did was to tell them that we should look for ways to make things work better,” he says.
“Also, when a woman is married, it is a different ball game. I have not seen her since the marriage and of course, now she has a child. She has been out of the country and I would say to you that the last thing she said to me was that she wanted to work on her foundation. I believe when she comes back, she would take some decisions.”
It seems like D’banj is experiencing some heavy downsizing like most Nigerian companies in recent times. Barely two weeks ago, his producer, Deevee and personal assistant, JeiJei Lee, announced their departure from the label.
In a recent interview with the Punch, D’banj said he had a meeting with his team last year and told his producers, songwriters and artistes to step up their game. Unfortunately, the outcome of that meeting has not favoured the Koko master.
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Meanwhile, Tonto Dikeh ventured into music in October 2012, with the release of her controversial singles, Hi and Itz Ova, before signing with DB records in July 2014. While sharing her reasons for leaving DB Records, she says she’ll remain under her entertainment company called Poko Entertainment so she can have time for her baby and new family.