Afrobeat musician, Rotimi Martins, widely known as Alariwo of Africa, was in the news some months back over an ailment which was said to have allegedly caused an enlargement in his scrotum. While the news made rounds, it was reported that the vocal singer was bedridden in a hospital and needed financial assistance for treatment.
In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the singer said that was not the case with him and that the news was false. He said that most news portals exaggerated his illness just to drive traffic to their sites
He said, “I was never ill or bedridden, contrary to the notion that was spreading round town. I was never at any point hospitalised. I had a surgery in April 2015 to correct a condition which made my scrotum bigger than normal but since then, I have been on my feet. It was my wife that was seriously ill and almost died but I thank God for saving her. The news about me being hospitalised is false.”
The singer also dismissed talks that he was out of the limelight, claiming that if he was, he would not bag a mouth-watering deal from a major telecommunications company. He said that the reason people would say such a thing about him is because he has been working in silence.
“I laugh when some people say that I have run out of money or I am no more in the limelight. Anyone who says that I kept a low profile because of competition is telling a lie. I have a studio at home and I have been working. I have enough money to fend for my family and God has been providing for me. I have been living a very comfortable life and in fact, I just bagged an endorsement deal with a telecommunications company. If I am not relevant, would that happen?” he queried.
The singer who recently teamed up with the Silverbird Group boss, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, on a song titled, Common Sense, told Saturday Beats the reason behind the collaboration.
The Yawa Go Gas crooner explained that he decided to record the song alongside Bruce for the latter’s consistency in bringing serious national issues to the attention of fellow citizens in the simplest and most explanatory manner through his Common Sense messages from time to time.
“I cannot put out any kind of song just because I want to make money, no. My music is driven by philosophies that better the lives of the ordinary people on the street. It is for this reason I just recorded a song with Ben Murray Bruce because I found plenty of sense in his Common Sense philosophy.
“People can say whatever they like but the truth is that we would not move forward as a nation until we start using our common sense to solve the common problems that affect us all. If Nigeria must be better, indeed, you and I have a role to play especially by buying made-in-Nigeria products to grow the naira,” he said.