A Nigerian music artiste, Jack Idopise -Emmanuel, has urged Nigerian artistes to utilise the lockdown to build a fan base and not mislead people on social media.
It would be recalled that nearly five weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a compulsory lockdown of movement in some states to curb spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19.
But on April 27, President Mohammadu Buhari announced a gradual easing of the lockdown from May 4 in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja but with facemasks.
Against that background, the 25 -year-old up and coming artist in Lagos advised artistes to live exemplary lives and act as role models to their fans.
“I respectfully use this opportunity to emphasise on use of Instagram live broadcast, which is now a trend. Celebrities are not meant to mislead the people but rather, show some good examples.
“Some celebrities are currently turning use of Instagram to pornographic centers, show casing all sorts of indecent traits which has no positive impact on the global economy.
”It has really made things worse during the lockdown as idle youths resort to the internet as the major consolation to the compulsory ‘Stay at home’ order which is morally unsafe.
“I would urge those guilty to desist from this negative act and focus on how they can enrich the minds of the people and probably give them hope in this tough time.” he said.
He however, noted that the compulsory lockdown eventually gave artistes an opportunity to explore other alternatives to meeting their entertainment demands which he said should be rather objective.
CANDIIDONLINE reports that the imposed lockdown prompted Nigerian artistes to shifting attention to social media to entertain and engage their fans with several activities.
According to Mr Jack, some artistes did what they loved best by thrilling their fans with new songs while some challenged them to various tasks after which they rewarded them to keep the industry alive.
“One of such challenges was the Bop Daddy Challenge hosted by Folarin Falana, a Nigerian artiste, popularly known as Falz who had fans showcasing their fashion talent.
“While Falz was commended for the challenge, another Nigerian artiste, Slim Case was condemned for allowing fans expose their body on a live Instagram video,” he said.
The Afro-pop singer further advised fellow up-and-coming artistes to utilise their precious time in working on their creative art and building a successful career.
“My advice to every up-and-coming artiste out there is for them to make good use of this period to learn new skills, build their fan base and research.
“They are not also left out in encouraging the people by producing songs that will bring hope to the people in line with the pandemic and projections on keeping safe.” he said.