Nigerian singer, Esegine Allen, better known as Orezi, has finally come out to say that he did not set the Nigerian currency on fire.
The singer had posted a photo for his newly released musical single titled “Born broke,die rich” and the creativity did not go down too well with many Nigerians. In the photo, Orezi appeared to have set ablaze a N1,000 note, using a lighter.
While a segment of his fans argued that the fire in the photo was not real and only a graphic design, others expressed their displeasure, calling the act shameful and saying it was disrespectful to Nigeria and the country’s legal tender.
However, in a chat with The Punch, the singer explained that it was an edited picture. He said, “I never burnt the N1,000 note like people thought, it was just graphics; an edited picture.
I did not burn the Nigerian currency. If you look at the picture, you would see that the fire almost got to my eyes.
If it were real, I would not have been able to withstand the heat. I cannot allow fire to burn my eyes because I want to take a picture. I replied some comments when people were criticising me because of the picture.
“I told them that it was an artistic paper and I did not burn the Nigerian currency. Why would I burn money to promote my music?
A lot of my fans also tried to explain to those that were abusing me that it was an edited picture, but they would not listen. Some people went as far as saying that they would arrest me because it is against the law, but I did not burn the money.
It is not everything that you can explain to people; sometimes you just have to keep quiet.” Talking about ‘Born Broke Die Rich’, the singer said it was inspired by his life story.
“It is just a song for people like me who were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but we aspire to be great so that our children would not suffer the way we did. “It is an inspirational song that advises people like me to work hard for their children’s sake.
In the song, I said that my child must not suffer the way I did and that is why I work hard the way I do,” he said.