Fans tackle Timaya on social media

For posting what seemed like a harmless statement on Instagram
between Monday and Tuesday, popular singer Timaya (real name is Inetimi
Odom) was at the receiving end of criticism from his followers and
music fans on social media.
It all
started on Monday when, in a moment of self-adulation, the award-winning
artiste, who was captured in a photograph showing him smoking a pulp
pipe in company with two other men, wrote on his Instagram page: “I
thank God I don’t do a 9 to 5 job. Chilling with my guys on a Monday
morning.”
At first,
the post had attracted positive responses from some of the fans whose
comments showed clearly that they approved of the statement. But a few
others, yet to understand exactly what the singer was driving at,
demanded to know what he was trying to insinuate.
One fan
actually reminded Timaya to ask God to “bless the hustle” of less
fortunate Nigerians who often left their homes to work between 9.am and
5pm every day because he got to his present position only through the
grace of God.
Then one
Joshy_cross_cross threw the first punch at the singer. Obviously angry,
he fired, “What does that mean? What about those who support you with
the salaries they earn by working from 9 to 5? My guy, always reason
well before writing certain things.”
Rubbing it
in a little harder, another respondent, official.tochi, commented on
the photograph of Timaya and his companions, “This picture teaches the
youths nothing, except how to indulge themselves on smoking.”
The
following day (Tuesday), the artiste, who was at the centre of a
controversy a few months ago, defied the complaints about his statement
on Instagram and went on to repeat the post on the social media
platform. He wrote, “Early start. But I still thank God I don’t do a 9
to 5 or 8 to 6 job.”
This time,
the fans literally descended on Timaya and pummelled him verbally. One
of them, named Stella Chiamaka, was so incensed by the post that she
warned, “Timaya, mind your mouth. We’re not the same. We work from 8 am
to 5pm because God has blessed us with that. Watch it.”
Also, another fan, posting as houseofkrosh,
responded to the singer’s latest statement, saying, “It is so shocking
when somebody who is supposed to be a celebrity and a public figure
makes such an outrageous comment. People like us who work from 8am to
5pm sweat to make money and to make ends meet. Also, we squeeze out
money to buy your CDs and attend your concerts.”
Although
the fan advised Timaya to revert his statement and tender an unreserved
apology to the public, the singer had yet to respond as of 8pm press
time on Tuesday the time of going to press.
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