An up-coming artiste, Zona Gee, whose real names are Mbamara Arinze, has accused popular Nigerian singer, Davido, of stealing the song, Assurance, from him.
Speaking with Sunday Scoop, Zona Gee admitted that he might have been defrauded.
On how it all happened, Arinze explained, “I went for a concert and I saw Davido and some people around him. I knew I couldn’t approach any of them there because of their security men. Later on, I was able to meet one of the guys I saw around Davido, and I asked him for Mayorkun’s phone number. He said I had to pay for it and I gave him N5,000. When I called the number he gave me, the person who answered the phone identified himself as Mayorkun’s manager. I told him I wanted to speak with Mayorkun and he handed the phone to someone who claimed to be Mayorkun.
“Since I didn’t see the person, I cannot verify if it was Mayorkun I spoke with but after speaking with the person for some time, he gave me Davido’s number.
“I knew Davido may not pick my calls; so, I sent him a message on WhatsApp. Some people have been saying that the mail I claimed I was given by Davido was a fake one. However, I was excited because I believed I was talking to Davido and I didn’t bother to make checks.”
According to Zona Gee, he has been singing the song for a long time and his friends can testify to it.
He stated, “My friends can bear witness that I had been singing the song, Assurance, for a long time before Davido’s version was released. The difference was that I didn’t put the name, Chioma. I recorded the chorus and sent it to Davido on WhatsApp.
“We stopped chatting for a while after that only for me to realise that Davido had released the song. I was even happy that he took my song. I sent him a message when I heard the song but he did not reply.
“Subsequently, I was blocked. At that point, I felt used and I thought of a way to let the world know what happened. That’s why I posted the chat on Facebook. Right now, I am not even sure I spoke with the real Davido. I might have been defrauded.”