Rapper Vector Criticizes Use Of Eyo Masquerade In “Gangs Of Lagos” Movie

Elite Nigerian rapper Vector, also known as Ogunmefun Olanrewaju, has expressed his reservations  with some of the actions in the renowned Nigerian film “Gangs of Lagos.” The rapper from Lafiaji expressed his annoyance with how their culture was misrepresented in the movie. On April 12, 2023, Vector Tha Viper used his platform on Instagram to inform the public about the Eyo Masquerade and make it known that it is recognized for peace and prosperity. Vector tha Viper was born and raised in the Lafiaji area of Lagos Island.

With a star-studded cast that includes Tobi Bakre, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Chike Osebuka, Chioma Akpotha, and Iyabo Ojo, the Jade Osiberu movie was launched on Prime Video on April 7, 2023. Since its debut, it has been the talk of the town and has topped charts in several nations worldwide. The movie, a part of Osiberu’s three-year overall deal with the streaming service and the first African Original for Prime Video, featured a tale of the criminal activities on Lagos Island in Lagos. One of the characters in the story was the revered Eyo Masquerade.

In the lengthy article, Vector continued by criticizing the use of the Eyo as a gang or criminal organization in the film, claiming that the film would still have been enjoyable even if the Eyo had not been utilized in the manner it was in the big-budget production. Adding a video of himself from one of the Eyo events to the post,

In his writing, Vector said,

I was born at the Onikan health center, lafiaji, Lagos island and all i have seen during the Eyo festival every time they’re out is, they stop by at ours and prayed wishing prosperity for my family.

Most of our friends like the Olugbani’s who are direct Eyo Ologede gatekeepers ( @hypeengine_mcbalo ) are not gun shooting criminals using culture as a disguise.

As teenagers, i’ve had friends (underneath the regalia )chase me with the staff ( Opambata ) because i knew they would take advantage and show me shege lol.

My idea of what the Bajulaiye is is totally different from murderous criminality.

Going by what the term gang means, it is disrespectful to define the Eyo in the same light.

In light of what i have experienced about Eyo, i wish prosperity to the hands that have labored although the movie would still be good without referring to Eyo as a (criminal) “gang” in lagos.

There is a reason they say “mo yo fun e, mo yo fun araa mi”

in English,

rejoicing with you,

Is rejoicing with myself.

Eyo is not a criminal organization.

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