Victoria Kimani has expressed her displeasure with Kenyan show organisers for using their top music stars as opening acts for shows headlined by outsiders in their home country.
She wrote on social media:
“Dear Kenya, the day we stop using our A-list artists as opening acts for Other B list international artists is the day we begin actually winning. Book us now before you can no longer afford us, don’t chase our artistic dreams away.
“Riding around Nairobi, seeing billboards on top of billboards of these shows, why are none of us headlining? Why does it have to be this way… year after year after year… we constantly place every other country, city, town above our own. Not every artist has the opportunities that a few of us have to leave Kenya and be seen on stages with that wide African reach. What the hell would I do if I didn’t have those opportunities?”
Regarding being labelled as a Nigerian artiste, she said:
“And then get mad and wanna call me Nigerian because I am blessed to be booked there from time to time. This self-hate we got has to change pretty soon or we will keep losing gems like Lupita who many of you literally chased away, then get mad if she acts brand new on you when she’s back home.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun