“Davido Didn’t Sack Me, I Left Voluntarily. I Couldn’t Control Him” – Former Manager, Kamal Ajiboye
The relationship between singer, Davido and his former manager, Kamal Ajiboye, was one that will always be remembered as a fruitful partnership that opened the door to international deals for the artiste. The relationship however was believed to have reached a sad end when the singer made an announcement on social media confirming the end of their partnership.It was assumed that the singer fired his then manager and observers did not expect the singer to end his relationship with Kamal in such manner, especially because of the latter’s revered status in the entertainment industry. In an exclusive chat with Sunday Scoop, Kamal debunked the assumption that he was fired via social media. He said;“Davido didn’t give me the sack via social media. He was in Gabon when he wrote ‘I am now my own manager’ on Snapchat. Funnily, I was the one who drove him to the airport. Before then, we had had conversations about moving forward and I realised that what he wanted was different from mine. I wanted something bigger for him, but he was comfortable with what he wanted to do.”
While admitting that Davido is a big client, Kamal maintained that parting ways with him had not affected his career as an artiste’s manager.
“I was prepared for it; I was the one who left voluntarily. It was something I thought about for a while. I wanted something I could control. This doesn’t mean I couldn’t control him, but Davido is a lot of pieces. When an artiste is big like he is, trust me it is not easy to control him. I didn’t lose control over him, but it got to a point where we had different goals.
“We are still cool; I see him as my friend and family. I still have a good relationship with the family members too; so there is no bad blood,” he said.
Presently managing Seyi Shay, Kamal further revealed that he didn’t fear that he would lose relevance once he stopped working with Davido.
“I have a good relationship with everyone. People who are familiar with me know that I am a man of my word. Whenever I set out to do something, I don’t look back. I think people appreciate this about me. I never got carried away because I was managing Davido. Then, I ensured that I always reached out to people and hung out with my friends. So, after the split, I had a lot of support from my friends within and outside the industry.
“The split had nothing to do with the fact that I didn’t support his decision to snub the international deal he got with Sony Music. You know when artistes want to sell their market, they say different things.”
He urged other managers to build themselves and brands regardless of how big their artistes could be because they might walk away someday.
“Once a big artiste leaves a manager, it becomes hard for him or her to survive. But that shouldn’t be the case and I believe we must have learnt our lessons. When you are managing an artiste, you need to start building a brand for yourself because nothing lasts forever,” Kamal stated