How Artiste Impersonated Wizkid And Allegedly Made ₦30m Monthly From Cloned Album

by Yinka Akanbi

An upcoming Nigerian artiste, Hosea Yohanna, also known as Wisekid, has reportedly made ₦30m monthly since October 2020 by cloning Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album on Apple and Amazon streaming platforms.

African Facts Zone, who broke the news on Twitter, reported that the alleged impersonator has made so much money from digital stores since he uploaded the cloned album in October last year.

Wisekid released an album, ‘Lasgidi Made’ but allegedly uploaded Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ album with a rearranged tracklist.

He allegedly used another title to deceive streaming platforms’ algorithms.

Reacting to the allegations on Twitter, Wisekid said he did not stream Wizkid’s music, claiming that Freeme Digital has been distributing his own songs.

In its response, Freeme Digital admitted that “while it is true that he distributes some of his contents through our organisation, we will like to make it categorically clear that the said, ‘Lasgidi Made’ album was not distributed via our platform.”

Meanwhile, Wizkid’s manager, Jada Pollock, in her reaction to the development on Twitter, said her team was working round the clock to get the illegal downloads off all streaming platforms.

“RCA have been actively working on taking down the illegal uploads across all digital platforms from yesterday morning. Relating to the fraudulent “Wisekid” account. Thank you Wizkid FC for your dedication and patience. It does not go unnoticed,” she tweeted.

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