Until recently, artiste manager, Yusuf Adepitan, aka Danku, and Double Wahala singer, Oritsefemi, were once described as two peas in a pod.
Wherever you saw one of them, you were bound to see the other. However, things rapidly deteriorated between them and they both went their separate ways; but not before dragging each other through the mud.
Because of their chequered history, many were anxious to see if Danku would attend his former artiste’s wedding two weeks ago. But he didn’t show up.
He told Sunday Scoop why. “I was invited for the wedding but I was quite busy and I had to attend some business meetings. I wish him well, and I pray that God would bless their marriage. I don’t think there is any big deal about me not attending the wedding. If there was any issue between us, I would let you know. We are on good terms. I don’t regret anything I did for Oritsefemi in the past. I met him when he was nothing and I was able to build him up; I thank God for that privilege. The good thing is that we are both doing well in our careers now,” he said.
When asked if he had, at least, presented gifts to the couple, Danku laughed and said, “We have a way of giving ourselves gifts but for now, there is nothing special.”
Recalling his role in the relationship that eventually led to Oritsefemi signing the dotted lines, Danku said, “I was the one who introduced Oritsefemi to his wife, Funke, also known as Nabila Fash. I recall that I met her at GoTV’s anniversary celebration. Artiste managers had been invited for a get-together before the grand finale of the anniversary. When I got to the event, we spoke at length. I liked her friendly attitude and the way she attended to people so I told her I wanted her to meet my artiste, Oritsefemi. Meanwhile, Oritsefemi wasn’t in the country at that time, and I told him that there was a lady I wanted him to meet. I told him that I wanted her to be a friend of the house, and that she would be good for him in particular. Eventually, I made proper introductions between the both of them at the backstage of an event in Abuja. I made sure that the relationship started on a good note and I backed off.”
On whether he thought, from the outset, that the relationship between the duo would eventually lead to marriage, Danku said, “I recall telling Funke that anything could happen. Oritsefemi wasn’t married, and I wanted them to have a serious relationship. It is just unfortunate that I’m not around for the rest. But I bless God for what He has done for me too. Oritsefemi knows I’m the one who introduced them to each other. If he wants to lie, I have a proof to back up my claims. He is a kind of person that doesn’t give kudos to whom it is due.”
Even though nothing much has been heard from him lately, Danku says he has been busy. “My management company, Ijoba na Danku, is wider now and I work with artistes such as Davido and the whole DMW crew, Terry G, 9ice, among others. I am also a songwriter and I always give 100 per cent to whatever I do.”