Merriam Webster defines a celebrity as “the state of being celebrated: fame”, while violence is defined as an “exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse “.
Celebrity violence, would be the act of celebrating an exertion of physical force abusively. Simply put, the abuse of fame.
Recent uprise in the violent act of our celebrities, has left much to be questioned about the threat which they pose to the next generation; knowing that young chaps look to them as role models.
Some of our celebrities have perfected the act of exercising their God given strength in a rather unenterprising way.
In the light of these, Zaaki Azzay, the “Torch light” trademarked musician, is the recent celebrity in that category.
Hadiza Azzay, the estranged wife of Zaaki, revealed that her husband to whom she had been married to for 8 years before their recent separation on April 17th, 2012, allegedly made her into a featherweight punching bag.
The 29-year-old Hadiza said that there were times when she was battered to a point of unconsciousness which made her resolve to running away with her kids. The singer, however, refuted her claims.
K-Solo (music producer/singer) and Frank Edoho are not left out on the spoils of domestic violators. Frank, who is the anchor of the popular TV show “Who wants to be a millionaire”, was reported by his wife of 10yrs, Katherine, who is also a broadcaster, to be a woman beater. According to Katherine, her ex-husband was hot tempered and she was always on the receiving end of his anger. Frank however, denied the allegations.
Kikelomo Akinkunmi, wife of the aforementioned music producer, revealed that she allegedly lost her pregnancy due to combos from the producer. The couple who only got married in November 2011 ended their marriage in May 2012. All claims were denied by K-Solo.
Other celebrities with domestic violence reports include Davido and Ikechukwu; The later got involved in a club fight in 2010, while the “Dami Duro” crooner was recently reported to have beaten up a lady alongside a cab driver; an allegation which was denied by the musician.
Celebrity violence is not limited to Nigerian entertainers alone as foreign entertainers such as Chris Brown, Drake, Kofi Olomide, Mike Tyson, O.J Simpson and a host of others, have also been in on the act.
American pop/RnB singer, Chris, was recently involved in a club fight with fellow American musician/rapper Drake over suspected singer Rihanna; while Congolese music sensation, Kofi, got involved in a fracas at a hotel in Kinshasa, his home country.
While some of these celebrities feel a sense of remorse after their uncultured act and make public apology, others don’t. Thus, the question of fame management arises. Are these celebrities expressing who they are or is it the pressure of fame?
Howbeit, celebrities are not supernaturals but mere humans like you and I. They are nothing close to perfect, only God is.
In as much as we want them to be that perfect icon that we all picture them to be, they also have flaws. Nevertheless, it is said, or it should be said that “of great fame, comes great responsibility”.