A little over a decade ago, Nigerian music stars were loved, appreciated and tolerated in intellectual circles. We all danced to their songs and invited them to our functions and parties. Even though they had huge and monumental hits, most of them lived modest lifestyles. There were no limos, huge mansions and endless conspicuous consumption. Those who could afford cars, did not own glittering wonders on wheel-they had regular cars-often times, pre-owned. Even though women flocked around them, it was often a case borne out of curiosity than deeply felt emotional attachment.
Fast forward to 2011 and the dynamics have changed tremendously. Today’s Nigerian music stars rank among some of the richest in the country –