Sheilah Carol Gashumba, host of NBS TV’s After5 program, has asked renowned Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi to stop disparaging fellow East African artists, particularly Ugandans.
Following a recent post in which he criticized the region’s musicians, claiming that their music careers had already gone down the trail, the multi-award winning media personality advised Eric Omondi to stop belittling fellow East African artists.
He wrote on Facebook that Kenyan musicians are dozing off, Tanzanians are succumbing to the South African sounds of Amapiano, and Ugandans have given up singing altogether.
“Kenyan Musicians are Dead ASLEEP. Tanzanian are losing it to AMAPIANO. Ugandans Stopped Singing, they don’t even try anymore,” Eric Omondi
Sheila Gashumba, whose boyfriend, Rickman Rickman, is an artiste, was offended by Eric Omondi’s comments about East African artists.
She quickly took to Twitter to respond to Omondi’s tweet, asking him to stop shaming fellow creatives and instead encourage them.
“Also please stop belittling your fellow East Africans!!! It doesn’t look good on you and neither on us!! How will the other African artists look at us with these kind of posts you are making!! You want them to respect us but how will they do that when you make such posts.” Sheilah Gashumba
In addition, she said “Eric Omondi, talking about Uganda like that is hitting below the belt!! You are better than that!! Everyone has their own time to shine. Today it’s Nigeria, it could be Ghana next or Kenya or Tanzania or Uganda!! Trust the process.”
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Looking back at the comedian’s previous posts, he has been criticizing the Kenyan music industry, claiming that they have taken their foot off the gas.
This, however, has drew him a barrage of criticism, particularly from artists and his supporters across the region.