Kenyan rapper Femi One was the villain in the story for many after the emergence of Tik Tok star Azziad Nasenya who had become popular after dancing to the rapper’s famous “Utawezana” song.
Femi at the time of the song’s release, urged fans to participate in Utawezana Dance Challenge as a way of boosting its popularity.
The song which featured rapper Mejja took a life of its own after Azziad’s wonderful viral video dancing to it became the biggest thing on East African social media.
The chicken and egg debate among many online was whether Femi should pay Azziad for boosting the song or Azziad should be grateful to Femi?
Some fans, who also supported the Tippy Toe singer, said that Azziad was also popular courtesy of the hit song while others thought the reverse was true.
Femi has finally spoken on the topic during an Interview with Massawe Japani on Radio Jambo, with the rapper saying she reached out to the influencer and thanked her for doing the challenge and even had her back when some people unfairly criticised her.
“To be honest, I started that challenge and anyone who participated in it, whether on the first or last day is very important to me. They helped build the song and the fans were free to choose who they liked the most and they chose Azziad. To say she is the one who made the song big is a lie as she did her challenge the fourth day after the song was already a hit,” she said.
Femi observed that both her and Azziad had a big break through the song. “Azziad got famous, and I got more streams on my song,” Femi argued. She also mentioned that she reached out to Azziad and thanked and even tried to meet with her, but she told her she is swamped doing interviews.