Saxophonist and singer, Adeyemi Adeosun, aka Yemi Sax, has revealed the reason he refused to seek legal redress after a Lagos-based designer, Dele Salako, called him out on social media over an alleged debt.
He told Sunday Scoop that he chose not to fight back because the designer in question is his wife’s cousin and someone whose career he had supported over the years.
He said, “He has been very rude lately because he has issues with me. My team has addressed it officially. You won’t even believe that he went on social media because of N16,000. This is someone who I helped his career as a fashion designer and he made over N300,000.”
Explaining what led to their row, he said, “He delivered a pair of trousers to me and I asked him to make some adjustments to it; I wasn’t satisfied with the job, but all he was concerned about was the money and not customer satisfaction. Afterwards, he began to insult me. This is a guy that used to visit my house. Before I knew it, he sent a message that he would take it big and I saw everything on social media. I can still recall when he said that he would use me to get attention. I couldn’t do much because he is a family member. If he is an outsider, I know what I would have done.”
The father of two boys admitted that he felt sad that his name was mentioned in such a trivial thing.
“I felt sad when I saw it online. I won’t lie to you. My wife felt so terrible as well; she even wanted to deal with him. But I told her not to do anything to him. The whole thing surprised me really and it was obvious he wanted attention,” he said.
Married in 2013, he confessed that it had not been a smooth sail. According to him, marriage comes with a lot of challenges, but he is thankful to God.
On making original songs, he stated, “I sing too. If you check the Internet, you will find my songs. In fact, I even dropped a video some months ago. I will say saxophone is my major, as I don’t want to be a jack of all trades, master of none. I am a multi-instrumentalist, but I chose the saxophone as my major instrument. That is what people know me for, but it doesn’t mean I won’t explore other talents I have once in a while.
“I don’t think I have been stereotyped, but you will agree with me that everyone can’t be a singer. Outside Nigeria, we have successful instrumentalists and different people making different genres of music. Of course, you know the music Bez sings is different from Olamide. So, everyone is in their lane.”