FUNKE AKINDELE DEFENDS FREEZE’S CRITICISM OF NATHANIEL BASSEY’S “HALLELUYAH CHALLENGE”

Vocal radio personality, Daddy Freeze, who criticized gospel artist Nathaniel Bassey over his trending Halleluyah challenge recently, has been attacked by Nollywood star Funke Akindele in Nathaniel Bassey’s defense.

Daddy Freeze had taken to his Instagram page to accuse Nathaniel Bassey of using his “Halleluyah Challenge” as a publicity stunt to promote his new single “Olowogbogboro”. Freeze’s lengthy Instagram post said, “Totally saw this coming right from the beginning and I recall telling people it’s a huge promotion leading up to something… I tried so hard to explain that Nathaniel is building a big promotion platform, that social media is powerful tool and you just have to know how to exploit it….. Interestingly, I was not even judging or anything…. I was actually impressed by Nathaniel’s ability to own Instagram space and pull off such publicity with the Hallelujah challenge…. I believed he was about to find a way to sell gospel music and I was actually hoping he will succeed…. However, it’s always interesting to note that anything related to religion is not to be questioned or discussed on this side of the planet…. You are just supposed to take it and agree to it as it is presented to you without a single thought of your own no matter how intelligent or educated you are. In otherwords, when it is religious matter, you are to set your brain aside…. In fact, I was chastised by some of my people on the basis that it is wrong for me to see something about praising God and start thinking it relates to promotion or any money making venture for that matter…… I was even told the reason I raise queries about religious matter is because I don’t have faith…. The fact that I refused to lose my own sleep because of someone else’s money making venture even made it worse (yes, I refused all invitations to join the challenge)…. Meanwhile, here I was actually impressed that someone was about to find a way to sell gospel music….. Ah well, from those of us who question things that pique our interests whether it relates to religion or otherwise, congratulations Nathaniel, we hope you break bank with the number of downloads you will get from your new single; Olowogbogboro…. For those who are about to drop stupid comments, please don’t try it. Just waka pass.”

Reacting to Freeze’s criticism, Funke Akindele, who is a big fan of Nathaniel Bassey as well as his “Halleluyah Challenge”, defended the gospel star with an Instagram post directed at Freeze, saying, ” if someone gathers people together to praise God then it’s a positive thing. If he is inspired to release the song it is positive. Let’s always look at the positive side of things o. I’m happy for once social media is used in a positive way. @daddyfreeze suru o!!”

However, Freeze diplomatically stood his grounds about his opinion of the gospel star with a response to Funke Akindele saying, “@funkejenifaakindele my dearest sister you know I love you and I can never argue with you in public. But the more you get to know me, you will know my words NEVER fail. Ask my followers, nothing I have ever told them has failed to come to pass. I am a spiritual being, a servant of the most high God. I don’t lie! I appreciate the praise and the music. But I can’t see the truth and turn away. If I do, who will say it as it is? God bless and keep you my dear. You are one of the only people I can never get angry or upset with and I will continue to pray and prophesy great things into your life?”

Nathaniel Bassey had released a new single titled “Olowogbogboro” on Monday, June 26, four days before his “Halleluyah Challenge” which bears the same tag “Olowogbogboro” is scheduled to end.

(Photos courtesy www.instagram.com/daddyfreeze & www.instagram.com/funkejenifaakindele )

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