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Vector Speaks on Featuring Eyo in ‘Gangs of Lagos’


The rapper Vector has denounced the portrayal of the Eyo Masquerade as “murderous criminality” in the recently released action film “Gangs of Lagos.”

Gangs of Lagos,” which was produced and directed by Kemi Lala Akindoju, debuted on April 7 on Amazon’s Prime Video.

While the movie is receiving favorable reviews across the globe, it is also receiving harsh criticism in Lagos.

Vector joined the debate by posting a video on his Instagram page explaining the history, customs, and culture of the Eyo celebration.

The rapper, real name Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, criticized the movie for treating Eyo like a “gang” and called it “disrespectful.”

He stated, “I was born at the Onikan Health Center, Lafiaji, Lagos Island.

“All I have witnessed during the Eyo celebration is that they always stop by our house and pray, wishing my family fortune.

“The majority of my pals, including the Olugbanis who serve as direct gatekeepers for Eyo Ologede, are not criminals hiding behind culture to carry guns.

“When we were teenagers, I’ve had pals chase me with the staff (Opambata) since I knew they would exploit the situation and give me shege lol.

“Murderous crime is not at all what I envision the Bajulaiye to be. If we characterize the Eyo in terms of what the term “gang” signifies, it is derogatory.

“I wish the hands that worked well because of what I’ve learned about Eyo. However, even without mentioning Eyo as a (criminal) group in Lagos, the film would still be enjoyable.

Eyo is not an illegal group.”


The movie’s makers had already been threatened with legal action by the Isale Eko Descendants’ Union (IDU), According to The Cable report

The authorities in Lagos also denounced “Gangs of Lagos,” claiming that the popular action film denigrates the state’s culture.


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