Vanessa Mdee has quit the entertainment scene and as she did so, she revealed a lot about the entertainment industry both in Tanzania and the greater East African region. Actually, she also revealed a lot about herself.
You see, every craft and profession comes with expectations. Being an entertainer comes with some crashing expectations and Vanessa Mdee isn’t the only one to intimate this. Khaligraph Jones even put out a song touching on the subject matter but he sought to blame externalities for the fact.
The normal pressure comes from expectations of success. You see, fans have become enamoured by ostentatious displays of wealth. Our culture steadily trended towards artists having to splash money around as an indicator of their success. They have to dress up in the best threads from some of the most expensive labels.
They have to drive the latest cars and have to drink top-shelf beverages whenever they are out painting the town red. They have to live in the best parts of town and have fully decked-out houses with the latest electronics. And what’s worse is artists who have enjoyed some level of success like Vanessa Mdee would be compared to their contemporaries. and that introduces the concept of “fake it till you make it”.
As a result, a lot of our celebrities are wallowing in debt. And they are pressed to keep acting like they are successful so this debt isn’t like a momentary condition in their lives, it is a constant, everyday existence. And that debt becomes crushing. So a lass like Vanessa Mdee would seek refuge from that reality through alcohol.
And it is also at these desperate times that things often get even more bizarre as entertainers, desperate to salvage what is left of their financial situations, desperate for attention and airplay, desperate for views on Youtube turn to the occult and witchcraft. And whether or not Vanessa Mdee believes the occult has any power, it is clear she is familiar with this side of desperation. But at the end of the day, what remains is the fact that all this comes from desperation for success.
This one fact, compounded by the fallacy of sunken costs makes otherwise rational artists refuse to admit they should probably quit the entertainment scene while they are still ahead. Instead, they double down and dig in to take on more punishment. And they borrow more money to maintain the facade. But at the end of the day, they choose to be gluttons for punishment. And at the end of the day, it’s interesting to see that Vanessa Mdee hasn’t influenced her boyfriend, Rotimi to see things from her perspective and quit showbiz…