In a recent Instagram post, Kenyan musician Otile Brown has publicly criticized Tanzanian bongo stars Diamond Platnumz and Mbosso for wearing what he claims to be fake jewelry. Brown expressed his dismay, stating that these artists frequently boast about their jewelry, yet it is not authentic and isn’t sourced from reputable jewelry stores.
Brown’s message on Instagram read,
“with love, Punguzeni Mabati Kwa Shingo or you keep quiet. Hao ni watu wagani mnanunua chain kwao. Wauza chain certified wanaotambulika kwenye game duniani ni jewelry unlimited, icebox, Johnny Dang, A Jeweler.”
In his statement, Otile Brown acknowledged the popular saying, “fake it till you make it,” but expressed confusion over why these Tanzanian artists would choose to wear fake jewelry when they could easily afford genuine, high-quality pieces.
“Y’all can’t be talking rich all the time and still wearing fugazi. Ujanja wa nini and you are blessed? It’s not bad wearing fugazi, they say fake it till you make it. Tatizo ni kama you have made it and still rocking it and running your mouth.”
Just yesterday, Mbosso showcased a newly acquired pendant personalized with his name and face. He revealed that this customized pendant cost him a significant sum of money, and he waited for approximately two years to receive it. During the unveiling, Mbosso cautioned his fellow celebrities to avoid wearing fake chains, as he believes it poses a risk of infection.
In August 2021, Diamond Platnumz made headlines by spending Sh5.2 million ($48,000) on a new chain bearing his nickname ‘Simba,’ complete with a pendant featuring the head of a lion.
Last year, Otile Brown generated significant online buzz when he purchased a pendant worth Ksh.902,625.00 to commemorate his late grandmother. He also tagged Ice Box, a prominent jeweler in the United States specializing in diamonds, in his post.