Kenyan musician Akothee has clapped back at Dr Ezekiel Mutua after the film board boss criticised her for headlining a “sexually provocative” concert in Malindi.
Pictures of the Give It To Me star posing provocatively in her white swimsuit went viral, with opinion divided online as to whether the artiste was out of order in her on-stage stunts. Akothee performed at Papa Remo Beach restaurant in Watamu, Kilifi County last Saturday.
One of the controversial pictures showed the singer go down on all her four limbs as she raised her butt to face the revelers. Another image shows the musician spreading her legs wide as her crotch faced the crowd.
It is those two images, among others, which prompted Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive officer, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, to call out the artiste.
“Kenya has talent. But, as long as we keep celebrating this kind of madness [Akothee’s on-stage stunt], our entertainment industry will never grow. Akothee is talented, but the filthy and stupid stunts she has to pull to remain relevant should concern all of us. What is worse, is to see grown up men and women celebrating this scatological obscenity in the name of entertainment,” Dr Mutua wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
“People like Akothee cannot be the role models for our daughters. Music doesn’t have to be dirty to sell. How I wish artists like Akothee would know how much influence they have on our youth, and try to use that influence to produce content that is edifying. This kind is crass, moronic and a theatre of the absurd. It’s demonic to the core and only appeals to debilitating and incorrigible perverts and brainless audiences,” added Dr Mutua.
“Akothee must stop this idiosyncrasy. There’s no dignity in this crap either for her or even her audience,” said the KFCB boss.
EDAILY reached Akothee to comment on Dr Mutua’s razor-sharp criticism.
“Who is Ezekiel Mutua? Nonsense! Where is the media when I want to promote my music? You only look for me when negative publicity follows me. Nonsense!” said the controversial artiste before hanging up the phone.
This is not the first time Akothee is being put on the moral furnace due to explicit images.
In June last year, vocal politician and ex-chair of the NGO Council Orie Rogo Manduli criticised the musician for performing on a Wembley stage in London, while dressed in a swimsuit, which left little to the imagination.
The Oyoyo hit-maker performed at the One Africa Music Fest held at the SSE Wembley Arena in London on June 2, 2018.
A then-viral picture of Akothee throwing a kick up in the air with her crotch visible sparked mixed reactions among her fans and critics on social media.
Ms Manduli, consequently, described Akothee as a “rogue” woman, who is not worth being a role model to young girls.
“Akothee is rogue. She should draw [cultural] boundaries, and stop aping the whites,” Ms Manduli told EDAILY.
“There has never been a career whose title is ‘socialite’. First of all, her dressing on [London] stage was so inappropriate, given she is a mother of five. Akothee has three daughters who, probably, look up to her,” said Ms Manduli.
“Based on her behaviour, Akothee risks chasing away good men who are, probably, pursuing her daughters. No man, in his right senses, would want to marry a lady whose mother parades her body online, and reveals the number of men she has bedded,” said Ms Manduli.
Ms Manduli further questioned Akothee’s source of riches.
“She [Akothee] shouldn’t make other people feel inferior, simply because she has more money than them. She must respect the fact that she is African, and is bound by African culture and values. I urge her to change her ways before it is too late.”
Ms Manduli concluded her gripe by saying “on behalf of all Kenyan women, I am disappointed in Akothee”.
In her animal-print swimsuit, black ankle-length boots, a microphone in her right hand and a gaze fixed at an angle, Akothee spread her legs quite apart as she threw her left leg in the air, unconcerned of what her colossal fanbase in the lower part of the Wembley arena thought of her.
Unapologetically, she uploaded the image to her Instagram page, and captioned it: “Thailand mode”.
The picture, expectedly, attracted hundreds of comments, with a section of online users faulting Akothee for being mannerless, others were bemused by her “don’t-care” attitude, while another quota defended her, saying since she is a performer, that was among the best efforts she could make to entertain.
Nyambura Paty said: “Not a good image at all!”
Carolyne Ivita said: “I know your pastor is ashamed of you. Style up, mama. Heshima si utumwa. Anyway, continue making money.”
Kesh Galge said: “The world is coming to an end.”
Eve Mutete said: “Akothee mummy, we love you, but this is too much!”
Habib Tyme, however, cheered Akothee on, saying: “You go get that money, mama. No stopping.”
Following the barrage of comments on her timeline, the unapologetic Akothee took her “haters” and critics head-on, telling them that she “owes no one a white ‘cookie’.”