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Controversial pictures haven’t landed me in trouble in South Sudan – Akothee

Controversial Kenyan musician, Akothee, has dismissed reports doing the rounds on social media that the Government of South Sudan has barred her from setting foot in the country over her “morally inappropriate” on-stage stunts.

On Wednesday morning, Kenyans woke up to an article published on South Sudan’s tabloid Jubaeye.net, which claimed that the country’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dr Nadia Arop Dudi, rejected Akothee’s application to perform in the country on claims that she is “too immoral”, is “a “bad influence” and “lacks self-respect”.

The article went viral, with Kenyans sharing it extensively on instant messaging app, WhatsAapp.

EDAILY reached the Embassy of South Sudan in Nairobi for comment Wednesday morning.

A representative in the embassy said Jubaeye.net is a “tabloid, which cannot be relied on – fully – for truthful information”.

She, however, asked us to send an email to the embassy so that they can establish whether it is indeed true that the Give It To Me hit-maker has been blocked from performing in South Sudan.

As at the time of going to press, the embassy hadn’t responded to our mail.

EDAILY also reached Akothee to establish, whether she had indeed sought permission to go headline a concert in the country.

“Where is South Sudan? I don’t even know where that country is from Kenya. I haven’t sought permission to go perform there. However, if they want my services, tell them that I charge Ksh1.5 million for a single show. Honestly, guys have been on my case and I wouldn’t want to respond to unsubstantiated gossip spreading on social media. I am not in the right state of mind now, excuse me, kindly,” she said before hanging up.

Akothee recently attracted flak on social media over pictures, which showed her posing “raunchily” on stage at a Malindi restaurant.

The Jubaeye article alleged that it was as a result of those pictures that South Sudan decided to block her from performing in the country.

The article, however, said the tough-talking musician is free to visit South Sudan as a tourist.

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