Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage boycott South Africa concerts over xenophobic attacks

A section of Nigerian artists have now vowed to boycott any performances in South Africa in the foreseeable future over the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The artists – led by Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage – made the decision following reports of alleged attacks on Nigerian nationals living in South Africa as well as the destruction of their property.

Taking to Twitter in a long angry rant on Tuesday, Burna Boy stated that he has not set foot in South Africa since 2017 and will not be going anytime soon unless the South African government “wakes the [EXPLETIVE] up and really performs a miracle because I don’t know how they can possibly even fix this.”

“This goes against everything I stand for, but at what point do we take action? I understand that years of oppression has confused South Africans to the point where they see the people who came to their defense during their oppression as their enemies and then worship their oppressors,” he added.

Tiwa Savage, also taking to the social networking platform, announced that she would be pulling a no-show at an upcoming festival she was initially scheduled to perform at in Johannesburg on September 21, 2019.

A host of the West African country’s artists have also since come out to criticise South African rap giant AKA over  tweets he made when Nigeria beat South Africa during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that have since been perceived to be in “bad taste.”

AKA responded: “South Africa and Nigeria is the continent’s BIGGEST RIVALRY … a SIBLING RIVALRY because we are brothers and sisters … I also hate losing to Australia for [EXPLETIVE] sake. Let’s pull together as Africans and stop dividing ourselves. This whole narrative is stupid!!!”

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