A petition has been launched against Nigerian singer, Olawale Ashimi, popularly known as Brymo, over his comments about the Igbo tribe.
There have been thousands of calls for artist Brymo to be disqualified from the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) due to his controversial comments toward the Igbo community. The 8th annual AFRIMA awards ceremony, which celebrates and honors achievements in the African music business, will take place on January 15, 2023.
Furthermore, the 36-year-old’s offensive tweet last week on the Igbo community sparked a firestorm of backlash on Twitter. The singer has been under fire for stating that an Igbo presidency would only be a ‘pipe dream’ due to the agitation for Biafra.
Byrmo’s ‘hateful remarks against the Igbos’ prompted a Nigerian, Charles Ogundele, to start a petition calling for the singer’s exclusion from the annual awards show.
Meanwhile, in the petition titled ‘Stop Brymo from winning the All Africa Music Award for Song Writer of the Year’, Ogundele refers to the ‘Ara’ crooner as an ‘ethnic bigot’.
“Brymo recently put up a series of hateful messages on Twitter toward the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, going as far as retweeting a tweet that said that all Igbos are senseless. In one of his tweets, he wrote “f**k omo Igbo”, which translates to “f*k the Igbo people,” it reads.
“His actions are ones which spark disunity and hatred in the multicultural nation that Nigeria is. Preventing him from winning the All Africa Music Award would send a strong message to him, and people like him, that he can’t get away with such blatant ethnic bigotry.”
So far, more than 2500 people have signed the petition.