Nigerian Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy has reacted to the uproar generated by the report of his planned performance at the “Africans Unite” concert on Sunday.
He insisted he would be visiting the country and anyone who is aginst his visit would have to kill him to stop him from visiting.
Since Burna Boy was announced as one of the artistes to headline the anti-xenophobic concert tagged “Africans Unite” which holds on Sunday 24 November 2019 at Time Square Casino, Pretoria, South Africa, some South African artistes have kicked against his invitation.
Popular South African rapper, AKA worldwide, also took to his Twitter page to demand an apology from Burna Boy before his visit to the country. His tweet prompted what could be described as an anti-Burna Boy campaign as the call for apology was reechoed by many South Africans on Twitter.
Some South African musicians and event organisers had also sent a petition to the country’s Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, rejecting Burna Boy’s inclusion while others have asked him to apologise before visiting their country.
WuzupNigeria reports that in the wake of xenophobic attacks in September, Burna Boy had said he would not visit South Africa unless the government resolves the issue.
Meanwhile, South African opposition politician Julius Malema had assured the singer that he is safe to visit the country.
Malema tweeted on Friday:
“Looking forward to receiving and being entertained by my brother @burnaboy here at his home called South Africa. There’s no mascot that can stop him from performing, he’s one of our own and we will protect him. We must resolutely oppose regionalism led by political illiterates.”
Reacting to calls by South Africans that he must apologise before visiting the country this weekend and Malema’s assurance of security, the ‘Ye’ crooner said he was a victim of misguided hate in 2015 and this prompted his outburst during the recent attacks.
He tweeted via his verified Twitter handle @burnaboy:
“Thank you @Julius_S_Malema, Africa must Unite and I am willing to Die for that cause just like you brother. I look forward to meeting you.
“Let’s not act like xenophobia is not real in South Africa, let’s not act like Nigerians, Tanzanians, Zimbabweans and many other AFRICANS have not been victims in the last three years. Please Let us all do our part to Unite Africa.
“I love South Africa. I love Africa more.
“Saying I mislead people? And I made up the Xenophobic attacks and I should apologise. Really? Lol. In 2015 Even I was a victim of the misguided hate so I know. Go and demand apologies from your REAL Enemies. I am not your Enemy. I will not be called “foreigner” I am AFRICAN.”
He also called on his followers to shun any form of war between the two countries.
“Please my people, there should never be a South Africa vs Nigeria war or any African country vs African country war Ever. we must unite by any means for the future of our children n their children. I want a united African passport that will be as powerful as the passport.“
When a South African Twitter user reacted to his tweet and warned him not to come to their country so that he would not be embarrassed, Burna Boy replied:
Lol. I’m coming and you and anyone against it are gunna have to kill me to stop me. https://t.co/qFilgS9JqF
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) November 16, 2019