Burna Boy, AKA, YCee & More Get In a Heated Exchange Surrounding Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa
Burna Boy: "I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the f**k up."
As we've been reporting, South Africa is currently embroiled in violent xenophobic attacks. As out Johannesburg-based staff writer Rufaro Samanga writes:
"The center of Johannesburg is currently a surreal sight. Cars have been torched, businesses broken into and ransacked, foreign nationals are being violently attacked and police are admittedly struggling to maintain order. Just a week after xenophobic attacks erupted in Pretoria and two months after Nigerians were being attacked in Hillbrow, the country is experiencing yet another spate of xenophobic attacks which began yesterday. According to EWN, two people have been confirmed dead, including a woman who was shot at close range. A hundred others have been arrested thus far."
"The reasons for the xenophobic attacks echo the pervasive anti-immigrant sentiment around the world. In a country with growing inequality, unemployment and poverty, many disenfranchised South Africans feel that foreign nationals are responsible for the lack of job opportunities and increasing crime."
Star musicians are now weighing in on the matter, with some heated exchanges taking place between big Nigerian artists like Burna Boy and Ycee and South Africa's AKA and Babes Wodumo, among several others.
The exchanges seemed to have started when YCee tweeted his opinion about South African feelings towards Nigerians, citing AKA's tweets back when South Africa lost in the AFCON quarterfinals earlier this year to Nigeria.
From there, it escalated to receive responses from AKA and M.I Abaga, as well as a strong string of tweets from Burna Boy, who stated: "I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don't know how they can even possibly fix this."
Read all the exchanges below.
There is this subtle dislike that a lot of them (If not all) feel towards Nigerians and no matter how hard they try… https://t.co/WSEySlP5zB— ZAHEER! (@ZAHEER!)1567499630.0
Are you talking about this guy? https://t.co/yL80gu5abY https://t.co/pga6APk5ky— AKA (@AKA)1567506703.0
I’m talking about this guy https://t.co/b3CkTpb5r6 https://t.co/9yjPOm67iu— ZAHEER! (@ZAHEER!)1567507028.0
Ok. I have been away from social media personally until today. Ordinarily at a time like this, I should come here a… https://t.co/WrMMWCNaEf— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567534435.0
This goes against everything I stand 4, but at what point do we take action? I understand that years of Oppression… https://t.co/XZRziw1Nnf— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567535598.0
https://t.co/AvjEdI24zu— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567535707.0
And @MI_Abaga it’s Fuck @akaworldwide from now on. And if you down with him, it’s Fuck you too. I respect you too m… https://t.co/lAlxS2PBKY— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567536480.0
Lemme also say that there are some South Africans who are Amazing, Progressive AFRICAN people and I will forever Lo… https://t.co/wQDawt14Q8— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567536697.0
No be lie Amigo. But why we no fit all just come back make am good? Instead of to go become dog for city. If all th… https://t.co/jcxdTYiBln— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567536995.0
And to my Brothers and sisters I am not encouraging any Violence or anything but please PLEASE Protect and Defend y… https://t.co/vxvkiBM20G— Burna Boy (@Burna Boy)1567538641.0
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