Burna Boy is due to perform in South Africa this coming weekend but the circumstances surrounding the singer could not be less ideal. In fact, as we write this there are thousands of South Africans who have made it clear that they don’t want to see the Nigerian hitmaker set foot on our land.
The Africans Unite organisers are stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. The concerts are due to take place this coming weekend; with the first edition in Cape Town on the 23rd of November, and the Pretoria leg of the festival taking place just one day later. The concert features Kwesta, Jidenna and Burna Boy as headliners, but with the Nigerian star under so much scrutiny, calls to see him dropped from the roster are growing by the day.
You see, people have long memories. Back in September, Burna Boy made it very clear that he had no intentions of ever coming to South Africa ever again. After hearing (fake!) reports that Nigerian nationals were being killed in xenophobic attacks, he took a stand:
People in Cameroon agree with AKA and South Africans that Burna Boy must apologize for the things he said about Mzansi back then Julius Malema like Iceboy Ndlozi will always say the most idiotic things when unity is needed… pic.twitter.com/r9v7Ly6tG2— Sundowns Fanatic 🌟 (@Madumetja_SoLo) November 14, 2019
And then he took back that stand when he received a very handsome booking fee to perform in Mzansi:
The first of many! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Xenophobic attacks by me! I really hope we can all keep contributing in our own way to make the world a better and safer place for each other. #Africansunite , it’s bigger than all of us 🖤 pic.twitter.com/fpBrk4O1VG— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) November 9, 2019
And now all we want as a nation is an apology, but it appears as if the Ye hit maker is above even that. Instead, he took to social media this week to share an outspoken thread where he condemned xenophobia before confirming that he loves South Africa.
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.November 16, 2019
I love South Africa. I love Africa more.— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) November 16, 2019
Unfortunately for him, he did not receive much of the same love back and now many on the timeline are threatening to boycott the entire show if Burna Boy is still on the lineup by the weekend.
With all this being said and done, one person who was caught up at the height of the drama is AKA. The rapper was the first to be caught up in the beef with Burna Boy and he has since turned the other cheek and pleaded with his former collaborator to apologise. Since that still hasn’t come forward, AKA has now encouraged Nigerians and South Africans to end the violence:
How do you think this saga will end?
Let’s drop this whole thing now. We remain proud of our country but it’s time to move on.— AKA (@akaworldwide) November 16, 2019