Anti-Igbo speech: Over 3,000 Nigerians sign petition against Brymo’s AFRIMA win
A petition was launched against Olawale Ashimi (popularly known as Brymo), a Nigerian singer for his comments on Twitter about Igbos.
The singer had been under fire for stating that an Igbo presidency would only be a “pipe dream” due to the agitation for Biafra.
Brymo, despite criticisms from fans and celebrities, maintained his position, saying that he wasn’t sorry about his comments, which were tagged “anti-Igbo”.
Brymo was nominated for the All Africa Music Award in November 2022 for the category ‘Song Writer Of The Year’ along with other singers from African countries.
As voting for the category is ongoing, some Nigerians has signed a petition to stop the singer from winning the award.
Citing his “hateful messages” against the Igbos, the petition noted that not winning the award would send a strong message to the singer.
The petition, initiated by one Charles Ogundele read, “Brymo recently put up a series of hateful messages on Twitter toward the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, going as far as retweeting a tweet which said that all Igbos are senseless.
“In one of his tweets, he wrote ‘f*ck omo Igbo’, which translates to ‘f*ck the Igbo people.’
“His actions are ones which spark disunity and hatred in a 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, the petition had over 3000 signatures.