Erhiga Agarivbie, Nigerian rapper better known as Erigga, says Africa needs to tackle “colonial virus” after the coronavirus crisis.


The rapper disclosed this on his social media page on Sunday, while reacting to oppositions to government’s recent directive on prohibition of large gatherings.

On Saturday, the Lagos government had restricted religious and social gatherings over the coronavirus outbreak.

The restriction comes on the back of other directives such as the closure of schools across the country as well as imposition of travel ban on high-risk countries.


Nigeria currently has 27 confirmed cases of the pandemic with over 250,000 people affected globally.

Some Nigerians had expressed reservations with some of the directives, particularly the order restricting religious gatherings.

But in his reaction, Erigga noted such criticism was indicative of the Africa’s retrogressive mindset, adding that there is need to dissipate efforts into purging Africans of such thoughts.


“After coronavirus, we also need to tackle colonial virus (religion) in Africa. Church gathering was banned your safety and you’re protesting, spewing trash,” he wrote on Twitter.


Born on March 30, 1987, the rapper kickstarted his music career in early 2010. The 32-year-old has since staged several collaborations with prominent figures in the country’s music industry Duncan Mighty.

The Delta-born rapper has also snagged several nominations including ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ and ‘Lyricist on the Roll’ at the 2012 edition of the Headies.

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