Tiwa Savage, Nigerian singer, has pulled out of the lineup for the 2019 DSTV Delicious International Food and Music Festival, in solidarity for the outcry against xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.


The festival is scheduled to hold on September 21, 2019, in Johannesburg, and is “dedicated to promoting the empowerment of people, protection of the environment and respect for cultural diversity and heritage.”

The gifted songstress took to her Twitter handle on Wednesday to announce that she would not be performing at the festival.

I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this,” she wrote.


“But yet I was booked to perform at the festival. This is a serious issue were NO ONE wins when blood is shed whether old videos or not. The issue needs to be resolved. We Africans (including South Africans) need each other.”


Her decision came on the heels of the heightening tension between citizens of both countries and heated protests against South African companies stationed in Nigeria.

Burna Boy had lambasted AKA, South African rapper, over his tension-inciting comments about Nigeria’s relationship with South Africa.

Wizkid also described the videos and scenes from the incidents as disheartening, stating that they are “fighting the wrong war”.

“Disheartening to watch these videos from my home! You’re fighting the wrong war , fighting the wrong people. How do we walk around hating each other? Africa is one! We’re all the same people! Pls don’t loose yourself! #SayNoToXenophobia One Love,” he had written.


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