Tiwa Savage, Nigerian songstress, has sparked reactions on social media after she announced her decision to boycott an upcoming show scheduled to hold in Johannesburg because of the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, especially Nigerians, in South Africa.


The ‘All Over’ crooner took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that she will not be performing at the DSTV delicious festival scheduled to hold on the 21st of September.

She also condemned the killings and sent her prayers to the affected victims.

“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.


The award-winning singer is one of the many Nigerian celebrities who have expressed their annoyance at the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Toke Makinwa, Funke Akindele and Mo Abudu on Tuesday also condemned the xenophobia.

Burna Boy had slammed AKA, South African rapper, over his tension-inciting comments about Nigeria’s relationship with South Africa, while Wizkid stated that South Africans are “fighting the wrong war”.


Fans and critics alike of both nations have taken to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to express their diverse opinions on the singer’s decision.

While a number of users — especially from South Africa — expressed their indifference to her decision, stating that “she is not as popular with them as she thinks”, others — mostly Nigerians — defended her, saying even supposedly “lesser artists in Nigeria are bigger than the most popular celebrities in South Africa”.

“We don’t care Tiwa, stay there, you’re not Beyonce,” a Twitter user said.

“South Africans coming for Tiwa & asking who is she. What? The biggest celebrity in your country is an OAP, Bonang, so you can’t relate. Like your biggest celeb is Osi’s mate. Babes Wodumo that should have been as big as Tiwa, her boyfriend beat the musical talent out of her,” another Twitter user said.


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