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.
Here are some of the top reactions:
Some South Africans are rubbishing Tiwa
& lauding AKA & their local champs
I don’t wanna be rude or talk tough but
truth be told to those who don’t like itAdvertisement
Zlatan has more intentional hits than the biggest act in SA. The whole of South African region has no Tiwa match at all pic.twitter.com/IfDFNtG8n1
— I Z U 🚶#BBNaija (@Izumichaels_Iam) September 4, 2019
We don’t care Tiwa, stay there, you’re not Beyonce. https://t.co/F9KHKNXaCH
— SINE #WhoAmI (@The_Godddesss) September 4, 2019
Tiwa Savage honestly thinks we’re bothered whether she comes to SA or not. Wow!!
— Ara (@Ara_16V) September 4, 2019
Tiwa Savage made the right decision by cancelling her show. Performing in a country, where her people are being attacked, dehumanised and killed would be an insult to her country and people.
— Isima (@IsimaOdeh) September 4, 2019
Do we even know Tiwa or her songs mxm
Ungezi gal re right. pic.twitter.com/xprWDKOgrr
— Ma’Motaung♥♡ (@Thabo__zz) September 4, 2019
South Africans mocking Tiwa For saying she won’t perform in South Africa. Cynthia Morgan is bigger than all the Female Artiste’s in South Africa, Niniola uses SA Music Charts as Toothpick. Tiwa is bigger than SA Music Industry fam, respect the Queen 👑
— King N●-N● 🌟 (@Zaddy_nomso) September 4, 2019
Who knew Tiwa Savage was coming to SA on the 21st ? pic.twitter.com/hbV0Ar8QW7
— Men are Trash 💔 (@Karabo_Mahlok) September 4, 2019
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.
— Harri Obi™ (@Harri_Obi) September 4, 2019
Tiwa, Dubai just executed 25 Nigerians for selling drugs. Are you also never setting foot in Dubai ever again? https://t.co/tt22CTm8JQ
— MONEY. (@esther_xo_) September 4, 2019
How many of us didn’t know that Tiwa Savage was coming to perform at the DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September this year. pic.twitter.com/xFEmWryyWI
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) September 4, 2019
If only they knew how amaPiano and Sho Madjozi makes South Africans happy, people like Tiwa Savage wouldn’t have been saying things she’s are saying now.
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) September 4, 2019
Nigeria is the King of Afro Pop. Tiwa, Burna, Wizkid and other won’t come to South Africa again.
Y’all can keep dancing to Bode thomas and O jewa ke eng https://t.co/BhL1G2CK63
— DANNY WALTER 👑 (@Cutewalterr) September 4, 2019
Tiwa Savage just wanted to be relevant in South Africa since majority didn’t know her or what she does for a living.Many knows 21 Savage here… pic.twitter.com/mXbEkHkdNs
— Sundowns Fanatic 🌟 (@Madumetja_SoLo) September 4, 2019
Burna Boy, Davido, Ice Prince and Tiwa. I get that they are big in their respective countries, but will them not coming to South Africa anymore affect South Africans? Njani?
— Ndabezitha (@MbejeMsizie) September 4, 2019
Hi Tiwa, you seem to be misinformed… A S.African Taxi driver was shot dead by a Nigerian drug dealer. This then caused the looting of foreigners shops (not the here said butchering of your people). Every action has a reaction. & Delicious Fest will still be LIT on the 21st💃🏾 https://t.co/CiUVg2vYV4
— It’s SunShine! (@Ke_Tsatsi) September 4, 2019
I think tiwa should have still gone and used the opportunity to spread unity and call on SA government to get their acts right .. two wrongs don’t make a right .cancellation would only heighten tension and separation.SHE SHOULD HAVE GONE AND CONDEMNED THE ACT IN THEIR OWN LAND..
— ©The media Rat™🐁 (@_ceejayink) September 4, 2019
Tiwa Savage is a silly little girl wanting to sound woke on issues she’s knows nothing about. Shame!
— Kintsugi (@_Nomalungelo_M) September 4, 2019
When Burna Boy was acting Giant yesterday and attacking people up and down, y’all claiming he’s an AFRICAN GIANT.
Tiwa Savage canceled her show to join the protest, you’re saying that’s not the way forward
— Standard Presenter 👌 (@ItsOladeni) September 4, 2019
That’s great Tiwa. Am a Ghanaian and is so pathetic to see human burning, throwing people out from a story building, shooting and butchering their own fellow human being. Their generations shall definitely pay for it.
— Rasjoan (@Rasjoan1) September 4, 2019
#XenophobiaInSouthAfrica A lot of these S/Africans on twitter are so silly. Tiwa Savage cancelled her show in your country as a protest against xenophobia, just the way other countries have been doing since yesterday. So saying you don’t know who she is, is irrelevant and stupid.
— George✌️ (@GeorgiaRaz) September 4, 2019
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