A petition with over 6,000 signatures has been launched against Nigerian singer Olawale Ashimi, also known as Brymo, due to comments he made on his Twitter page about the Igbo ethnic group. The petition calls for Brymo to be prevented from winning the ‘Song Writer of the Year’ category in the All Africa Music Awards, which he was nominated in, due to his statements, which the petitioners view as hateful and divisive. The petition argues that preventing Brymo from winning the award would send a message that ethnic bigotry will not be tolerated.
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 the 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.” As of the time of filing this report, the petition had over 6,352 signatures.