The Africa Unite concert, sponspored by Channel O and Play Africa Network, is only a few days away and speculation is rife on whether Burna Boy will be allowed — by South Africans — to perform at the anti-xenophobia event. Julius Malema, though, is certain that the Nigerian star will be embraced by the same people who are demanding an apology from him.
When is Africa Unite concert?
The Africans Unite concert will be headlined by Burna Boy, Jidenna and local Hip-Hop veteran, Kwesta. The event will be a two-day affair, taking place in two provinces. On Saturday, 23 November, it will be in Cape Town, at The Lawns at the Round House, Camps Bay, and the next day, the show will close off in Tshwane, at the Sun Arena.
Ticket prices range between R400 and R1 200.
‘Burna Boy must apologise to us first’
At the centre of the event’s controversy, is the issue with Nigerian star, Burna Boy. In September, a dark period in South Africa’s year, Burna Boy vented his frustrations with the violence that had broken out in some parts of the country, where foreign nationals and their properties were attacked by rioters.
The whole world shunned the mindless behaviour of the criminals, most of whom have been apprehended, but Burna Boy took the incident very personally.
He vowed to never set foot in South Africa again, under no circumstance, and warned popular rapper, AKA, to beef up security when he visits Nigeria and prepare for an ass-whooping.
Of course, tensions were high then. However, the governments of this continent found diplomatic channels to quell the tensions. It seems that after some time, Burna Boy has had a change of heart about visiting South Africa.
AKA, however, did not let this slide. The rapper, known to his fanbase as Supermega, posted a tweet that prompted the anti-Burna Boy campaign we have seen in the past couple of days.
Ek se … @burnaboy all we want is an apology. We know is not perfect. But we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an AFRICAN GIANT, prove it.
All South Africans want is an apology, was the gist of AKA’s tweet. This request soon picked up steam and fans made a collective call to Burna Boy: Apologise to South Africa or face the possibility of being blackballed at Africa Unite.
Julius Malema swoops in to defend Nigerian star
Seeing that things had escalated a bit too far, with Nigerian social media threatening violence — in the form of Boko Haram (not this again) — if anything happened to Burna Boy while he was in South Africa, EFF leader, Julius Malema stepped in and criticised those who have been championing regionalism.
He sent a tweet out to the star, claiming that “there’s no mascot that can stop him from performing.”
Looking forward to receiving and being entertained by my brother @burnaboy here at his home called South Africa. There’s no mascot that can stop him from performing, he’s one of our own and we will protect him. We must resolutely oppose regionalism led by political illiterates.
While we have not heard from Burna as yet, it was revealed that a sizeable portion of the proceeds he will make from thw two-day concert will go towards victims of xenophobia.