January 12, (THEWILL) – More than 20,000 people have signed the petition asking the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, to disqualify Olawale Oloforo, aka Brymo, from winning his category, ‘Songwriter of the Year,’ over his contentious remarks about the Igbo community.
Only last night, the number of people who signed the petition had crossed the 9000 mark. The goal was to reach 10,000 but now over 20,000 people have signed the petition.
Last week, a petition was initiated by one Charles Ogundele, against the singer.
The petition tackled Brymo over what it described as his hateful messages against the Igbos.
Ogundele said Brymo’s comment could trigger disunity and hatred in a multicultural society like Nigeria.
In the petition titled ‘Stop Brymo from winning the All Africa Music Award for Song Writer of the Year’, the crooner was referred to as an ethnic bigot.
The petition added that not winning the award would send a strong message to the singer.
The award ceremony is billed to take place on January 15.
“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 “fuck omo Igbo”, which translates to “fuck the Igbo people,” it reads.
“His actions are ones which spark disunity and hatred in a 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.”
The 36-year-old was recently at the receiving end of widespread backlash after he argued that the Igbos are not yet rooted for the presidency.
In a follow-up Twitter post, the award-winning singer also made a derogatory remark about the Igbo community.
“F**k The Ndi Igbo!! ..To Hell With It!! Well I know many Igbo people…and reality looks awry in them…” he had written.