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RMD, Pasuma, Sola Sobowale, others take a stand on xenophobia


The recent attacks targeted at foreign nationals especially Nigerians in South Africa have garnered condemnation both locally and internationally.

Social media influencers and celebrities like Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Fuji maestro, Pasuma, comedian Basketmouth, Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Burna Boy, Vector, Ycee, Toke Makinwa, Bankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Vector, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Omawumi amongst others have given their two cents on their respective social media platforms.

This, however, has not stopped some artists from boycotting South Africa.

In sports, Bafana Bafana has been forced to scramble an international friendly with Madagascar following the withdrawal of Zambia and Botswana from their schedule.

A popular Nigerian American singer, Jidenna, while condemning the attacks said “Just left Lagos this morning after speaking at a listening party about xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. This apartheid trauma is rampant, cancerous and volatile. My heart is heavy.

“These #xenophobicattacks and assaults on women in 🇿🇦 aren’t new. They‘re a direct symptom of apartheid & they‘ll only end once the attackers realize that women & Nigerians are not the enemy. Neo-colonialists made u feel castrated & worthless; tribalism & patriarchy are their guns..”

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My heart breaks from the recent xenophobia attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa. To kill someone simply because of his/her nationality is unbelievable. Families have been severely affected because of this. Parents mourning their children, children losing parents, sisters mourning brothers. We are fighting the wrong war in the most terrible of ways. I pray that there is a divine intervention by the Holy Spirit to transform the minds of the SA attackers, so that they know the impact of their actions and change their ways. I pray for the victims and their families, may all that was lost be replenished in the mighty name of Jesus. Let us love one another and treat each other the way we will like to be treated. I call on everyone, regardless of the social status. From the government, influences and to the general public. Use your voice to make a change and let’s make the world a better place, please

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Misplaced anger is dangerous. They lynched, beat, burnt and killed our people, and we are all angry. The problem is once you open the door and say we shld strike back, you can’t control the reaction you get. What started as a protest against SA businesses has now ended in violence from angry Nigerian youth against innocent people, and the looting of businesses – most of which not only belong to Nigerians, but also have thousands of Nigerians in their employment. “An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind”. Say #notoxenophobia but we need to say #notoviolence as well. Africa’s biggest problem is Africans. Whether in Govt or in the general population… Africa’s biggest problem is Africans. My heart is broken. 💔💔💔💔💔

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Do we have the right to be angry? YES! we are being killed and our government has not given a swift or satisfactory response to this situation AND the many issues that plague our society. It is frustrating and mind blowing. This uproar is a result of pent up frustration and anger. The problem with anger that isn’t channelled correctly is that it’s irrational and the innocent end up getting caught in the cross fire. What you GENUINELY LOVE, you PROTECT. This is our home. We should protect her. Let’s not hurt our brothers and sisters. Please, I beg you, in the name of God, violence is NOT the answer. It does more harm than good. Violence is the problem and not the solution. To the Nigerian Government: a fire has started. The thing about a fire is once it starts, you can’t tell it where to burn and where not to burn, hence collateral damage….but guess what? It is possible to put a fire out and this is your responsibility. Don’t shoot our brothers and sisters. We are shouting now because you never seem to hear us. You must show us and the entire world that the life of even just one Nigerian matters because it does, it has always mattered and it always will. #notoxenophonia #notoviolence

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#saynotoxenophobia 💔💔💔 cc @muhammadubuhari @profosinbajo

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