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Brymo joins thousands to sign petition against himself from winning AFRIMA award

In response to his remarks regarding Igbos on his Twitter page, Nigerian musician Olawale Ashimi, well known by his stage name Brymo, has become the target of a petition. 

The artist has come under fire for saying that the movement for Biafra would make an Igbo president nothing more than a “pipe dream.” 

After receiving criticism from other celebrities and fans, Brymo stuck to his guns and said he wasn’t sorry for his remarks that were labeled “anti-Igbo.” 

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Brymo was nominated for an All Africa Music Award in the category of “Song Writer of the Year” in November 2022, along with singers from other African nations.

Some Nigerians have joined a petition to prevent the artist from receiving the prize while voting for the category is still open. 

The petition stated that the artist would receive a clear message if he didn’t win the prize due to his “hateful messages” about Igbos.

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Initiated by one Charles Ogundele, the petition reads, “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 a multicultural nation that Nigeria is.

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“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 at the time of filing this report, the petition had over 4893 signatures. It was also gathered that the petitioned singer himself also signed the petition. 

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