Wole Soyinka Shields Davido In Muslim Squabble

Renowned Nobel-Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka has stood up for Afrobeats superstar Davido over a contentious music video which hurt the feelings of some Muslims in Nigeria.

Davido disseminated a video by another songster signed to his label, which reportedly displayed men dancing outside a mosque.

This caused rage in some Muslim loops, with populace tearing down Davido posters, local media reported.

The ‘Unavailable’ hit crooner has since deleted the video but 89-year-old Soyinka advised him not to apologise

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“I have not seen the clip, but I insist on the right of the artiste to deploy dance in a religious setting as a fundamental given,” Soyinka spoke out.

Numerous high-profile figures have denounced the video, including one-time lawmaker Shehu Sani, who tweeted that Davido should apologise because enthusiasts were “offended” by the video.

Bashir Ahmad, a consultant to former President Muhammadu Buhari, wrote to his 1.6 million followers that the content was “absolutely disrespectful hurtful and offensive”.

“We Muslims don’t mix our religion with jokes in any way,” he wrote, especially anything to do with prayers.

On Wednesday morning, two Nigerian media outlets reported that Davido’s manager, Israel Afeare, had apologised on Instagram over the contentious video.

However, the reported apology no longer appears on his Instagram account.

Neither Davido himself nor Logos Olori, the artist whose song Jaye Lo was promoted in the video, have commented.

  • Who is Logos Olori?

Logos Olori, whose real name is Olalekan Emeka Taiwo, was announced as a new member of Davido’s record label in March.

Logos Olori, whose real name is Olalekan Emeka Taiwo, was announced as a new member of Davido’s record label in March.

“He’s a born star, born hitmaker,” Davido said about Logos Olori in an interview in May with Turntable Charts.

“I can’t wait for the world to hear him,” Davido added.

Logos Olori also featured on Davido’s latest album, Timeless, collaborating on a song called PICASSO.

© 2023 • Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu
Writer’s email:edemlatsu093@gmail.com

“He’s a born star, born hitmaker,” Davido said about Logos Olori in an interview in May with Turntable Charts.

“I can’t wait for the world to hear him,” Davido added.

Logos Olori also featured on Davido’s latest album, Timeless, collaborating on a song called PICASSO.

© 2023 • Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu
Writer’s email:edemlatsu093@gmail.com


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