South Africa firebrand politician and President of the Economic Freedom Fighter, (EFF) Julius Malema has said Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, professionally known as Burna Boy is welcome to perform in South Africa.
Malema said he is welcome to perform in the country.
Burna Boy in the wake of xenophobic attacks in September that affected mostly Nigerians said he would not visit South Africa unless the government resolves the issue.
Some South Africans on social media had had reacted to the news that Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy would be performing at an anti-xenophobia theme concert “Africa Unite” in South Africa.
The backlash reached a climax when an open letter written by musicians and organisers under the umbrella of Tshwane Entertainment Collective, to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture raised objections against the concert and called for the department to pull its sponsorship of the event.
The petition letter particularly objected against Burna Boy’s inclusion in the concert.
The latest development in the mix, South African rapper AKA has demanded an apology from Burna Boy. AKA challenges Burna Boy to prove that he is indeed the African Giant:
“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.”
But Malema in a tweet on his verified and official said, “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.”