Monday, December 11, 2023

Losing AFRIMA Awards Not Due To Comments On Ndigbo – Brymo

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Folklore singer and talented songwriter, Olawale Olofooro popularly known as Brymo has voiced out after losing his spot at the AFRIMA awards.

Brymo who had been nominated as ‘Best Songwriter of the Year,’ and ‘Best Album of Year’ lost the two categories.

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It can be recalled that Brymo who is well known for his deep, cultural, and soul-stirring incurred public wrath tune after he made a derogatory comment about the resurgence of Igbo Presidency. The singer was tongue lashed by many Nigerians who lambasted him for being a bigot and myopic.

Charles Ogundele launched a petition against the alternative singer, calling for his AFRIMA nomination to be revoked. The petition which was signed by over 40,000 Nigerians said Brymo’s disqualification would send a strong message that people can’t get away with ‘blatant ethnic bigotry’.

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Speaking in an interview with The Cable, Brymo explained that losing the awards had nothing to do with the petition filed against him.

“I think, months before, I’d announced that I was no longer a musician and that I was instead a sonic artist.

“It meant I was no longer eligible for awards that musicians get. However, AFRIMA nominated my work ‘Esan’, so I forgot all that and looked forward to the event. But in truth, I’m no longer a singer so I didn’t want it.

“There’s a songwriting category but they shouldn’t nominate sonic artists. I was looking forward to it anyway, and then something happened. I got into trouble talking about Biafra leaving and staying.

“So I stayed out of AFRIMA and didn’t attack the award afterward. Not winning had nothing to do with the southeast fracas. Everything only just came together.”

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