Nigerian music star, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke preaches against Xenophbia and expresses deep love for South Africa and his South African fans.
He told okayafrica.com thus: “I’ve learned to control my temper because when you’re mad, you kind of say things you don’t mean. South Africa and Nigeria have always had a close relationship when it comes to music. I’ve been coming to South Africa since I was 17 trying to make it. I’ve been coming here. I understand how Burna might feel or how Tiwa might feel. I also understand how AKA might feel. You know with social media, with fans getting in the middle of it, it makes it worse. We’re all friends. We all grew up doing music together so for me it was just something I really didn’t want to touch on because I knew that there would be a day where we would all laugh about it. As Africans, if we fight, how are we going to come together and conquer, you feel me?”.
He hinted that there’s bad blood between Nigerians and South Africans which should be cleansed and purified.
Davido preached unity between both countries saying the days that bad blood was the soul and crux of the music industry is gone and that we should live in the reality of peaceful co-existence.
The bad blood was evident during the xenophobicasaga period in the Mzanzi. This led to Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, threatening SA rapper, AKA, with violence over his comments on the alleged attack of Nigerians in the country.
Davido is very popular in South Africa. His popularity cuts across all ages. From the black diamonds in South Africa to the university students to high school and primary school – Davido is a star.
His shows in South Africa are often sold out and he seems to connect well with South Africans.
He was careful not to make any insensitive comments during the last horrendous xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Inside sources confirm that Davido holds South Africans in high esteem and truthfully hopes there is durable peace between his beloved country, Nigeria and South Africa.
Amongst South Africans, Davido is one of the top Nigerian artists they cherish. Those who are close to Davido reveals he loves South Africa – Mzanzi is like his second home.