There’s currently a great unrest in Africa so much so that it’s pitted a bunch of celebrities against each other. Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in South Africa reared an ugly head in the news and a huge South African emcee is caught in the cross fire. His name, AKA.
SupaMega may be very opinionated as almost every other rap artist in the world but we’re guessing he’s also not hateful as his tweets might have now been misconstrued.
Unfortunately, the SA Hip Hop titan was dragged into the recent xenophobic drama that has gripped the continent after his tweets about the rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa got highly misunderstood. From the looks of it, not many South African artists have come to his rescue.
Here’s how it all began.
On July 10, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana faced off against Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the 2019 African Cup Of Nations. After Nigeria came out victorious winning 2-1, AKA took to Twitter to lament his pain at South Africa’s loss in several tweets;
“I’m fucking gutted”
“I’m hurt man. This match was bigger than football. The biggest rivalry on the continent. Why do we always have to lose against Naija at EVERYTHING.”
“It’s a hard pill to swallow man. We keep on losing to Nigeria in every way.”
“We should have just lost to Egypt … rather than Nigeria.”
Later on in July, AKA also reacted to Casper Nyovest‘s wish on Twitter that he was Nigerian. Nyovest had said he admired the love and support Nigerians, including their celebs show their artists. In one tweet, Nyovest wrote;
“I wish I was from Nigeria. Won’t even lie. I wish I was from Nigeria too. The love they have for thier own artists, the way they celebrate their culture, 90% local content on radio and Tv, there way they celebrate their music no matter where they are in the world, the unity within their industry. A DREAM!”
To which AKA replied_
“You wish you were whaaat?! F**k outta here bruv!!!”
Fast forward to yesterday, with the recent Xenophobic attacks in SA, AKA got into an exchange of tweets with Nigerian celebrities after getting called out by YCee.
“There is this subtle dislike that a lot of them (If not all) feel towards Nigerians and no matter how hard they try to hide it .. it eventually jumps out – like when AKA had a full childish grown man tantrum when they lost to Nigeria in the nations cup”
To which AKA replied;
“Are you talking about this guy?”
Referring to a photo of himself wrapped in the Nigerian flag and standing next to a painting of Fela Kuti.
YCee further posted a screenshot of AKA‘s AFCON tweets with the reply,
“I’m talking about this guy”
AKA tried to clarify his misunderstood tweets writing,
“South Africa and Nigeria is the continent’s BIGGEST RIVALRY … a SIBLING RIVALRY because we are brothers and sisters … I also hate losing to Australia for fucks sake. Let’s pull together as Africans and stop dividing ourselves. This whole narrative is stupid!!!”
YCee further replied with a tweet that ends the back and forth.
“Bro if you refuse to see the underlying implications of what you tweeted
There’s really no need for the back and forth
As public figures we should always recognize the strength our platforms carry! I have no agenda or narrative to push
I’m just deeply hurt and that’s that!”
Other Nigerian celebs also took to Twitter to further bash the SA emcee. When AKA tweeted,
“We can say “AFRICA UNITE” all we want. We need REAL, PRACTICAL solutions to fight Xenophobia”
Nigerian rapper, M.I also got dragged by Nigerians after he tweeted in AKA‘s defence.
“Also.. I can speak honestly in saying my bro @akaworldwide loves Nigeria.. taken out of context his tweets can be misinterpreted.. however he loves and respects Naija!!!”
“And @MI_Abaga it’s Fuck @akaworldwide from now on. And if you down with him, it’s Fuck you too. I respect you too much, please Don’t throw my respect out the window cuz I swear you will fly out with it.”
Other Nigerian celebs including Vector, Broda Shaggi also dragged the SA rapper on social media. AKA also posted screenshots from his DMs with Nigerians raining curses and abuses on him. The SA rapper tweeted,
“GOD BLESS SOUTH AFRICA”
“GOD BLESS NIGERIA”
“GOD BLESS AFRICA”
And then pleaded for an end to all the drama,
“PLEASE!!! Can we STOP. We are going to make things worse for everybody on both sides. We need each other! ???? … please. Can we stop. We are supposed to be leading our people.”