A timeline of Burna Boy, xenophobia & the Africans Unite Concert saga

A timeline of Burna Boy, xenophobia & the Africans Unite Concert saga

- The Africans Unite Concert is about uniting Africa but right now it's causing a divide

- One of the headliners for the event is Burna Boy and many South Africans don't want him to be part of it, or even setting foot in the country

- This all started when Burna Boy and AKA got into a 'twar' over a football tweet and escalated into something far more serious

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Many South Africans have 'cancelled' Burna Boy and there has been a call for a boycott of the Africans Unite Concert just because he's set to be part of it.

Why are so many people so upset with the rapper? We take a look at how this all started and how it developed into something so big.

The xenophobia & the tweet

It started with the Xenophobia (or Afrophobia) and the violent reaction to foreigners on South African soil

Burna Boy, a Nigerian artist, expressed his unhappiness and urged foreigners to defend themselves. He also responded to a tweet by local rapper AKA, telling him that he better have security the next time they meet.

Furthermore, Burna Boy said he would never set foot in SA until things changed, as reported on by TimesLIVE.

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The Africans Unite Concert

Despite his promise, Burna Boy agreed to headline the Africans Unite Concert. The event is aimed at bringing Africans together and will take place at the Sun Arena in Pretoria on 24 November.

AKA quickly made it clear that he is curious to see if Burna Boy would stick to his earlier threat.

Local musicians have since said they do not wish to perform next to the Nigerian rapper, Briefly.co.za reported.

A call for boycott action

The Tshwane Entertainment Collective has asked the Minister of Arts and Culture and the department to act on the matter and called for a boycott of the concert.

The department has distanced itself from the concert, saying that its logo was mistakenly used on promotional posters.

"The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture wishes to dispel the untrue information currently being spread on social media that it is funding the Africans Unite Concert featuring the artist known as Burna Boy.

“It is unfortunate that the department's logo was erroneously used on the poster advertising the event."

AKA has since tried to call a truce, but with no success.

Julius Malema's involvement

EFF leader, Julius Malema, shared a controversial social media post which sided with the Nigerian musician.

The celeb followed it up with an attempt to unite calling on South Africa to end the xenophobia.

However, the veiled shade he threw at the country managed to ignite an inferno of rage that been brewing over his comments.

Malema pledged his support for Burna Boy, saying no mascot could stop him from performing in SA. After getting severe backlash from tweeps, Malema said he wouldn't be intimidated or blackmailed by "bed wetting boys".

Burna Boy refuses to apologise

The artist is saying he will not apologise, insisting that he is not 'the Enemy'. He will be coming to South Africa, whether people like it or not.

More drama is sure to follow.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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