AKA has released a statement on his recent social media posts which some artists including Burna Boy and Ycee have accused of being xenophobic. In a statement from his management, the star states that his tweets were taken out of context, leading to the threat of his family’s safety as a result.
In the statement, AKA, explained that he meant no harm in the posts. He said in part: “I am unsure how innocent tweets over football have been taken so greatly out of context. I am saddened by the notion that I, Kiernan Jarred Forbes, dislike or hate Nigeria/Nigerians – I do not. These words never came from me. I am disheartened that anyone would believe I have negative feelings towards Nigeria and her citizens, as nothing could be nothing further from the truth.”
He continued: “My frustration was in South Africa losing the football match. Thinking “now we lose a rivalry football match as well, it’s just too much.” It was a laughable moment with reference to the spirit of of rivalry. Family rivalry – as we are all of the same, the same continent. We are all Africans.”
Imagine I said “stay in your country” … the uproar.
— AKA (@akaworldwide) September 3, 2019
For what? https://t.co/I5NY3imGSF
— AKA (@akaworldwide) September 4, 2019
AKA releases statement on his recent social media posts. Here’s a look at the full statement.
— Gab Communications Africa (@GabCommsAfrica) September 4, 2019