Brymo apologizes over harsh comment on ‘Ndi Igbo’
Popular artist, Olawale Brymo, has apologized for his tweets about the potential for a president of Nigeria to come from the south-east.
This comes after a petition was started by thousands of Nigerians to prevent the artist from receiving the All Africa Music Award, where he was nominated in the category of “Songwriter of the Year.”
The musician has come under fire for saying that the Igbo people are not prepared to lead Nigeria. Additionally, he advised the region to run for vice president first before pursuing the presidency.
On Friday evening, he addressed the situation and provided more context for his tweets during a live video post on his Instagram account.
Brymo said that the problem arose as a result of his comments regarding author Chimamanda Adichie’s rejection of national honors, however, accepting a chieftaincy title in her hometown, Abba, Anambra State.
In his words;
It is very important you understand that this entire fracas began with me seeing in the media that Chimamanda Adichie refused some national honours and had picked up some traditional title in the east at home.
And I suggested that for me, it says a lot about the Igbo presidency because that actual seat is what the region should be eyeing right now. I have clamoured for Igbo presidency in the last few years, you wouldn’t believe it.
It will pop in your mind when you hear the news that Igbos do not actually want the presidency.
I did not insult the tribe, I am sorry to anyone who it sounded as such to. I was trying to weigh into a very important matter.Brymo