Popular Nigerian singer, Simi, came under fire for talking about people with tribal marks in her cover of the trending #FvckyouChallange song, she was forced to take down the video of Kizz Daniel’s on Instagram page. She has taken to Twitter to apologize for her derogatory tribal marks lyrics as she did her version.
Most notably, Nigerian model with tribal marks on her face, Adetutu, in her reaction mentioned that Simi’s choice to use the phrase: “sè mo kòlá ní” which literally can be translated from the Yoruba Language as Do I look stupid?, is quite derogatory.
Guys I had to bring down my post cos I used the line “abi o ro bi mo kola ni” (Do you think I have tribal marks?) – which people mean to say “Am I stupid”.
It’s an old Yoruba ‘joke’, but I never acknowledged how insensitive it is. It offended some and I shouldn’t have used it. Lots of unlearning to do. We should remember to be sensitive and emphatic to others,
Also I know the video is all over the place already, but it’s a step in the right direction and I apologize to anyone that was/is offended by it. I only ever mean
Also, if you think this is extra, it’s part of the problem. Always letting BS go is how we build the wrong cultures that become hard to shake off.
wrote in another Tweet;
I don’t want this to trend for the wrong reasons please. Let’s not only advocate for the things that directly affect us. Lezzz keep it moving. I’ma make many many more lit covers insha Allah. Na the work wey we dey do ☺️?