Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage has canceled her scheduled performance at the DSTV festival in South Africa in protest against the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against Nigerians and other Africans.
Ms. Savage’s cancellation came as another Nigerian celebrity, Genevive Nnaji slammed the killings and called on Nigerians to have confidence in themselves by staying back at home to make something out of their lives.
Savage who was scheduled to make an appearance on September 21 at the DSTV festival said she would not appear in protest against the barbaric attitude of the South Africans.
“I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
“For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”
“Killing anyone that is African is bad my people, whether they are Nigerians or not.
“I’m not in support of drug dealing nor am I in support of killing. The solution to fighting drug crime is not killing my dear brother,” she added.
Nollywood icon, Genevieve on her part called on Nigerians to have a change in mindset in their abilities at home.
“A life with us isn’t the worse thing. They need to see one without us. They’ve shown us countless times who they are. Let’s believe them.
“It’s time to show them who we are. But most importantly, it’s time we believed in ourselves. They see our potential; our greatness. We need to see it too.
“It’s tough out here I know, but sooner than later we’ll have to realize it’s all we’ve got. We have to make sure our energy and resources are beneficial to all things Her.
“We can’t ignore the signs much longer. Change is inevitable. Let us stay ahead of it. Long live Nigeria.”