Nigerian songbird, Simi has blessed us with her voice so many times that sometimes, it is easy to believe the angelic-looking singer can do no wrong.
However, The award-winning singer came under blast from fans after she released her own version of the trending #FvckYouChallange.
The #FvckYouChallenge was started by Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel and it has seen artists like Tiwa Savage, Dremo, Falz and many others jump on it to release covers.
Simi who is the latest star to release her cover, came under fire for talking about people with tribal marks. Simi had used “sè mo kòlá ní” which literally can be translated from the Yoruba language as “Do I look stupid?
Following the backlash, that the lyrics are offensive, insensitive and derogatory, Simi, has taken to Twitter to apologize for her actions.
“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.”
She added 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 ☺💙”
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