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Xenophobia: Why I defended AKA – M.I Abaga

Few days ago, during the peak of Xenophobia attacks on Nigerians and other African countries, Nigerian veteran Rapper, M.I, was attacked on social media after he defended South African rapper, AKA.


AKA had written on Twitter that Nigerians should stay in their country during the Xenophobic heat.

However, in a chat with Saturday Beats, MI stated that his stance didn’t mean he was supporting xenophobia.

He said, “If you search on Google, you’ll see that over the years, AKA has shown Nigeria love and respect. I felt that dragging his name into something as dangerous as xenophobia was wrong.

“I simply said what I knew about him not being a xenophobe and being one who loves Nigeria. I thought my tweet was tasteful and as a person of integrity, I had to speak out honestly in defence of his character because I don’t think any other Nigerian spoke on his behalf. In retrospect, the timing probably wasn’t particularly right. I wasn’t standing with him against Nigeria.”

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