Popular Nigerian Afrofusion artiste, Burna Boy, has turned down a request by former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore to join the nationwide #RevolutionNow protest on October 1.
Sowore on Tuesday night tweeted at Burna boy to join the RevolutionNow protest against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and act like Fela Kuti. His tweet read: “Hello @burnaboy, everywhere I turn people describe you as a revolutionary musician, the foreign media even celebrate you, compare you to Fela Kuti, but I am yet to see you lead anyone to a police station carrying a coffin for head of state! Join #Oct1stProtest #RevolutionNow.”
However, Burna Boy blatantly rejected his offer, saying he doesn’t want to be part of Sowore’s ‘schemes’. “Sowore well, I am NOT FELA. I have said that countless times.
But you sir, are a politician. Leave me out of your schemes. “Everybody is a Fela fan and supporter now that he is dead. Humans are so funny, you politicians are ALL the same (especially in Nigeria) and Frankly I don’t trust none of you.@YeleSowore,” Burna tweeted.
In further response, the former presidential candidate Sowore said: “I am not just one of the persons who you could describe as “Fela’s fan after he died”, I am a member of Fela’s household, ask @RealSeunKuti , as a student’s leader in the 90s I met and hung out with Abami Eda at home and the African shrine! If you want to be Fela be Fela.”
Nigerians reacted to the exchange by asking Sowore to invite another musician, Falz who also happens to be the son of his lawyer, Femi Falana, to the protests. A number of people also opined that Falz is more of a Fela-figure than Burna Boy.