12 July 2016

Tiwa Savage bites back about #BlackLivesMatter

Tiwa Savage says she will not justify her support for #BlackLivesMatter to those who think she should focus on African issues. While the US takes centre stage fighting the increase in killings of African Americans by the police, the whole world has joined in support of their campaign #BlackLivesMatter.
Tiwa, who recently received the "Hero of the Month" Award while in SA which honoured her for using her platform to touch lives. The singer was attacked after she shared an image empathising with African Americans.

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Some of her fans in Nigeria felt like she is quick to jump in and support lives in America and that she ignores the killings in Nigeria.
“Omo see life! We rather worry about the happenings in America than our own 9ja country..fake Nigerian celebs. Black lives matters, only in America,” a fan responded.
Tiwa did not take the backlash lightly saying the people of Nigeria are too quick to forget how the whole world stood behind them on their #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She also reminded them she did not just hashtag during the killings in Nigeria but participated in a number of protests.

Let us not let the devil distract us by letting us fight amongst ourselves and lose focus on the many tragedies happening around the whole. Yes you as an individual might not be able to fight for every cause but even the little you do will help. I don't need to justify my support for #blacklivesmatter and it's sad that some people should even question my support because I'm sure these same people were happy when the rest of the world supported us with our #bringbackourgirls movement, but you don't want us to show support because it is not right on our doorstep. This is exactly what the enemy wants and he "the devil" is a liar. We will keep supporting each other and not get distracted and just to clarify what happens at home means so much to me as a nigerian. I didn't just hashtag I joined several walks in protest, used my voice as an artist and wrote "olorun mi" as a tribute to lives lost on the Dana crash and will continue to do many more as it is my duty as a nigerian, a citizen of this world and a child of the Most High 🙏🏽

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