Burna Boy found himself in hot water after sharing his views on African Americans. He said that unlike other American immigrants, African Americans have no ties to their country of origin.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Burna Boy responds to criticism over his remarks about Africans and African Americans
Burna Boy took to his Instagram account on Tuesday to clarify his remarks about African Americans with no ties to a homeland.
He began with: “It’s sad to see that in 2023 there are still such black people who would prefer that we remain divided and conquered.”
Additionally, he denied saying that all black Americans were African and went on to imply that his message was lost in translation.
Burna Boy responds to African Americans, who criticize him for encouraging African Americans to connect with their African roots.
A group called Foundational Black Americans says African Americans came to the United States from the Caribbean and integrated with Native Americans before slavery. pic.twitter.com/7x8B1oPFuC
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) Twitter.com/AfricaFactsZone/status/1637499435574874112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 19, 2023
He mentioned, “Maybe it’s my accent or something, but I never said you were African and not American”. Nor did I say that Africa is part of heaven. You deserve all the land and reparations you want from America and I’m 100% in favor of that.
The Grammy Award-winning musician tried to clear the air by saying he always intended to unite Africans and Black Americans.
He added, “I believe that coming together as brothers and sisters is the only way forward for black Americans around the world.”
What did Burna Boy say about African Americans?
Burna Boy whose real name is Damini Ogulu recently sat down for an interview with entrepreneur and activist Chaka Bars.
Additionally, during the interview, he was asked why he thought it was important for black Americans to return to the continent.
The Nigerian artist on the other hand responded saying that it would help to know their identity well and know how to operate.
He gave an example by saying, “The Chinese American has a base; he knows he is from China. Italian Americas know where their grandparents came from in Italy.
“Why is it important for the diaspora to come home? »
Burna Boy: pic.twitter.com/YUP5W5BYIG
— 🐬 @𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗷𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗯𝗼𝘆 (@OneJoblessBoy) Twitter.com/OneJoblessBoy/status/1636847330103009286?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 17, 2023
Afterwards, he added, “They know the first person in their family to come to America and start this line.” The same goes for everyone except African Americans.
However, the afrobeat superstar was thrown under the bus for his take and was heavily criticized by netizens.
Many social media users then pointed out that most black Americans are not immigrants. Instead, they are the descendants of United States slavery.
Meanwhile, the African giant recently headlined the NBA All-Star Halftime Show held in Utah.
Also, he is set to be the main performer in the UEFA Champions League Final. It is expected to take place in Istanbul on June 10.
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