A lot is still going on behind and in front of the scene on the xenophobia. Just as lots and lots of celebrities and notable speakers have spoken up on the killing spate in South Africa.
The new development is that Tiwa Savage, Nigerian singing star has canceled her South African DStv show! And Kemi Olunloyo has deactivated her Facebook and Instagram pages.
Tiwa Savage today will on her way to the US made the post of the festival cancellation and made it clear that she can stand and watch as her people are being killed. She took to her tweeter page to say:
*Killing any one that is African are my people whether they are Nigerians or not
*But yet I was booked to perform at the festival. This is a serious issue were NO ONE wins when blood is shed whether old videos or not. Issue needs to be resolved. We Africans (including South Africans) need each other
In a chat with Dr Kemi Olunloyo, the journalist explained to us that she had to deactivate her account as Facebook and Instagram have no safety mode for the Xenophobia attacks that started 28th August to September 1st.
‘Safe-mode‘ is a feature that is usually activated when there is a natural disaster like an earthquake, flood, etc, people use it to check in to declare themselves safe. This feature was not activated for Nigerians or other foreigners living in the boiling country.
The evidently upset Kemi further explained that it would have been wonderful to have her cousin in South Africa, Akindele Olunloyo to check-in if this safety mode was available. Akindele was instrumental to the xenophobia talks in 2017.