Nigeria stars Tiwa Savage, Basketmouth cancel S.Africa gigs

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Nigerian diva Tiwa Savage and comedian Basketmouth have cancelled their South African performances citing the surge of Xenophobic attacks in the country.

Savage has said that her decision was influenced by “the barbaric butchering of my people in South Africa.”

“I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK.”

She went on: “For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”

She added: “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.”

Basketmouth in his turn said he will not be attending the comics choice awards this weekend in South Africa.

“I am not sure how and when we got here,” Basketmouth noted.

He added: “It might sound like a whisper but together our voices and the right actions will hopefully make the right a true difference. And real change can begin.”

Meanwhile, security was ramped up around South African businesses across Nigeria on Wednesday following a wave of reprisal attacks in response to violence against foreign-owned shops in South Africa, police said.

The move came a day after stores operated by the major supermarket chain, Shoprite, the telecoms giant MTN and other South African firms suffered looting and vandalism in several Nigerian cities, they said.

“We have stepped up security around MTN, Shoprite and other South African businesses across Nigeria,” national police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP.

South Africa has huge investments in Nigeria, with Shoprite, MTN, digital pay-television Multichoice and other companies jostling for a share of the continent’s biggest market.

AFP reporters saw a heavy security presence Wednesday at Shoprite’s office at the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, where MTN also has a branch.

All gates leading into the mall were closed and customers were screened before they were allowed to enter.

On Monday and Tuesday, mobs descended on business hubs and townships in various parts of South Africa, looting dozens of shops and torching trucks driven by foreigners in an outburst of anti-migrant anger.

Foreigners are accused of taking jobs away from South Africans — nearly one South African worker in three is unemployed.

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