Following the Police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the US last week several celebrities took to social media to share their discomfort towards the unfair treatment of black people. With in a short period #BlackLivesMatter campaign started trending across several platforms. Some African celebrities got in on the action when she shared ‘I can’t Keep calm I have a black son,’ but this only created criticism from some of her Nigerian fans who felt that she was ignoring the problems back home and jumping on the bandwagon.
Tiwa Savage’s response to her critics was more than welcomed when she shared a collage holding a placard of ‘bring back our girls’ campaign and went on to say,
“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.”
Artists like Will Smith, Beyonce and Jay z among others have called for peace during this trying time because Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.