Nigerian singing sensation, Simi, has taken to her social media page to apologize for her derogatory tribal marks lyrics as she did her version of the #FvckyouChallenge.
Her apology comes after she was set under hot fire for talking about people with tribal marks in her cover of the trending #FvckyouChallenge song.
Particularly, popular Nigerian face model who clearly has a tribal mark, Adetutu, in her reaction mentioned that Simi’s choice to use the phrase: “sè mo kòlá ní” which literally can be translated from the Yoruba Language as Do I look stupid?, is quite derogatory.
Taking to her social media to clear the air, Simi shared an image on Twitter which reads,
“Guys I had to bring down my post cos I used the line “abi o ro bi mo kola ni” (Do you think I have tribal marks?) – which people mean to say “Am I stupid”.
It’s an old Yoruba ‘joke’, but I never acknowledged how insensitive it is. It offended some and I shouldn’t have used it. Lots of unlearning to do. We should remember to be sensitive and empathetic to others,
Also I know the video is all over the place already, but it’s a step in the right direction and I apologize to anyone that was/is offended by it. I only ever mean well.
Also, if you think this is extra, it’s part of the problem. Always letting BS go is how we build the wrong cultures that become hard to shake off”.
She further wrote in another Tweet;
“I don’t want this to trend for the wrong reasons please. Let’s not only advocate for the things that directly affect us. Lezzz keep it moving. I’ma make many many more lit covers insha Allah. Na the work wey we dey do ☺️💙”