Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has taken down a controversial music video following criticism from the Muslim community. The video, titled “Jaye Lo,” featured his signee, Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, and sparked mixed reactions from netizens after its release.
In the 45-second clip posted on Friday on Davido’s Instagram, a controversial scene portrayed men dressed as praying mallams dancing in front of a mosque instead of engaging in prayer. This depiction has been deemed offensive and disrespectful by some Muslim devotees, prompting them to call for a retraction of the video and even threaten legal action against the artists.
In response to the growing backlash, Davido has removed the controversial video from his social media accounts. The move was welcomed by many, including Bashir Ahmad, a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, who praised the singer for taking swift action.
Ahmad took to Twitter to express his approval, saying, “It is good to discover that Davido deleted that offensive and hurtful video. Hopefully, the entire scene will also be deleted from the actual footage before releasing it to the market, and we humbly urge that the same grave mistake should never happen again from him or anyone else. Nigeria is a beautiful country. It is always amazing when we celebrate the beauty of living in unity and harmony while embracing our differences.”
Additionally, @PoojaMedia, another Twitter user, applauded Davido and his team for their mature handling of the situation. The user highlighted how Davido’s public relations team redirected the energy towards a positive outcome. In response to the criticism, the team gifted a lady $10,000, deleted the controversial video, and shared a video of the kind act, turning the narrative around.
While the controversy stirred online, some individuals humorously found a way to link the situation to Nigerian politician Peter Obi. Twitter user @lollypeezle joked about the complexity of the connections between the involved parties, playfully suggesting a connection to Peter Obi.
As the situation unfolds, Davido’s decision to remove the controversial video from circulation has been praised by some and serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting diverse cultural and religious sensitivities in the entertainment industry. It remains to be seen how the artist and his team will address the issue moving forward and ensure such occurrences are avoided in the future.