Singer, Yemi Alade Responds to Criticism that she is in Support of Oppression in Togo

In recent comments by Togolese activist, Farida Nabourema for her alleged role in perpetuating the political oppression of the people of Togo.

Farida made these comments while granting an interview with Sahara reporters over recent turmoil faced by the West African country due to protests by the citizens calling for the resignation of their president Faure Gnassingbe  who has been in power since 2005 after he took over from his father who ruled the West African country for Thirty Eight years.

The activist talked about how African celebrities unlike their counterparts from other parts of the world, use their position to endorse political oppression from dictators.

Nabourema went on to say she used to love Yemi Alade until she listened to her singing in support of “one of the most brutal dictators in Togo because they paid her a couple of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” she told Sahara Reporters.

Yemi Alade with President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo
Yemi Alade with President Faure

She said she was so angry and mad at the Nigerian singer and would curse her if she ever gets to meet her. She described the singer as someone who is “feeding on the suffering of others.”

“They are embellishing the image of a brutal dictator just for a couple of thousands of dollars,” she continued.

The activist also called out famous football Emmanuel Adebayor, who endorsed Gnassingbe for the presidency in 2015. The Togolese people lost their respect for him after that, she said.

According to a report by Pulse TV who contacted Taiye Aliyu who is Yemi Alade’s manager to confirm what really transpired, he said  “It was like a normal show you go for in the country. It was a festival they normally do. It wasn’t a political thing at all. Yemi Alade just went there to perform”.

Yemi Alade is currently one of the biggest music stars in the continent and is one of the judges of an ongoing musical talent show, ‘The Voice Nigeria’.

Source: Pulse TV

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Omaku Josephine

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