Davido Deletes Controversial Video After Muslim Community’s Outcry
Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, David Adeleke, widely known as Davido, has taken a significant step in response to criticism from the Muslim community by removing a controversial music video from his social media platforms.The music video, titled ‘Jaye Lo,’ which featured Davido Music Worldwide label boss and artist Olamilekan Taiwo, aka Logos Olori, raised eyebrows and garnered mixed reactions from the public upon its release. In particular, a 45-second clip shared on Instagram by Davido sparked outrage among some Muslim devotees who found it offensive and disrespectful.The contentious scene depicted individuals portraying praying mallams dancing in front of a mosque instead of engaging in prayer, a portrayal that deeply offended some members of the Muslim community. Consequently, they called for the video to be retracted, and there were even threats of legal action against the artistes involved.In response to the escalating situation, Davido made a noteworthy move by deleting the video from his social media accounts, in an attempt to address the concerns raised by the Muslim faithful.Notably, former President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Bashir Ahmad, took to Twitter to commend the artist for taking prompt action to rectify the situation. Ahmad praised Davido’s decision to remove the offensive video and expressed hope that the controversial scene would also be removed from the actual footage before its release to the market. He further urged Davido and others in the industry to learn from this experience and avoid repeating similar mistakes, stressing the importance of celebrating unity and diversity in Nigeria.On social media, some users commended Davido and his PR team for handling the situation in a mature manner. One Twitter user, @PoojaMedia, acknowledged the artist’s efforts in redirecting the energy from negative criticism to a positive direction. They pointed out that Davido’s team not only removed the video but also gifted a woman with 10,000 Naira and shared a video of the gesture, effectively rebuilding a more positive narrative around the artist.Meanwhile, some other social media users took a humorous approach to the situation, with @lollypeezle jokingly attributing the blame for the video to Peter Obi and playfully weaving a complex family tree to highlight the amusing nature of the situation.Overall, Davido’s decision to address the controversy surrounding the music video responsibly and promptly has been well-received, with both positive and humorous reactions circulating on social media platforms. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the artist and his team will navigate the aftermath of this incident and continue to produce their music in a manner that respects all cultural sensitivities.