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Burna Boy Finally Reveals Why He Turned Down Zimbabwe Politicians’ Money To Wear Scarf On Stage

Grammy-award-winning Nigerian superstar musician Burna Boy has explained why he turned down money from Zimbabwe politicians so that he could wear their scarf on stage during his performance.

The African Giant put up a stellar show when he performed at Harare’s Belgravia Sports Club in June.

Shortly after his performance, it was reported that Burna Boy had been offered money by politicians from the ruling Zanu PF party to wear a scarf with the country’s flag colours. The scarf is associated with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his party.

Burna Boy allegedly turned down the money, saying he did not want to be associated with politics.

Zimbabwe journalist and activist Hopewell Chin’ono wrote

They offered him money to wear the scarf, and he refused twice!

The youthful ZANUPF councillor and Deputy Minister were so upset at the rejection, one of them mumbled, “Hatidye sadza kumba kwaMai vake.”

Safe travels, @burnaboy; you are not a fool like the washed-up boxer!

During a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Burna Boy was asked about the offer from Zimbabwe politicians.

Zane Lowe asked,

“Something really jumped out to me in your recent activities, and that was that you played a sold-out show at a stadium in Zimbabwe, and you made a decision not to let politics enter into your environment even though there was an incentive to do that and you made a decision to not let that experience be leveraged for one reason or another.

“Can you just take us a little deeper into that moment because being such a powerful entertainer and such a strong voice for the community, it makes sense that others would try to reach your audience through you.”

“You have to have a lot of strength to keep that in a place where it belongs rather than letting it come and influence your process, so how is that experience for you?”

Burna Boy insisted that he would never get involved in politics and trickery, no matter how good the offer is.

“For me, it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole career, so it’s not anything new for me. I don’t know why anyone feels like it’s something new.

“It’s something that if you research uh far enough, you see that I’ve dealt with this my whole career. Like I’ve turned down, how do I even put this in a way that is nice, but I’ve turned down things that even greater men than me could not turn down.

“You know, because I do not want any involvement in politics and trickery. You understand, and I’ve always made my stance clear where all of that is concerned. So I see no reason for surprise.”

The Nigerian musician added,

“You maintain drinking water; it’s natural food. It’s something that is who I am. It’s just what it is. It’s just you get me.

“If you don’t like fish, you don’t like fish. They’re not going to grow until 60 years old and say, oh, I like fish now when your whole life you’re not. Like this is the same concept.”

You can watch Burna Boy below courtesy of GreedySouth.

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