July 20, 2024

The musician clarified that he is not in any way holding the Igbos responsible for his defeat at the 2023 AFRIMA Awards.


Olawale Ibrahim Ashimi, better known by his stage name Brymo, is a Nigerian musician who recently lost out at the AFRIMA Awards. He also discussed the impact of his earlier remark about the Igbo people.

The legendary singer-songwriter lost the award categories for “Songwriter of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” at the 8th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which took place in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

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The singer discussed how he felt about losing at the AFRIMA in an interview with The Cable. He said that at first, he was looking forward to the event, but later realized that he didn’t need to be there.

The singer also discussed the online petitions that many people signed to have his AFRIMA nomination revoked after he made comments that many Nigerians perceived as bigoted remarks against the Igbo people.

I think, months before, I’d announced that I was no longer a musician and that I was instead a sonic artist. It meant I was no longer eligible for awards that musicians get. However, AFRIMA nominated my work ‘Esan’, so I forgot all that and looked forward to the event. But in truth, I’m no longer a singer so I didn’t want it.

There’s a songwriting category but they shouldn’t nominate sonic artists. I was looking forward to it anyway, and then something happened. I got into trouble talking about Biafra leaving and staying. So I stayed out of AFRIMA and didn’t attack the award afterward. Not winning had nothing to do with the southeast fracas. Everything only just came together.

Brymo said.

Also, Brymo discussed a variety of intriguing subjects, including his new career as a sound artist, his reasons for not travelling the globe, and more.

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Interview video is below.

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