Olawale Ibrahim Ashimi, known as Brymo, is a well-known Nigerian singer and songwriter. He has admitted to turning down his colleague Simi’s request to work with him on a song after she declined his offer to have sex with her. This incident sparked controversy and raised discussions about consent and professionalism in the music industry, as netizens claimed he had gone berserk. Brymo’s publicly sharing this information sheds light on the challenges artists face in navigating personal boundaries while collaborating with others.
Brymo stated in a voice recording going viral that he wanted to comprehend the emotions and sensations related to working with a woman with whom he had a romantic connection. Brymo disclosed that Simi declined his advances during their encounter. Though, years later, he still harbours regret for the state he put her in at the time. He said this:
“There’s a part of me that wants to seek remorse for my condition for a requirement with talented Simi. I just wanted to have that experience of making music with a female act I was bedding. Of course I had to let go of the desperation. I wanted a collaboration that involved sex with my female collaborator.”
The musician also revealed that he turned down Adekunle Gold’s requests for a song feature, blaming it on unanticipated events. However, he clarified that he didn’t know Simi and AG Baby were dating when he made overtures to her. In response to a tweet, Brymo said:
“Though AG reached out later, I like to think that he didn’t check in again, by will or fate because I turned down the same request many years before…I also did the same with Simi… said | wanted to get intimate to create intensity. I didn’t know they were together of course”
Brymo acknowledged that he declined requests for collaboration from Simi, Ghanaian singer Efya, and some other female colleagues, citing his sexual desires as the cause of his choices.