Olawale Ashimi, also known as Brymo, has recently expressed how he felt about losing the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), claiming that the petition started against him after his strike on the Igbo tribe didn’t have any impact on his loss. As a result, Brymo lost the award categories for “Best Songwriter of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” at the eighth iteration of the music award, dubbed “Teranga Edition,” which was held in Dakar, Senegal, from January 12–15, 2023, instead of its usual November date.
In an interview with The Cable, the singer was asked how he felt about not winning the awards, citing the controversy surrounding the nomination process and the petitions that resulted in fines. Brymo declared that he was eager to triumph. He continued by saying that various factors contributed to his loss, which was not a direct result of the petition or the issues that came before it.
His recent problems started in the run-up to the 2023 general elections when he received harsh criticism for remarks he made disparaging the Nigerian Igbo tribe, claiming that they had no right to run for president. The comments drew criticism from other celebrities and fans. Still, Brymo stuck to his guns and demonstrated his unrepentant attitude by retweeting the original tweets that sparked the controversy.