Many Muslims on social media have criticized Nigerian music musician David Adeleke, often known as Davido, for uploading a 45-second trailer clip of his artist’s upcoming music video on Twitter. The video, which was deemed insulting by many Muslim observers, showed a group of men dressed for, and apparently in, a Muslim prayer session who then began dancing and singing.
They accused the musician, who has nearly 14 million Twitter followers, of disrespecting Islam by combining religious ceremonies and rituals with song and dancing. They also demanded that he erase the video and apologize. The singer has yet to reply to the allegations.
However, the topic has sparked intense arguments and exchanges among Davido’s fans and several famous Muslim influencers who have chastised the musician. Among them are Bashir Ahmad and Ali Nuhu, a prominent Kannywood and Nollywood actor.
In a post on his verified Instagram account, the famed northern actor Ali Nuhu exhorted the singer to respect other people’s “religion, culture, and tradition.” Logos Olori, one of Davido’s recently signed acts, released his first track ‘Jaye Lo’ on Friday, along with a video.
Davido promoted the song on his page with a tweet shortly after its release. The tweet was followed by a video of the signee sitting on what appeared to be a mosque. Furthermore, in the video’s sequences, guys dressed as Muslims can be seen praying in front of the building.