Award-winning singer, Simi has apologised for suggesting that having tribal marks amounts to being stupid in the lyrics of her version of the trending #FvckYouChallenge.
In her now-edited video, Simi used the words, “Shey mo kola ni” the Yoruba slang expression for “am I stupid?”.
Tribal marks model, Adetutu OJ was at the forefront of the criticism that trailed the video as she took to social media to state that she felt offended and turned off by the continuous use of the words “shey mo kola ni” by Yoruba people.
She wrote on social media, “Guys I had to bring down cos I used the line “ o kola ni” (Do you think I have tribal marks?) – which people mean to say “Am I stupid”.
It’s an old Yoruba ‘joke’, but I never acknowledged how insensitive it is. It offended some and I shouldn’t have used it. Lots of unlearning to do. We should remember to be sensitive and emphatic to others,
I know the video is all over the place already, but it’s a step in the right direction and I apologize to anyone that was/is offended by it. I only ever mean well., if you think this is extra, it’s part of the problem. Always letting BS go is how we build the wrong cultures that become hard to shake off.
— Simi (@SympLySimi) March 30, 2019
Simi went on to share on Twitter, “I don’t want this to for the wrong reasons . Let’s not only advocate for the things that directly affect us. Lezzz it moving. I’ma make many many more lit covers Allah. Na the work wey we dey do“