Nigerian singer Olawale Ashimi, popularly known as Brymo, recently sent the internet on fire after a video of his performance in London surfaced online.
Brymo wrapped a piece of cloth around his loins while his butt was left bare.
But in a chat with Sunday Scoop, the singer said” that was the way our forefathers used to dress before the arrival of the West.”
He continued: “As a matter of fact, some months ago, a picture circulated on the Internet of a wealthy Igbo farmer who dressed that way in 1930. I just wanted to remind people of our past. It surprises me that people are shocked whenever I dress that way. That was the same way I dressed in the video for my song, Heya. In this part of the world, we are mostly consumers; not creators. If the advanced world should come here and take all of their technologies, we would be left naked.
“However, I appreciate the people who follow my music and see it as a form of artistic expression. Those are the people I do this for. For those who don’t like it; sorry, I don’t know what to do about that.”
He, however, admitted that he was often misunderstood, saying “Yes, I am often misunderstood because some people don’t understand what I do. Most of these people are not in the entertainment industry; so, they don’t really understand the concept behind the art. I don’t have a problem with the fact that the mainstream industry doesn’t celebrate me because they only celebrate those they can control.”