A Nigerian model on Twitter has lambasted RnB singer, Beyoncé of using African culture for personal gains without Africa benefitting from it.
The model @Dimssoo on the social networking platform also accused the American singer of being part of the people who contribute to the misrepresentation of Africa through her songs, thereby giving people the impression that “Africa is this place where we wake up in the morning and tie our wrapper and put chalk on our face and scream ‘WAKANDA’ then go and hunt lions.”
Dimssoo said it’s misrepresentations like these that makes African Americans and other people ponder if Africa has WiFi. She also accused Beyonce of taping into the wealth of the African culture for her art but never adding African countries to her tours.
@Dimssoo’s tweets comes after Beyonce released a teaser for her Black is King visual album.
Black is King uses the music of Beyoncé’s 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack, which was released alongside remake of The Lion King. The visual.
Sharing the teaser, Beyonce wrote,
“It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry.”
“I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy. I spent a lot of time exploring and absorbing the lessons of past generations and the rich history of different African customs.”