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Togolese Activist calls out Yemi Alade for “helping sustain political oppression”



Togolese Activist calls out Yemi Alade for "helping sustain political oppression" - BellaNaijaFarida Nabourema, a Togolese activist has called out singer Yemi Alade for her role in perpetuating the political oppression of the people of Togo.

She said this in an interview with Sahara Reporters, where she discussed how African celebrities, as opposed to celebrities in other parts of the world, use their positions to endorse political oppression.

The people of Togo have for the past month been protesting their president Faure Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005, after the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.

The activist, Nabourema, has been a particularly rallying force, using her social media to promote the protests, and speaking to media houses around the world, including AlJazeera.

In the emotional interview with Sahara Reporters, the activist also called out footballer Emmanuel Adebayor, who endorsed Gnassingbe for presidency in 2015.

The Togolese people lost their respect for him after that, she said.

Nabourema went on to say she used to love Yemi Alade, until she listened to her singing in support of “one of the most brutal dictators in Togo, because they paid her a couple of hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

She said she was so angry and mad at the Nigerian singer, and would curse her if she ever gets to meet her.

She described the singer as someone who is “feeding on the suffering of others.” “They are embellishing the image of a brutal dictator just for a couple of thousands of dollars,” she continued.

See the interview below:


  1. Sisi

    September 19, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Sis, that’s how they indulge the thieves and squanderers of their own national resources. You have to join the queue babe. Very sorry! Revolution starts internally in any case!

  2. Babym

    September 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Mscheew misplaced anger!

  3. passingby

    September 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    My question is did you contact Yemi or any other African celebraties to brief them on the atrocities committed by your government on its people. I did not know Togo was under oppressive rule. I follow current affairs but notting on Togo. Prehaps you need to enlighten people on the atrocities your government is committing on its peopleso dat we know not to endorse your government. By the way do you also rant and rave at countries that do buisness with Togo. Maybe you should advocate for international full sanctions against Togo. That my dear will hurt your Togo government more than whether yemi sings about charli johhny or ferrari. Yeyefowl mtchewwwww.

    • EbonyFre

      September 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      The you don’t follow current affairs o.
      Plus anyone that decides to endorse anyone should do their own research. It’s a no-brainer.

  4. Baby gurl

    September 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    She does have a point. Most of the time these celebs don’t investigate/research the factors surrounding their invitations and endorsements. It might be a case of carelessness, it might be sheer ignorance. I remember when Nicki Minaj accepted the invitation from the so called richest African woman, Isabela dos Santos to perform for her birthday or some shit like that. Fans were outraged. Isabela is the daughter of Angola’s president who has refused to step down and who flaunts sick wealth while 80% of Angolans suffer in poverty. Africa and Africans have a long way to go. I fear that I may not live to see a prosperous Africa in my generation. And that is so so so sad and tragic.

    • ND Babe

      September 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      and they need to start doing that research especially if you plan to collect that much s$$ from a president of a country where people are not doing well. He/she does not have to be in the news like kim Jung un for you to know their money be as e get

  5. oghogho

    September 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    That is not how to get people on your side. First of all you got to lobby for support for your cause, attend music/movie award ceremonies, use the platform to enlighten on your peoples plight. You cant just start shouting the odds forcing your opinion on people. Ironically Togo has a poor record on freedom of expression its interesting you are toeing that line . i googled Togo no genocide, noting from the european court of human rights infact no travel alerts your job madam instead of turning militan against musicians is to enlighten us on what the problem is.. Let us then make up our minds on whether to support your course or not. If your elections are rigged prove it? Call for arms, protest on the street make sure you are at the front of the prortest line o!. Yemi will not fight your war for you. Please stop blaming the fly for dead body.

  6. Susie

    September 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Yemi, girl, you know I love you but I’m not with you on this. You could have just performed without meddling in their politics. Remember that while you enjoy democracy in Naija, they have been stuck with one dictator family for decades. Now our system here isn’t perfect but at least we have the option to change Presidents… I would not want to return to the days of Abacha et al so why are you endorsing same for Togolese? The activist may seem too angry but I understand her pain, living under a dictator isn’t easy!

  7. josdaily

    September 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Trying to make hair on another person’s back by going after the low lying fruit. Is she a Togolese politician?

  8. passingby

    September 20, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Madam farida so you got issues with your african government i have researched Togo nothing comes up, i have researched Frida most things are in french. how is the world to know to embargo trade with Togo when there is absolutely no news on togo. The only person talking about it is You. makes one wonder at your own political motives, even Biafra got more news. And please how does Yemi Alade performing Ferrari Endorse the government biko nu. If he was as corrupt as you say he would resurrect michael jackson to perform thriller for him. Meanwhile you dey for America dey instigate youths to violence, typical African mentality please sit down. Ewu gambia . If you are serious and have done your own research it would not be news to you to know America are sending a delegation to discuss trade with togo so make sure you wait at the airport and rain curses at them ok. Ewu Gambia.

    • ND Babe

      September 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Did you examine UNICEf data or worldbank data on the economy? What about Human Rights data from the Un or human rights watch? If you are asked to sing for a few hours for $500,000 or even $ 100,000 and the average income is $1/day and maternal mortality is high, won’t you question the leadership? I don’t know Togo’s situation but This is a social responsibility issue and every musician or artist is a walking business. Also not finding much on the web suggests censorship of the media and people. That too is a flag.

    • kina

      September 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Passingby Exactly!!!!!!
      Some people just be chatting nonsense how many times have you guys checked to see were your cheap imitation design brands are made i is it not your social responsibility to know which sweatshop made them. You have political agenda un, human rights say all is well in Togo. Fight your own fight please

    • toyo

      September 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      ” The news about togo and the only person talking about it is you” Actually that is not true and i can’t believe this got so many likes. Just because you are not up to date on the current African affairs does not mean people are not talking about it. In fact togo just had a protest where millions of Togolese people matched against the president. Maybe the problem is that you don’t watch enough news to hear about togo. You said that you did your research? hmm did you really? because if you did i am sure a few episodes of keeping up with adeola would have come up. For one i know that keeping up with adeola has a few episodes dedicated to the situation in togo. I think you should watch some of her videos on youtube she is really good at covering issues going on in Africa.


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