A Nigerian model has accused Beyonce of making use of African culture for personal gains without benefiting Africa.
@Dimssoo also accused the American singer of contributing by her songs to the misrepresentation of Africa, 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 things like this that make African Americans and others wonder if there is WiFi in Africa.
She also accused Beyonce of tapping her art into the richness of the African culture but never adding African countries to her tours.
@Dimssoo’s tweets come after Beyonce posted a teaser for her visual album Black is King.
Black is King uses Beyoncé ‘s 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack, released alongside The Lion King remake. The visual.
Beyonce posted the teaser, and 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.”
Beyonce added: “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.”
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