It’s been three long years since that Twitter beef between Burna Boy and AKA, and the latter wants you to know he’s over all the drama.
Following the Nigerian hitmaker performing at the DStv Delicious Festival on Saturday night and heaping the praise of fans in Mzansi as a result, tweeps found a way to drag his former friend into the mix
But AKA has moved on from the past – can the same be said for Burna Boy?
BEEF BETWEEN BESTIES
Following several xenophobic attacks in 2019, Burna Boy elicited anger from South Africans in a Twitter rant.
In it, he encouraged black foreigners living in SA to “defend and protect themselves” against SA attackers. He also warned rapper AKA to “beef up security”, in a threatening tweet that has since been deleted. This after, tweeps took offence to an old tweet by AKA throwing shade at the Nigerian soccer team.
AKA retaliated by demanding an apology from Burna Boy, who refused.
He tweeted: “All we want is an apology. We know SA is not perfect, but we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an African giant, prove it”.
A few months later Burna Boy was set to perform in the country in the Africans Unite anti-xenophobic concert at the Sun Arena. Burna was set to share the stage with fellow Nigerian star Jidenna and SA rapper Kwesta.
AKA caught wind of the concert and tweeted: “I would love to attend this show and watch this man put hands on me in my own country”
He added: “See you soon Burna Boy”.
However, due to public backlash and threats of violence, the concert was cancelled.
AKA: I HAVE NO BEEF WITH BURNA BOY
But despite their past, Burna Boy surprisingly performed his collaboration with AKA, the 2014 track All Eyes on Me, during his stint on stage.
But it was a solo for the Naija singer who left out AKA and fellow collaborators Da L.E.S and JR out of the song.
— Johnny Malepa (@JohnnyMalepa) September 24, 2022
Tweeps tagged AKA in their tweets, demanding to know if and when the local rapper would call a truce with his former friend.
“Can you squash the beef? We need you both to perform All Eyes On Me the next time we come through for your concert”, posted one tweep.
To which AKA responded: “I have no problem with Burna at all. God Bless my brother”.
It’s not the first time AKA has mentioned that it’s all water under the bridge.
Last year following Burna Boy’s Grammy win, AKA responded to Twitter criticism that he had “made” the Nigerian singer.
He tweeted: “I always knew that guy was something special. What a King. Just because I decided to defend my country doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate his greatness”.
He added: “That guy has always been who he is today. We were just fortunate to know it before the world did”.
A year before, AKA maintained that their beef should be “left in 2019”.
He tweeted in response to a tweep: “I never hated Burna. All I did was stand up for my country. I think it’s time to move past this narrative. It’s tired”.
Till present day, Burna Boy has yet to acknowledge AKA or his olive branch.