It never rains but it pours for embattled Congolese Rumba maestro Koffi Olomide, who was deported from Kenya last week for physically assaulting one of his dancers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in an incident which caused a major social media uproar. Before the dust has even settled, Zambia has banned Olomide from performing at the upcoming Agricultural and Commercial Show, a decision which has been widely applauded on social media.
In a statement posted on Facebook yesterday, which was signed by Ben Shoko, President Committee of Management, the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia said: “Following the reported unfortunate incident in Kenya, concerning Koffi Olomide, The Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia has decided to cancel his performance during this year’s show”.
Following the assault incident involving Olomide, social media was unsurprisingly unified, criticising the artist for the violence and urging authorities to act on the assault, and Kenyan authorities duly complied.
Olomide, who initially denied that he assaulted the woman, but was actually protecting her from an aggressor has since issued an apology posted on his Facebook page. “Once again I would like to apologize to my friend(s), brothers, sisters, fans and especially to the WOMAN and CHILDREN, I beg you to give me your forgiveness. #KoffiOlomide,” the post reads.
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The decision by Kenya to deport Olomide and Zambia’s resolve to ban the artist from performing during the upcoming show continue to be commended and celebrated by many on social media, seen as victories and progressive steps in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV).