After a week of criticism and the battle of words between fans and petitioners, the Intore Entertainment has raised a green card for Koffi Olomide’s concert that is expected this weekend.
Petitioners have been contesting Olomide’s concert since the week back, following the circulation of his coming to Rwanda.
Despite the huge criticisms, the organizers of the event, Intore Entertainment confirmed that the concert slated this Saturday will go on at Kigali Arena.
“From our entertainment perspective, we also respect thousands of fans who have expressed interest to participate in this concert and will do our best to deliver a safe and entertaining event on the 4th December 2021 at Kigali Arena,” the Intore entertainment communique read.
The petitioners whose claims seem to lose eligibility after Intore communique argue that Olomide’s track record in violating the rights of women would encourage young males and detrimental to positive masculinity in case he is allowed to perform in Kigali.
Feminists are exchanging words with fans while laying dissenting views on the concert that is sponsored by SKOL.
Meanwhile, the lead petitioner, Sylvie Nsanga, has been advocating for the cancellation of the concert before and after the organizers released the announcement.
Through #CancelKoffiKigaliConcert, Nsanga’s latest tweet about the matter said that men and boys have the right to favor the feministic side of opposing their fellow men who are not respecting the rights of women.
“Thanks for standing for what is right and for showing solidarity and this time, we need it the most. Men and boys need to have the courage to say no to the ‘boys men’s club’, they need to fight sexism and rape apologists,” she wrote congratulating a male supporting feminist.
High profile figures and politicians have also joined the debate, an example is a Valentine Rugwabiza, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who wrote that no one should be a bystander or neutral for gender based violence.
Koffi Olomide has remained silent on the matter. He shared a video on Friday morning promising to deliver a great show.