Netizens mock Diamond's English speech at BOA awards
Tanzanian singer Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is a man under siege after a clip of his acceptance speech at the Best of Africa (BOA) awards went viral.
Recorded at Rosewood, London, Platinumz struggled to express himself in English after receiving the Philanthropic Endeavour Community Action Award as he addressed BOA awards attendees.
In the viral clip, Platnumz reminisced on his yesteryears as he started off from nothing and his belief in ‘dreams are valid’ for all who have talent in music.
A speech, which according to some netizens, was made in terrible English and should have instead been delivered in the language the Kanyaga hitmaker is well conversant with.
One Instagram user by the name @picturestim_manywelee, commented on the video saying that “Wapiii harmonize na kingereza chake cha saraaaa aje aonee wanaume huku,” while @simon_mwambuchi wondered “Kingereza gani hicho? Ongea Kiswahili,”
@deogratiasjenifa added, “English gani hiyo unarudia tu eti positive way,”
Nevertheless, @official_mnogaking80 had a different opinion; “Best speech. Short and clear.”
Despite the backlash, the singer was unperturbed and took to Instagram where he shared a picture of him with former Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, who was also in London for the awards.
"First of all, am so grateful and honoured to receive this award, and I believe this award will motivate more youths back home and to change the mindset of a lot of musicians," Diamond said in the speech that went viral.
BOA has been celebrating and rewarding Africans artists and players for their philanthropic endeavours and achievements in society.
Artistes and players with the greatest impact in the preceding year have been winning the award, with former Arsenal player Alex Iwobi among players who recently won the award in 2018.