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Asake criticized for ‘unauthorized tribute’ at concert



Nigerian musician Asake has faced stern criticism from the family of deceased Rebecca Ikulemo for utilizing her images in a tribute during his concert.

The incident has brought to light the lack of communication and sensitivity exhibited by the artist in the wake of the tragic events.

Rebecca Ikulemo lost her life after sustaining injuries at Asake’s December concert in London, where the crowd experienced a crush. The Nigerian Afrobeats singer and songwriter, Asake, was performing at the O2 Academy Brixton when the unfortunate incident occurred. Rebecca’s sister, Racheal Ikulemo, took to social media, particularly X, formerly known as Twitter, to express her frustration and disappointment with Asake’s actions.


What a sorry excuse of a tribute from @asakemusik,” Racheal wrote, addressing the artist. “My sister lost her life at your show, and you haven’t spoken to a single member of my family since. But you can hold another concert in London less than 9 months later and play her videos as tribute?”

The accusatory tone of Racheal’s message underscores the family’s perception that Asake’s actions were insensitive and inappropriate.

Supporters of Asake were quick to respond, stating that the artist had extended his condolences and reached out to the family through a social media post shortly after the tragic incident occurred. In his post, Asake had expressed his grief and conveyed his sincere condolences to Rebecca’s loved ones. He mentioned that he had spoken to the family and would continue to do so during this difficult time.

However, Racheal remained resolute in her stance, emphasizing that the issue was not about condolences but rather about obtaining consent before utilizing Rebecca’s images and videos for a tribute. “My point is, he should not be using her videos or giving a ‘tribute’ without speaking to my family beforehand for consent,” she firmly stated in response to the defending fans.


This incident brings to light the broader issue of artist responsibility and communication during times of tragedy. While Asake’s initial condolences were acknowledged, the family’s point of contention revolves around the unauthorized use of Rebecca’s materials in the tribute. The lack of prior consultation with the family raises questions about respect and sensitivity in such delicate matters.


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