Activists in Rwanda pushing for a ban on Koffi Olomidé’s concert

A group of Rwandan activists has demanded that Congolese musician Koffi Olomidé’s concert in Kigali on Saturday be canceled.

They cite the musician’s 2019 conviction by a French court for statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15 years old.

According to the activists, allowing the Congolese star to perform at the concert “violates Rwanda’s commitments to achieve gender equality and end violence against women and girls.”

Koffi Olomidé performing on stage
Koffi Olomidé performing on stage

The coalition is made up of 29 Rwandan organizations involved in anti-gender violence campaigns.

The organizers of the concert stated that they were “not in a position to pronounce ourselves on the moral and criminal allegations,” but promised a “entertaining event.”

Olomidé is a huge star of the popular African dances rumba and soukous.

During the All Africa Music Awards in Lagos last month, he received the AFRIMA legend award.

He has previously been in trouble with the law, including allegedly assaulting one of his dancers in Kenya in 2016 and allegedly assaulting a photographer in Zambia in 2018.

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