Kunle Afolayan Releases Statement of apology Over His Clash With Actor Mike Ezuruonye after he accused him of being tribalistic.
In a screenshot shared by Kunle Afolayan, it could be seen that Mike was being accused of scamming women with his fame. This made Mike accuse Kunle of hating Igbos and also recounted when Kunle made a statement in the past that he doesn’t like casting Igbos because they are the ones spoiling the Nollywood industry.
Reacting to the comment of Mike Ezuruonye’s accusations, Kunle has released a statement explaining his earlier comments and how he felt it was misinterpreted.
While I did not see my innocent reaction to an indicting post by a random IG follower as capable of further hurting my friend and colleague, Mike Ezuruonye, to be labeled a tribalist in retaliation is very unfortunate. Honestly, I was misunderstood.
“My reaction, which was rather spontaneous, was to chide the IG follower who appeared to be reporting the actor to me. And I merely asked (in Yoruba) how all of that was my business. It was like saying ‘when did I become an officer of the law’. Obviously, my colleague took the context of my post wrongly and angrily accused me of tribalism.
“I do not know what gave birth to such misrepresentation. However, while I am famous for living and promoting everything that my tradition stands for as a Yoruba man, I have maintained a mutual friendship with people of other extractions, Igbos especially. It is therefore not in the interest of both of us (Mike Ezuruonye and I) to politicise our emotion with tribal colouration. For me, this is undeserving of our other friends, and goes to offend the sensibility of genuine relationships we have each cultivated with people of other tribes.
“The ideals are reflected in the themes and plots of my movies, some of which include; The Figurine, The Bridge, Phone Swap, Omugwo, and Roti.
“I have told Mike ‘I’m sorry’ since he found my post offensive. I am also apologizing to anyone who also may have seen things from his point of view. Ire o”. He added.
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