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Tiwa Savage’s music video for “Wanted” sparks conversation about African culture, laws and sexuality

Nigerian R&B diva Tiwa Savage has come under much scrutiny after releasing a sexy music video for her latest single, Wanted. The musician who rose to fame after being a contestant on The X Factor is dressed in a body-hugging outfit while doing some sexy moves in the video. I personally loved the video. I always say that a sexy video can either go two ways – classy or trashy, and for me this video had just enough raunch yet still maintained her dignity by remaining classy due to how tastefully it was done. There is also something to be said about the good technical/production quality of the video. There are also those who do not particularly have a problem with the raciness of the video as seen on Sisi Yemmie – saying that even her Kele Kele video was sexy. But there is a conversation that is not being had about some underlying issues in the video. On Bella Naija, one of the commenters labelled Tiwa a sex worker comparing her sexy video to the business of prostitutes. Nollywood producer and director Charles Novia also tweeted that “Whatever her hubby likes about her body should really remain within their bedroom IMO A video where a wife simulates ‘fingering’ is gross.” Many also went on to say that Tiwa was wrong for emulating American artists when the morals of Africans differ. For me, this has a lot to do with how many Africans have been raised. It is known that (especially if you are a woman) anything that is sexually suggestive is regarded as shameful and that it should be hidden. Tiwa Savage - Wanted This shame enforcement is prevalent still today. In Swaziland mini-skirts are banned for instance. The reasons stated being that they tempt men and lead to rape – which is another important factor in the conversation. Laws are being used to justify rape and women are being threatened that if they do not wear what men consider as decent, they will be raped. While the video is doing great at over 300 000 views, I hope that it starts this conversation. Women should not be told what to wear and how to behave – and most importantly, African culture and laws should not be used to justify sexual harassment. Watch the video below: Tiwa Savage – Wanted

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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