Following her emergence as the winner of the Best Alternative Song at the 12th edition of the annual awards show, Headies, which took place on Saturday, May 5, Comedian Victor Ebiye took to his social media account to state that Aramide ‘probably’ must have had a sexual relationship with the organisers for the award as she didn’t derserve it.
Aramide was announced winner of the award for her song “Fun Mi Lowo Mi” featuring Sound Sultan and Koker.
An obviously disgruntled Ebiye shared a photo on his Snapchat of the singer accepting the award with the caption:
“She can’t even believe it, lol she prolly f***ed for the award. #Headies”
His comment triggered a backlash on social media, as he was called out by men and women alike, who defended Aramide, at a time when men have been accused of verbally trolling and physically and sexually assaulting women.
Realising the extent of his blunder, Ebiye took to social media to apologise for his post, pleading for forgiveness.
I made a distasteful joke about @aramidemusic last night at the headies.I am embarrassed by my comments,I’m profusely sorry. Aramide is a hardworking artist who deserves every recognition she gets by merit. I sincerely apologize and pledge that such will not repeat itself ❤
— Ebiye Victor (@ComedianEbiye) May 6, 2018
He wrote: “I made a distasteful joke about @aramidemusic last night at the headies. I am embarrassed by my comments and I am profusely sorry. Aramide is a hardworking artist who deserves every recognition she gets by merit. I sincerely apologize and pledge that such will not repeat itself again.
I pledge to control my words in the future as things said and written cannot be taken back. ❤”
Despite his apology, some apparently cheesed off Nigerians still took to Twitter to vent their anger at him.
See tweets below:
Aramide may not be popular in mainstream media, but she is definitely a hard working & super talented Artiste. Ebiye’s comments are wrong and doesn’t represent popular opinion.
If he has apologised, we might as well accept it and move on.
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) May 6, 2018
So Apparently Ebiye said one rubbish and all of sudden you realized all of his jokes are dry?
I can’t with you pple ????
— Faithfuℓneѕѕ? (@smartfulnex) May 6, 2018
Today’s roasting is for Ebiye pic.twitter.com/DjHqyqjsPd
— Saúl Ňíguez ?? (@BrownKaftan) May 6, 2018
Ebiye go hear am for the next few days on Social Media.
Words are Like eggs once it drops it can be retracted.
— Biyi The Plug ? (@Baddman20) May 6, 2018
This comedian Ebiye is a moron. Tell him I said so. Idiot, lousy thing. pic.twitter.com/I9y8iF9qhZ
— Remi Ibinola RIO (@reminola) May 6, 2018
Ebiye of all people? Bobo you don’t have a comedy career yet but already banting people for their successes? ?
— Anietienov. (@Beanchesterr) May 6, 2018
I would say Ebiye is cancelled, but nigga wasn’t ever one to be reckoned with. Not 1 funny bone in the entire skeletal system.
— Alhaji Aboki (@GrantThe2nd) May 6, 2018