Ezuruonye had accused Afolayan of being tribalistic after the latter posted a message allegedly sent to him by a random Instagram follower accusing Ezuruonye of scamming women and lying about it.
The actor fumed that Afolayan did not find out the true story before posting the information online. He added that Kunle Afolayan hates the Igbo people and described his action as “stupid and unethical.”
“The small respect I had for you is gone, yes I wrote u that in your sick DM. U touched the wrong guy by posting this on your twitter and Instagram stories…Guy, U buy wrong Market!!
“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,” Kunle Afolayan stated.
“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 moviemaker further said he has offered an olive branch on the matter. “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 wrote.
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