Diamond graces BET Awards red carpet in Maasai attire
Bongo star Diamond Platnumz on Monday walked the Black Entertainment Television (BET) 2021 red carpet rocking a Maasai attire complete with akala (traditional made shoes)
The Tanzanian singer, whose real name is Naseeb Juma, shared the photos of himself rocking the detailed attire with its accessories, which included a shield, machete, and a beaded neckpiece.
Maasai is a tribe found in Kenya and Tanzania, considered to among the best to have maintained its culture.
Despite the colourful display, the night did not belong to him.
Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, famously known as Burna Boy beat him and Wizkid to win BET’s Best International Act.
He was nominated alongside Aya Nakamura (France), Emicida (Brazil), Headie One (UK), Young T & Bugsey (UK) and Youssoupha (France).
Despite the loss, the Waaah hitmaker kept his chin up and thanked his fans who wished him well saying that it was an honour to have been nominated.
“Kupitia tuzo hii nimeona ni kias gani watanzania tuna umoja, upendo na kuthamini vya kwetu…Nawashkuru sana kila mmoja wenu kwa Upendo mkubwa mlionionesha… Nifaraja kuona Dunia inapotaja nchi zenye Wanamuziki bora Tanzania inatajwa, ni jambo la Kumshukuru Mungu,” he wrote.
Earlier this month, a section of Tanzanians launched a petition to have him disqualified from the awards.
The petition against Diamond who is considered one of, if not, the most popular musician in East Africa was launched on Change.org, and is based on his support of the late Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
“Diamond Platnumz is a world-renowned Tanzania music artist who used his popularity and his talent to whitewash and deodorize the brutal repression of the late dictator John Magufuli and his regime. Diamond is also a close friend and business ally of Paul Makonda the former Governor of Dar-es-Salaam who has openly persecuted and cracked down on LGBTI people,” the petition reads in part.
Here some reactions to Diamond’s outfit and loss.
Burnaboy winning wasn’t a surprise. He’s on top of his elements. But Diamond managing to keep his name in the nominees list even after all the noise, that’s something to tip a hat to. Walking in there without allowing it to affect his psyche last night, that’s tough & admirable.
— Given Edward (@GIVENALITY) June 28, 2021
— D E J I (@abayomi_xxx) June 28, 2021
Diamond Lost but the outfit won #betawards2021
— ?? (@omegaray_) June 28, 2021
I Go by the name diamond platinumz chibu de chibu de 3D simba vampaya zombi mtu mbaya????
Tulimsapoti mpaka status lakini wapi??? pic.twitter.com/cu8Uwxe9TL
— Tisoro Tisoro (@TisoroChrs) June 28, 2021
So em Mofos think Diamond Platinumz failed to grab BET caz of eim petition y'all should get some life.?
— Dada Yule (@DadaUnju) June 28, 2021
Akahisi atakuwa mwenye bahat kama laizer lakin wap?????
Pole diamond platnumz, you are still the best never giveup?? pic.twitter.com/9bosFEUriN
— MR Chelsea (@MRChelsea22) June 28, 2021