Tina Turner’s View on Africans Makes It Extremely Hard For Me To Mourn Her.

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readMay 25, 2023

Yet another reason to avoid deifying celebrities and see them for what they truly are.

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Yesterday, the passing of one of the most outstanding musicians of the 20th century was announced.

And the outpouring of grief was perfectly understandable.

Not very many artists get to reinvent themselves through the decades in the way that she has.

But Tina Turner was no ordinary artist.

Right from the very beginning with Ike Turner, her mettle and dynamism set her apart from the rest.

And these unique talents carried through the peaks and troughs of her personal life and musical career and allowed her to leave the brutally abusive Ike Turner with nothing only to emerge better and stronger than before.

But there’s a sordid aspect to the now departed Ms. Turner that most folks don’t know about.

The fact that she went to apartheid South Africa to perform.

While it is important to point out that it wasn’t just her — Eartha Kitt and Ray Charles also had the dubious distinction of going to a country, which was doing to Africans what the Dixiecrats were doing to them in the South.



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible