Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Davido and Tiwa Savage criticised the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) Church for featuring them in an advert of the Church without their knowledge.
The advert, which was aimed at promoting the Church’s programme tagged 12 Days of Glory, has seen the artistes distance themselves from it.
On Davido’s path, he disclosed that he only made the video for a child who is a fan but claims the video was edited to look like an advert for the Church.
Wizkid was however more aggressive in responding to claims that he endorsed the church through the advert. He said “Starboy no dey endorse no Pastor or church o! Ogun kill u fake pastors!”
Starboy no dey endorse no Pastor or church o! Ogun kill u fake pastors!
— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) December 19, 2019
Tiwa Savage also described the video as a result of Fraud. She claimed she was ‘fraudulently approached’ without an idea that the video would be used as an advert.
She said “it has been brought to my attention that there is a viral video which includes me advertising an upcoming COZA event. I want to state that I have nothing to do with the church and certainly do not endorse their events. I’m extremely disappointed that I was fraudulently approached to simply comment on how good God has been to me and it has been wrongly edited to use my image to create an advert to deceived people. COZA this is wrong!! I will be taking action if this not immediately retracted.”
— Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) December 19, 2019
However, Elizabeth Omale, the lady in the video with her daughter has officially apologized for the confusion and misrepresentation the visual caused, stating that ” The video was in no way intended to be an official ad from the church”. Read her post below:
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I would like to make some clarifications on the video I recorded with @davidoofficial for my church, the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). The video was in no way intended to be an official ad from the church. It was simply my way of raising awareness for a program I am passionate about. I have read reports online claiming that Davido is coming to the program as an ambassador of COZA because of the video, these reports are false. He recorded that video with me and my daughter as a favour to a friend, nothing more. Also, my pastor, Pastor Biodun only reposted the video from my page because he has been reposting videos about the program. My video wasn’t the only one on his page. The video was a product of my excitement about 12DG and there was no malice intended. I apologize for the confusion and misrepresentation, and once again I’d like to say I acted as an individual and not as an official representative of COZA. Thank you.
Recall that COZA’s head pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, has been on the lips of many in recent time over rape allegations levelled against him by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo.