Celebrated Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz and his ex-girlfriend Ugandan businesswoman Zari Hassan were among the stars who featured on the new Netflix reality show dubbed Young Famous and African.
The reality show, which is already rocking the airwaves, was shot in Johannesburg and premiered on Friday, March 18.
In one episode of the series, the Jeje hit singer is seen trying to flirt with a South African musician, identified as Nadia Nakai.
However, in their conversation, sharp and unforgiving social media users noted how Diamond had “murdered” the Queen’s language.
It all started after Nakai asked the Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) owner how old he was.
“How old are you?” Nakai, donning a red dress asked Diamond.
However, the Nitarejea singer looked up and seemed to be in deep thought.
Seemingly expecting an immediate answer, Nakai questioned him why he had to think about his age.
“Why do you have to think about it?” she asked,
“No, I’m not thinking about it. I was just untying my button,” Diamond defended himself.
In a response that has since taken social media by storm, the Bongo star said he was 31st-years- old.
“I’m 31st,” he responded.
The response and how he mauled English elicited varied reactions on social media.
Fridah Macharia said: “Why do Africans find it ok if Euro people speak our languages in a broken manner, but criticize our people when they speak broken English.”
Atamba Celestine said: “Some people are really laughing at him forgetting that the man they are laughing at is a tycoon.”
Betty Bee: “Hehe leave diamond alone!!! When you engage Chinese, Italian and French men you will stop this nonsense of demonizing Africans who are not good at the Queen’s language.”
Annete Masinde said: “But the guy tried. I did not know he could even speak like that, he is trying and it wasn’t as bad as I thought, maybe only 31st.”
Judy Shiro said: “Its only in Kenya where people condemn Africans over such utterances & difficulties in refining the English dialect. Asians do this & worse yet we embrace it comfortably.. shame on us.”
Diggie Khads: “I like Diamond because he is confident if he can’t express himself in English he switches to Swahili and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.”
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