Celebrated Afro-pop singer Onesimus on Saturday night took his campaign against abuse of women to another level when he sent a man out of his show at Sunset Casa in Blantyre for beating a girlfriend.
The singer, real name Armstrong Kaluwa, got irritated on stage when, in the middle of his performance, he spotted a man under the disco lights busy hitting his girlfriend.
He immediately halted his performance and only resumed after the security personnel successfully took the abusive man out of the entertainment centre.
Said Onesimus: “Look at that guy, he is beating a woman. Please, take him out of this place or I will get off the stage. Pay him back his money. Security [personnel], I give you 30 seconds to escort the guy out of this place or I will stop singing.
“Women, if a man beats you, leave him. He does not love you. You are flowers; you need to be well taken care of. Let’s get rid of gender-based violence once and for all.”
As if trying to get the revellers understand his message better, the ‘African Butter’ got back to action to dish out one of his hit songs Solomon, which discourages men from beating women.
“Mkazi sitimenya/Mwana mkazi musamuzunze, Mwasanduka Van Damme!!!” He introduced the song as many more music lovers flocked onto the dance floor.
Solomon was followed by another popular song Maria that also advocates for women’s well-being.
Later, Onesimus called on stage a beautiful unmarried couple that appeared to be the most romantic at the centre. He sang for them before inviting them for lunch and promised to sing at their wedding for free.
Other songs which he performed include Miracle Money, Easy Baby, Panado, ‘Ndimuimbira, Here With Me, Looking For Somebody and Mr Nobody.
One of the patrons Jones Chifumbi said he was happy to see a musician of Onesimus’ calibre getting in the forefront to fight violence against women.
While describing the show as one of his best, the Mr Nobody hit-maker lauded the environment at Sunset Casa, saying the country needs more entertainment places of such and class.
He also announced that he will next year hold shows in at least six states in the United States of America (USA).
Sunset Casa co-owner female boxer Agnes Mtimaukanena said the entertainment centre was blessed to be one of the few entertainment spots to have hosted Onesmus upon his home-coming.
The artist returned home a few months ago after staying in South Africa for eight years.