Twitter in Nigeria has been buzzing about one Jidenna. “Who is this Jidenna and what did he/she do to get so much slander from Nigerians” was the question that came to my mind. After a few hours of research, it dawned on me that the self acclaimed Igbo-American rapper/singer had committed the ultimate blunder; talk ill of Nigeria.
The singer named Jidenna Theodore Mobisson in an interview with a music channel VladTV said,
“I am Nigerian-American and more specifically I am Igbo American, Igbo being the ethnic group where I am from and that means you are in the South East of Nigeria. You are way from the city so it means when you go to your village you are the only person or one of the few people that look like you. In my case, our family is light. Therefore when we go to our village, when I actually buried my father I had to bring in a lot of AK47, I had to employ military commandos because when you are light skinned, you are a heavier target for being kidnapped because you are seen as more valuable. You are seen as white therefore you have money. You are American therefore you have more money. If you have more money then you are easy to kidnap and if you are easy to kidnap then we are going to get you. So for me being light-skinned in Nigeria, in our family, it was difficult. We have been hounded. We have been robbed. Our family has been assaulted. We have had a lot of issues. You can say these to a family that is dark skinned color. They may or may not have these experiences but for us we have always been the target but when you come to America, its the opposite. The police may look you over. They may not pull out the gun faster the way they would have done if you were darker”he said. Watch the full video: HERE
His comments FINALLY led to a unified Nigeria for the first time since the election started and ended. It wasn’t about APC or PDP anymore but about maintaining our dignity as a nation. A pretentious dignity that is. Nigeria is a country living in denial, if someone from the outside comes and says Lagos is dirty and flooded, Nigerians will form Voltron to kill him and then bury him in the same dirt they deny exists. Our country is blessed with what Fela calls “suffering and smiling” folks. We know something is wrong but we dare not acknowledge it outside the shores of the country. More like what happens in
Vegas Nigeria stays in Vegas Nigeria.
He might have gone overboard with his remarks but his comments have gospel truth written all over them. As Ofili would say” Nigeria is a country in constant denial. That’s why we are some of the happiest people on earth. Because denial is the root of happiness.”
Asides from his distasteful but very sincerely true remarks of Nigeria, Jidenna is more of a Nigerian ambassador than any other Naija born artist raised abroad. Watch his two videos Classic Man and Yoga, in his posh suits he always manages to fit an Ankara tie and pocket square in it. Then check out his instagram page, always hailing Nigerian dignitaries and talking about how he looks up to them. Or is it in his radio interviews where he always talks about how he’s half Nigerian and even coined up the word Igbo American.
….and all of a sudden, he’s an “outcast” for speaking the truth about Nigeria?
Well, hate him or love him, Naija Twitter has made the dude more popular and has brought his works (songs) to a wider audience especially among Nigerians. So thanks for the hate…lol
…and those of y’all that wana know more about this ankara tie wearing Igbo-American rapper/singer. Listen/watch some of his songs/videos. I love the dude and asides his not-so-nice remarks about Nigeria, his songs make brain.
Let’s promote good music and not be known for our slanderish (made the word up, so don’t check the goddamn dictionary) nature.
Classic Man video with over 13 million Youtube views and counting: HERE
Classic Man (Audio): HERE
Classic Man (rmx) ft Kendrick Lamar: HERE
Classic Man (rmx) ft TI: HERE
Yoga ft Janelle Monae & Jidenna (video): HERE
Yoga ft Janelle Monae & Jidenna (audio): HERE
..and my favorite song of them all.
Long Live The Chief: HERE
Enjoy good music bikonu.