A hitherto unknown American entertainer born to a Nigerian father and American mother has incurred the wrath of Nigerians by saying in an interview that he had to import AK-47 rifles into Nigeria for personal protection when he came to Nigeria for his father’s funeral.
Below is an excerpt from his interview:
“I have had a particular type of upbringing that is not the traditional. Whatever the traditional is for a light skinned mixed African American. 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.
Here’s what Nigerians had to say about that:
Today 'Jidenna' is gonna trend even more than his music
— Sisi Tobi. (@tobss__) July 11, 2015
Jidenna be like pic.twitter.com/xqpwoUcB9F
— Bennibor (@Badboylaime) July 11, 2015
Assumin Jidenna was frm Ghana, he wld haff gotten away wit dis.Lil' did he knw dat Nigerians are beast on Twitter, dey wil eat him 4 brkfast
— IG: tundefancy (@tundefancy) July 11, 2015
Jidenna only confirmed what we already know. Living abroad is not synonymous with having sense. Dude overrated himself & his skin colour.
— Dipo Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) July 11, 2015
Jidenna is a successful version of 2nd Niger Bridge.What is "Igbo-American"? Like they have Sicilian-Americans instead of Italian-Americans?
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 11, 2015
This whole jidenna thing is funny, like did he think he was the first light skin half cast in naija? *laughs in Ramsey Noah*
— ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@UzoForGod) July 11, 2015
I mean this jidenna guy is not half as rich as the filthy rich people in the east. So why are they kidnapping him? So he can sing for them?
— chekwube (@vichaey_) July 11, 2015
Nigerians' reaction after listening to what Jidenna had to say about Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/GyRagCMOON
— Ébuka. (@CoolNerd_) July 11, 2015
So, going with Jidenna's logic, Wande Coal is probably the safest person in Nigeria.
— JUSTIN (@Layken_Odabo) July 11, 2015
Jidenna is that African kid your African parents warned you about
— ⠀ (@_umanta) July 11, 2015
By the time Nigerians are done with Jidenna, his jerrycurl will disappear. He is not even proper light skin. Party Jellof rice kinda colour
— One woman Army (@zynnnie) July 11, 2015
Jidenna said he took AK-47s and hired commandos when he went to Nigeria.. Had me like pic.twitter.com/ObhMWo4Mjk
— Ade the Chairman (@pyrex_95) July 11, 2015
@Jidenna just for your information… No one in Nigeria is trying to kidnap you.. No body actually knows you and your suit
— NEGUS (@ojay_red) July 10, 2015
"In Nigeria, when you're light skinned you're a heavier target for being kidnapped"- Jidenna I can't, the ignorance.
— Beverly Naya (@BeverlyNaya) July 10, 2015