Hope your Sunday is going well? I don't know if you guys have seen this new video by Rick Ross, "Hold me back" it was shot in Nigeria.
A lot of controversy has arisen following the release of the video. Some Nigerians are so angry that he went to the slums and that is the only part that is being showcased in this video.
Well, we all know how all these foreigners enjoy making themselves feel better by trying to portray Nigeria as helpless and forever needy. Everyone that is trying to make a name as a philanthropist will decide to go to Africa to give alms while making sure that it is well televised and publicized. For them it is such a big and bold thing in their portfolio to go to Africa and offer help. I am not oblivious of all that or pretending to be. I am not saying that this was his intention here, as I cannot say for sure. My only question however is, did he shoot this video in Nigeria? Let me answer that. We all know the answer is a big yes.
Again, let's get it straight. He is not claiming that this is Nigeria, right?
So perhaps all those getting mad can stop for a second and think. Some of us do not even know that parts like those do exist and we still believe that he should concentrate on the great parts of Nigeria and pretend like these parts do not exist. Well, we might live in that part of the society which we believe is appealing and not condescending to be described as our home, but the fact still remains that there are some Nigerians who still live in these parts and that is all the home they know. Should we all concentrate and portray only the parts that are convenient for us because we may not want to relate with these suburbs as our home? The people living in these slums are Nigerians and deserve as much right of enjoying the good in Nigeria just like everyone else. Let's face it, if you like live in V.I, Aso Villa, Asokoro, Lekki, the beautiful garden city of PH and the likes, the fact still remains that this is part of Nigeria and as long as it continues to exist and we do not make efforts to eradicate it, it is our home.
I will not try to be mad at CNN or the foreign media for always trying to concentrate on these parts. I will always blame our leaders for giving them the opportunity.
I will not forget when my classmate asked me if I woke up every morning to hop on trees to find food back in Africa or if I lived in a cave. I wanted to take a big offence, but I just gave him the benefit of the doubt and blamed it on CNN.
My point is, let's not try to be ignorant about the impact these images are creating. Most of the people watching these videos have never visited Africa so they do not know your beautiful, fancy abode. This is all they know. Or haven't you seen messages like the ones portrayed in the picture below everywhere? Concerned people hopping on social media sites to salvage the last that is left of our image. It should tell us something. Something is definitely not right.
The fact still remains that until we do something, Nigeria as a whole is a freaking third world country where access to healthy living condition is not ensured. You might be living even more comfortable than most people abroad, as long as there are people in Nigeria that are still living in these kind of conditions, all of that doesn't count. So please people, getting mad at Rick Ross is not the solution here, we should be asking our leaders why we provided a place like that for Rick Ross to feature in his video in the first place.
You can be sure I'll never gloss over the truth :)
Have a lovely week ahead lovelies