Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Nigeria Rick Ross loves to show

Hey Lovelies

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


Love always
JB

22 comments:

  1. I find it annoying when Nigerians decide to scream when foreigners decide to show that part of country we all would like to pretend does not exist.

    Yes, Rick Ross had to come remind us that all is not well with our country...he shows us and are mad because he has decided to shore the world, reality of 80% of our people.

    If we do not want the world to see our country as bad as it is then we should hold our government accountable to do the right thing.

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    1. Exactly my point dear, exactly my point!
      The fact that some people have decided to get used to it and pretend like everything is right, just because they do not know the pains the people that live in such deplorable conditions go through, still does not make everything right.
      When something is not right, it should be fixed

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  2. Ermm the video isn't playing LMFAO
    great point of view tho :-)

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    1. Hey thanks for noticing and for taking the time to read and comment :)
      The post was scheduled on Saturday, as of then, the video was still working. It's been fixed now, Enjoy :)

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  3. The truth is that ignorance exists amongst foreigners, true. And in as much as we do not aim to fan their 'wild thornberrys' perspective of Africa we also need to accept that more than half of our population lives in these conditions. There is a wide economical gap in Nigeria - fact. Slums or Island! This is Nigeria

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    1. Either way, the truth has to be told, pleasing or unpleasing, good or bad.
      Thanks for coming around

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  4. All those people that were complaining should go and hug transformer. They are probably part of the lucky few that don't live on less than $2 a day and are able to be their own local government with their dependable generator, personal bore hole/well, and fancy suv that runs over potholes with great ease. If they are truly upset about the portrayal of their country, they should do something constructive about it, such as demand better governance. Otherwise, they should shut up and realize that what they see is what they get.

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    1. LOL at "go and hug transformer" I couldn't agree less

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  5. Well said MsJB. It seems we need foreigners to keep reminding us that the poor are among us and sadly they probably constitute 80% of Nigeria.
    Like you said, ou governments are too blame. Cause of such stark poverty did not exist the foreign media would not have pictures like that to show.
    I prefer the focus on the poor than an Ovation Magazine displaying the affluence of the Nigerian rich.

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    1. Yea, because overtime we simply tend to forget that they still exist
      Thanks for coming around

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  6. ....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...

    *deep sigh*

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  7. I couldn't agree more with every point you raised here. Well thought through!

    Girl, infact I have fallen in love with you. YOU ARE SO TALENTED!
    I've been scrolling through your blog all day and to say it's beyond versatile and creative, is just me lacking the right words. Creative and credible write-ups spanning through so many topics, interests and writing styles being churned out on the regular. How do you do it?
    Actually, I first saw your youtube channel. You dance amazingly, sing great, write poems, not to mention your delivery of the poems. I saw the "Re: Why I hate religion but love Jesus". Your voice, the poem, everything, I was convinced to pay attention.

    Ok I'll stop now but really, you're amazing. Keep it up


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    1. Aww, I try. I thank God for the gifts, and thank you for the very nice words
      God bless

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    1. Thanks Stelzz
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  10. so on point. Nigerians should stop making noise jare...i like the video very well. Whether we like it or not it's our reality...let's quit pretending all is well when nothing is well.

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