Nigerians have been slamming Nigerian-American singer Jidenna Theodore Mobisson after he said says he had to ‘import” AK47s and employ military commandos during his recent rip to Nigeria for his fathers burial.
Tiwa Savage’s hubby, Teebillz took to instagram to slam him ,saying Nigerians should not buy his music,and 9ice’s ex wife and businesswoman,Toni Payne didn’t agree with him.She feels Jidenna may have been misconstrued.. She also let Teebillz know Jidenna already got to where he is without Nigerians buying his songs..
“I really thought this Nigga was classy until I saw @bizzleo1 post. I think you just a classy liar @jidenna you already there so why you got to be a Falsifier to kick it in Hollywood bruh? Im a very proud dark skin Yoruba Nigerian! if I hear say any naija person buy your music, ARE YOU LIGHTER THAN @bankywellington or you sing pass am @jidenna ? #NoExcuseForIgnorance”
See his exchange with Toni Payne below
This is what Jidenna said, which angered many
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.