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“Is it not the height of disrespect and insensitivity?” – M.I reacts to video Rick Ross shot in Lagos
Chocolate City rapper, MI Abaga, has taken to his personal website, to make his opinions known about the Nigerian version of ‘Hold me back’, which Rick Ross shot in some areas of Lagos.
MI was evidently not happy, as his write up showed, suggesting that the American rapper did not portray the country in good light. In his opinion, nobody can tell the Nigerian story, more than the inhabitants of the nation.
“Does it make you angry? Does it rile you to see your country portrayed as poor and suffering and full of struggle?” he asked rhetorically. “It burns you, does it not? To have some foreigner- who knows nothing of your history and pain, of the stories that flow within your blood- to have this foreigner come in and tell your story? Is it not the height of disrespect and insensitivity?
“Does it not chafe against the thick skin you have grown to cover your other wounds? Does it not make you angry? We should wax sanctimonious about national pride being slighted. We should vent our displeasure online. We should occupy something.
“Because God forbid the truth ever be told about what things really are. God forbid a stranger reminds us about those things we choose to ignore every day. God forbid we ever face the truth about ourselves. God forbid we do not go on the internet and rail about how our country is being cast in bad light. God forbid we do not talk about how there is a small minority which lives better than portrayed. God forbid we do not ignore truth one more time. God forbid we don’t.”