In 2004, Eedris Abdukareem surprised the world and gained international attention when he engaged US rapper 50 Cent while on a plane. This happened when 50 Cent was in Nigeria for a show. This brought about revolution in the music industry as local artistes thereafter started getting good pay from shows promoters as performance fee.
In August 2012, another US rapper, Rick Ross was in Nigeria for a show. While in Nigeria, Rick Ross shot a music video for his controversial ‘Hold Me Back’ song. The Nigerian version of music video has, after its release, been criticised for the bad portrayal of Nigeria as a slum country.
Recall that his first version of the same music video was banned on BET stations for some controversial issues.
MI posted on his website, “does it make you angry? Does it rile you to see your country portrayed as poor and suffering and full of struggle?
“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 remind us about those things we choose to ignore everyday. 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.”
For those who have watch the controversial music video, was Rick Ross portraying a wrong Nigeria?