Niyi Ademoroti: Nigerians & Our Constant Worship of Whiteness!

Niyi Ademoroti: Nigerians & Our Constant Worship of Whiteness!

There’s a scene in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s book, Americanah that consistently amuses me whenever I read it. It’s that scene where Chief about to ch

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There’s a scene in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s book, Americanah that consistently amuses me whenever I read it. It’s that scene where Chief about to change Obinze’s life, where he is telling him exactly what to do. After he tells Obinze, “Your first job will be to help me make money, but your second job will be to make your own money,” he drops a few sentences that encapsulates what whiteness means to a majority of Nigerians.

And after you register your own company, you must find a white man. You had friends in England before you were deported? Find one white man. Tell everybody he is your general manager. It gives you immediate legitimacy with many idiots in this country. This is how Nigeria works, I’m telling you.

Perhaps because it is fiction, we may be compelled to dismiss the truthfulness in those sentences. Thankfully, social media exists, and what else do we do with it but to record the drudgery of our daily lives as Nigerians? Here are a few encounters Nigerians have had with the influence of whiteness on our own motherland.

 

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