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Monday, August 24, 2020

Nigerian Musician Davido Says He Was Mocked At US College For Being Black

David Adeleke, Nigerian Afropop singer who best goes by the name Davido, says he was mocked for being black while he was at a college in Alabama in the United States.






The award-winning singer brought the revelation to light in an interview with recording artist organisers of the Grammy Awards, wherein he reflected on some of his experiences with racism.

He said he was often the butt of racial jokes due to his colour at the college which is dominated by whites.

“It’s crazy, because I’m from both America and Africa, so I know how both sides think. I went to school in Alabama. I went to college at 15. I was very young. And Alabama was a predominantly white state,” he said.

“So being an African kid in a university where it’s 13% black people, it’s amazing. It’s not easy. I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, “Yo, why you look at me like that?” And not even just being black, being African. They used to ask me questions like, “Yo, how’d you get to America?” I’m like, “What you mean? I came on a plane.” “Oh, y’all got airports?

“It’s crazy because like I said, I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, this was when I was 15, 16, so I’ve always understood like, yo, this is going to happen. You know what I’m saying? Sometimes just because of the color of your skin, you might not get a lot of honesty from somebody. You feel me? So it was just crazy.”

The ‘OBO’ crooner, however, said while attention has been majorly on racial attacks against blacks by whites, there is need also to look into inherent hatred among blacks.

“The other way I look at it, we’re screaming Black Lives Matter, right? But we killing ourselves too. So the conversation is both sided, it goes both ways,” he said.

He went on to commend the fact that the narrative about Africa has been changing for good, adding that many Americans now crave to visit the continent.

“Now every American wants to go to Africa. Everybody wants to know where they’re from. So it’s good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. Even with fashion. You got designers that making African print fashion, so it’s not only music. The culture is being felt everywhere,” he added.

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24 comments:

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    1. He obviously lived in the ghetto, what the "h" is Yo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

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    2. 🀣🀣🀣🀣 sorry o davido

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    3. Davido, Africa has many countries biko! A whole continent for that matter!

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  2. Scripted. I must talk

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  3. Alabama? Not surprised. Along with Arkansas it's amongst the most racist, backwards, red neck states in the US. Wetin carry am reach that side? I'm guessing he went to the University of Alabama and i have heard countless horror stories of racism faced by the black students there.

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    1. I will never live in a place like Alabama..
      There are lots of Nigerian kids schooling there.
      When l first saw pictures of some places in the Deep South, like, Montgomery, Louisiana, Mississippi, etc l was like, even Abonema, looks better in than some of those places..

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    2. To think my grandparents went to school in Alabama, they must have suffered alot emotionally. Little wonder they were also pro African , especially Nigeria.

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    3. I lived in Mississippi which is next to Alabama. Black Americans were just as—sometimes even more “racist” towards us Africans. I understand where he is coming from.

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  4. Black on Black violence is a white man's narrative to minimize police (state sponsored violence) against black men.
    These are 2 diff categories.

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    1. Exactly!!!πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ It’s a deflection. I read a powerful essay on this subject...I didn’t even realize it until then.

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    2. yeah but still a menace that has to be addressed.

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  5. But then in your mind you will be like "who is your father ? " sorry, they will nor laf you again

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  6. Wow he is American and African. He went to all these school and nigga could hardly compose a good sentence in english. He speaks like an illiterate.

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  7. In college at age 15? Hmmmm, ok o. These lies must be for benefit of Nigerians who don’t know how schools are age based in America

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    1. There are lots of kids that age in colleges here. Lots of Nigerian kids l mean.

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    2. its amazing how some of you are so myopic cos you just live in your world down the street and back

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