Last month, American-Nigerian singer Jidenna cleared the air via an open letter about his comments during an interview, where he had said that light-skinned are more likely to be kidnapped than dark skinned people as they are seen as more valuable in Nigeria. Click here if you missed it!
The rapper who was heavily criticized by Nigerians for those comments appeared on yesterday’s edition of Power 101.5’s Breakfast club with his Wondaland collective which includes Janelle Monae and Deep Cotton, who were grilled by the show’s hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha god.
During the interview, Jidenna was again asked about his earlier comments, which he said was a miscalculation on his part. He also shares his views on Nigeria, saying the country is a place where excellence is fostered via the story below:
“I remember coming to America, in the US you get a highest score on the test and your teacher says “bring it home to your parents. show your parents.” So I brought it home to my father like “dad I got a 98 on my math exam”, and he said “ah ah 98? Where are the other two points? Go there and bring them back, then I will celebrate with you” “And that’s how I grew up with everything I did, basketball, soccer, football. Everything that I played. In Nigeria its standard to try to check somebody if you see them making misstep. With the words that I said I didn’t make a miscalculation in my experience, but I can see how certain people perceive that.”