“Nigeria Is A Very Proud Place” Says Jidenna Nigerian-American Singer


Jidenna is a Nigerian-American musician. He was born in Wisconsin to an American mother, Tama Mobisson, and a father of Nigerian Igbo descent, Oliver Mobisson, a professor of computer science at Enugu State University. While been interviewed at The Breakfast Club, the Co host ‘Tha God’ asked Jidenna if his success scares him from going back to Nigeria, and the super star replied that he is not scared but rather his really delighted because Nigerians have embraced him he further revealed more about the beauty of Nigeria. Enjoy his words below
Nigeria is a very proud place, and it’s also a place where you try to humiliate if you don’t see excellence. I always tell the story of my father. 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”

“What I said was…I was referring to my mixed heritage, and being a man who may be perceived as more valuable because you are light skinned, because you look really closer to a white man which all around the world, a white man, the white man is perceived as more valuable. Unfortunately light skinned is often perceived as more valuable. So my comments were referring to that. When I went home to bury my father it was the highest kidnapping time in our area, the area that I am from, the South East Nigeria. So my family in the village was concerned about me burying my father so they said “look you have to take extra precautions this time because one-you are a foreigner, you are coming from America, and then two- your appearance is going to make you a target”

“So my comments were revolving around that but some people took it as me believing that I am more valuable or believing that light skinned people are kidnapped more than others, and it wasn’t really about that. It was about a perception of wealth”

On having fears Going back to Nigeria with his achievement he said

“No I am not afraid at all. I am not really afraid of standing anywhere. I have always stood out, and I will always stand anywhere. In fact already the Nigerian community embrace me. They have from the beginning, and they do today. That little miscommunication on Vlad TV is pretty much dead and gone right now. I just did a show with some great Nigerian, Nigerian-American artistes a couple of weeks ago in Jamaica, Queens so that show went well” he concluded


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here