Light-skinned people don’t have it easy in Nigeria, according to American singer, Jidenna.
The Classic Man singer appeared on Vlad TV for an interview, where he discussed gender and racial issues.
In his interview, Jidenna, who declared himself as “Igbo American” stated that unlike in the US, being lightskinned put you at a bigger risk in Nigeria.
He described the South-East as being “away from the city”, adding that when you’re lightskinned, you tend to stand out.
“When I went to bury my father, I had to bring a lot of AK-47s… I had to employ military commandos… Because when you’re light-skinned, you’re a heavier target for being kidnapped, because you’re seen as more valuable.”
He added that his family had been assaulted and robbed, adding that the situation for lightskinned people had it easier in America.
Jidenna has come under criticism on social media for the comments, with many saying he conveyed a false perception and put Nigeria in a bad light.
The one time they ask Jidenna about Nigeria he gives it a negative light… Odiegwu.
— ⠀⠀ (@NonnyUzo) July 11, 2015
“In Nigeria, when you’re light skinned you’re a heavier target for being kidnapped”- Jidenna ???? I can’t, the ignorance. ??
— Beverly Naya (@BeverlyNaya) July 10, 2015
Watch the interview below.