OPINION| Dispelling The Myths About African Americans By Nigerians : What Are African American’s Crimes? – Part 1

Eniti a pe kowa jeun toun dini lowo mu — Yoruba Proverb.

“A guest trying to hinder or disrespect the host”

Part 1 (June 1, 2023)

I am aware, that many may object to the severity of my language, but is there not cause for severity? I will be hash as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation…. I am earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HAERD — William Lloyd Garrison, January 1, 1831.


John F. Kennedy reminded us that the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and repeated. And, Mahatma Gandhi said, “we but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do”. And, Jim Rohn recapped that for things to change, you have to change to affect the desired change. While, Abraham Lincoln  insisted that the best way to predict the future is to create it.

We were all human until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us ― Unknown. While ignorance questions our knowingness, the illusion of knowledge challenges the dimension of our intelligence. Africans, and African Americans are in a warfare they did not initiate based on misinformation of the truth. And, in every war, the first casualty is TRUTH ― Aeschylus. No one wins until someone changes the story. We must correct the omissions and errors of the truth between us. We must change the past narratives and articulate our future stories in a palatable manner. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge — Daniel Boorstin. There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance ― Socrates. 

Lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories are not free speech. They are fraud and propaganda ― DaShanne Stokes. While, repetition does not transform a lie into a truth ― Franklin Roosevelt. And, truth hates delay ― Seneca. Thus, truth builds the bridge of trust; whereas, lie breaks it ― Ehsan Sehgal. In other words, Victor Hugo believes it is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. However, people who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned James Baldwin.

The said Yoruba adage says: ‘Bi omode ba subu, yio wo iwaju, bi agbalagba ba subu, yio wo ehin’ (Upon falling, a youngster looks ahead for help; but an elder looks back for the cause)

This is a letter of appeal to the new generations of Africans to see itself and their conscience. It is not acceptable for Africans to traduced African Americans. I hope pardon for the boldness of this submissions. However, I am by no means apologetic for my observations, informed analysis, interrogations, and or mitigation strategies. It is not a hope that our relationship will change, but it is my duty to bring about a changed relationship. It must be opined to bridge the gap.

I have been on this mission for decades to bridge the gap between Africans and African Americans and to gain understanding and principles for dealing with each other in harmony, respect and with dignity. I saw how, over time, this degenerating relationship leads to a small amount of gain, and control of wealth and power, which hurts our collaboration to develop into a distinguishable force in America and beyond.

And, from the womb of time, Nigerians have been pulverizing African Americans in their country for no apparent reason; hence I often seek this pertinent question from Nigerians to gain understanding and insight into their crimes toward Nigerians in America. And I submit: What are African American’s crimes toward Nigerians that necessitate their persecution with disrespect at will and abuse, particularly from the Yorubas?

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen 

the side of the oppressor — Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

A short history lesson to Africans, particularly Nigerians, African Americans high labor force was very critical to the foundational growth of America and her economy. Their immersed contributions, sacrifices and triumphs, struggles and achievements resulted to benefits most Africans cannot enjoy in their home countries. 

The wealth of the early colonies was so dependent on slavery that the American dream never would have happened without it. That system is still in place today. Corporate greed, the need for more, and racism are so intrinsically tied together, it’s hard to tell one from the other. Slavery, American’s first sin, was powered by the need for cheap, and expandable labor. Entire civilizations were destroyed to build this country on our backs Lenny Duncan, Dear Church.

This group of Africans is notoriously known for labeling people. The Yorubas particularly are noted for this behavior. In Nigeria, they label other tribes, even amongst themselves to prove a sense of superiority, academic arrogance, rivalry or affluence.

This disreputable group, the Yorubas are the chief architect of this atrocity towards African Americans. It is the most disastrous labeling of all times, calling African Americans Akata, meaning an ugly animal; fill in the gaps with all conceivable adverse nuances imaginable, but Why! Why!! Why!!!  Mark Twain advised that you can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus. And, according to Dr. Ray Hagins, in order for those who have been misled to begin to see “correctly”, they must have a clear, analytical understanding of the origin, strategies, mechanics, purpose, and methods of the device that has blinded them in the first place. Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind — James Baldwin. 

Hence, Nigerians must remove their cloudy lens of America; an error or ignorance with perceived confidence. Richard Wright once remarked that blacks and whites are engaged in a battle over the description of reality, their experience is different, and so they interpret the facts of the world around them differently. 

I encourage Nigerians to review the word “white” and compare the burden attached to the word “black” in their most advanced dictionary. The American experience that African Americans see is generally quite different from what other Americans witness. When African Americans describe America, they often see a different America.  

Unfortunately, Nigeria is a country which incentivize impunity, 

rewards criminalities and nurtures moral profligacy.

These derogatory attitudes, narrow-mindedness or negativities toward African Americans align with Minister Louis Farrakhan definition of the word “Nigger” as worthless, senseless piece of shit. Is this the Nigerian’s depiction of African Americans?  

It disrespects with preconceived negative connotations and degenerates cooperative relationships between African Americans and Africans, particularly with Nigerians. Everyone has the right to dignity. By respecting others, we honor life in all its beauty, magic, diversity and unpredictability. And African Americans have the right in America to behave as they want or wish without being apologetic to any group of immigrants. However, imagine if Africa brings her Africanness, and African Americans their Americanness,  the formidable powers of harmony, dignity, and healing. 

Therefore, forming viable communities with African Americans and being in communities lead to a healthy sense of belonging, greater generosity, better distribution of resources, and a greater awareness of the needs of the self and others. Thus, in a community, the need of the one are the needs of the many. A Yoruba proverb about togetherness (Ẹyẹ ò lè fi apá kan fò); Birds cannot fly with one wing. We need one another, and together we can do more. Where is the Yoruba’s gift of sympathy?

While Nigeria appeals to Africans in the diaspora to invest in Nigeria, their politicians and the elites invest their loot abroad. What a contradiction or paradoxical fraud. Yet, Nigerians in America disrespect African Americans, the most advanced and affluent African descent.

I am essentially labeled “The African American lover and a defender”. To me, it is a badge of honor. I gladly accept challenging these myths because truth is its own defense, and truth is universal. And the truth is always the truth. An African American lover or a defender I would be. So mote it be. Sadly, I have roots there but am detached because I do not belong there. 

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for Humanity Horace Mann.

I should remind Africans of the roles African Americans played in Ota Benga’s life, a Mbuti man who was brought to the America from Central Africa and displayed at the Saint Louis World’s Fair (1904), the Museum of Natural History, and the Bronx Zoo Monkey House (1906). Where were Nigerians in America to defend their fellow African  in 1904 or 1906?

While African Americans demand reparation from her government, has African Union (AU) apologized to African Americans for the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trades, the sins of our forefathers’ collaboration? Four hundred years later, Africa is appealing to African Americans for help to develop Africa, while simultaneously, a new generation of Africans is disparaging African Americans. They are ignorant to history and consciously reluctant to learn the past history of their forefathers sins. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. noted that nothing in all the world is more

dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Africans always state, and claim how the continent is endowed  with abundant mineral resources. However, a country is not rated based on what are underground but rather on how it manages what are above the ground and exploits the natural mineral sources. Africa; is a continent where the leaders behave with impunity, yet justice is the end of government and civil society. Societies where the strong readily unite to oppress the weak and the weak are not secured against the violence of the strong.

Africa, is a continent where impunity thrives, and criminalities rewarded.

Nigerians generally think they are the smartest, most enlightened,  stylish and most educated of all Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Formal education makes you a living, and self-education makes you a fortune, as posited by Jim Rohn. In spite of that, they are from a country drowning in corruption, and want to export their product, called “corruption” to other countries in the attempt to outsmart or gain the systems. That is why most African countries do not tolerate them. 

If Nigerians claim to have all those wonderful qualities, why is Nigeria  the poverty capital of the world? Nigerians blame their leaders for their utter poverty, but who are selecting these leaders? We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office — Aesop, the rainbow coalition of the Nigerian leaders in office. Unfortunately, Sumner Sambo observed and declared Nigerians as bad decision-makers when selecting good leaders and complaining later about bad governance. He also affirmed that Nigeria builds strong men instead of strong and viable institutions.

Are Nigerians not the leaders they want their leaders to be?

Nigerians are a product of a failed and a beggar state. She is in a comatose stage and needs urgent care. Oby Ezekwesili confirmed that Nigeria needs to be rescued urgently. In short, Nigeria is a serial failure. Conversely, Nigerians may claim to be the smartest, most enlightened, stylish, loudest, arrogant, most educated and aggressive, and so on. They are suffering from a chronic deadly infectious disease called “corruption”. Hence they want to prove their relevance and superiority over African Americans. That is why they must not be allowed to infect the world, particularly African Americans, in their quest to connect with the motherland.

Nigerian politicians are valuable nothing — anonymous.

Apart from political leadership catastrophe, there are paternal failures, I categorized as “Poor Planning” by the parents. Africans tend not to discuss this syndrome called  “Elders and God Giveth.”  Generally, most Africans do not challenge or interrogate elders, even when they are dead wrong due to cultural values. This is why the elders and rogue politicians get away with impunity. 

On the other hand, parents have children they cannot afford or maintain, stating; “God giveth and God will take care of them”. When parents transfer their responsibilities to God while simultaneously relegating them to their children and forcing them to become the breadwinners, resulting in a psychological state of learned instability, it creates a nefarious survival mentality, an impediment to their development and life’s success. This self-inflicted poverty created by the parents is some contributing factor to the high divorce rates among Nigerians in the diaspora. 

Being smart is not unique to Nigeria, as they always claim to fame. Reference any 

country without intelligent people? However, in the case of Nigeria, Nigerians are 

hypocrites while brilliantly corrupt and have perfected the act because it is 

normative and institutionalized in their instruments of governance.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe Frederick Douglass.

Dwight Eisenhower hypothesized that a people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. While Rufai Oseni redefined the quote in Nigeria’s context as a nation that values privileges over virtues, the people will soon lose both. Nigeria has become that nation, a classic case…the system is so corrupt that people get their way. In any society where the government institutions have become the enemies of the Rule of Law, that society eventually decays from within. 

Nigerian institutions have become the enemies of the Rule of the Law; hence it is in a state of lawlessness with impunity and absolute corruption. And Prof. Bola Akinteriwa indicated that Nigeria is fundamentally dishonest. Furthermore, Nigeria is mentally corrupt, and compounded by the poverty of the mind syndrome.   

The greatest tragedy that can befall a nation is for its citizens to suffer collective amnesia; the only country where terrorists are called bandits and are repenting, given special treatment while the families of their victims are in internally displaced people (IDP) camps in agony. Yet, those that were supposed to talk kept quiet because of their selfish and greedy ambition, claimed innocence of all these evils, now campaigning for votes Prof. Wole Soyinka.

Nigeria is a serial failure where the fragile democracy is on sale.

Unfortunately, this governance, the basic principles of democracy, respect for the Rule of Law vanished from the elites’ consciousness. It became an instrument used by the elites to propagate bad governance with impunity that became the currency on the continent. Hence, Africa must develop and define its system of religions and governance to meet Africa’s needs. 

A Nigerian Yoruba physician  in Michigan once described the Yorubas as people that create a faux reality, the most arrogant, duplicitous, pusillanimous, and laziest group in Nigeria, even the way they lazily dance. What an observation! However, the Yorubas think otherwise, as the most brilliant group. A country where self, supersedes the African spirit and the concept of Ubuntu. A place where three individuals without wealth creation are wealthier than 83 million others. 

That is why one of the biggest internet scam that defrauded America over $1.9B was perpetuated by a Nigeria, a Yoruba, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas aka Hushpuppi,  now serving an eleven year prison term. Hushpuppi and his accomplice, when arrested, had in their possession: (a) $40m cash, (b) 13 luxury cars worth $6.8m, (c) 21 computers, (d) 47 smartphones, and (e) a list of two million names of victims. He also defrauded other countries on different continents.

Concurring with Abumere Igboa, head of cybersecurity at Stanbic IBTC, the main reason why internet fraud continues to be rampant in Nigeria is because family and friends of the fraudsters do not reprimand them. Youth who are still in school take large amounts of money home to their parents, and though it is rarely acquired through legal means, they are celebrated for it. 

God Bless America! America, the possibilities!!

About The Writer

I was born in one country, but I found my life in another. Africa, however, moulded my foundation, and America shaped it; the world fine-tuned and polished my ideas. I am a Renaissance man and a visionary with the mind of a strategist. A leader of self with an eye for beauty and a simple taste, easily satisfied with the best. And I have a deep-rooted, innate curiosity for knowledge, grounded by intellectual humility with absolute courage to act with tenacity and confidence, no matter the complexity of the challenges.

Hence, I am very grateful for the opportunities which put me in a unique position to analyze Africa’s issues intensely and critically. A revisionist and a shock therapist of truth to the conscience of Africa to see itself. Thus, I am not abashed to harangue the ills of Africa because it is a disrepute for Africa at the expense of the truth, because truth is its own defense, and truth is universal. While, the truth is always the truth, a potent tool, for this reason, truth is the Soul of All Gods, as expressed by Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s  name, Maatkare — Truth is the Soul of the Sun God. And, some fundamental truths are worth defending. Therefore, the voice of truth is easily known, and it is free.  While, credibility is earned through action, practiced by words and knowledge.

That is why I am a veteran advocate for bridging the gap between Africans and African Americans, not because I was born in Africa but because Africa runs in our veins. A vision for better today and tomorrow is in our hands. It is time to change. Happiness and kindness never decrease by being shared. Unfortunately, most of the uphill battles and oppositions stem from Africans and African’s close-mindedness. The only way to ensure a better future is to create it. The world is changing, change your thinking. When we change, the world will change with and for us.

My final supplication is for my mind to continue to grant me the wisdom and understanding to pursue truth in knowledge!

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From the desk of Bamidele Adeoye, DBA. 

Research Consultant & Adjunct Prof. CIS 

Email: [email protected] 

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