Between Ghanaian and Nigerian Internet users, this is the « war » declared on the social network Twitter. « Instigator » of this conflict, probably without knowing it, the American rapper Cardi B.
The spark was part of the rapper’s announcement to apply for Nigerian nationality. An initiative she said she wanted to take after a strike by the US military that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and escalated tensions in the Middle East.
» It’s sad. This man puts Americans in danger. The stupidest move Trump has made so far … I’m applying for my Nigerian citizenship, « she tweeted. It was enough to rekindle a decades-long rivalry between Ghanaians and Nigerians, but far from the diplomatic turmoil sparked by the US offensive against Iran.
In West Africa, the tweet of the sulfurous rapper was mostly seen as a testament to her preference for Nigeria. Some Ghanaians suddenly remembered, not without humor, the flaws that can be found in the most populous country in Africa. For example, that traffic jams and power outages are more common than opulent nightclubs and luxury hotels.
« I hope you have a generator to power your home (because) they don’t have a light but we have one, » tweeted a Ghanaian surfer, adding an emoticon depicting a flag of Ghana. Some fans in Ghana have also expressed concern for the safety of the singer, warning against the Islamic extremist group based in Nigeria Boko Haram.
Of course, it didn’t take long to see Nigerian Internet users who were delighted with this interest in Cardi B – undisputed star in the United States – for their country, at a time when the return to African roots is widely promoted. .
Really named Belcalis Almanzar, the 27-year-old is of Afro-Caribbean descent from her parents who come from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic. Without any connection to Nigeria, it is currently unclear how she could acquire Nigerian nationality.
Other western stars have been able to obtain nationalities in some African countries, but have found bridges. British actor Idris Elba now has a passport from Sierra Leone, the birthplace of his late father. And American rapper Ludacris recently acquired Gabonese nationality after marrying a woman from the Central African nation.