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The Things They Say…about coveting Chiwetel Ejiofor

BgwkBb_IUAATqeqEllen DeGeneres to Chiwetel Ejiofor: “Where are you from?” Chiwetel: “I’m from London.” Ellen: “Originally from London?” Chiwetel: Yeah. But my family is Nigerian. (See video here)

Someone please get that clip to the Enugu State government before they prepare an Igbo wife and a chieftaincy title for the British actor, seeing as they have taken out a full page ad in The Nation newspaper to congratulate him for his BAFTAs Best Actor win.

And then a Facebook acquaintance, Joy Isi Bewaji, shares what he thinks about this issue. Read below and ponder.

Dear Nigerian leaders,

There are thousands of Chiwetelus in this country, if only you’ll just fix the bad roads (so they don’t die prematurely like my dear friend, Sylvester), give us electricity, reform the public school system (so they can acquire good education without breaking the bank), restore sanity and dignity in the lives of the citizens.

Chiwetelu is not Nigerian. As far as the man is concerned, you are like a sperm donor; you do not exist. This penchant for trying to scoop soup from another man’s pot is pathetic. You did not mould this man, he doesn’t belong to you – at all.

Pay attention to the young Chiwetelus in your states. Groom them.

Isn’t this a waste of government resources? The money paid for this ad can help a whole class of students with stationery and uniforms.

We need to fetch a bucket of shame and pour on our heads.

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  1. I can’t stop laughing! I comment my reserve…

  2. Misola

     /  February 19, 2014

    Joy Isi Bewaji so on point!!!!!!!!!!! smh.

  3. Yemie

     /  February 19, 2014

    Oh mehn! See gobe o! We’re in trouble in this country o. These our leaders are soooo pathetic! Misplaced priorities! Spend thrifts! Wasteful and clueless lotz! #Oversabi tinz#. At least, the guy say him be Briton, chikena abi? Fiddlesticks! Psst!

    And to the author of that open letter, I say; na u biko, you hit the nail right on the head, gbam! You rock, big time!

  4. Dr Aitasweet

     /  February 19, 2014


  5. david

     /  February 19, 2014

    OMG! I fit die here….joy is so on point…lmao!! But these people sha…grossly misplaced priorities…arse licking stupid suck-ups!

  6. anderson

     /  February 19, 2014

    Barman! Gimme one bucket of shame. Yup. For the head! Lwtmb4h.

  7. Beebah

     /  February 20, 2014

    LMHO!!…nice one J I Bewaji….btw, instead of killing gays like some people so desperately wish, why not these leaders instead??#justsaying

  8. Nonso Nnajide

     /  February 20, 2014

    Enugu people can sabi tief person oh! Chiwetel na Anambra boy. His father is from Obunagu-Amikwo. My papa accompanied his people to go and marry his mother from Umuawulu near Mgbakwu. :/

  9. Nonso Nnajide

     /  February 20, 2014

    ‘My papa accompanied his people to go and marry his mother….’ How could you have missed that? Only close relatives provide company on such occasions. 😀

    • I didn’t miss that. I was hoping however that you’ll hammer out the details of the connection. Perhaps your grandfather and his grandfather ate from the same plate of garri and soup as kids?


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