Ellen 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.