American rapper Cardi B’s decision to gain Nigerian citizenship has sparked a lively exchange in social media platform, Twitter, The Trinidadian descent, American born rapper announced last week that she wants to seek Nigerian citizenship.
The rapper had visited both West African nations before she eventually opted for Nigeria, a rival to Ghana in more than one way. Following her announcement, on Friday via her twitter account, citizens of Ghana and Nigeria began taunting each other.
Cardi-B said her decision to seek Nigerian citizenship was as a result of the dangerous nature of life in New-york, this comes shortly after US President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed prominent Iranian general Oassem Suleimani in Baghdad, she referred to the move as “dumb” and blamed President Trump in a tweet in which she accused the American president of endangering the lives of U.S citizens.
Here are some of the discussions going on twitter.
Ghanaians were quick to point out the pitfalls of living in Africa’s most populous nation, where traffic jams (especially in Lagos) and power cuts are more visible than opulent nightclubs and luxury hotels.
“Hope you have a generator to power your house (because) they don’t have light but we do,” one user tweeted, adding an emoticon of a Ghana flag.
Some fans in Ghana expressed concern for her safety, warning about the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
But most Nigerian fans were quick to offer up a passport exchange, underscoring the mix of pride and confusion that the 27-year-old star would prefer Nigeria to America. This week she asked fans to weigh in on whether her Nigerian name should be CHIOMA B or Cadijat.
Cardi B, who was born Belcalis Almanzar, is of Afro-Caribbean descent, tracing her roots to Trinidad and the Dominican Republic.
It was not immediately clear how the rapper might acquire citizenship in Nigeria, though a number of celebrities have recently been given honorary citizenship in other African countries.
British actor Idris Elba now has a passport from Sierra Leone, his late father’s birthplace. And fellow rapper Ludacris recently acquired citizenship in Gabon after marrying a woman from the Central African nation.