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I was mocked for being black at college in US – Davido


Popular Nigerian singer, Davido shared his experience on how he was subjected to racism while in college in Alabama, United States.

In an interview with Recording Academy, the organisers of the Grammy Awards, Davido said he was mocked for being black in the college filled with whites. Davido who also talked about hatred among blacks, added that this occurred when he was just 15-years-old.

Read what Davido said below; 

It’s crazy, because I’m from both America and Africa, so I know how both sides think. I went to school in Alabama. I went to college at 15. I was very young. And Alabama was a predominantly white state. 

“So being an African kid in a university where it’s 13%  black people, it’s amazing. It’s not easy. I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, “Yo, why you look at me like that?” And not even just being black, being African. They used to ask me questions like, “Yo, how’d you get to America?” I’m like, “What you mean? I came on a plane.” “Oh, y’all got airports?

“It’s crazy because like I said, I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, this was when I was 15, 16, so I’ve always understood like, yo, this is going to happen. You know what I’m saying? Sometimes just because of the color of your skin, you might not get a lot of honesty from somebody. You feel me? So it was just crazy.

“The other way I look at it, we’re screaming Black Lives Matter, right? But we killing ourselves too. So the conversation is both sided, it goes both ways.”

On Africans changing the narrative, Davido said; 

“Now every American wants to go to Africa. Everybody wants to know where they’re from. So it’s good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. Even with fashion. You got designers that making African print fashion, so it’s not only music. The culture is being felt everywhere.”


  1. CRAP – what university did he attend at age 15-16, name the school and year. In Nigeria, people make fun of one if they come from different tribe or from same tribe but different side of it. Not every American wants to go to Africa, for what? Because Africa has been more of a curiosity does not translate to huge migration. Many Africans given opportunity will leave for good. As a black race, put too much emphasis and weight on RACISM and TRIBALISM when in all fairness, Africans are the most discriminating people, and Nigerians show their inter and intra tribal squabbles reason the world’s most populous black nation is yet to find its footing.

    On fashion, what fashion? The measure of impact is demonstrated on GDP – how much is US GDP impacted by African style fashion – insignificant such that it is not reported or quantifiable to attract notice. Until dollar amount is known and tracked, in economic analysis it does not account. While there is supposed interest, many non-black will not go looking to buy and wear African style-themed fashion. There is no VALUE IN EXCHANGE for most African fashion – that’s many are not looking to buy it even when they may show expression.

    Value in exchange is a key factor when measuring one’s goods versus another. Again, Davido demonstrated that he is not vast on what matters when economic activities are measured and how impact is noted. Many Nigerians in US do not wear Nigerian clothes.

    Davido or whatever his name is, as an entertainer is hardly the source of intellectual content for issues plaguing black race home and abroad. He should stick to his entertainment and enjoy his fortune. His views on what needs to happen to alter the narrative to create positive sea change is beyond his imagined but hard to demonstrate intellect.

    When Black race addresses its own limiting conditions and attitude towards herself others no doubt will pick it up. Go to any black run country and or community and ask the question – are they pulling their weight? Your answer is as good as any.


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