For the past few months, we have been bombarded by reports on a global scale about Nigerian fraudsters, also known as Nigerian prince, Yahoo boys or 419's. This narrative has been repackaged and sold over and over again to the world. But does this means that all Nigerians are fraudsters?
THE OTHER STORY
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
We would be doing a great injustice by turning a blind eye on other nations who are just as guilty of fraudulent. Let's be honest, this is not just a Nigerian problem, but yet, it is ever so convenient for the mainstream media to scapegoat a nation that has contributed to shaping the world.
A nation of hard-working, honest people, flamboyant, culturally rooted people, with a rich and powerful history. To judge Nigerians as one thing and one thing alone is unjust and unforgivable.
David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega, Wunmi Mosaku, Uzo Aduba, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Daniel Adegboyega, just to name a few Nigerians who have dominated in Hollywood and have stolen the hearts of the global audience.
Or should we speak of Nigerians who have dominated and are leaders in other fields, such as Iya Abubakar - mathematician, Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh - chemical pathologist, Anthony Afolabi Adegbola - animal scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock - space scientist, Tiwa Savage- musician, Ilesanmi Adesida - physicist, Olanike Adeyemo - veterinary medicine and preventive medicine, Isaac Folorunso Adewole - gynaecologist ,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - writer, Burna Boy- musician, Deborah Ajakaiye - geophysicist and Jacob Ade Ajayi - historian. Etc.
FIGHTING THE FRAUDSTER NARRATIVE
Afrokanist Magazine believes in distributing balance narratives and in celebrating African youths. We believe that the engineers of the future are the youth and that they must be embraced and valued. Hence why we've partnered with Nigerian Youth In the Diaspora UK Awards.
So here a few things you should know. On the 25th of October 2019, NYDA will be celebrating young Nigerian achievers in London, they will be recognising and awarding the youths for their outstanding work in Art, Science, Technology, Activism, Fashion, Design, Music, Academia, Media and so much more.
"By recognising their achievements and sharing their stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity, the Awards can inspire more young people to go out there and become leaders, who create better societies". - NYDA
BE PART OF THE CHANGE
Do you know a young Nigerian achiever who deserves to be recognized for the outstanding work they do? Nominations are open and ongoing for the 1st ever Nigerian Youth in diaspora UK Awards.
Nominations end 11.59 pm on the 30th September 2019.
To nominate - visit www.nyido.org