Nigerian-American singer and record producer, Jidenna Mobisson, says Nigerians are known for scamming not because they are bad people but because “we’re smarter” than a lot of people.
The Classic Man crooner said this attribute makes Nigerians good in any chosen profession, including sports, hacking and others.
The 34-year-old Imo State indigene said this in an interview with The Breakfast Club while speaking on polygamy, crime and his early life in Nigeria.
The talented rapper, however, clarified that Nigerians are not as bad as many people perceive them to be. He said;
“I got shot as a child when I was six. My family went through a robbery, kidnapping. Women were assaulted.
In most robberies, when the robbers want to say they mean business, they usually shoot up. For mine, they shot down and that was were i was, so they caught me in my foot…
“Luckily, we escaped. They went to go rob somebody else on the highway. This was in Nigeria. I don’t want to paint Nigeria like ‘this is what happens.’ It’s like painting the United States based on the mass shootings. We all know it happens but that’s not it.”
He also compared Nigeria’s fraud issues to the mass shootings in the United States saying the entire country should not be stigmatized by the actions of a few.
“Scamming happens in Nigeria. And the reason why Nigerians are known for scamming is not that we’re bad people.
“It’s because we’re smarter than a lot of people. So, as criminals, we’re going to be top at least. Yes, so we will be the best at hacking and everything we do. I used to sell chains from China town.
In the hood, I know all the latest jewellery. So, I get cheap ones and take them to downtown Boston to sell to white boys. That was a scam,” Jidenna said.
This is coming after the rapper dropped a new album titled ’85 to Africa‘, featuring Seun Kuti and Mr Eazi, two Afrobeat heavyweights.
His take comes after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 22 announced a massive arrest of online fraudsters and money launderers, 80 of whom were Nigerians.
Listen to Jidenna speak below: