Gruesome videos of Africans being set on fire, and of African-owned shops being looted in Johannesburg have ignited more than a diplomatic spat between Nigeria and South Africa. It has been revealed that many of the videos circulating were filmed several years ago, but despite this, the latest wave of xenophobia has sparked soul searching among Nigerians about why so many of their countrymen feel the need to migrate abroad. And while not the first case of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the fallout of this latest string has moved Nigeria’s Afrobeats stars to express their concerns. With social media followers in the millions, their voices tend to carry more sway with Nigeria’s 120 million strong youth population than that of diplomats and politicians – whom many accuse of being out of touch with the everyday struggles of the electorate. Afrobeats star Davido asked his five million Twitter followers: “If our country is so good, then why are people going to South Africa?” They reacted in their thousands pointing to high unemployment and a lack of adequate infrastructure in Nigeria that is holding back young people in Africa’s most populous country. There are an estimated 30,000 Nigerians living in South Africa according to the… Read full this story
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