‘You Know I’m Just Joking’ by Ayomide Tayo Nigerians need to stop critic-shaming

Nigerians should start embracing critics more.

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Critics should be allowed to say their minds

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Why do Nigerians hate criticism? Why do Nigerians hate critics? Something can be awfully wrong and the minute someone has the guys to point at it and say ‘hey this thing isn’t right’, Nigerians jump on him and tackle him or her.

Today I tweeted my honest opinions about Kanye West. I admire Kanye West, and I have been inspired by his music, but I feel he has too many theatrics going on with him right now. He is a brilliant musician but the drama is getting too much.

This morning the egotistical genius was begging Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for money while admitting he was in huge debt. Too me it was silly and I tweeted that Kanye West isn’t acting like a Hip Hop legend like Diddy and Jay-Z.

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Kanye West at the Yeezy Season 3 presentation

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I also said that Kanye’s fashion line is crap and admitted that I like his new album ‘The Life of Pablo’. Before you could say Caitlyn Jenner, hordes of Nigerian Kanye fans swarmed my mentions. I have no problem with that but one guy was quick to throw the classic Nigerian retort ‘how much money do you have?’


This is why I try my best not to argue with Nigerians. Before you can get a decent argument going on someone has to throw in the line “well they are richer than you” or “how much money do you have?”

Why does everything have to do with money in Nigeria? Money is not the point. I can be talking about the poorest man ever to walk this earth and I can bet someone will shout “where is your own money?

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The Life of Pablo art cover

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This really irritates me. Nigerians just bash critics with the money tag line. In this country we see critics as the enemy. This is not the case. Critics help to make society, art and make general living better. Without critics society will be stagnant. This is why the Nigerian society is like this because we do not appreciate critics.

Don’t get me wrong. People all over the world don’t like critics but what separates other countries from Nigeria is that they RESPECT critics. That is the big difference. We don’t like people asking questions to making us better. It’s a shame. Nigerians need to stop shaming critics.

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