Charly Boy Celebrity writes on Will Smith's 'controversial' Nigerian accent in "Concussion"

"If you can’t applaud a job well done, just keep forever mute and stop all the unnecessary noise." Read Charly Boy's opinion on the Will Smith's accent that has Nigerians talking.

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Have you seen the movie which stars Will Smith as Nigerian-born, Bennet Omalu, who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of two NFL players, which later led them both to suicide?

The movie has been a major source of 'controversy' with most people, especially Nigerians, condemning his accent.

play Charly Boy shares his thoughts on Will Smith's accent


Charly Boy has shared his thoughts on the controversial accent. Read below;

Are you a movie buff? Have you seen the movie CONCUSSION? If not, I suggest you do so.

In the movie, Super A-list actor, Will Smith plays a lead role, where he depicts the character of a notable Nigerian Doctor, Bennett Omalu, the first ever doctor to research and find out the link between banging heads in American football and a disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE and whose works have saved lives in the NFL  in the United States and worldwide.

Hummmmm, wouldn’t you expect that Nigerians would be happy with Will Smith for portraying our brother in good light for his great work? Instead, Naijas are beefing Will Smith for failing to capture the Nigerian accent to the T. Haba!!!

Why can’t my people for once just focus on that which is positive and good?

If Dr. Bennett Omalu has been in America as long as over 10yrs, do we expect him to still possess the igbotic accent some of us are born with? Even on our own local radio station, I hear some presenters sounding more Americanised than Americans. Should we insist they speak with their strong Yoruba/Igbo/Hausa accent?


Without that movie, we wouldn’t have really known who Dr. Bennett Omalu is. Isn’t it enough that he discovered how to save the lives of a lot of football superstars? Even in our own country Nigeria, have we really shown that we value our players, celebrities, entertainers, and generally, all those that make us happy?

Please we should chill with all the silly, stupid and uninformed comments. OMG!

The fact, for Christ’s sake is that Dr. Bennett Omalu  left Nigeria since 1993. How do we know if he even spoke with a heavy accent before he left our shores? Nobody knows if he had an igbo accent in the first place, so why do they expect Will Smith to speak like someone who hasn’t crossed the Seme border?

Even me CharlyBoy, after 5yrs in America, most Americans that I came across would have sworn that I was born and buttered in America. Abegi.


Sometimes I can’t believe my people’s hypocrisy, just too obnoxious, makes me sick.

For a long time now, the foreign press and television stations have portrayed Africa and Nigerians in particular as jokers, fraudsters, common criminals and everything bad; now that we have a movie that’s flipping a positive side, must we find something negative to say, all because of Will Smith’s accent?

For all those people out there yarning akpata, please shut the fuckup, nobody wants to read or hear your useless comments on this matter.

If you can’t applaud a job well done, just keep forever mute and stop all the unnecessary noise.

I don talk my own.


The movie stars Smith alongside Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson.

Directed and written by Peter Landesman, "Concussion" is based on the 2009 GQ article 'Game Brain' by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Watch Will Smith and Bennet Omalu in an interview below;

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