On Tuesday this week, a Twitter user posted pictures of a baby and another Twitter user commented stating that the baby “looks like Amala”.
Aw he looks like Amala https://t.co/9P2jMf43MI
— Im Basically A Princess (@Sincerelyrahma) October 9, 2018
If you didn’t know, Amala is a dark-coloured, popular western Nigerian food made with yam flour. Now, here’s how Nigerians reacted to the tweet.
Some people believe she was being mean
how can you say a baby looks like amala? I don't get some people
— Uloma 🍯 (@Pearllyndah) October 10, 2018
Idk mehn. Somebody really took their time to call a baby amala. Im still in shock. I used to think the whole amala and colorism thing was bants but what was that comment? And people are laughing in the replies. Wawu
— Olohije 🇳🇬 (@_LOHI_) October 10, 2018
Saying a baby looks like amala.. Wtf is wrong some of you.
— Enitan 💝 (@Lapamper02) October 10, 2018
Amala tastes good but it's not the most attractive, saying a baby looks like amala is an insult.
— ORI ADE 👑 (@KvngBen_) October 10, 2018
Others think otherwise
#Amala How on earth do blacks reason? If the color is described as chocolate, it is attractive, but if it is amala, it is offensive! Are you color blind?
— Inspirational Quotes (@orimions) October 11, 2018
"Wow she looks like a chocolate bar, I just wanna huggghhhh…"
"Wow she looks like a bowl of ice cream"
"Damn, she's dripping sauceee. Stewwwww"
All these are accepted right?
"Aw he looks like amala"
Now you're angry
— Big Pikin 👶🏽🇳🇬 (@Trip_KOBE) October 11, 2018
But Amala looks like chocolate and people say they have chocolate skin. Why is everyone now angry that they called a baby Amala? Is it because Amala is Nigerian? 😂😂😂 ?
— DisturbingLagos (@TheOmolawyer) October 11, 2018
I don’t see the point tbh
The baby was so beautiful and he/she definitely looked like a well rounded amala😍😍😍 https://t.co/aoShEoGSn3
— Omobolape (@queen_mobola) October 11, 2018
For the love and hatred of Amala
Amala is very delicious.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) October 11, 2018
To make it worse, amala and gbegiri 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
— OYIN BABY ✨ (@quin_diva) October 8, 2018
Why do people eat amala though ? I really need to know
— Romoke (@miyyah__) October 10, 2018
you don’t like amala because it doesn’t conform to your standard of swallow being white or lightly colored. you’re colorist & you don’t know what you’re missing.
— ur mcm’s fav (@not_kafilah) October 11, 2018
Amala is still trending because everyone keeps asking “Why is Amala trending”
— The Only Bad Man Left ⚡ (@badmanmide) October 11, 2018
the “cool” thing now is to hate amala for a couple of likes pic.twitter.com/yS9ymXvhi1
— sofas (@soffss_) October 10, 2018
You people are angry that someone called a baby Amala?
All of a sudden, Amala is a dreadful food or y’all just tryna form Porsche online?
— Omope Abdul Azeez (@Iam_Abdulaxis) October 11, 2018
I saw Amala trending and started smiling thinking there has been an advancement in the field of amala, only to find out its only trending cause someone compared a baby to it. Nigerians have tire me I swear 😖 lol
— BlueNotNice (@Bluenotnice) October 11, 2018
Aparently, there are two kinds of people, those who love Amala and those who hate it. Which one are you? More trending topics on social media below.
Not so Open Visa Africa
On Tuesday, we got whiff of Tanzanian’s new visa on arrival policy.
I just spoke to the immigration authorities in Tanzania and confirmed that the visa on arrival policy no longer applies to Nigerians and a bunch of others (Mali, Niger, Yemen, Somalia, etc). Now, we have to apply in advance at the embassy of have a Tanzanian apply on our behalf.
— Funmi Oyatogun (@funmioyatogun) October 9, 2018
Confirming the news, the Tanzanian Immigration website clearly names Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Lebanon and about 24 other countries in Africa and the Middle East, as well as “stateless persons or persons with refugee status” as countries whose citizens require Referral Visa.
What in the #VisaFreeAfrica is this? Tanzania scrapping visa on arrival for some countries = 2 steps forward, 3 steps back.
What happens to Agenda 2063? AU passport? 83 day deadline? https://t.co/6nJ6UQxQio
— Georgie Ndirangu (@georgiendirangu) October 11, 2018
When Ethiopia is opening its doors for Visa on Arrival, Tanzania is doing the opposite towards Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Somalia amongst others; Big up Rwanda, Seychelles & Ethiopia.
— Immigrant3.1 (@Dkalahari) October 10, 2018
Tanzania has cancelled visa on arrival for Nigerians?
LOL! We keep taking the piss.
— Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) October 9, 2018
Nigerians can no longer go to Tanzania visa-free? LMAOOOOO. Lord, why did you punish me by making me a Nigerian?
— Debbie 杀戮女王 💫 (@Debbs_Williams) October 10, 2018
No more visa on arrival to Mozambique and Tanzania? . Where are we heading Green-white -green passport? Visa to Ghana and Benin loading if we are not careful.. pic.twitter.com/pHSAUnn9al
— liaza (@lizzybeezz) October 10, 2018
Since Tanzania has now canceled visa on Arrival for Nigerians.
We can well say our passport is completely useless.
So we have no right to call or a passport anymore. It should be called Nigerian ID card.
I’m even serious.
— Barnes (@0lutobi) October 10, 2018
Not a surprise that the countries mentioned have terrorism issues… could definitely see this as part of the government's CT strategy. Tanzania scraps visa on arrival for Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, others https://t.co/ABgizy0tT6
— Farha Tahir (@farhatahir) October 10, 2018
The pseudo outrage about requiring a visa to visit Tanzania is unnecessary. 80% of the population barely have a dollar a day, most people can’t afford flights to TZ. Let that be the focus of your outrage.
— Glory Osei (@glory_osei) October 9, 2018
Lots of people have had their travel plans interrupted because for years, they've known Tanzania to have a visa on arrival policy. And a seamless one at that. Only for them to show up in Dar or Zanzibar or Arusha or wherever else in TZ and get turned back.
— Funmi Oyatogun (@funmioyatogun) October 11, 2018
Imagine having to go to Abuja to get visa to Tanzania? Looool aii
— Adadiora'nma 1 (@She_Who_Is) October 9, 2018
Read more here.
Sarkodie’s “Advice” to Shatta Wale
For a while now, Ghanaian dancehall artiste Shatta Wale and his fellow countryman and popular rap superstar Sarkodie have been at loggerheads. Actually, it’s been mostly Shatta dissing Sarkodie and other artistes on social media and during interviews.
Anyway, this week, Sarkodie released a diss track titled Advice directed at Shatta.
Sarkodie's Advice 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/wob1jR7p8w
— Da Mayor of Tweet City 🌎 (@iam_damayor) October 11, 2018
Here are a few reactions from Ghanaians and Nigerians
After beefing Wizkid last year, Shatta Wale decided to pick on Sarkodie this time around and he got the babysitting of his life. I could practically feel Sarkodie’s frustration at Shatta Wale’s Childishness.
Here are my best punchlines from this “diss” pic.twitter.com/1CoF7jWBC7
— Nigerian (@LivingInNigeria) October 10, 2018
— Your Next Girlfriend 😍👰👫 (@JackieNartt) October 10, 2018
Sarkodie disses with respect and empathy. He is the kind of artist to make a track about you, and you will cry all night and promise to be a better man in the morning. #advise
— I'm Joey Akan, People (@JoeyAkan) October 10, 2018
Shatta Wale likes beefing people that will make him blow.
People that will revive his already dead career…
Sarkodie killed that freestyle 💯
— Dannyfreshii Cares (@DannyFreshii) October 11, 2018
Me when i heard Sarkodie tell Shatta Wale "Honestly, your whole Bank Account doesn’t buy you a tear rubber Vogue, but you’re out here claiming supremacy” ." pic.twitter.com/ExC3wn1EXe
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) October 10, 2018
Sarkodie just downgraded Shatta Wale back to Bandana from Ghana e ee
— Champ. (@___vaughan) October 10, 2018
Sarkodie made Shatta Wale look unsecured and made him look like he has low self esteem 😭😭😭😭
— Dannyfreshii Cares (@DannyFreshii) October 10, 2018
Sarkodie says Shatta Wale dey wear aluminum chains, like seriously 😳
— T O N K R A (@TonkraGH) October 10, 2018
Shatta Wale’s fans are still solidly behind him
But I trust SHATTA wale , he is full of surprises !!! Never underestimate champion !!!! I trust wale champion u are the king of BEEF N DISS !! Please don’t let me down .. am telling my boyz here ..I know what u can do ! Just respond for me
— SHOWBEZZY 🇺🇸🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@2hypegang) October 10, 2018
Shatta wale's reply soon dropping! Teaser! pic.twitter.com/mdPfAAi2bY
— Frederick Lartey (@LarteyFrederick) October 10, 2018
SHATTA wale please don’t disgrace me !!! Please reply SARK FOR ME pic.twitter.com/lO9QXtmQZS
— SHOWBEZZY 🇺🇸🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@2hypegang) October 11, 2018
Shatta Wale is Ghetto KING !
SARKODIE is mummy's crying son with EMOTIONS.
Nigga is too Emotional.
M'aka aah m'aka
— KIMLY KESSEH🔰SM (@KimlyKesseh) October 10, 2018
Stonebowy after listening to Sarkodie's diss track to Shatta Wale 😂💥 pic.twitter.com/yH8XAFbFrV
— Allow Cash Out🇬🇭 (@meabiselasi) October 10, 2018
Shatta Wale And Pope Skinny Recording A Reply To Sarkodie pic.twitter.com/HPZq8XUwnS
— Kwadwo Sheldon (@kwadwosheldon) October 10, 2018
Sarkodie sipping a glass of champagne, while sitting down and at the same time schooling Shatta Wale. This is the level of calmness I want in my life when people try to get on my nerves 😀 #Genius pic.twitter.com/2jmXJ8XAsL
— Tosin🇳🇬 (@Ohloowatoscene) October 11, 2018
Shatta Michy And Shatta Wale right now pic.twitter.com/5OqJHFyn0Y
— MANUEL (@mannie___ross) October 10, 2018
We await the full version of Shatta Wale’s reply to Sark.
In July, popular Nigerian Twitter influencer, Hakeem Bhadmus known by his handle @Bhadoosky tweeted about a certain school, Great Cornerstone International Science School, located in Ondo state, South-West Nigeria.
The gist was that the school charged each student of its 2017/2018 graduating class ₦5000 (about $14) for a plasma TV parting gift. In the school magazine, the school separated the names of the students that paid from those that didn’t.
What would you do if you find out your child’s name was printed on his/her school’s send forth magazine as “Debtor” because he/she didn’t pay N5000 to buy the school a parting gift? A school you were paying N104,000 per term for six years? Thread
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) July 21, 2018
Read the full thread here.
For some reason, three months after, Bhadoosky was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the tweets and taken from Ibadan to Ondo state.
So my wife called me some minutes ago to meet her at UI gate without stating reason. On getting there, I found out that she was with some officers of the @PoliceNG from Agodi Gate Area command. Cc @akinalabi @segalink @BabajideFadoju @WaleOzolua @AAAjimobi @YemieFASH @dmpnig
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) October 10, 2018
On hearing the news of his arrest, Bhadoosky’s fellow influencers began tweeting with #FreeBhadoosky.
The police abducted @Bhadoosky and took him to another state (in Akure). He is currently being taken to Anti Kidnapping. So it is clear that they used an unrelated unit to prosecute illegally their vindictive plot. The world will hear about it and heads will roll. #ReformPoliceNG
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) October 10, 2018
So @Bhadoosky has been arrested and being taken interstate for raising concerns about what’s happening in a school that is absolutely wrong. You don’t arrest a man in Ibadan and take him to Akure when he is not a criminal. #FreeBhadoosky https://t.co/fzJuladjgM
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) October 10, 2018
Injustice to one is injustice to all, it's time to raise your voice against oppression! #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky#FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky#FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky #FreeBhadoosky
— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) October 10, 2018
There are some schools you should never send your wards to.. Great Cornerstone is one of them.
The only thing they are great for is using @PoliceNG (Ondo Command) to harass concerned Nigerians posting complaints about issues in their school #FreeBhadoosky @YomiShogunle pic.twitter.com/i0NBZLn2A2
— #GiveAGirlChildAPad (@thepamilerin) October 10, 2018
He’s been released
I’d like to thank everyone who have been involved in my release. From thoughts, tweets, calls, prayers, messages. Everything.
I can only say thanks.
I have been released unconditionally.
Thanks to @BabajideFadoju @YemieFASH @segalink /1 pic.twitter.com/rXkdnHRJh4
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) October 10, 2018
My guy, @Bhadoosky is fine, the DC Anti-Kidnapping released him for me without any condition, we will have a meeting with the complainant and their lawyer tomorrow, @Stalyf is here too, Kòsí wàhálà, kòsí Pressure, e calm down. #FreeBhadoosky pic.twitter.com/GIncBtXhn9
— Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) October 10, 2018
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) October 10, 2018
— Ebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) October 10, 2018
If my son's school make him pay for a gift to the school & then publish his name in the graduation magazine for not paying.
I will sue the owners,sue his teacher,sue the graduation event organisers.
I will make sure they lose all their students from bad press.#FreeBhadoosky
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) October 10, 2018
— Lasu_Breed (@lasubred) October 10, 2018
— ayoolaOfficial! (@hayoolla) October 11, 2018
They arrested @Bhadoosky for speaking out???? Naa, mahn… I give up
— Mrs Bello (@TemildredB) October 11, 2018
In other news, controversial Nigerian journalist Kemi Olunloyo is accusing Bhadoosky of defamation of character. Read all about it here.
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