Nigerian Lawmaker Offers Kanye a Trip to Africa to Help Him Gather His Senses on Slavery

A man is seen through the “Door of No Return” on Goree Island in Dakar, Senegal, from which Africans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean into slavery.
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Kanye West’s antics have made it all the way to the Motherland and back, and suffice it to say, no one—in either hemisphere—is pleased.

An outspoken Nigerian senator recently offered West a trip to several/any/all the slave ports on the continent for an education on slavery and the slave trade. He also said that the controversial and embattled rapper and producer “defecated” on his people’s graves.


“If Kanye West thinks slavery was a choice, we will offer him a free ticket and tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry, Lagos, Ouida, Benin Republic, Ghana and Goree Island in Senegal to ‘experience the choices in chains. Kanye defecated on the graves of victims,” said Sani in a tweet.


West may have entered his own door of no return (no disrespect to the ancestors) when he said on TMZ Live that slavery was a preference by saying, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

Although TMZ’s Van Lathan got him all the way together, and though West later tried to qualify his statement by saying “the numbers were on our side,” he only showed his immense ignorance of his own history (and being educated in the American school system, I get it). Unfortunately for West, the statement is something that will most likely be in his obituary.


Here’s an idea: Instead of Ibiza or Cannes, maybe this international Negro and his family need to take it to back to West Africa and perhaps the new lynching memorial in Alabama, since they obviously don’t read.

That, and/or just shut that piehole for a minute.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.