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Tensions Rise Between South Africans and Nigerians as Violence Grows in Both Countries

Tension grows between Nigerians and South Africans in response to xenophobic violence.

Sadly, nationalist tension between Nigerians and South Africans appears to be rising.


Yesterday, it was reported that Nigerians were speaking out against xenophobic violence in South Africa after Nigerian-owned homes and businesses were vandalized and looted in Pretoria West.

Nigerian demonstrators went to the South African embassy in Abuja to protest anti-immigrant violence and urge South African authorities to take action to protect foreign nationals.

The Nigerian government stepped in, demanding that their be a stop to the "xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, other Africans and Pakistanis."

Today, student protestors in Nigeria have taken to the streets in retaliation. Members from the group targeted the Abuja headquarters of South African-run mobile phone company, MTN. Representatives form The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), stated that they were giving South Africans 48 hours to leave, or they'd be subject to further attacks on property, reports Reuters Africa.

The standoff continues.

It's being reported that officials in Johannesburg are planning to stage a "shock and awe" campaign, backed by the city's mayor, Herman Mashaba, to have property "high-jacked" by foreigners, seized and returned to the state, Bloomberg reports.

While, the South African minister of home affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has acknowledged the problem, commenting that, "xenophobic violence is not new in South Africa," there is still no word as to whether action will be taken to quell violence in the country.

So far, no deaths have been reported—let's hope that a productive solution is reached before the situation becomes even more dire.

 

 

 

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

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