Cardi B Wants Nigerian Citizenship. Asks Fans To Help Her With A Nigerian Name

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Since her visit to Nigeria on December 5, 2019, Cardi B is yet to get over the warm reception she received. Following the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, the Grammy-winning rapper said she will be filing for Nigerian citizenship. According to the Dominican Republic born singer, it was one of President Donald Trumpโ€™s worst decisions so far. She made the announcement on her twitter handle saying,

โ€œIts sad this man is putting Americans live in danger. Dumbest move Trump did till date โ€ฆ Iโ€™m filing for my Nigerian citizenship.โ€

This is coming at a time when many International stars are getting African citizenship. Recently, Ludacris was granted Gabon citizenship, the home country of his wife. Also, Idris Elba now has a Sierra Leone passport, the birthplace of his late father. It is not clear if the sensational rapper born Belcalis Almanzar is serious about filing for Nigerian citizenship. However, Cardi B is one of the few superstars whose action is often consistent with her words.

The Significance of Choosing a Nigerian Name

Nigeria is a multi-ethnic society with about 250 ethnic groups. Hausa and Fulani, Yoruba, and Igbo are the majority with 29, 21, and 18 percent respectively. Choosing a Nigerian name is symbolic because it may signify affiliation to a particular ethnic group. Her fans immediately started calling her โ€˜Chioma Bโ€™ on her first visit to Nigeria. Chioma which translates to โ€˜Good Godโ€™ is a popular name among the Ibos. However, she also has Muslim fans that will prefer her to bear โ€˜Cadijatโ€™. Consequently, Cardi B posted on twitter,

โ€œLetโ€™s settle this ones and for all CHIOMA B or Cadijat.โ€

Also, the rapper is calling on her fans to convince her husband, Offset to move to Nigeria with her. Soon after sparking a Twitter war among her Nigerian fans, she also shared a photoshopped picture of Offset rocking โ€˜agbadaโ€™, a popular Nigerian traditional attire. The caption of the picture was โ€˜Convince him to move with meโ€™.

Reactions Trailing Cardi Bโ€™s Decision to File for Nigerian Citizenship

It was not only her fans that reacted to her decision to file for Nigerian citizenship. A top government official, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also reacted to Cardi Bโ€™s announcement. Dabiri-Erewa is the chairman of Nigeriaโ€™s diaspora commission. Responding on Twitter, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said,

โ€œAs one in charge of the Diaspora for Nigeria, We canโ€™t wait to receive you again. Our doors are open, sister. And you need to take a walk through the Door of Return in Badagry. Itโ€™s an indescribable experience.โ€

At a time when thousands of Nigerian youths are clamoring to leave the country for Europe or America, some are confused that the 27-year-old icon would prefer Nigeria to America. Consequently, do you think handing Cardi B a Nigerian passport might spark a debate that may end the massive migration problem in the country?

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