Nigeria’s vocal lawmaker Shehu Sani yesterday reacted angrily at Kanye Omari West’s remarks in an interview with TMZ Live earlier this week in Los Angeles, inviting the American rapper to visit the slave ports in Africa for an education on slave trade.
West, 40, had opened up about his mental health, his family, and his art during the show, saying “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
The mucisian has also been open about his admiration for President Donald Trump, calling him “my brother.” Many of his fans cried foul, noting that most of his advocacy and rap lyrics seem to paint a different person on the opposite side of the political spectrum than Trump.
Senator Sani said West’s statement on transatlantic slave trade was a slight on its victims.
“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,” Shehu said in a tweet.
The lawmaker was referring to relics in the coast of West Africa where people were enslaved and sold to the Americas.
West has come under severe criticism ever since he made this comment even when he tried to make amends – “To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved,” West said in a tweet.
West mother in-law Kris Jenner similarly held forth for the rapper on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that “Kanye has a lot of love for all of you, all of his fans, and everybody who’s been there to support him forever and I know that he will explain himself in his own way.”
Jenner, 62, and the Kardashian matriarch added, “Anything he does – and I think this is important to say – he always does things with really good intentions. So I’m going to let him explain himself when the time is ready.”
The reality-TV star, whose daughter Kim Kardashian West married West in 2014, also noted that after season 14 of their hit show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” which concluded in March, the family is already filming seasons 15 and 16.
So, could West’s antics just be a plot line on their show? Or is it performance art?