I am writing this post to humbly take the ‘L’ for something I am not really proud of.
For a very long time, I didn’t like the sight of Trevor Noah, and this was because he sat down at one of his comedy central show and watched a white guy mock the President of Nigeria, insinuating that if the government wants to use somebody unimportant for a cloning experiment, they should use a president of an African country.
This actually didn’t sit well with me, I felt insulted, and ever since then I have consciously avoided listening to him. A Few days later he was in the news again, and this time, it was for mocking a Nigerian senator who claimed Nigerians orders pizza from the UK, and my thought was “what’s this guy’s deal with Nigerians? Why can’t he just leave us alone?”
The show pissed me off and I thought he was racist until today when I stumbled on a video of his, telling a joke about a war between India and Pakistan and I couldn’t help but laugh.
And in that moment I realized that, when the joke isn’t about anything connected to me, I find it funny, this made me feel like an hypocrite. Now that I think about it, I guess it’s human nature, nobody is bothered about anything unless it affects them directly.
People in the South of Nigeria are not bothered about Boko Haram because it doesn’t affect them, this is something we all do, but I was a little disappointed in finding myself engaging in it, too.