Nigerians bash The Guardian ‘racist’ headline on 2:0 win against Iceland
Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Friday, as the popular social media memes go, ‘melted the Iceland’ with a 2:0 victory to move up three points to the second position in the World Cup Group D, behind Croatia.
As Nigerians across the world continue to blow off the roof in celebration of the restoration win orchestrated by Ahmed Musa, they have also described as ‘racist and savagery, The Guardian report on the soccer match titled ‘Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa punishes wasteful Iceland to give Argentina hope’ which points to the direction that Nigeria will not go past Argentina on Tuesday.
The Guardian report may as well be a prediction but it did not take into cognizance the fact that Croatia had played Nigeria a 2:0 win and also played Argentina a 3:0 win. Nigerians on the social media said the report is a reflection of the disdain and contempt with which Europe and America treat anything Africa or black.
A Facebook user who goes by the name, Chidozie Odogwudozilla Nnachor who is understandably, by his name, from Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria criticized The Guardian for painting Nigeria’s win and also Senegal’s win against Poland with a racist imagery.
Nnachor wrote: “Racism will never go away, not until Africa rises up and takes control of writing her own history. When England won via a last minute goal by Kane, the whole Western media gushed about a glorious win. Senegal led Poland comfortably by two goals until they pulled one back, and the failing New York Times said “Senegal SNEAK past Poland” (emphasis mine). “Sneak” was the word they reserved for a Senegalese team that outplayed Poland throughout the match.
Not to be outdone, The Guardian chose this yeye headline to announce Nigeria’s win. They’re basically saying all that sweat yesterday by the Super Eagles was just to help Argentina. It may well turn out that way, but what will it cost to praise a Nigerian team that hands down beat a team Argentina could not beat? Will it end gay marriage if they gave accolades to a team that earned it? Then they said Iceland was “wasteful” all in the same sentence. Are we talking about the same match here bikonu?
Casual racism is Oyibo’s favourite past time. I myself has had a load of experiences of such blatant shows of “izzit ur country” right here in Aberdeen. One day I will talk about this.
Africa, wake up. Making speeches to the United Nations will not make these people stop. Deep down in their sinews, this feeling of superiority is still there. They may give you the platform to make your speech, but that’s just to make you feel good. Fix your continent. Take control of your history. That’s the only lasting solution”, he said.
Several commenters who reacted to the post also told their own experience with ‘racism’ in Europe and America and urged Africans to rise up to tell their own story instead of relying on the ‘foreign media’.
However, even Nnachor is not optimistic about Nigeria’s performance in the tournament. This is his comment few days ago about Nigeria’s Super Eagles:
This is some details of The Guardian report: “Celebrations erupted in Lagos and it can be safely assumed that they spread to La Plata, too. Nigeria gave themselves a lifeline, punishing wastefulness from Iceland with a second-half performance that pulsated with counterattacking menace, and their deserved victory was almost as significant to Argentina. Had Iceland won then Jorge Sampaoli’s team would have been virtually down and out; instead three points against Nigeria in St Petersburg would give them a strong chance of reaching the last 16 and the one certainty is that, however things play out next Tuesday, the denouement to a tantalisingly poised Group D will be difficult to take the eyes off. Read more: