Last night, @MisstoyaJ sent me a couple of tweets asking me to address the meaning of the word “akata” by Nigerians and other Africans because they had seen it on Twitter. It felt cheap to just talk about the word without talking about the larger dynamic behind it. This led to an hour-long rant from me about the pain between both groups. Below is the Storify.
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This wasn’t a fully-formed rant that touched on all the nuances and there’s still a lot to be said. I did use “Africans” in a sweeping way, but there’s still so much room for conversation to be had. I’d love for it happen in a forum space one of these days.
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