Jidenna, the "Classic Man" on Janelle Monae's label, Wondaland, had an interview with Vlad of VladTV.com discussing various random topics that ultimately landed him in some controversy among Nigerians. His statements about having to employ military personnel equipped with AK-47s to accompany his family during his father's funeral in his Igbo village of Nigeria have some people annoyed with the stigma that this type of conversation could create about the country. Having roots in Nigeria myself I have to say that his statements aren't farfetched at all. It is well known and documented that people with fair skin are considered valuable in certain destitute countries in Africa as well as other continents. What we must all understand is the deeply rooted history being discussed here. In this interview, Vlad is playing his usual antagonistic role of getting the questions answered and while Jidenna did cover some inspirational points about being yourself and living life as you see fit, I'm afraid those without the proper knowledge of history in Nigeria will now have the ammunition to create another "trending topic" at this emerging artist's expense. I can tell you that kidnapping people who seemingly come from money is not uncommon at all. In other countries, Albino people are at a higher risk of losing their limbs to be sold to the highest bidders claiming their skin brings good luck. While these truths may be frightening for most of us, they are truths nonetheless. Many examples of foreign crimes have been eloquently displayed for American consumption in motion pictures. "Taken" is a great example. Does this mean you, with your light skin and your traveler's checks shouldn't visit Africa? Not in the least. I mean, does the risk of being robbed stop you from visiting any other place or country? Let's take a moment to really learn something from this interview instead of blaming one man for a lifetime of lessons.