The Oasis Reporters
August 24, 2019
At a time that Twitter is trending with a negative hashtag about an alleged scam perpetrated by an Igbo born billionaire,
Invictus Obi, arrested by the FBI and said to have snitched out his entire cartel to the Bureau by naming 80 alleged criminals of Nigerian origin over a $12 million (N4.3bn) fraud, who are mainly of the Igbo stock, their reactions have been seen all over the social media, saying that that doesn’t define them. The presence of a minority number of criminals who happen to be Igbo, does not tell their story, they insist.
And DaddyMo @therealdaddymo1 says,
“The reputation of Nigerians around the world is quite bad and you only need to live/work in another country abroad to fully understand this. It’s not unfounded as the minority have spoilt it for the majority with fraud and illegal activities. Invictus Obi has only made it worse.”
Another one says, “I am FBI, Full Blooded Igbo. I am not a fraudster. I have never been and will never be involved in any fraudulent dealings. This is the story of over 78.9% Igbos excelling in various endeavors, working hard all over the world to make a living and contribute to the global economy.
I am proud of our industry, our ingenuity, courage and tenacity. Just like moons and like suns with the certainty of tides, an average Igbo man or woman can germinate on stones. We are just special people.
There are bad eggs in every tribe, ethnic group, race and nation. Killer headsmen are on the rampage everywhere, it doesn’t make all Fulanis killers. Cultists are wreaking havoc in the west, it doesn’t make all Yoruba’s cultists. Stop the generalization, stop the ethnic profiling and stereotyping.
One of the Igbo success stories in the United States of America that they would talk to you about is Chinedu Echeruo who dared, and set up the start-up Afridaq (a play on NASDAQ) for venture capital operations, but failed.
Yet went back to develop a travel App, that fetched him a billion dollars.
Chinedu Echeruo has been introduced in the media as “a serial entrepreneur who has dared to invent the future: In 2005, he founded HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation in major metropolitan areas around the world. Apple acquired HopStop in 2013 and subsequently incorporated much of HopStop’s functionality into Apple Maps. Chinedu also founded Tripology, a lead-generation and referral business for the travel industry. Tripology was acquired by Rand McNally and later owned by USA Today. Chinedu believes that individuals, empowered by imagination and information, can solve virtually any problem. He is now the co-founder of the Love & Magic Company, a start-up studio that co-builds companies with innovative organizations.
The studio’s first portfolio company is MindMeet.us, the easiest way for people anywhere in the world to share their knowledge, inspire others, and raise money for charity. Fees are set by the knowledge giver and are donated directly to his or her charity. MindMeet was created to link human knowledge for good. The intent of the platform is to democratize knowledge and to translate the intangible and often inexpressible aspects of people, ideas, and innovation into a conversation that is open to all.”
He’s also Igbo, amongst many Igbos in the US, and how about that ?
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder sang ‘Ebony and Ivory’ over 40 years ago, talking about good and bad in everyone, or perhaps in every tribe. It does seem appropriate to set it as a reminder once again today, as the hashtag trends.
FBI has done well in bursting the criminal gang as a secret service agency. But there was a time that another American Secret Service agency, the CIA was noted for murdering promising African leaders who were poised to change the narrative of Africa as a truly dark continent. And the FBI had been mentioned in America whenever the killing of Martin Luther King jr and Malcolm X are mentioned because of the prominent role they played in uplifting and emancipating the black people in America politically and economically.
There is good and bad in every race and tribe.
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