Kanye West's Slavery Remark Sparks Offer From Africa

Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani invites Kanye to visit
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2018 1:26 PM CDT
Nigerian senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna state, second left, talks to an injured man after a bomb blast as he and others receive medical treatment at a hospital in Zaria, Nigeria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Now Kanye West has a choice—whether or not to visit former slave routes in Africa. Barraged with criticism over his remark that 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice," the rapper was invited Friday to learn about the slave trade that once existed in Nigeria, CNN reports. "If Kanye West thinks slavery was a choice, we will offer him a free ticket and tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry, Lagos, Ouida, Benin Republic, Ghana and Goree Island in Senegal to 'experience the choices in chains,'" tweeted outspoken Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani. "Kanye defecated on the graves of victims." West has since backtracked on his remark but says he's being criticized "for presenting new ideas." No word yet on whether he'll visit West Africa. (Read more Kanye West stories.)

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