Rapper M.anifest has hit out a section of the Ghanaian media over what he says are attempts to link Nigerians to crimes committed in Ghana in a bid to drive a xenophobic agenda.
Kwame Ametepe Tsikata, the rapper much better known as M.anifest, took to his Twitter page on June 13, 2019 to slam what he calls "irresponsible" actions of Ghanaian media that tend to accentuate crimes involving Nigerians in Ghana.
M.anifest was speaking in the wake of security operatives finding two kidnapped Canadian girls in Kumasi.
Authorities revealed that the crew that planned and executed the kidnapping involved four Nigerians. And it would seem many in the Ghanaian seemed to run with that angle.
M.anifest wrote: "It's irresponsible for Ghanaian media to be quick to finger point and headline Nigerians for crime in Ghana, even when Ghanaians are also involved.
Crime has no nationality. We want to "other" people who look like us. Complain when it happens to us abroad. DO BETTER."
In social science, the idea of "othering" is an attempt to define identity with the sole attempt of excluding those who are thought not to sure the needed qualities.
Usually, when othering takes places, those who are "othered" are in the minority and vulnerable too.
Award-winning Manifest is known for his takes on social and political issues especially through his music.
He has also been a guest lecturer at Ashesi University, one of Ghana's most widely-known tertiary institutions.
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