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BN Bytes: Nigerians React to Rick Ross’ Nigerian “Hold Me Back” Video | Watch Footage of iROKTV’s Nigerian Opinion Poll



Rick Ross‘ Nigerian version of his single, “Hold Me Back” has come with a lot of controversy. So, iROKtv decided to spice up the debate and went to take samples of opinions from different Nigerians. Listen to opinions on the topic from the likes of DJ Spinall to that of Mai Atafo.

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  1. ade-boy

    September 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    #Dope song, Dope video…….What is it with all the criticism? He shot the American version in a slum (Calio projects) in New Orleans… So, whats wrong with shooting a Nigerian version in a slum…..S/O to @Rickyrozay…The nicca doing it #BIG

  2. linsey

    September 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Love the video love the song just the reality of life and some people dont get it…..

  3. lola

    September 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Ade – Boy you are on point. It’s the truth. And the truth is bitter!! What do the crititics want? a video shot in VI – egotiscal liers!!! pop champagne all you want, watch your leaders children have fabulous weddings on money stolen from those children in the slums, money those children should be using to get an education; comment on how fabulous Nigerians are, how we throw good parties, how we dress well (on stolen money), but this is the reality of more than 60% of our people, living in abdject poverty – if it’s embarrassing good! maybe one day you will all be embarrassed enough to join a cause! to fight for the voiceless and those who you do not want to here …………. Well done Rick Ross as they say NOTHING DO YOU! if your own artists wouldn’t do it, let Rick Ross!

    • GBAM!!!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

      PREACH…let the church say Amen..

    • hauwa

      September 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Too true and very well said. Thank you.

    • Lue

      September 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  4. rew

    September 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The guy 2:05 mins really, he potrayed us as a nation of war and poverty, but isnt that what we are…you think the nonsense award shows and crappy ass fashion shows will cover that up??Then the girl speaking fone @ 2:37 mins, really???mcheww

  5. Tim

    September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I think we are trying to shy away from reality , the songs is about our strength and zeal to be successful looking at the situation of things in our nation . Over 100million of Nigeria lives in poverty but our leaders, media and entertainment industries seems to ignore it. The problem with our nation is we don’t care about others as long am doing fine who cares, we needs to start taking of each other, is not about caring but sharing also. I like his message . Thanks Rick Ross.

  6. Bay

    September 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Story story u just said it all


    September 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Nice one Roz ay,The man is doing us a favor which some of us don’t want to be said,he is trying to tell Nigerians to be better than what he is seeing,a lot of people know how blessed Naija is but still we have this kind of poverty in our land,i never knew we had places like where the videos where shot,honestly forget the critics watch the video with love and understand what ROZ AY MEANS cant HOLD HIM BACK FROM DOING THE GOOD HE S DOING.if we want all this to stop, all those eating the NATIONS Money should stop it and use it for the land. WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT a foreigner should be telling us what to do to make our NATION A BETTER ONE. NONSENSE!!!

  8. iluvuwizzy

    September 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Whoever supported the video is very ignorant. Black Americans look down on Africans. If you live in the states like I do, you will understand what I am referring to. I recently heard an interview of Emmanuel Ohuabunwa who broke the record at Johns Hopkins University graduating with a 3.98 He said that when he first started school here , he had no friends and they used to beat him up because he was from Africa. That is usually the case here. Black Americans look down on Africans. I recently told my Black American co-worker that I am going to Nigeria and he said, “Are you going to the country where the ladies have those baskets on their heads with their breast always hanging out.” I didn’t blame him because of what is always shown on tv. Some Americans will never want to visit a country like Nigeria and I think this video just reinforced it.

    • TimiNY

      September 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Your point is totally off course. Noone is talking about bullying, tourism or what not. The video is all about the state of the nation and that is what Rick Ross just showed to the world. Its a bitter pill to swallow but he just portrayed the situation as it is. I live in the US too and I have seen numerous cases of African-Americans bullying each other. We have tribalism in Nigeria as well so another point please. I believe when we all get so embarrassed about the state of our beloved country, we’ll take the bull by the horn and maybe then there’ll be a solution. More of these kinda videos please. Jay Z…your turn

    • 4real

      September 27, 2012 at 12:25 am


      You mean you live in enugu state.???? Is there no racism in Nigeria, who cares if your brother was molested in brazil… You are dancing away from the real topic. The topic is talking about how nigerians live not how Nigerians study in USA….

  9. TALover

    September 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    NIGERIA… Accept your reality! Much easier to see the message & art of the video when you do.

  10. Amber Lake

    September 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry Guys this is super uber long.
    I live in the States (American with Nigerian Heritage) and yes I support this video. To those of you that are angry about the song : You are angry because you hate the truth. Nigerians love to lie and deceive themselves in the name of patriotism. All that smiling when your country is literally on fire and sayings like Nigerian people are the happiest people, it’s not working anymore. You guys need to wipe that smile off your face and face reality. The country will never get better if you can’t admit there is a problem with it.It’s sad that it takes an outsider to tell you your house is burning when you can smell the smoke yourself. 85% of the people in Nigeria live in poverty. From that 85%, 71.5% of them live below the poverty line (which is very extreme poverty). To those of you comparing Nigeria to America: Nigeria is way far behind. Only 14.3% of people in America live in poverty. You seriously think that’s not a problem. To those of you claiming/saying there are better places in Nigeria: How many of you have access to the fundamental basic needs of life (Constant Power supply, Water, good roads and infrastructure.)How are the roads in your neighborhood, some of you have to wake up at 4:00am to go to work that starts at 8:00am (this all due to the horrendous roads and infrastructure) and you still think that’s not a problem. It is 2012 and not 1912 and still Nigeria cannot boast of constant power supply. Does it make any sense that the 7th largest crude oil nation in the world cannot provide constant power supply for its citizens. For those of you talking about Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island: How good are the roads and infrastructure in Lekki. How many of you talking here can afford to live in this places. All you see is Humongous houses surrounded with nasty infrastructure, pot holes and roads. Corruption has practically become one of Nigerians attributes. Instead of getting angry at Rick Ross, Channel your energy and anger to the crazy officials you elected. There needs to be more thought provoking videos like this; videos that will pierce people’s heart and wake them up to reality.

    — If you want people here in America or in UK, Canada, Australia to stop portraying negativity about Nigeria then you need start helping the 85% impoverished people. You are angry about the video, what have you done to help the impoverished in Nigeria. Enough with waiting for this person or that person or the government to do something, start doing something yourself. Until you start helping you will keep getting weird questions from folks outside Nigeria. This video was shot in no where else but Nigeria and this is how 85% (majority) of the people in Nigeria live. Why should they focus on how the minority are poppin’ champagne and lavishing in parties. These 85% people matter, they are human beings like you and I.

    — There are so many things you can do to help
    1. For those of you that are still in college/uni and not making money yet: start volunteering your time to help these people
    2. For those of of you that have a job and make money
    — Make up some time each week to cook hot meal and distribute to these kids. You can collaborate with other people to do this. You will be marveled at the smiles on these kids faces
    — Collaborate with other people and help sponsor a child’s education
    — Adopt one of these kids
    — Wash up and donate good old clothing’s to these people
    — If you work in the medical field collaborate with other doctors and go into these neighborhoods and give free medical treatment. You will be amazed at the lives you will save.
    — If you live in the States like I do or any other part of the world, make it a priority every time you visit Nigeria to volunteer in these neighborhoods, cook some hot meal and distribute to these people. You can also buy footwear (slippers) and clothing to give these kids.
    — During Christmas period collaborate with other friends, buy Christmas presents and distribute them to kids in the impoverished areas. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing a child smile. Put a smile on a child’s face.
    I will leave you guys with an excerpt from Mahatma Gandhi’s Change Yourself.
    “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
    “If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns.” PEACE

    • Alfie

      September 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      You do have a point, and you do speak with passion, but it is also true that most Nigerians themselves view Lagos as Nigeria, when it is only a small part. But you are right,we do need to wake up to a new dawn and a new thinking. successive military regimes neglected the order of things in the country for far too long and we the people also lost a lot of our values and our focus too. Having said that, If Black America were allowed their initial wishes and were given a self governing area of the country(afew southern states?) solely for Black people and totally run by Blacks without intervention, it wouldnt be much better than Nigeria is today, It is because you are still a part of a highly industrialised (white) nation (U.S.A) where Blacks are a mere 13% of the population and interspersed across america, that gives your lot a much better standard of living, but we will get there,It may take some time, but we surely will, of that you cant deny.

  11. burgadi

    September 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    i saw the video 2 wks ago but i didn’t pay any attention to it becuase the message the video is trying to deliver is true. And now i see people commenting on the video blaming Rick Ross for portraying Nigeria in a negative way. first of all, I will say thanks to Rozay for shooting this video in Nigeria. So many foreign musicians has been to Nigeria and none of them has shot in our country before. i also want to say that most of the video that we watch today (mostly nigeria video) are trying to portrat western culture and we neglect our culture, so it will be diffucult for us to know there is problem in our nation. But when foreinger come to our country and try to tell thet world they saw, we NIGERIANS would tale it personal. Rick Ross is not talking about the nigerias in his video, he referring to everyone ( whether u are NIGERIANS, AFRICANS, HISPANIC, NATIVE AMERICANS, AFRICAN AMERICANS) that don’t let the situation around u, people, and ur environment hold u back from what u are born to achieve in life. the video is like a wake up call for all nigerians to do smtg to better their life regardless what their situation is and dont let anything hold u back.
    @luvuwizzy u said whoever support this video is ignorant, i think u are directing that message to ur self. I live in United state too and i see how african americanS behave to people from africa. i don’t know which part of United states are and i will tell u that most african american are very nice. i will say 7 out 10. The remaining 3 are ignorant becos they hate us competing with them. I’m from New england and most black people that I’ve been around are very nice. Also u said ” they say bad things about african that our women don’t wear clothes and their breast are hanging out” i hear that too but it not their fault. most of these people haven’t leave their country to see other part of the world and they only believe what they see on TV. It our job not to take it personal but to educate them and show or tell them what life is really is in africa. Finally i don’t see anything wrong with the video and people should sit down and listening to the lyric. he is talking about what he has been through in his own neighborhood and he is trying to motivate people generally, not only nigerians

  12. Bolake

    September 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    This is just a prove that we Nigerians don’t listen to lyrics, we just look at pictures. It’s not like there is a lot of difference with the one shot in America, they were both shot in the ghetto

  13. Ayomide

    September 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    There is a huge disconnect between African Americans and Nigerians.The social and cultural context in which our brothers in America operate is different from that of Nigerians. Our music video is mostly feed from aspirational virtues. It is reason we go abroad, or to South Africa to shoot videos, we hardly have city sights and bright lights that support out aspirational music. But the Americans have everything within America that tells a story. This explains why we are running away from reality. WE ARE DISCONNECTED FROM OURSELVES, SUCH A PITY!

  14. NNENNE

    September 27, 2012 at 2:42 am

    @Tim… Yes, our leaders have failed us but we have failed ourselves too. Until we address polygamy and population explosion among other things no amount of resources will help us.
    Our fore fathers who practiced these vices were farmers and lived simple lives. Today , we live in cities, pay bills , send our children to school and expect them to find jobs in the office. I keep wondering how these can work out.


    September 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Nigerians Can lick to lick Foreigners Yansh sha.

  16. Alfie

    September 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Yep, Its a rough one….I know people are not happy about this video, but that is the truth. Lagos, itself, had had a long history of being filthy and chaotic even more than other parts of the country, sadly Lagos IS our only city in Nigeria. As urbanised as they are, the Lagos people have never been the best town planners. And even now, people are deeply resentful of Governor Fashola’s program to sanitise and beautify the state. we are quick to abuse our leaders, but we the people have a defect of sorts.

  17. Alfie

    September 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    You do have a point, and you do speak with passion, but it is also true that most Nigerians themselves view Lagos as Nigeria, when it is only a small part of the country. But you are right,we do need to wake up to a new dawn and a new thinking, if we want to improve our society and upgrade the life of our people to where we feel we want to be. Successive military regimes neglected the order of things in the country for far too long and we the people also lost a lot of our values and our focus too. Having said that, If Black America were allowed their initial wishes and were given a self governing area of the country(afew southern states?) solely for Black people and totally run by Blacks without intervention, it wouldnt be much better than Nigeria is today, It is because you are still a part of a highly industrialised (white) nation (U.S.A) where Blacks are a mere 13% of the population and interspersed across america, that gives your lot a much better standard of living, but we will get there,It may take some time, but we surely will, of that you cant deny. (25133)

  18. jayjay

    September 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    nigerians will always be nigerians,now someone is bringing in racism,once a nigerian accepts the fact that he has a problem,this nation will turn for the for me i support the video 100% cos rick ross just pointed out the obvious,i for one didnt no pple leave on dumps,he came and preached the truth unlike our other artists that r abt the clubs,drinks,fancy cars that they dont even own.we hosted u and we wld love u to come again.

  19. doyin

    September 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    God bless Rick Ross, Free, and Amber Lake. The truth is a hard pill to swallow. Nigerians wake up to reality and stop trying to shove it under the carpet. All these videos that majority of the new naija artists are shooting, portraying us as champagne popping, limo driving, jet setting people. How many of us have even stepped out of the country? Please fix the problems we have rather than try to paint over them with glittery paint.

  20. Dayo

    September 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

    No country has only one reality, so people saying that this the reality of Nigeria are totally disconnected with reality. That said, it is the reality of some Nigerians (and not even close to the 85% that one of those often pontificating, while doing zilch, Nigerian diasporans is spouting on this thread) and their story also deserves to be told. Nevertheless, the even further disconnection from reality are those who ascribe Nigeria’s woes solely to its leadership, when the truth is that our leaders merely reflect most of our people (which btw is where the emerge from, and not from outer space). At the end of the day, Nigeria (and its future or lack thereof) is the collective product, by commission or omission, of all Nigerians. Pointing fingers and waiting for others to fix your country is lazy obfuscation.

    PS: Rick Ross is not the problem but perhaps he should donate some of that money he gets from the Nigerian elite to the downtrodden that he purports to care for. Otherwise, just like our elite, he is making money off the backs of poor folk.

    • Amber Lake

      September 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I totally agree that there is more than one reality, but this is the reality of the majority and majority rules for me. I am not one to just throw out numbers without doing my proper research. During my spear time I do tons of research on the Economic Development of Nigeria and trust me it is 85% or somewhere close. This 85% is the national poverty number, I didn’t just pick the number from Wikipedia or some unreliable source. Please do an extensive research and get back to me if I am right or wrong. I am very passionate about helping Nigeria because that’s where my parents are from and it’s my heritage. Yes the numbers are shocking but this 85% matter to me and I would do anything within my power to help someone. PEACE

    • Amber Lake

      September 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Just to add — I wouldn’t gain anything spewing out fake or false numbers. Funny enough the numbers are current 2011. For example : Lagos is more than just Banana Island, Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island. The almighty Lekki and Ikoyi also has slums, maybe not as prominent as other areas but they do. We need to wake up and realize that these people exist and it’s the majority. It should be each and everyone of us priority and responsibility to help these people.

  21. Gidi Crew

    September 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Shout out to Amber Lake and Ayomide. Truer words aint been spoken

  22. KOLO

    October 3, 2012 at 10:03 am


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