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Say NO to Racism! Davido, Ali Baba & Eto’o Join the “Banana Campaign”



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Take Banana till you go YO!

It breaks our heart that there have been so many headlines on racism this month only, but sadly that’s the world we live in.

In case you missed the buzz, 30-year-old Barcelona player Dani Alves ate a banana thrown at him during a match on Sunday. And unknowing, he started a viral campaign on social media.

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During the match against Villarreal, a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Dani as he was about to take a corner kick. He shocked everyone by picking it up, peeling it and eating it.

After the match, Alves spoke about the incident; “We have suffered this in Spain for some time, you have to take it with a dose of humour. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective. I don’t know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.”

Comedian Ali Baba, Musician Davido, as well as football stars including Samuel Eto’o, Mario Balotelli, Bacary Sagna, have joined the trend.

The person who threw the banana was identified and banned for life from games at the stadium.

Ali Baba
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Caption: Please pardon me. I couldn’t find yellow banana… Even yellowish ones were no where to be found. But whether. It’s yellow or green banana, doesn’t matter. Let’s not be racist to bananas while trying to stamp out one other racism. All bananas are equal. #Alves#Racism #Banana #equality

Samuel Eto’o
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Caption: Sorry I forgot to ask you: Anybody wants to be a monkey like me?? 😉

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Caption: SEA, Good morning guys, we are all one- proud of our roots. #Saynotoracism @paulihop8 #kaboul #capoue (life’s good)

Temi of Cool FM
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Caption: It’s Temi saying No To Racism #WeAreAllMonkeys#WeAreAllHuman

Mario Balotelli
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Caption: #WeAreAllMonkeys, #NoToRacism. Siamo tutti scimmie!

Bacary Sagna
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Caption: Struggling to sleep after tonight’s game.. this banana might help 🙂 @danid2ois #weallmonkeys #Notoracism

Photo Credit: Instagram


  1. nene

    April 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    i watched that game and i thought it was a joke but when i heard the news i thought what alves did was soo cool, or like we said back in the day “chassis”! black people have suffered in this world. smh

    • Anon

      May 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

      You thought throwing a banana was a joke? Was that the first time you watched a football match or specifically a La Liga match?

  2. Mz Socially Awkward....

    April 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Wow. Even my 50 something year old Pastor is more socially current than I am. I had no idea about any of this until it was referenced during tonight’s bible study (the topic, by the way, was about owning your identity).

    It seems all the closet racists are trying very hard to be noticed this week. Absolutely love how Alves reacted, like it was water running off a duck’s back. Let’s all continue to hit the ignore button when “they” try to instigate a reaction to their foolishness.

    That Ali Baba’s caption… pure jokes.

  3. Honeydrop

    April 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Lol, I love this. Make the racists look as stupid as they actually are.

  4. Nma

    April 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    “We are all monkeys”. LMAO!

  5. iyke

    April 30, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Alibaba and other celebs, charity begins at home. If you must campaign, join hands and implore the govt to
    #BringBackOurGirls –
    That’s where we need your voices.

    • Changing Faces

      May 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Don’t mind them! How many of our so called celebrities lend their voices to important issues in this country? Yet they’re quick to identify with Alves… Hypocrites

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

      My sentiments exactly…


    April 30, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Let’s deal with tribalism first. It hurts most.

  7. mujer

    May 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I find it interesting that Nigerians have jumped on the “say no to racism” boat. Good thing, but there are many isms that have destroyed Nigeria. One of them that serves as a root cause for the utter madness we see in government and in how our society is run is the very close sister of racism – ethnicism. We have stereotypes for all tribes – Calabar people, Ogoni people, yoruba people, Hausa people, Ibo people, tiv people, and recently Ijaw people simply because some dont agree with the President, etc. Can we start a campaign to begin to view each other where and when it matters through an ethnic identity-free lens? If we cannot love ourselves, how can the white man value us? We think they dont see the extent to which we dehumanize ourselves. They do and they laugh at us. A Nigerian will pick a white intern [almost literally….really someone with lesser knowledge and qualifications] to serve as the keynote speaker at a conference, rather than a Nigerian doctorate degree holder. When white people come to a meeting, you see our senior officials rushing to affiliate as if it adds something to their life span to say they have a picture with WHite people. Many savvy people now know to present at least one oyinbo to those with funds to sponsor events if you want to be taken seriously. Sometimes in our desperation, we even seek out darker skinned races like us that may have straighter hair and more aquiline features, and revere them. We celebrate skin bleaching and promote it as beauty enhancement. We hate us. Until we love us and appreciate us, no white man will love us; No campaign will be sufficient.

    • dontcare

      May 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

      you are doing too much. chill.

    • SOLO ACT

      May 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

      no one is asking for the white man to love us, we are asking for the white man to respect us. the last time i checked i dont see Hausa people throwing bananas at igbo people while walking down the street

    • wendy

      May 1, 2014 at 3:59 am

      No..they dont do bananas… They deal with cutlass.

    • i no send

      May 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Faints @ wendy..hahahahhahahha..abeg its too early for me o

    • i no send

      May 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Well said

  8. Temi Tope Adebayo

    May 1, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Racism is a form of insecurity.. mostly driven by Jealously…envy… and stupidity… So if we are monkey! then they are shaved pig… and wahala don done.. case closed.

  9. Author Unknown

    May 1, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Since when did racism become Nigeria’s problem? You don’t even have the most basic things…like constant supply of electricity and water. On top of that, you are one of the best when it comes to ethnic, religious and sexual orientation discrimination. You guys just like to join the international bandwagon sha.

  10. journey to self

    May 1, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Yeah it’s good,but why do I have a feeling that Nigerians are gonna turn it into something ‘in ‘vogue’…our Girls in Borno are missing!! That’s no Joke!!

  11. newbie

    May 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Thank God for BN. Where I for dey get my news and current affairs from? I had no clue about this one – but, good on him. Alves, that is.
    @Temi Tope, you forgot one more thing. Ignorance. Racism especially amongst the younger ones is often driven by ignorance. They don’t know any better and have not bothered to know. Their friends do it, their parents do it, everyone around them does it, so they don’t question it.
    In your spare time people, please google Japanese macaques, go to images and tell me what you see – as in honestly, who those ones look like. Who was it that said we are all monkeys again? They’re not too far wrong. We as the human race afterall share more than 98% of our DNA with them. If I were those racists, I would take a chill pill.

  12. onyx

    May 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    See Ali Baba looking as weak as the banana he is holding

    • lolaaji

      May 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      i cnt stop laughing at this comment believe me heheehehhe

  13. mercy

    January 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Quiet interesting. i love Africa I Love Cameroon

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