who was able to make the case in court that Joy is a Benin woman and as such is of Yoruba cultural tradition in which force feeding children with akamu (pap), is the cultural norm and cannot therefore be considered to be torture. The judge admitted that the argument might be cogent but the baby had by then lived with Norwegian parents for 18 months and it would be cruelty to the child to break the strong bonds he has now developed with his Norwegian foster parents. The problem, according to Nwosu, is that some Norwegian parents are now developing a strategy of getting children from this pool of Nigerians in Oslo’s underworld but his struggle to recover these 68 Nigerian children would continue.
Nwosu has also made it a matter of public record that he himself is the product of a single mother who became a victim of circumstances. His mother was a 16-year old secondary school student in Port Harcourt who strayed into a party in Shell village and got seduced by an old American oil worker who gave a lot of money to his grand father but then soon thereafter left the country at the on set of the Biafran civil war. It’s wrong, he says, to judge his own mother, who is a great mum and therefore wrong to judge these Nigerian sex workers in Oslo and consider them unfit to bring up their children. I wish my pal Elvis Chi Nwosu the best in his struggles and his message to the Nigerian authorities is that they should continue to resist the attempts by the Norwegian authorities to convince Nigeria to accept that these 68 women whose children have been seized by the Norwegian State be deported to Nigeria.
Not all Nigerians in Norway are in the underworld. I met a Norwegian star, Charlie Chirah Abboh, a man of intellect who had done postgraduate studies in political science before moving into the muscle industry of bodybuilding where he won the Mr. Universe title four times for Norway, his country. The other star I met is the young Norwegian woman, Lioness Oyibo, who is currently rocking the Lagos Afrobeat scene. Lagos, she told me, is the world headquarters of the best contemporary music so when she decided to become a musician, the logical place to develop and grow is Lagos. Check YouTube for my song “Anything for love” and you will see that thanks to Lagos, my music is developing fast, she told me. I wish Lioness Oyibo great success in the Lagos, rather the world music industry.