アデオラ・ファイェフンが語る アフリカの腐敗と未来への提言


“Africa is like a sleeping giant,” says journalist and satirist Adeola Fayehun at the beginning of this hilarious, incisive talk. “The truth is I am trying to wake up this giant. That’s why I air the dirty laundry of those in charge.” Follow along as she roasts corrupt African officials and shows why the continent already has all it needs to take its rightful place on the world stage — if only leaders would start taking responsibility.



タイトル Africa is a sleeping giant — I’m trying to wake it up
スピーカー アデオラ・ファイユン
アップロード 2020/07/28

「アフリカは眠れる巨人 — 私はそれを目覚めさせようとしています(Africa is a sleeping giant — I’m trying to wake it up)」


私の名前はアデオラ・ファイェフン、ナイジェリア出身で現在アメリカに住んでいます。私はジャーナリスト、コメディアン、風刺作家として、「Keeping It Real with Adeola」というYouTube番組をホストしています。今回は、私がTEDトークに立った経験とその内容についてお話ししたいと思います。


私の番組「Keeping It Real with Adeola」では、アフリカの腐敗した指導者たちをやんわりと、しかし率直に批判しています。例えば、ナイジェリアのブハリ大統領が「妻は私のキッチンに属している」と発言した時のことを取り上げました。このような指導者たちの失敗を指摘し、彼らの偽善を暴き出すことが目的です。










What’s up, people? First of all, I cannot believe I’m on TED Talk. This is a big deal. Because right now, everybody in my village is watching this. And so, of course, my bride price just went up.

My name is Adeola Fayehun. I’m from Nigeria. I live in the US, I’m a journalist, or a comedian, or a satirist, anything you want me to be, really. I’m every woman, it’s all in me. I host a YouTube show called “Keeping It Real with Adeola.”

Now this show is a gentle, respectful, and very blunt way of calling out corrupt African leaders.

President Buhari: I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen.

Adeola Fayehun: Oh, my God! I need some water — I said I need some water! See? I basically keep it real with them, ha! Especially when they mess up, which is a lot of times. If any African official is watching me, by the way, I’m not talking about you, sir. I’m talking about your colleagues, yes.

I do this because Africa has everything in it to be great. You know, I grew up believing that Africa as a continent is a giant. We’ve got skills, intellectuals, natural resources more than any other continent. Africa supplies 31 percent of the world’s gold, manganese, and uranium, 57 percent of the world’s diamonds, and 13 percent of the world’s oil. We have no reason to depend on aid or borrowing money from China or the World Bank. But without good leaders, we’re like an eagle that has no idea it could fly, let alone soar. Africa is like a sleeping giant.

Now the truth is, I’m trying to wake up this giant, and that’s why I air the dirty laundry of those in charge of the giant. Our politicians, our religious leaders, with huge respect, of course, because more than anything else, African leaders love to be respected. So I give it to them in doses. On my show, I kneel for them — ha! — I call them my uncles, my aunties, my fathers in the lord, and then — I insult them for insulting our intelligence.

And it’s because we are tired of the hypocrisy and false promises. For example, the Nigerian president vowed to end medical tourism by fixing our dilapidated hospitals and building us new ones. But what did he do? He spent three months receiving treatment in London in 2017. We were without a president for three months. We were president-less for three months. So then it becomes my job to call out the President, with respect, of course.

I said, “Ha, Mr. President, it’s your girl, Adeola. You know how I do, how you doing? You have no shame.” I forgot to add “sir.” “Sir, you have no shame.

You have no fear of God. Thirty-five thousand Nigerian doctors are presently working in the US, the UK, and Canada, doing amazing things, because in Nigeria, they are not well-paid, neither do they have the necessary equipment to do the job of being a doctor. And this is happening in many African countries. We have the capacity to fly. But sadly, a lot of African talent is flying straight out of Africa to other continents.

For example, this Nigerian doctor operated on an unborn baby in Texas. Also, this Nigerian doctor discovered the neurological effects of concussion on athletes. And many countries have African athletes winning the gold medal for them. The interesting thing is, we’re waiting for God to fix Africa. Like, for real, it’s not a joke, we are, we’re waiting for God.

I mean, just look at the president of Burundi. He’s jailing journalists and opposition members, but he declared a national day of prayer so that people could pray for God to fix the country. And I’m like, shouldn’t he be fixing the country? Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no. We want God to fix it. Do you see what I have to deal with? I’m telling you, thunder is getting ready to hit these politicians someday.

We are better than this. I want our leaders to start taking responsibility and stop putting everything on God. God has given us everything we need. It’s right here, let’s use it. But here’s the thing, my favorite part of what I do is featuring Africans doing amazing work, ordinary people touching lives. Like this Kenyan woman, Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace prize, for standing up for human rights and planting a million trees.

Also, this Zimbabwean woman, Dr. Tererai Trent, who was married off at the age of 14 in exchange for a cow. Yet, this woman taught herself to read and write, and she ended up on Oprah’s show. Oh, Father, I want to be on Oprah someday. Today, this woman has built schools for thousands of children in Zimbabwe. Also, popular British architect David Adjaye has designed spectacular buildings around the world. And he’s both Ghanian and Tanzanian, so we know that it has to be the Ghanian Jollof rice, which he ate, that gave him the inspiration to design. Ah, maybe it’s the Nigerian Jollof rice, because the Nigerian one is better.

Anyway, but that is what gave him the inspiration to become the great man that he is today. And while I have your attention, I have one more thing to say, so please move closer. OK, that’s good, don’t get too close, that’s good. I don’t like the way some of you portray Africa. Not all of you, just some of you. You especially. First of all, it’s not a country, it’s a continent. I do not know Paul from Uganda, I don’t know Rebecca from Zimbabwe. Nigeria is as far from Zimbabwe as New York is from France. And it’s not a bunch of naked people in need of Western charity. You have it all wrong. Lions are not roaming our streets, OK? And I could go on, but you already know what I’m talking about.

So while I try to do my job, trying to wake up the sleeping giant, Africa, so she could take her rightful place on the world’s arena, you can do your bit, too. Please listen more. Listen to your African friends without a preconceived notion of what you think that they’re going to say. Read African books. Oh, my God, watch African movies. Or at the very least, learn some of the names of our 54 beautiful countries. That’s right, 54, baby, five-four.

Alright, y’all, it’s been real, and I’m keeping it real right up in here. Until next time, I’m going to see you all later.



私の名前はアデオラ・ファイェフンです。ナイジェリア出身で、現在アメリカに住んでいます。私はジャーナリスト、コメディアン、風刺作家など、何でもこなします。「Keeping It Real with Adeola」というYouTube番組をホストしています。