Powell Busts a Move
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
Former Secretary of State and current dance sensation Colin Powell graced the stage of a London hip-hop concert “in celebration of African culture.” The song he sang and danced to? A Nigerian hit about people spending money gleaned from U.S. Internet scam victims.
Powell probably was unaware that the song was about fraud.
He spoke about his own black identity in the U.S.: “It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history. I didn’t just drop out of the sky, people came from my continent in chains.”
America’s former top diplomat took centre stage along with Nigerian performer Olu Maintain, who sang his hit Yahoozee.
It is not clear if Mr Powell was aware that the song was about Nigeria’s notorious internet fraudsters.
The song tells of an easy-money lifestyle of women, cars and alcohol.
The scammers, known as “yahoo yahoo boys” make money by advance fee fraud, known as “419” after the legal statute that outlaws it.
Powell gets down with Olu Maintain, left, and Kanye West.