I Want Dead Presidents to Represent Me

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For many Nigerians living in America President’s Day is the extra day off they need or the day they work for some extra overtime.

However, historically, President’s day became an official holiday in 1885 in recognition of the first president; George Washington, who was elected in February 1789. The holiday, which is celebrated on the third Monday in February is still officially called Washington’s birthday by the federal government. Nationally it is considered a day to celebrate presidents past and present, including Abraham Lincoln, who fought for the abolition of slavery in 1865 and the likes of our current President; Barack Hussein Obama.

As the 44th and current president of the United States of America, elected in 2008 and again in 2012, Obama is a part of not only a race but ethnicity that Nigerians and Africans can identify with, as Obama has Kenyan roots from the Lou People.

In 2008 Obama literally broke the mold, for the future as there is more hope based on his rise to power for a female president, Latino president, Native American president or an Asian president. There is more room at the table for all minorities to help a marginalized society forgotten by the elite.

Taken from the words of the hip-hop anthems of Nas and Jay Z, “I want dead presidents to represent me”.The title in the literal sense is a slang for money, because portraits of dead United States presidents appear on most federal reserve notes. However, the words are a ubiquitous cultural awakening to the lack of dead presidents representing Nigerians in the “western world”.

219 years after the election of the first president of the United States, this president represents the history of Africans painting a vivid mosaic and shaping a better narrative of black lives in the present age.