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S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by oluwasegun007(m): 8:23am On Dec 19, 2015
The frontrunner to be South Korea's next president has apologised after sparking a public uproar for jokingly likening the skin colour of an African scholarship student to coal.

Kim Moo-sung, the leader of the country's ruling conservative Saenuri Party and the leader in polling ahead of the December 2017 elections, issued the apology in the face of public criticism over the gaffe.

"I failed to realise that showing friendliness this way could hurt someone's feelings," Kim wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

"I am really sorry and there is no excuse. I sincerely apologise from the bottom of my heart."
He made the quip while delivering coal briquettes to the needy in Seoul alongside a group of foreign exchange students earlier on Friday.

The event was part of a charity programme which drew around 40 students from 27 countries as well as 50 young members of the Saenuri Party.

"Your face colour is the same as the briquettes' colour," the 64-year-old said to a Nigerian student while laughing.

The student, Babalola Joushua Adekunie, said he did not take offence.

"I don't give any special meaning to it," Adekunie later told local news outlet Focus News. "He said it jokingly. He was laughing."

"Personally I'm a black man... It's nothing that I am ashamed of."

Asked whether he thought Kim should apologise to him, Adekunie replied in Korean: "Guenchanayo [No problem]".

The 26-year-old student is attending a local university on a South Korean government scholarship.

Kim topped a Real Meter survey published last week on support levels for various presidential hopefuls with 22.5 percent of respondents backing him.

Source: AFP

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Nobody: 8:25am On Dec 19, 2015
Bn
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Omotayor123(f): 8:26am On Dec 19, 2015
Since he knows he's in the wrong and he apologized...
His sins are forgiven... Go and sin no more cheesy

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by bigboss80s(m): 8:33am On Dec 19, 2015
Was a joke but will likely haunt him even if he wins the elections.
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Chanchit: 8:35am On Dec 19, 2015
I don't know why people get offended so easily, person weh get talk no cry. I know most o the cry would be from the opposition.

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Demmocrats(m): 8:36am On Dec 19, 2015
shocked
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:39am On Dec 19, 2015
Nigeria don suffer...
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Tolexander: 8:45am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:
Nigeria don suffer...
How Nigeria take suffer for this?

Don't "politicize" this issue!

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by DaBullIT(m): 8:46am On Dec 19, 2015
Somebody mentioned lagoon jokingly some people took it personally

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:48am On Dec 19, 2015
Tolexander:
How Nigeria take suffer for this?

Don't "politicize" this issue!
You are the one trying to politicise it. I said 'Nigeria don suffer' and never said 'Nigeria don suffer under Buhari'. Can't you see that the 'insult' disguised as joke? If Nigeria is well respected among committee of nations, will the man utter such joke?
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Ahmed0336(m): 8:49am On Dec 19, 2015
One day na one day, reverse ll be the case. I have hope in NIGERIA
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Akathriel(m): 8:50am On Dec 19, 2015
This is Y I like Kim Jong-Un. If that joke was made against a North Korean, at the very least, 1 simple Nuclear bomb of less than a kiloton yield would have been fired & detonated on Seoul, serving as a warning to forestall future recurrence of such nonsensical joke and guess what? America can't do jack about it because the South Korean Presidential frontrunner certainly asked for it.
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Tolexander: 8:57am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:

You are the one trying to politicise it. I said 'Nigeria don suffer' and never said 'Nigeria don suffer under Buhari'. Can't you see that the 'insult' disguised as joke? If Nigeria is well respected among committee of nations, will the man utter such joke?
don't be clever by half!

The man made the joke base on his look and never had the intention of attacking his race.

The comment is even more racial than nationality, stop politicising the issue!

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by joseph1832(m): 8:59am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:
Nigeria don suffer...
And how does this affect Nigeria? Is Nigeria the only black country on this Earth?

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by TonyeBarcanista(m): 8:59am On Dec 19, 2015
Tolexander:
don't be clever by half!

The man made the joke base on his look and never had the intention of attacking his race.

The comment is even more racial than nationality, stop politicising the issue!
Who was he addressing? A NIGERIAN! Would he have said such to an afro-american?
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by lionduke(m): 9:01am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:
Nigeria don suffer...
Attention seeker.....

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Tolexander: 9:05am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:

Who was he addressing? A NIGERIAN! Would he have said such to an afro-american?
Afro-american is not an African geographically!

Stop being clever by half!

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by vedaxcool(m): 9:08am On Dec 19, 2015
Tolexander:
don't be clever by half!

The man made the joke base on his look and never had the intention of attacking his race.

The comment is even more racial than nationality, stop politicising the issue!

E be like PDP alert done show face for him account. His old foolish self is beginning to rare its ugly head.

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by TonyeBarcanista(m): 9:08am On Dec 19, 2015
Tolexander:
Afro-american is not an African!

Stop being clever by half!
Quit the argument. He was addressing a NIGERIAN! If he wasn't specific at the Nigerian, your argument would have made sense. Abeg shift jare..
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Nobody: 9:17am On Dec 19, 2015
Blacks are unnessecarily emotional
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Tolexander: 9:20am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:

Quit the argument. He was addressing a NIGERIAN! If he wasn't specific at the Nigerian, your argument would have made sense. Abeg shift jare..
Young man, don't be clever by half!

The feature the man attacked is peculiar to a race not to a nation!

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by MinorityTribe: 9:39am On Dec 19, 2015
But na lie him talk? Your face colour no dey like Charcoal? grin We say that to ourselves all the time we even use it to mock Ghana. Why are we now angry?

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by fr3do(m): 9:59am On Dec 19, 2015
what is there?
no one makes a big deal when the face of a white man is described to be as white as snow.

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by O0XYGEN: 10:08am On Dec 19, 2015
And who doesn't know nigerians are as dark as charcoal ?
Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by AbdH: 10:09am On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:

Who was he addressing? A NIGERIAN! Would he have said such to an afro-american?
Stop being clever by half. He woud have said same to any man with a black skin. It is all about the skin colour and not nationality, even your 'Afro-Americans' get much worse description all around the globe.

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by oyinkinola: 11:12am On Dec 19, 2015
O0XYGEN:
And who doesn't know nigerians are as dark as charcoal ?

Lede yoruba, eebu loje keeyan feyan dudu we eedu tabi idi ikoko (ikoko obe), sugbon ti yoruba ba fe yin eni dudu won a so pe "omo dudu bi ikoro isin"
o daa keeyan da loju, ko da lenu, gege bi omo yoruba, to ba s'emi ni Babalola Joushua Adekunle ni: esin tin ba fun nipe, lkoro isin lo ba fewa mi we, (o dudu b'ikoro 'sin)
Is there anybody to translate it in english? what is 'IKORO ISIN' in english

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by murphyibiam15(m): 12:16pm On Dec 19, 2015
IyaIode:
Blacks are unnessecarily emotional
inferiority complex causes it...
am always marveled at something...we cry of discrimination wen we all are involved but wat about the ones happening here in Nigeria; are they not worse off?

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by Rossikk(m): 12:36pm On Dec 19, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:

You are the one trying to politicise it. I said 'Nigeria don suffer' and never said 'Nigeria don suffer under Buhari'. Can't you see that the 'insult' disguised as joke? If Nigeria is well respected among committee of nations, will the man utter such joke?
How do you know the politician even knew the student was a Nigerian? Racism overseas is not something that occurs because of the victim's nationality, but skin colour.

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Re: S Korean Presidential Frontrunner made Racist Joke Against Nigerian Student by baralatie(m): 12:50pm On Dec 19, 2015
MinorityTribe:
But na lie him talk? Your face colour no dey like Charcoal? grin We say that to ourselves all the time we even use it to mock Ghana. Why are we now angry?

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