Controversial Nigerian rapper, Speed Darlington, has found himself embroiled in a heated debate after his pursuit of a 16-year-old girlfriend sparked widespread criticism.
The artist raised eyebrows when he shared a video on his social media, showcasing an encounter with an eighteen-year-old and boasting about the liberties he enjoys in Nigeria compared to his previous residence in the United States.
Expressing his sentiments on Instagram, Speed Darlington declared, “I’m doing everything I couldn’t do in the USA in my Fatherland.
I’m looking for a girlfriend number 2, 16 to 20 years old.
Anyways, all these announcements are a waste.
I just need to do what I did before; which is go do a show and spend a week in the village after the show, find somebody to bring her to Lagos.”
Swift Backlash on Social Media
In the wake of his announcement, numerous Nigerians took to Twitter to vehemently condemn Speed Darlington’s remarks, branding him a pedophile.
@moonlight_sira expressed frustration, stating, “Speed Darlington will always irritate me, especially his abasa mouth like spit sprinkler.
You people enable his nonsense too.”
@luvlybunnny chimed in, asserting, “Speed Darlington is an idiot and a very big ignoramus.
A dirty pedophile because tell me why you’re looking for underaged girls and also excited to be sleeping with an 18 yr old chukwu ju kwa stupid men.”
@jessica_otii simply commented, “Speed Darlington is such a creep.
Wtf.” The online community seemed divided, with AMBER WITH THE GOOD VIBES remarking, “Wait o… same you people that hailed Paul Okoye are insulting Speed Darlington????? I am very confused please, how and why is this different? You people should pick a side let thunder fire you people properly.”
Dera added a lighter perspective, suggesting, “He might get banned from traveling to the U.S. because of this lol.”
Legal Context and Cultural Nuances
In Nigeria, the age of sexual consent is generally set at 18; however, it’s noteworthy that the legal framework varies, particularly in the Northern part of the country where the Penal Code Act is applicable.
This regional disparity adds another layer to the ongoing discussion surrounding Speed Darlington’s behavior, intensifying the public discourse on cultural norms, legal boundaries, and the responsibility of public figures.