A broadcaster with the BBC, John Humphrys, has expressed surprise that the founder of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, still lives in Nigeria.
Humphrys, 75, during a radio interview in the UK, allegedly urged Mrs. Austen-Peters to go back to Nigeria, tow which the lawyer-businesswoman reportedly replied that she doesn’t live in the UK.
The UK’s relationship with Nigeria was under the spotlight as Theresa May visited the country during her tour of three African countries, reports Newstatesman.
Austen-Peters was arguing that there is “a disconnect” between Britain and Nigeria, and that there has been “no relationship at all” between the two countries despite their colonial history and the Commonwealth.
She added that the relationship hadn’t brought “privileges in terms of trade, in terms of immigration” to Nigeria.
See the transcript of the interview as shared by Newstatesman:
Bolanle Austen-Peters: The truth of the matter is the UK is trying to get back through this relationship they’re trying to build now.
And I’m sure that a lot of people will view it with scepticism.
John Humphrys: Oh?
BAP: Yes, absolutely, because nothing has been going on for so long. And then all of a sudden Brexit happens, and then we find the UK trying to come back now and forge relationships that really were separated for a long time. That’s the way most people would view this.
JH: Well, you know what, tell me what you think about this, Bolanle. You were born there of course, you trained as a lawyer, you came to this country. Maybe you should go back?
BAP: Yes, I don’t live here actually.
JH: Oh, you don’t live here!
BAP: I’m on vacation, yes. I’m on vacation and I certainly don’t want to live here. The truth is…
JH: Forgive me, you are actually living still in Nigeria?
BAP: Absolutely, I’m here on vacation. And I do a lot here, I bring my plays to London… We have a culture that is very vibrant and very rich and we’re people who are very proud.
For some reason, we have a legacy that we cannot erase, a relationship with the British Empire or as it were.
The truth is if you have a relationship with somebody, you would expect that you would have mutual respect and you would have mutual understanding for the needs of those people.
But I think that along the line, something broke. If Britain wants to come back, we are willing to welcome them, but it has to be in a meaningful way, and it has to be in a way that encourages growth on both sides.