I felt very inspired when I read the story of this young white man who is unarguably the first known white man to join the NYSC programme; though he may not be Caucasian, but looks like an Indian or someone from the Middle East.
Mohammed Jammal was born in the City of Jos, Plateau State where he completed his secondary school. He is a graduate with a Bachelors degree from the London Metropolitan University and a Masters degree in Global Management from Regents Business School London.
Jammal is currently at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Nassarawa State Central Nigeria. The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme, was established in 1973 by the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. The purpose of the scheme was to expose young Nigerians to the diversity of Nigerian and give youths the opportunity to visit and live with people they would not have otherwise had the chance to meet or know.
Jammal doesn’t have a dual citizenship. He says:
“Nigeria is the only country I know. It is my homeland and with all its challenges it is a place that will make substantial progress if we all decide to commit ourselves to its betterment.”
Jammal is also a talented entertainer who goes by the stage name “White Nigerian.” Jammal joined Nigerian entertainment industry whilst studying in London. His debut performance was as a guest comedian on the AY Live in London’s 02 Indigo show in 2010.
Since then, he has performed at different shows including AY Live (London, Abuja, Lagos, Asaba), Lord of the Ribs with Basket Mouth in Abuja, Nigeria @ 50 in Trafalgar Square, London, P-Square’s Album Launch in Lagos, Harp Rhythm Unplugged, Crack Ur Ribs and many more.
Jammal recently tried his hands in the Nigerian music industry; collaborating with artists JJC and Terry Tha Rapman and released popular club songs in 2011 rapping in both Hausa and Pidgin English single called “Taka Rawa.”
His latest effort is a single titled Dirty Wine, the single made it to the No. 1 spot on Wazobia FM and No 10. On MTV’s top 10 Afro beats songs.
Watch his music video, ‘Taka Rawa’ below…