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Korean politician who joked that a Nigerian
student's skin looks like charcoal
apologises


Following the public uproar for jokingly likening the skin
colour of a Nigerian student to charcoal, a Korean
politician Kim Moo Sung has apologized. Moo-Sung, a
front runner for the 2017 South Korean presidential
elections and the leader of the country’s ruling
conservative Saenuri Party issued the apology after
public criticism over his comment.


"I failed to realise that showing friendliness this way
could hurt someone’s feelings," Moo Sung wrote on his
Facebook page on Friday, December 18. "I am really
sorry and there is no excuse. I sincerely apologise from
the bottom of my heart"
Moo Sung made the comment 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 26-year-old Nigerian student who is attending a local
university on a South Korean government scholarship,
Babalola Joshua Adekunie, said he did not take offence.
"I don’t give any special meaning to it," Adekunie 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."
When he was asked if he thought Kim should apologise
to him, Adekunie replied in Korean: "Guenchanayo (No
problem)".



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