Yesterday, we finally got the trailer for the movie ‘Concussion’, starring Will Smith as the Nigerian Dr. Bennet Omalu, who in 2002, discovered a neurodegenerative disease affecting the brains of NFL players.
While the trailer does look pretty great, it has the Oscar nominee sporting a pretty wonky ‘Nigerian’ accent and expectedly Nigerian Twitter had a few things to say about it.
There were the detractors.
Just seen the ‘Concussion’ trailer.. And yes, Will Smith’s ‘Nigerian’ accent is indeed, wack sauce.
— K10 (Egbon Ben10). (@koye10) September 1, 2015
Brb. Gonna kill myself after hearing will smith's accent in the Concussion trailer
— #EfeOmafuaire (@effaye_wuz_here) September 1, 2015
So they casted Will Smith in this film to play a Nigerian & his accent sounds like a combination of about 5 Countries in Africa. I'm weak ?
— Tonte Bo Douglas (@TonteBoDouglas) August 31, 2015
Will Smith's Nigerian accent in that Concussion trailer… I am finished.
— WALE LAWAL (@WalleLawal) August 31, 2015
Will Smith's Nigerian accent in Concussion is the reason angels cry.
— . (@Tidijii) August 31, 2015
The people that thought it wasn’t that bad.
The Nigerian accent Will Smith is trying is not THAT bad. Ah, take it easy It doesn't sound Nigerian, but it's not that bad
— Mowunmi (@Tomiiwaa_I) September 1, 2015
Lol Will Smith tried to pull off a Nigerian accent in that movie. He tried small sha.
— Gage (@DrChubbyy) August 31, 2015
…and the people who thought he actually nailed it.
Once I heard that accent Will Smith was doing I knew that I must see the movie.
— King Finesse (@mr_lawson_) August 31, 2015
Well, personally, I am not crazy about the accent, but I am happy to see a movie about a Nigerian on the big screen. The movie is due out on the 25th of December, 2015.