There is so much trauma in young Black men – Nigerian midfielder, Iwobi
Alex Iwobi, a Nigerian midfielder, has stated that most young Black men are experiencing trauma that they are unable to express for fear of being perceived as weak.
During an exhibition in London to raise awareness about mental health, Iwobi urged men to always open up and express their vulnerable side, commenting on how moving from Arsenal to Everton and then failing to qualify for the World Cup impacted him.
“Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.
“I feel like it is something within men, especially Black men, as society is positioned not do that and if you do you are weak. Be OK being vulnerable, there is nothing wrong with it.
“It is only going through life and there is so much trauma in young Black men [you learn] that if you only speak about, it you’d be able to navigate it.
“There is nothing wrong with telling people ‘I’m not all right in the world. I’m just not in the right space’.
“Playing football is a big one because you are not dealing with the issue at hand, it is still there and you escape it but it is still with you.”