Monday, April 27, 2009

That Nigeria has a serious corruption problem is no surprise to even the most casual observer of Nigerian issues. As such, there was little shock when international conglomerates Siemens AG (Germany) and Halliburton (USA) were both exposed for collaborating with various Nigerian officials in corrupt practices to the combined tune of at least $436 million. Siemens AG and Halliburton have been punished by their home countries, Nigerians are yet to see the punishment or even legitimate identification of a single Nigerian individual tied to these corporate corruption scandals. Although the Nigerian public is demanding the identification of Nigerians involved in these and other corruption matters, it might take a lot longer for the guilty to be brought to justice.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Given that Nigeria's music industry requires artists to make party music in order to make money, I am always pleasantly surprised to discover musicians who use their craft to make statements about the state of Nigeria. Like Timaya's 'Dem Mama' and Sound Sultan's 'Bushmeat' (previously feature don this site), H-Man has created a wonderful gem called 'Uwadiwe'. 

"Naija, the land of good, bad and ugly..."
I have been advised that 'Uwadiwe' means "the world makes one angry" (or something similar) in Igbo. The video makes use of commentary from average Nigerians expressing their frustrations about the nation's state of affairs and weaves in statements from previous Heads of State. It is just a brief look into the way many Nigerians are feeling about the country and the need for positive change.
Considering the backlash Eedris Abdulsalam received from the government when he put out his own political statement, "Jaga, Jaga", I hope that this song will not be banned by authorities. It is crucial for Nigerians to hear this expression of the Nigerian condition, so as to encourage more discussion of not just problems but potential solutions.

"[A]s long as we continue to sanction the inadequate behavior of those responsible for our welfare and the future of our unborn children, we will continue to wail, cry and complain. Let us continue to encourage our people to want more from their representatives, to expect more from themselves. We too can live better, more satisfactory lives. That too should be the right of every African, no? But until a majority believe it and demand it, hopefully, peacefully..."

- 'SolomonSydelle'

Hattip to Mola OG and Ovie O of

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This is a guest post from fellow blogger (now on hiatus) Aloofar.

"Surely not tomorrow, but soon"

University of Ibadan, not too long ago. The occasion was the maiden edition of a public speaking contest, and the hall was brimming with students. And even more students were outside scheming to enter the hall against the organiser’s request that the entrance be shut for fear of choking the hall beyond its capacity, or as I suspect, for fear of causing a stampede or a reduction of the hall to smithereens from a possible heat emanating from a roomful of excited young people. About two thousand of them. Someone was scheduled to recite a poem, as part of the program.

Yours sincerely.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

When current President Yar'Adua came to power in May 2007, he declared a state of emergency due to the nation's failed power sector and he soon issued an 18 month ultimatum on power. This declaration spurred probes by both sections of the National Assembly which revealed much corruption and ineptitude to the tune of $10-16 billion. Yar'Adua went on to promise that by December 2009, power generation would increase to 6000MW. Despite the money spent, and a March 2009 promise by the Minister of Power that the 6000MW goal was "feasible and realistic", Nigerians continue to go for days and sometimes, weeks, without power and have now been conveniently informed that the Federal Government would not reach its promised goal of an additional 6000MW by December 2009 because of the growing militancy situation. In an effort to express frustration and demand consistent electricity supply, many Nigerians have taken to the Light Up Nigeria initiative and are using web 2.0 media such as and Facebook to speak up for their right to light.

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Everyone is talking about Somali pirates and piracy in African waters in general. Considering the recent hostage situation involving an American ship captain and many other similar incidents, it is easy to understand why Somali piracy has become a huge subject of discussion across the world, forcing non-African heads of state and others to make bold and sometimes aggressive statements about the situation. Clearly, the waters around Somalia can be dangerous, but it seems that the whole world is talking about how to address the issue without any significant input from Africans themselves.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

This week proved to be interesting and started off on a positive note looking at the upcoming broadband explosion Africa will experience. Things soon turned comical with the discovery that an individual, posing as Isa Yuguda, the subject of "Yar'Adua's Handpicked Successor?" was playing a good game.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Politically inclined Nigerians realize that the second anniversary of Yar'Adua's inauguration is in a few weeks. They also realize that Presidential elections are on the horizon and many wonder whether Yar'Adua will seek re-election. However, it seems that Yar'Adua is maneuvering certain puzzle pieces to benefit a specific individual who just might be his handpicked successor for the upcoming Presidential elections.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Africa's access to the internet is set to explode with the advent of several underwater sea cables all across the continent. As discussed in February, Globacom's submarine cable is soon to go active this year and will increase Nigeria's internet capacity as well as that of Ghana and other West African nations. But nations in Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa are on the verge of increased internet capacity as well.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

I am a keen observer of many things but my curiosity is usually at its peak when it comes to Nigeria's entertainment industry. I believe that it is the main legal avenue for the average Nigerian to distinguish themselves from the remaining 140 million and make good money in the process. A new breed of artists like Asa have been well received at home and abroad. Musicians like Shank have their music played at nightclubs in the Oxford area in Britain and those songs also remain on heavy rotation on Lagos airwaves. Musician and Producer Terry G makes music that young men working in any of Nigeria's many markets sing along to, and even I use for pace on my daily runs. Nollywood actresses like Stephanie Okereke have decided to venture into Hollywood and actors like Jim Iyke have decided to diversify their talent by releasing a rap song (I leave you to make your own conclusion on how successful that venture was). Their names are known by Africans everywhere, their product is loved in the Caribbean and even those not of the Diaspora are realizing that the Nigerian entertainment industry is a force to be reckoned with. These, and many other artists have a mass appeal that is unquestionable and they are taking advantage of this appeal like never before.
Nigerian artists - M.I. and Asa

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Monday, April 6, 2009

The American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria recently put out a warning about a possible terrorist attack against its diplomatic mission in the city. In a circular sent to American citizens in the country, the Embassy encouraged citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

For some reason, Nigerian Curiosity managed to jump a couple numbers in its Alexa ranking (thankfully) after slipping for many weeks. None of that could have been accomplished without the visits from readers and others. Thank you all very much!

Without further ado, it is time to spotlight all those who joined in the conversation this week.

  1. (My entrecard friend)
  2. Sokari
  3. Danny Bagucci
  4. Sugabelly
  5. Akin
  6. Ms. SpicyTee
  7. Madam Cee
  8. Doja
  9. webround
  10. Adaeze
  11. fareedasview
  12. RC6
  13. joicee
  14. 9ja_Kuti
  15. baraal
  16. Lotanna
  17. Naughty Eyes
  18. Folake
  19. N.I.M.M.O
  20. Beauty
  21. RE Ausetkmt
  22. AnyaPosh
  23. Buttercup
  24. Doja 2.0
  25. Cee
  26. Samush
I should also take this time to thank those who dropped their EntreCard at the blog this week. The top 5 droppers were -
  1. Real Liberal Christian Church & Christian Commons
  2. Politicus US
  3. Denford Magora's Zimbabwe Blog
  4. This ain't no effin Mom blog.
  5. BadGalsRadio

And if for some reason you haven't seen the Naija Boyz latest video, then no worries, I've got it right here. The Naija Boyz typically make Nigerian-spoofs of some of the most popular music videos and songs. The following is their ode to Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' and I personally find this to be the best of the lot!

Please enjoy!

I am a fan of Beyonce's but I have to say Naija Boyz shone brightly with this clip. Visit their blog here and show them some support.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disease that I have personally been affected by. I lost a very close friend to the disease and like many Nigerians, I know people who either suffer from the disease, or are discouraged from marrying the one they love because either is a genetic carrier of the the disease. Given these realities, I was ecstatic to learn of a remedy to SCD that was discovered in Nigeria but upon further research, I have more questions than answers.

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