Friday, May 28, 2010

The following is a guest post written by fellow blogger, No Limit.

I recently went to Nigeria on a mission. My mission was to pay close attention to my family members, friends and anyone I came in contact with. After my visit, I concluded, corruption is not Nigeria's problem. Selfishness, on the other hand, is our problem. The get all you can and sit on it attitude is in 99.9% of us. Loving one's self and wanting the best for one's life is not in itself a bad thing. Afterall, you can't give what you don't have thus, you have to love yourself to be able to show the same love to your neighbor. When that love turns to self obsession, things get complicated.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The following is a soon to be published poem by Tosin Otitoju.

How does it feel to be a problem?
Tell me, Nigeria.  Let us talk. 
What happened?

Is it…
me, us, the people,
who have slandered you
and named you scapegoat
to cover up our laziness?

Is it…
them, Britain, America,
who beat you as a child
then mock you as a large-limbed
but small-brained man?

Is it…
whom you call daily
who tells you to come back,
to wait, Oga no dey office –
Is it He that wastes your time?

Is it…
your wife, her name, Corruption?
Just marry another wife. 
There are women out there
who make a man prosperous.

I don’t know why you have no money left
but I do know that when you stand up you will be praised
and the shame of the past will be quickly forgotten.
Let’s go Nigeria.  Vamonos!

Much thanks to Tosin Otitoju of UpNaira for once again contributing to Nigerian Curiosity as an Honorary Guest Writer for May 2010. Tosin is a highly respected writer and blogger. Her soon to be published book of poetry 'Comrade' will be available in Nigeria and elsewhere in July 2010.

If you would like to be a Guest Writer for Nigerian Curiosity, please use the 'Contact' button above to reach SolomonSydelle, the blog administrator.

Please read other contributions from previous Nigerian Curiosity Guest Writers -
- Dr. Joseph Okpaku's Barack Obama & America: Who Needs Who More 
- Osize's 'Economics of Nollywood: Price'
- Aloofar's 'When Will Nigerians Have Enough?'
- Tosin's 'Fantasy Federal Executive Council Team'
- Temie's 'Sweetening Motherhood'

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Nigerians have been following another in a long list of corruption scandals involving polymer notes, a former Chair of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a large international financial conglomerate. A new documentary from Australia's ABC television channel is set to fuel even more speculation and questions about the company's dealings in Nigeria. It should also raise discussion about the affairs of other countries and companies that seek to make profit off Nigeria.

Logo of Securency

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The soundtrack of my childhood was heavily saturated my Nico Mbarga’s Sweet mother. I loved this song so much and my own often sweet mother tells me how I would dance and dance to this song with abandon. I was a precocious child and was mostly curious about music. I forgot about this gem of a song until recently, while cleaning up some parental personal effects, I rediscovered it and was flooded with nostalgic  joy.

"Sweet Mother, I no go forget you, for the suffer way you suffer for me," Nico sang.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nigeria and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would permit the Chinese government to build 3 refineries and a petrochemical complex in the country. The refineries will be built in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, Kogi State, and Bayelsa State, the home state of President Jonathan. Nigeria already has four refineries which do not function efficiently. This fact forces the country to import 85% of the fuel used domestically and leads to frequent fuel scarcity and long lines at fuel stations in the world's 8th largest oil exporter.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

James Ibori is a household name in Nigeria that evokes controversy whenever he is mentioned. A former governor of an oil producing state, he faced allegations of corruption and even offered a bribe of $15 million to former EFCC* Chair, Nuhu Ribadu. Despite that and other evidence, a 170 count case against him was dismissed in 2009. The only legal issues that remained in Ibori's way was a case in the United Kingdom where he was being prosecuted under the Proceed of Crime Act. British authorities froze his assets, estimated at £17 million, in 2007. After years of seemingly outwitting Nigerian and British authorities, it appears his luck has run out. Ibori was arrested in Dubai on May 13, 2010. He was questioned by INTERPOL and according to news reports, he awaits a decision on the UK government's pending extradition request. The drama surrounding Ibori is bound to escalate to a fevered pitch.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

The jostling for a new Vice President has come to an end with the nomination of Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo. His name was apparently sent to the National Assembly for approval, although no formal announcement was made as at the time of publication. Although he is a Northern Muslim, Sambo is an unknown, and his selection only reinforces that Goodluck Jonathan intends to run for President in the upcoming 2011 elections.

Namadi Sambo

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The latest issue in Nigerian politics is the question of who will become the nation's next Vice President. Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President on May 6th, 2010 to replace his predecessor, late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua who died on May 5th, 2010. Various interests and geopolitical zones are pushing to influence who will become Vice President and several names have been fielded for the job.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

One day after the unfortunate passing of Nigeria's President YarAdua, Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as President. Although sworn in at 9:30 am, Jonathan failed to make it to the afternoon burial of the former President. He was not the only important political figure to miss the event, however, as former President Obasanjo was also absent. Despite this, and as was to be expected, the jostling for who will become the new Vice President has begun in earnest. Reports indicate that Jonathan is set to announce his deputy on Tuesday, May 11th. Who Jonathan picks could tell a lot about which direction Nigeria will go in and whether Jonathan will run for the Presidency in 2011.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nigeria's President Yar'Adua died on May 5th, 2010. He was known to suffer from a kidney disease, but developed pericarditis, a hardening in the lining of the heart, in late 2009. He left Nigeria for Saudi Arabia in November 2009 and returned 3 months later but was not seen by the public, politicians or even the Vice President-turned Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan. Prior to his death, Yar'Adua was visited by Muslim clerics and then Christian leaders. He was only 58 and leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Turai Yar'Adua, their 7 children, and 2 children from a previous marriage. In accordance with Muslim tradition, he will be buried one day after his death on May 6th at 2pm.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

For years, a considerable number of Nigerians have demanded that Maurice Iwu, the INEC Chairman who presided over the controversial 2007 elections, get the boot. On April 28th, 2010, acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, sacked Iwu by effectively sending him on 'disengagement leave'. Many have reacted well to this news including the Nigerian Bar Association, General Buhari who is a former military dictator and 2007 Presidential election contestant, and opposition parties. But does this actually mean Nigerians should expect credible elections in 2011?

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