ARE NIGERIANS ACTUALLY RELIGIOUS?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

There is no doubt that religion is an integral part of Nigerian society. Children are given Biblical or religion-related names such as Abraham or Olufunmilayo, which means God gave me joy in Yoruba. Nigerians also spend a lot of time in church, with services lasting 3 or more hours. Nigeria also churches and mosques on almost every corner, with some churches having the most amazing names like Guided Missiles Church or Fists of Fury. Additionally, religious leaders are extremely influential, commanding congregations in the thousands.


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NIGERIA: JOURNEY TO NATIONHOOD (VIDEO)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Below is a documentary looking at Nigeria's history and particularly its' colonial history. It is very informative and although the footage belongs to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the video was shared by 419project.com.

Part 1 of 4


Part 2 of 4


Part 3 of 4


Part 4 of 4


What did you think about the program?

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VIOLENCE & THE UPCOMING 2011 NIGERIAN ELECTIONS

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The local Nigerian press has been awash with election talk for months. Now that an election schedule has been released, the country is waiting, expectantly, for the polls to occur. Questions remain as to who the final contenders will be and whether or not the nation’s electoral commission, INEC, can conduct elections within the time frame it has. An even more important topic of discussion is election-related violence. With the discovery of a cache of weapons, explosions in Abuja and other incidents,  there is a focus on Nigeria’s unfortunate dally with violence during electoral season.



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WHAT NIGERIA MUST NOT LEARN FROM COTE D'IVOIRE & GBAGBO

Monday, December 20, 2010

In the past, I have praised Cote D'Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast, and recommended that Nigeria's politicians look to that country for some inspiration. Specifically, policy makers in the Ivory Coast slashed their salaries in response to complaints from citizens in 2008. Today, however, I can only pray that Nigeria's politicians do not pick up any of the horrible 'habits' displayed by Ivorian politicians in recent days.


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NIGERIANS & THEIR "ENEMIES"

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I recently took a look at the most played songs on my mp3 player. Not surprising was the fact that the majority of my top songs were Nigerian. After all, I am a huge fan of Nigerian music. What did come as a surprise however, was the fact that of these songs, the overwhelming majority were songs about 'enemies'. From tunes about "bad bele" or jealous people to pure tracks on "haters", it seemed like the songs I enjoyed the most put the spotlight on envious people in one manner or the other.


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THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

Monday, December 13, 2010

This is a guest post.

A quick visit to President Goodluck Jonathan’s Facebook page might lead one to conclude that he is the Messiah that Nigerians have been yearning for. With 340,000 Facebook fans and counting, he is one of the most popular politicians in cyberspace it would appear, and Nigerians have bought into the notion that their President is both accessible and cares about the issues that affect them, as evidenced by the plethora of comments on Facebook and other online forums. However, a scratch on the surface will reveal that all that glitters is not gold.

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NAIJALEAKS: SHELL IN NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT (CABLE 4)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Synopsis: Ann Pickard informs US officials that it has 'agents' in all major parts of the Nigerian government. One can only now wonder if Diezani Alison Madueke is one of those planted by Shell to keep an eye on the government's activities. She is a previous Shell employee. Granted, once she became Minister of Petroleum, there were rumblings from the oil industry against her selection, but much of that noise could have been a simple diversionary tactic. read on to learn more. This has become one of the most scandalous NaijaLeaks yet.


Also, read my initial thoughts on the NaijaLeaks here. Read Cable 1Cable 2 and Cable 3 as well.



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NAIJALEAKS: SHELL IN NIGERIA (CABLE 3)

Synopsis: Ann Pickard, Shell's V.P. for Africa, discusses Gazprom (Russia), weapons, militants. She expresses concerns that Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State to did not co-opt (pay off) militants the way the governors of Bayelsa and Delta did. Pickard was unconfortable talking to US officials because she felt their system was "leaky". Looks like she was right.


Source: UK Guardian


Also, read my initial thoughts on the NaijaLeaks here. Read Cable 1 and Cable 2 as well.

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NAIJALEAKS: POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY, ELECTIONS TERRORISM (CABLE 2)

Synopsis: Discussions on uncertainty during Yar'Adua's sickness and absence in early 2010. Then acting president Goodluck Jonathan repeated his proclamation that he was interested in creating environment for credible elections. Terrorism matters are raised regarding Christmas bomber and "Talfa". INEC was also an issue. Goodluck confessed,
 “I was not chosen to be Vice President because I had good political experience,”  
“I did not. There were a lot more qualified people around to be Vice President, but that does not mean I am not my own man.” 
Also pay attention to the Comments Section of the document. Interesting analysis and conclusion.

Cable discussing Yar'Adua's corruption is available here. My initial thoughts on NaijaLeaks is available here. More detailed analysis will be forthcoming.

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NAIJALEAKS: YAR'ADUA'S CORRUPTION (CABLE 1)

Synopsis: Discusses allegations of corruption by either late President Yar'Adua, his wife, Turai, and others supposedly friendly with them. Mentions smuggling racket by a certain individual known as Dahiru Mangal or Yar'Adua's 'Mr. Fix It'. Please read on for details. My initial thoughts are available and more detailed analysis on matters raised in these leaks will be forthcoming.

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NAIJALEAKS: WIKILEAKS' NIGERIA CABLES

Over the last few days, I have been wondering what would happen if the Wikileaks cables released information specific to Nigeria. This line of thinking was generated by friend, Beauty, who made the following comment to the Corruption Inc: Nigeria vs. Dick Cheney post of December 3rd, 2010:

"...We are masters of illusion and until we get WikiLeaks style revelations, Nigeria will remain irrelevant. "
Nigeria is the sort of country where information is a closely guarded commodity. And when those not included in the 'circle' gain access to it, they must be careful how they share it, as that could be dangerous. Nigeria does not even have a Freedom of Information Act. The bill has instead bounced around between various branches of the government and is currently stalled in the National Assembly.

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NIGERIA'S TOP 10 ARMED ROBBERY STATES

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I recently discovered that the Nigeria Police Force released a list of states with the highest rates of armed robbery in the country. As I was born and raised in Lagos, I quickly sought out the state of my birth. It was on the list. So was the state from which my mother's family is from - Rivers state. Luckily for me, my father's state, Ondo State, was nowhere on the list but a majority of the states in the ranking were southern states. Taking a closer look at the list gave me quite a bit to think about regarding criminality in Nigeria and certain related issues.


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NIGERIA, IRAN & A WEAPONS CACHE

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nigeria seeks to make nuclear power a main part of it's energy portfolio and has spent years in meetings with Iranian leaders and companies in an effort to partner on that goal. However, any friendship between both countries is now on ice as Nigeria reported Iran to the UN's Security Council for breach of UN sanctions. The discord stems from the discovery of weapons at a Nigerian port that originated from Iran as confirmed by the shipper, CMA CGM. One can only begin to speculate as to why these weapons ended up in the country.



Source: News1130.com

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CORRUPTION INC. NIGERIA VS. DICK CHENEY

Friday, December 3, 2010

There was a period of time when many believed that Nigeria was indeed on an anti-corruption crusade. Popular and well known figures soon faced fraud charges. Individuals like Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and James Ibori were exposed for looting state government coffers. But the hope that Nigeria would tackle it's corruption challenge soon began to fade as scandal after scandal hit the press with little evidence of success. As of today those who stole government money and used their positions inappropriately, drive the streets in their imported luxury vehicles. And instead of dealing with that reality, Nigeria's main anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced plans to charge Dick Cheney with corruption.

Dick Cheney graphic by göttlich - Pentagon Questions Halliburton On $1.8 Billion of Work in Iraq NEIL KING JR. / Wall Street Journal 11aug04

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