Wednesday, March 9, 2011

At the beginning of every year, I take the time to reflect on the year before and consider who or what could be considered the Nigerian curiosity of that time period. The title can be given to anything or anyone that had a tremendous impact on the majority of Nigerians.

2010 was a momentous year in many ways. Amid much confusion, President Yar'adua died leaving his vice president, Goodluck Jonathan to be sworn in as president on the day of his funeral. And in earnest, the campaigning for the 2011 elections began with politicians juggling for influence and more power.

2010 was also the yer when the nation's constitution was considered for the first time since it became law in 1999. Similarly, the nation's Electoral Act also came under review after years of simply collecting dust under late president Yar'Adua.

While these and many other things were an important part of what made 2010 a distinct political year, neither of these incidents are to be the Nigerian Curiosity of 2010. Instead a more sinister reality will be recognized for it's influence on citizens. 

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Jessica Tata is a 22 year old American who was born to Nigerian parents and lived in Houston, TX. There, she ran a daycare center from her home and took care of several children while their parents worked. She received her license on March 1, 2010 and was once cited for not having a working carbon monoxide detector. On February 24th, Jessica Tata left seven children in her home and went to the supermarket. While gone, the children were left alone in a house with a pan of oil that was on the fire. Tata returned to a house full of smoke, with babies in it. Four innocent children lost their lives in the blaze.

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