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· January, 2006

Stories about Nigeria from January, 2006

Nigeria: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

  31 January 2006

Molara Wood points to an interview with Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, in Saturdays UK Guardian…..”I told them I wanted to be in touch with the everyday. But we returned to a nightmare”

African Music Roundup

  31 January 2006

What is African hip hop? From Nairobi to Dakar hip hop has caught the imagination of the youth producing so many rap crews, breakers and all round b-boys. Some argue it's roots go back to the days of the African Griot, others argue its a unique African American experience. Whatever...

Nigeria: feminism in Africa

30 January 2006

Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories reports on a discussion at his university (University of Obafemi Awolow – Ife) on “Feminism & its role in contemporary Africa”….”the audience argued about Religion and Culture and both’s contribution to the subjection of the women folk. Jerome particularly stated that the Bible and the Quoran has been...

Nigeria: Davos

30 January 2006

Grandiose Parlour reports on the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and asks…”What does it mean to Auntie Ngozi in her dusty, remote, erosion-ravaged village in the hills of Ubakala, or Jelili in Makoko, one of Lagos slums? What does it mean to my brothers and sisters in Dafuar- Sudan,...

Nigeria: Fela and the State

30 January 2006

Chippla's Weblog writes on Fela and the State…..”While the state appeared to have no problem with Fela's marriages, it simply refused to accept a republic within the Nigerian republic where people could do as they pleased. Kalakuta was raided at least twice by the Nigerian government. In 1977, it was...

Nigeria: blog on ethnicity

27 January 2006

New Nigerian blog EthnicLoft created to ……” to serve as an online “watering-hole” for ethnic people worldwide. It is primarily a blog on issues relating to ethnicity, tradition, and culture. The idea is to connect ethnic groups and serve as a platform to diffuse, discuss, and share the treasures of...

Uganda: crafts by the people

  26 January 2006

Timbuktu Chronicles points to a Ugandan organisation, Uganda Crafts, “managed by disadvantaged people that helps disadvantaged people. The majority of the artisans are either people who are disabled, widowed or young.”

Nigeria: Africa MTV

26 January 2006

CyBlug comments on the change in young MTV African watchers who now aspire to own “Hummers” talk like American hip hop artists and dress similarly.

South Africa: Jesus a myth?

25 January 2006

South African blogger Moral Fibre reports on a SABC programme discussing whether Jesus was a myth or not.….”One intelligent member of the audience suggested that Africans should evaluate Christianity in an historical context – that of an oppressive European cultural ideal infecting Africa on a massive scale. She pointed out...

Nigeria: Human Rights

25 January 2006

Jeremy of Naijablog has a number of posts on homosexuality in Nigeria and publishes a section from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which would make the proposed law banning homosexuality and campagining on the issue illegal.

Nigeria: Reviewing Daniel Pink

25 January 2006

Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories is reading “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. He shares his thoughts on the book and on “abundance”…..Though he acknowledged that “Offcourse, material wealth hasn’t reached everyone in the developed world, not to metion the vast numbers in the less developed world. But abundance has freed literarilly...

Nigeria: Africa Cup

  24 January 2006

Soul on Ice has an Africa Cup of Nations match report: Day 4. Nigeria 1, Ghana 0 …..”Man of the match? Wilson Oruma. The midnight marauder was everywhere displaying some crazy skill.”

Nigeria: hostages in the delta

24 January 2006

Nigerian Times comments on the hostage taking in the Niger Delta. He believes the oil companies (Shell) and the Nigerian government have to take some responsibility for the situation.

Nigeria: paradise

24 January 2006

Teju Cole posts more of his beautiful Nigerian photos. (I believe he deserves an award for these photos – any suggestions welcome.) He also has a poem “Paradise”…..One night a thought catches me, like a hiccup: Cole, you are not, an accident! And I really am not.

Nigeria: blog mentoring

24 January 2006

Nigerian blogger, Ore, writes about her excitement of being part of blogging mentoring project involving young Caucacus Women.... “Each week, “mentors” will post on a variety of topics to inspire the young women to write. In this way, they will gain confidence in sharing their views, commenting on others’ posts...

Nigeria: Legislators

23 January 2006

Grandiose Parlour asks some serious questions of Nigerian legislators in the light of the decision to close down the Tinapa Tourist Resort project due to violence in the Niger Delta…….”Are elected representatives accessible to their people that voted them in? Do representatives hold regular consultation with their constituents? Do representatives...

Nigeria: ban on gay marriages

23 January 2006

In contrast Afro Homo takes a completely different approach. In reponse to the Archibishop Akinola, head of the Nigerian Anglican Church,who believes homosexuality is “Unnatural and Unafrican” he writes……”How would he know? Christianity only became a mainstream religion a few decades ago. Does he find universities, electricity, monogamy and his...

Nigeria: Homophobia

23 January 2006

The main conversation in the Nigerian blogosphere this week has been the banning by the Nigerian government of same sex marriages. It will also be illegal for anyone to campaign for gay rights in the country. Trae of Trae Days unleashes a homophobic and misogynist diatribe….Anyways me thinks lesbos probably...

Nigeria: same sex marriage outlawed

20 January 2006

Musings of a Naijman comments on the passing of a bill outlawing same sex marriage in Nigeria…”He caps it by reiterating that oft repeated triteness espoused by such eminences as the venerable Mugabe that homosexuality is “unAfrican”

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