As we experience the beginning of the new year, 2006, the Nigerian blogosphere's presents itself with new appearances that not only shows an impressive way forward, but also reveals the progressive and continuous awareness which is quiet commendable.
This year presents itself with an old but newly surfaced political blogger with alias Basket Mouth and a blog named “Nigerian Politics“, in his post titledRotational Presidency He expresses his concerns saying:
“I have watched with dismay and distraught the polemics and arcane logic the various political leaders and interest groups have put forth to support their clamor for power (especifically the presidency) to be rotated, and for the presidency to remain in the south after 2007.”
“This notion is obviously based on the premise that there are gains that will accrue to the region from which the president originates.”
and argues that:
“it reduces the status and import of the presidency and likens it to a regional or fractional one. It presumes, and perhaps even prescribes that the president holds the interests of his or her region above national interests. The presidency in its true essence prescribes that the president holds national interests above all else. That means the president is supposed to be impartial to the various interest groups and stake holders who collectively make up the Nigerian body politic over which he or she presides.”
“We wish him good luck in all his endevours and regardless , collectively all these guys are making a positive impact on the Nigerian Blogosphere, Internet journalism and the general consciousness of people both in and outside Nigeria .”
“ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! IM QUARTER OF A CENTURY OLD AND IM IN WORK!!!!!”.
Black Looks reveals her interest in football as she wishes her readers, a happy new year. In her post titled “African Football” she discusses the impact the African Cup of Nations has on European football and the tricks managers and players come up with to avoid participation.
Teams try and find ways to either cut down on the amount of time their players spend training with the national team or prevent them from participating altogether.
She concludes that
“Its a sad day for African football when players who play in Europe do not want to participate in their continents greatest football prize. “
Meanwhile Gbenga Sesan at Oro in his post title “The Humour of Preparation and Opportunities” asks whether it is too late for a new year greeting. He encourages readers to download and read an article he promised last to share last December.
“Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? My last words last year in this space included a promise to make my December 30 presentation available… Please feel free to download and read Where Are You: Positioning You for Personal Development, Nation Building and Global Competitiveness.”
“Why do we think being poor is an African phenomenon? Six months ago, the overly hyped Live8 concert, the G8 summit in Gleneagles and a euphoric Western media dramatised Africa as the “face of poverty”. Everyone went home with a sense of magnanimity and selflessness. But did they get the full picture? Regina Jere-Malanda looks at the philanthropic stunts of 2005, and scrutinises the pauperisation of Africa. She asks: Is poverty peculiarly African, and what lies beneath it? What does it really mean? Living on a dollar a day? Really?”
Nigerian scammers aka “Yahoo Yahoo” or “419” stories continue to make the rounds and there is now a site dedicated to eliminating the menance called the Nigerian Anti-Scam Network. Their brief:
Nigerian Anti-Scam Network’ is a movement that is composed of patriotic Nigerians who are concerned about ending the menace that online scam and othe cybercrime has become to our nation. We are not an NGO and we have no list of members. This is a movement of those who want to do the little that they can to rid society of one of its ills, nothing more. We send our ideas to one of our member sites and reveal information on the evils being perpetrated in our society. We have no mandate to arrest or prosecute anyone; we aim basically to expose the supporters and perpetrators of these crimes on our online messageboards so that people who are desirous of information can have a place where they can do a spot-check and thus avoid being spammed. Many foreigners have anti-scam sites that are little more than anti-Nigeria sites. We are Nigerians and as such we believe that we can give a more balanced opinion.
Orikinla Osinachi of the Nigerian Times posts a rejoineder to an article published in the Miami Hearld titled “Nigerian scam grabs dollars of gullible”. He concedes that greed is largely responsible but also blames the CIA, FBI and Interpol for failing to “arrest and investigate the criminals.”
the perpetrators could be traced. They could be traced through their telephones lines and also could be traced to the cyber cafes used by the Nigerian Internet Scammers through their Yahoo or Hotmail accounts. The IP IDs of the computers are not hidden.
He concludes that the scams could be stopped once and for all if Americans and Europeans stop being greedy and the CIA do their job properly.
Literary blogger, Molara Wood posts the Nigerian Writers Choice on the best books of 2005: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Victor Ehikhamenor, Tade Ipadeola, Uche Nduka, Wole Oguntokun, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Femi Osofisan,