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atane:

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”

atane:

Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit

The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”

4 months

It’s now been 4 months since Boko Haram kidnapped the Chibok schoolgirls. 4 months.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Abducts 100 From Borno Community »

saharareporters:

Nigerian Nurse Who Attended To Liberian Man With Ebola Virus Has Died In Lagos One of the Nigerian nurses who attended to Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian  man who  died of Ebola disease in Lagos two weeks ago has died in Lagos. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed the death of the nurse today in Abuja, saying it occured on Tuesday. Mr. Sawyer died in Lagos shortly after he arrived on a flight from Liberia with symptoms of Ebola disease. Read More…

saharareporters:

Nigerian Nurse Who Attended To Liberian Man With Ebola Virus Has Died In Lagos

One of the Nigerian nurses who attended to Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian  man who  died of Ebola disease in Lagos two weeks ago has died in Lagos. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed the death of the nurse today in Abuja, saying it occured on Tuesday. Mr. Sawyer died in Lagos shortly after he arrived on a flight from Liberia with symptoms of Ebola disease.

Read More…

CNN mixed up Nigeria and Niger. Not surprising if you watch western news regularly. They use Nigerian and Nigerien like it’s interchangeable. 

I’ll never forget when a reporter was on location and said “reporting from the capital, Niamey…” and the anchor in the studio started talking about what people in Lagos and the rest of Nigeria think of the latest developments in the capital, Niamey.

These are the people discussing Africa on the news.

CNN mixed up Nigeria and Niger. Not surprising if you watch western news regularly. They use Nigerian and Nigerien like it’s interchangeable.

I’ll never forget when a reporter was on location and said “reporting from the capital, Niamey…” and the anchor in the studio started talking about what people in Lagos and the rest of Nigeria think of the latest developments in the capital, Niamey.

These are the people discussing Africa on the news.

breakingnews:

US flights spot large groups of girls in Nigeria
WSJ: Large groups of girls have been spotted by recent US surveillance flights in remote locations of northeastern Nigeria, US and Nigerian officials say.
This new intelligence raises hopes that not all of the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls have been forced into marriage or sex slavery. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out a rescue operation, saying it could risk the girls’ lives.
Photo: Rachel Daniel holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, 17, at her home in Maiduguri, Nigeria, in May. Reuters via WSJ

re: the bold
GEJ ruled out a rescue operation? Didn’t he just promise Malala the other day that he would rescue them?

breakingnews:

US flights spot large groups of girls in Nigeria

WSJ: Large groups of girls have been spotted by recent US surveillance flights in remote locations of northeastern Nigeria, US and Nigerian officials say.

This new intelligence raises hopes that not all of the 219 kidnapped schoolgirls have been forced into marriage or sex slavery. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out a rescue operation, saying it could risk the girls’ lives.

Photo: Rachel Daniel holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, 17, at her home in Maiduguri, Nigeria, in May. Reuters via WSJ

re: the bold

GEJ ruled out a rescue operation? Didn’t he just promise Malala the other day that he would rescue them?

saharareporters:

Eight Suspected Cases Of Ebola In LagosHealth Commissioner Jide Idris announced that Lagos now has eight suspected cases of Ebola. The infected all came into contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who died in the major city last month, becoming the country’s first casualty.Read More…

saharareporters:

Eight Suspected Cases Of Ebola In Lagos

Health Commissioner Jide Idris announced that Lagos now has eight suspected cases of Ebola. The infected all came into contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who died in the major city last month, becoming the country’s first casualty.

Read More…

Astrology is Demonic

It’s Sunday morning, so that means that I must be asked if I’m going to church by a Nigerian. They all know the answer is no, but they continue to ask. If they aren’t asking in person, then they’re asking on facebook.

This morning was no different. I went to grab some coffee and bumped into some family friends on their way to church. One of them goes “Good morning Atane. Are you coming to church this morning? We haven’t seen you there.” I don’t know why they always phrase it like that. I have never been to any church and I don’t plan on going. They all know this, yet they ask anytime they see me. I politely said I was not. One of them said “You’re such a typical leo. You’re set in your ways.” The other one acted surprised hearing that and said “Astrology is evil.” I started laughing, but she was serious. She then said astrology was demonic and it wasn’t something to joke about. The other woman who said I was a “typical leo” now looked confused, as in she didn’t get the memo that horoscopes were satanic.

This was my cue to say so long and keep it moving. I don’t want to be in the middle of an ideological squabble between one evangelical who thinks I’m not attending church because I’m a “typical leo” and another evangelical who thinks astrology is the work of the devil. Nope. Talk among yourselves…lol 

This was a first for me. I’ve never heard of evangelicals against astrology. Is there anything that isn’t the work of the devil in their opinion? I’m not surprised with her opinion though. She’s friends with my some of my very religious extended family and they all think Harry Potter is demonic witchcraft and that hurricane Sandy happened because of gay people. These are the type of folks we’re dealing with here..

One of these days just to mess with them after they declare something in reference to me as demonic, I’m just going to say “Ah, you got me! You’re correct. Me and my kind have been operating for quite some time. It’s really astute of you to notice. We are the children of the underworld and the minions of our evil overlord. We bathe in blood, fire and brimstone. Hail satan!” 

After saying that, I’ll whip out my iPhone and play this on the speaker while looking them dead in the eyes and flicking my tongue like a serpent.

A Nollywood director somewhere in Nigeria is probably brainstorming or thinking about an “Ebola Babes” movie. You just know this is happening right now.

Tagline: Ebola Babes - Their love is deadly. *cue ominous music*

Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria, 10-year-old with explosives held »

Nigerian zionists

Here’s a topic not really discussed. Many Nigerian christians are pro-Israel. Over discussions to try to get to the bottom of their position and how they arrived there, the one recurring reason for their position is their faith. I’ll elaborate.

Over the last few weeks, I noticed an uptick in cryptic facebook posts from some Nigerian christians about how what is happening in Gaza is god’s plan. Upon further investigation and directly from their own mouths, they support Israel because they believe the “chosen people” have returned to their homeland. In accordance to their beliefs, the state of Israel sets the wheels in motion for the second coming of jesus. They believe it is a biblical prophecy and that during the second coming, jews who don’t accept jesus as their lord and savior will not be spared come judgment day. This is the beginning of a chain of events that will culminate in judgment day. Their position isn’t one that favors jews in the end either. You have to believe what they believe or risk spending an eternity in hell. That’s all there is to it.

I hope I don’t need to explain why this ideology is troubling. It bothers me that seemingly intelligent and reasonable people think this makes sense. When you see Nigerian christians vehemently supporting Israel, there is a probability that this ideology is the real reason why. It has nothing to do with the statehood of Israel or anything of the sort, even though it might appear that way on the surface. They are getting ready for the end of the world based on their interpretation of the bible. It’s fundamentalist biblical dogma (though I bet they wouldn’t see themselves as fundies). You should understand this in case you encounter one of them. Once you understand this, then you’ll know it’s best not to engage with them on this topic. Never argue about religion.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention Palestinians once. When talking to Nigerian zionists, they never brought up Palestinians. Everything was about Israel, the “chosen people”, the second coming and judgment day. When I brought up Palestinians and where they fit in all this, I was largely met with “if they accept jesus as their lord and savior before it’s too late then they will enter the kingdom of heaven” type of talk. That was their answer to everything. Just accept jesus like they have. I mentioned that some Palestinians are christians. Like machines, they reverted back to how the good Palestinian christians will be abundantly blessed in the afterlife if they truly accepted jesus as their lord and savior. You cannot have a conversation grounded in reality with them sad to say.

I could go on a long spiel about the lunacy of being a Nigerian zionist, but what is the point? I’ll say this instead; some people get so deep in their religious dogma that they end up losing their humanity. If you truly believed in a higher power, then is this what god would want? Why do these people think they have a direct line to god’s plans? Did god tell them all this? God is supposed to be the omnipotent one, not them. Yet these people act like they are privy to everything supernatural.

Disclaimer: Obviously not all Nigerian christians think like this. Yes, I have to say “not all”, because people will contact me to say “not all”.