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The Swiss ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Hans-Rudolf Hodel, said the United States’ $700 million stashed in Swiss banks by the late military head of state General Sani Abacha has been returned to Nigeria.
Hodel added that Swiss and Nigerian governments have agreed to request the World Bank to participate in the review of the use of the funds on welfare projects.
“Regarding Sani Abacha, Switzerland has restituted and returned $700 million of illicit assets to Nigeria,” he said.
The ambassador said in addition to the return of the funds, Switzerland also funded a project of an NGO network that monitored the use of the recovered monies in the various development projects.
ha - That just means the money will flow right back to them. See whiteness in action. They’re always setting up NGO networks that ultimately put them in control and will divert money right back to them.
Also, Sani Abacha pilfered billions.
Some singer in Nigeria is releasing a beauty cream called WHITENICIOUS that is obviously not a bleaching cream silly, it’s for removing dark spots. (I hope this is a joke)
At the same time Akon and Wizkid are under a bit of fire for requesting only biracial women to appear in a video that is set in ACCRA as in GHANA, WEST AFRICA. (This is no joke)
I’ve known about Akon for a while, but Wizkid as well? This guy keeps invoking Fela’s spirit in his work, but goes around doing this. Maybe he should listen to Yellow Fever again. These guys are big jokes, but you simply cannot tell their fans this because they are blind to what is glaringly obvious. They will call you a “hater”.
Every Nigerian got this CD/Cassette in their house. I just know it.
I’m laughing because it’s true. It’s so true. I was subjected to songs of praise yesterday.
Let’s give an honorable mention to Follow the Ladder to Heaven. Every Nigerian church lady over 40 sounds like that when they sing and praise the lord. They all have that high pitch voice, and it’s not even their regular speaking voice! Why do they sound like they sucked helium for 12 hours when they sing? Can anyone explain this? It’s one of life’s mysteries. All my aunties sound like this when they sing and I don’t know why.
Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the competitors of Dambe. Since the 1950s, Nigerian boxers have held their own in international boxing competition. Dambe is a Hausa martial sport that used to take place at the village level. Matches were held on festival occasions, and the art was the special province of members of the butchers’ guild.
Dambe uses only one hand to strike, while the “weaker” hand is extended toward the opponent and used to ward off blows. Dambe competitions are held between groups who meet in dueling pairs on a symbolic battlefield, and the metaphor of warfare is apparent in the continuing use of the term “killing” to signify the strike that leads to winning a match.
See more of Udoh’s work HERE
Nigerians are a proud bunch. At least on the surface they are. I’m around Africans of many different nationalities often, but Nigerians take patriotism to a whole different level. If a Nigerian team is doing something somewhere, a Nigerian will know. If someone has the faintest of Nigerian blood, a Nigerian will tell you about it. That’s how I know that the actress that plays Lilith on True Blood is part Nigerian. Who knew?
Sometimes, they say the most irrational things. Like after Forest Whitaker found out that he is of Igbo descent, you should have seen how some Nigerians were celebrating. Someone told me that they could tell he was an Igbo beforehand, and that he looks like he would enjoy eating yam. How does one look like they enjoy eating yam? Is that how you can tell someone has Igbo blood? Their yam devouring looks?
But that patriotism is only reserved for events, parades, festivities or for claiming people. When the event is over, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and every other group of people will resort to arguing amongst themselves like usual. It’s still a big deal with some people for an Igbo person to marry a Hausa person. I know for a fact that some people in my family would have issues if I married a Hausa or Fulani woman, but those same people will tell you that they are proud Nigerians.
You know everyone mentions the squabbles between the major groups, but you guys don’t know ethnic beef until you come down to the Niger Delta. Rivers State in particular. Ogoni vs Andoni/Obolo people is a very real thing, and that’s just one example - there are many more, and sometimes it is conflict between the same group of people. A lot of these issues are because of colonial demarcations, but some of these issues are not because of that. It is nuanced and complex, and each situation is different. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see people claim to be “proud” of Nigeria, but at the same time will not hesitate to slit the throats of people who live next to them, or will be appalled at the fact that you are romantically involved with a Nigerian from a group outside of your own.
These are issues that need to be addressed, but many Nigerians deflect these issues under their jingoistic facade. And this is what it is; a facade. It is not real. They are ethnocentric first. Now this could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you approach it, but I just wish Nigerians were honest about it, instead of putting up this faux patriotism. Many Nigerians don’t even know what life is like outside of their own ethnic bubble, and they haven’t seen most parts of the country, so other parts of the country may as well be on a different continent. Yet here they are waving a Nigerian flag for show. It’s all a big show, and many Nigerians are brilliant actors.
I would love the hear your thoughts and opinions on this article by British society magazine Tatler which highlights the lifestyle of Nigerians born into wealth and privilege. I’m not familiar with the magazine, and maybe I fail to see the relevance of this entire print because what I read simply covered the overly-privileged discussing their privileges.
True, the editor may have tweaked words here and there; and there are some accurate, not so shallow truths present but I still find this article a tad bit repulsive and unnecessary. Thoughts?
Which issue of Tatler is this? I will say, I’ve never seen a poor Nigerian in my part of the woods. Going to read the article now.
Thank you form sharing this. My initial reaction to this article was while their showcasing their “fabulous” lifestyle, millions of Nigerian are still suffering from Malaria, Polio, lack of electricity and running water. All the while government officials are stealing money and sending their children to private schools overseas. This is why I see issues with perceptions of what Nigerians who are back home think of Nigerians who live in Diaspora. They read something like this that we’re living a wealthy life not realizing that people are working 2-3 jobs just to send them $100 a month. This article annoys me and will definitely send it to my dad to see what he thinks. Thanks.
Every country has it’s elite. Every country has it’s problems. Why does the world always want Africa’s elite to be apologetic about it? Interesting article
There are different implications, issues and societal factors in every country. I don’t think it’s as simple as saying that every country has its elite and every country has their own problems, or that the world wants Africa’s elite to be apologetic. What world is this? Europe and the Middle East aren’t complaining about rich Africans spending their money in London and Dubai. They love it. Africa’s elite spending all their money outside of Africa is their wet dream, and Africa’s nouveau riche have provided foreign economies with more nocturnal emissions than they could have ever hoped for. The criticism is largely from Africans.
Opulence, extravagance and ostentation is in maximum overdrive in many facets and corners of life in Nigeria. The wealthy Nigerians do it obviously as explained in this article, going on lavish shopping excursions to London, Dubai etc. The poor do it by living vicariously through the rich, and hoping that they too could get the opportunity to live like that one day. Until then, reading Linda Ikeji’s blog detailing the life of the rich, and listening to D’Banj and Wizkid rap about champagne, ferraris, lambos and the fast life will do. What little they have, they will tithe to their church because their pastor told them that the more they give, the more they will be blessed and highly favored, and that riches will come their way in due time. Meanwhile, the pastor just bought a jet, and is gallivanting around spreading his “gospel”. The congregation will defend the pastor and his lifestyle because they consider what he’s doing “God’s work”. All the while, they have nothing to their name. They’re still waiting for their blessing and favors to come to fruition so that they too can spend like the Ogas at the top.
It’s a vicious cycle, and Nigerians and the Nigerian economy are the losers here. All the opulence and extravagant lifestyles are wholly maintained by spending money outside of Nigeria, and preferably in London, Dubai, NYC, Beverly Hills etc. Outside economies are prospering heavily. This group of nouveau riche Nigerians don’t seem to care about propping up their own economies. Their entire existence is one of consumption. They are happy to just be consumers. It’s all about consumption for them, and consumption at the highest level. They only want to spend their consumption money outside of Nigeria. This is the difference between the elite in other countries and those in Nigeria. A rich New Yorker will go to Fifth Avenue. In Beverly Hills, they will go to Rodeo Drive. Their money is still bolstering their economy. A Nigerian will fly to London or Dubai just for a shopping trip. Nigerian money is always leaving. It never stays.
Photos by David McDowell.
Listening to a Nigerian disco song from 1980 called “Chics and Chicken”. The cover has 3 women eating fried chicken. This is glorious!
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For a while now we’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Tumblr called “Shit The Nigerian Elite Wastes Nigeria’s Money On.” Since the country’s vast piles of cash are certainly not being spent on decent public health or education, improving the woeful national power supply or preventing planes from falling out of the sky, the super-rich in Nigeria have got to spend it on something.
I’m not an Orisha expert
Yoruba spiritual/religious systems are probably the most well known and practiced indigenous African faith systems in the west. This comes with a dilemma. Many people don’t see it as a Yoruba faith system in the west, but instead as an all encompassing Nigerian (or just plain African) faith system. I’m a Nigerian, but I’m not Yoruba.
The amount of people that come up to me to talk about Orishas or to learn more about it has increased over the years. When I tell them that I don’t know, and that this is foreign to me, I usually get two reactions. The most common reaction is confusion. They can’t understand why a Nigerian doesn’t know these things. I explain to them that this is a very specific faith system, and other ethnic groups have (or had) their own indigenous beliefs. I might as well piss in the wind, because I have a feeling that it doesn’t register. Westerners are used to homogeneous societies that speak one language and have one major religion. It’s very hard for them to fathom diversity on this level. How do you even explain that Nigeria has 250+ languages? With that came different cultures and different indigenous faith systems.
The other reaction is lecturing. It doesn’t happen as much, but it has happened a few times. They start their unsolicited teaching, like they’re doing me a favor. People with a cursory knowledge of Orishas like to talk and ‘school’ people about it. This is solely a western thing. Adherents in Nigeria and Benin do not go around telling people about it. Many western adherents (usually new converts in the US) go around chatting up Nigerians, typically to dazzle them with the knowledge of their ‘culture’, and Nigerians eat this stuff up. Nothing pleases some Nigerians more than when a non-Nigerian tells them something about or from Nigeria. Since there are a lot of Yoruba folks in the west, these chats are entertained.
The most humorous response to me was this “conscious” woman who took it upon herself to pity me when I told her that Orishas for the most part were foreign to me. She told me that I need to know my history, my culture and my people, and that I should ‘decolonize’ my mind. I didn’t take it personally. I know she meant well. I explained to her that these beliefs are specific to Yoruba people. To be frank, I was just happy to see a conscious person not talking about Kemet. They all seem to be professional Egyptologists, and they are stuck there. Meeting one that ventured to another part of Africa was like seeing a unicorn.
I have a feeling that Yoruba faith systems are about to be the new Egyptology. Move over Imhotep, Sekhmet, Osiris and Ptah. Shango, Ogun, Obatala and Oshun are coming. A lot of folks are about to turn in their ankh bracelets and medallions.
New visuals just dropped for the WizKid - Jaiye Jaiye Ft. Femi Kuti .
What do you think?
It really is a new era. Never thought I would see the day where someone would invoke the spirit and visuals of Fela, while rapping about Ferragamo, Ferraris, Bugattis, Maseratis and balling in general.
Hey man, enjoy your life. If you want to make music about living the good life, how you came up from poverty, and ballin’ outta control, then do you; but why bring Abami Eda into it?
Anyway, Femi saw fit to join in, so it’s not like my opinion matters. It’s just kind of depressing to see this trend of Fela being mixed with ostentation and extravagance for the sake of it. Have people forgotten who Fela was and what he stood for? This is akin to holding a skin bleaching beauty contest in honor of Marcus Garvey.
Just saw some pictures from Port Harcourt, Nigeria where people were wearing fur coats and leather jackets. Why? Is looking fly worth dying from heat stroke? lol