Nigeria 1:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: how bad was the officiating?

Edin Dzeko’s disallowed goal was clearly onsides, but a close review of the replay suggests that it was a simple missed call.

Yesterday’s pivotal Nigeria/Bosnia-Herzegovina match featured a blown offsides call that deprived BIH of the only goal it scored. Moments later Nigeria scored courtesy of a controversial no-call on the play that produced the goal by (of all people) Peter Odemwingie. The Bosnians were aggrieved, to put it mildly. Continue reading

Boko Haram makes Al Qaeda look benign in comparison

What do you expect from a group whose founder doesn’t believe in ― never mind evolution ― evaporation?

Boko HaramNot many in the West are aware of just how frequently Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram commits mass acts of violence. In the last two months, they not only kidnapped 234 schoolgirls, but, three weeks later, attacked a town on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon and massacred 336 people. Apparently it was short on security because the military was concentrating on the rescue the kidnapped girls.  Continue reading

Understanding Nigeria: Boko Haram, joy, corruption, Egusi soup and the racism of #BringBackOurGirls

When Kim Kardashian takes up your cause, you know  you’ve hit rock bottom.

“Hmmm, the website is, excuse me, my Oga at the top knows the website.”

Mr Shem Obafaye, by the grace of political favour, Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps — the paramilitary NSCDC — was on the spot on Channels Television’s live breakfast show, Sunrise.

The probing, penetrating, unforgiving investigative journalism continued in the full light of the public gaze. “What is the official website of the NSCDC?”

“My Oga at the top is working on the website and I don’t have them.” Continue reading

Are the kidnapped Nigerian school girls really America’s problem?

Boko Haram is evil and we all want to see the victims rescued. But how is it our responsibility?

Many of us have watched in horror as the story of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls has unfolded. The idea of a terror group like Boko Haram selling these victims into “marriage” violates every atom of our shared morality.

But the other day I saw this headline from the Beeb:

Nigeria abducted schoolgirls: Was US slow to act?

I have to tell you, I was a little taken aback. Continue reading

Nota Bene #101: Your Pal, Mike S.

“The guys who are shooting films now are technically brilliant, but there’s no content in their films. I marvel at what I see and wish I could have done a shot like that. But shots are secondary for my films, and with some of these films, it’s all about the shots. What’s the point? I’m not sure people know what points to make.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #95: STFU

Gonna try something different Continue reading

Nigeria, or the idiots guide to stealing an election

In 1492 Rodrigo Borgia, a Spanish cardinal, is said to have bribed all his rivals the equivalent of millions of dollars in order to become Alexander VI, the 215th Catholic Pope. In comparison to Nigerian elections, he got in cheap.

Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua is rumoured to have spent more than US$ 100 million securing his election as president. Most Nigerians had an inkling he would win as he never bothered campaigning.

“His victory was like Maradona’s Hand of God goal that allowed Argentina to win their 1986 quarter-final World Cup match against England. When Yar’Adua won he said, ‘Don’t blame me for winning, I didn’t declare myself president.’ Maradona cheated, but the referee was the one who allowed it.”

Father Matthew Kukah is an engaging speaker. He has been a member of Nigeria’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was part of the commission that investigated their electoral system, and is the vicar-general of the Catholic Diocese of Nigeria. And he is in Cape Town to give his impressions of the recent election.

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