Big Brother Nigeria

From left to right: (Top Row): Efe, Gifty, Marvis and Miyonse. (Second Row): Bisola, Kemen, Coco Ice and Bally. (Third Row: Soma, TBoss, Thin Tall Tony and Uriel.

So… who else has been watching?

Enjoy it while it lasts because the morality police are complaining so much and if the sponsors and the network take these complaints seriously, it may be 11 years before we see the third series.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Big Brother Naija including investigations into the location, sexual activity in the house, infidelity, morality, a pastor cursing the organisers/sponsors of Big Brother and a petition by a Non-Governmental Organisation for the Nigerian Broadcsting Commission to stop broadcasting the show. Did anyone know that the Single Mother’s Association and the Married Men Assocition of Nigeria exist? Well, Thin Tall Tony and Bisola will when they leave the house if they weren’t previously aware. They have letters from them to read.

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

 

I am happy that 2015 is over, however, it was good for a few things and it did make me realise that this year has to be different. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has been reading my blog, emailing me for help and subscribing. I hope you have a great year.

Fact: I don’t have 10 resolutions that I know I will not live up to. I can remember a year one day had not passed before I broke my resolution and forgot the rest. It doesn’t work if you have too many resolutions. We have to be realistic. My 2016 will be all about working on myself. I have one resolution and two rules to stick to.

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Speaking through the nose

Hi.

I never thought I spoke through my nose until I came back to Nigeria. I’ve had people telling me that I speak and it sounds like “wih wih wih”. The funniest was on a Sunday. I went to a church service on the law school campus and I was asked to read a bible passage. Afterwards the pastor said that I read too fast and I was talking through my nose. Lol! Speaking through the nose for me = different intonation. Either that or I do actually speak through my nose.

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Travelling in Nigeria

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I am on my way to Bwari as I am writing this. I miss home already but what can I do?

I prefer to travel within Nigeria by road. I have no idea why. It’s nothing to do with the stories of plane crashes or anything, I just prefer it. I’ve been on flights within Nigeria. There was a flight where my ticket from London was booked for the wrong state and I had to make my way to the correct one. There was another when I was travelling last June for law school and that was with Arik Airline which you can read about here and here. Had no problems with the any of the flights I’ve been on at all. I enjoyed my flight to Abuja from Lagos more than my flight from London to Lagos. The rest have been pretty normal.

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There Was a Country: Commentary and Review

Sorry this is being posted later than I planned. I posted this and realised that it had turned into an essay was a bit too long for a post. Sorry for those that don’t like long posts/pages. If you find it a bit long, you can always read it in chunks. I commend those who have been able to review/comment on the book and have been able to keep it simple and short because it defeated me. There is so much to talk about and I cannot summarise to save my life. I have decided instead to leave it as it is and publish it as a page instead of a post. One thing that redeems me is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s review is just as long as mine. 🙂 Click HERE for a link to the commentary/review or you can find it to your right under the pages link.

Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.

NaijaBrit88

Happy Democracy Day!!!!!!

Hi everyone!

Let me start off by saying Happy Democracy Day to all of my fellow Nigerians! I have never heard of this day before. Nigerians tend to eat Jollof rice and chicken when they celebrate and it just so happens it’s what I ate today so I subconsciously celebrated! 🙂 Nigerians make me laugh. Democracy day was trending on twitter worldwide today. I read messages along the lines of if 35 people have issues voting, what about the country and “Demo-crazy day”. I saw Dem-are-crazy on another blog which I thought was hilarious.

I just signed up to twitter today mainly because of Sunrise Daily, on Channels TV, which is accessible online. The presenters don’t back down when it comes to questioning neither do they allow weak answers. I’m digressing. I was watching Sunrise Daily and the topic of discussion was the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) or rather the shambles it became. How ironic that just before we are meant to celebrate Democracy Day, this comes up. It highlights that if 35 governors cannot pick their chairman, how is it elections are run in Nigeria in an orderly manner? Despite this, I will never not acknowledge that Nigeria has made progress. NaijaYarnz put up a post on Democracy Day which I think is very good. It is balanced and states Nigeria’s progress and areas it still needs to work on. I’m sure we can agree that politics and elections are areas  Nigeria still needs to improve on.

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Woolwich Killing (Updated)

I haven’t posted anything for some time. I have been trying to get through There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe and I wanted my next post to be a review on his book. That’s not the case. Whether we are directly affected or not, there is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t hear about some disgusting act of terrorism. Yesterday, a serving soldier was hit by a car, beheaded, hacked and cut and then dragged from the pavement onto the middle of the street. This disgusting act was committed by two black men, who were shot by the police when they attempted another attack. They are both currently in hospital. This happened yesterday but I can’t remember how I heard about this. My family and I watched the news, viewing a video (shot by an eye witness) of one of the men. This is some of what he said:

“You think politicians are going to die?… No, it’s going to be the average guy – like you – and your children.”

“So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace”.

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Fuelling Poverty

Hi.

I had a battle embedding the Fuelling Poverty documentary by Ishaya Bako to my last post and I got frustrated. I was thinking, “Is the Nigerian Government battling with me on the internet?” The Nigerian Government is now watching us! I’m still in London so I’m not part of the us yet. It was just WordPress. I don’t know what happened but I fought the embedding war and won! I didn’t want to make the last post too long so I broke it down. Just two parts. I thought I would share some things that stood out to me in the documentary.

The first is that Wole Soyinka mentioned the oil subsidy scam involving key government ministries, a state owned company and oil marketeers. This was the $7 billion dollar fraud on the Nigerian people known as the oil subsidy scheme. Nigerians were promised, once again, that they would be given oil subsidy which would keep fuel costs low and affordable. Yes,  Nigerians were given the subsidy but it was soon taken away. The price went from 65 to 141 Naira per litre which was an 115% increase. After the ten day protest, “Occupy Nigeria”, the fuel costs were reduced to 97 Naira per litre but there are talks by the Government of the fuel price being increased once again in 2o13. This subsidy scheme also involved the situation between Femi Otedola, Nigerian businessman and oil company chairman, and Farouk Lawan, the former Chairman of the House  Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime. Femi Otedola alleged that the former chairman accepted a bribe of $620,000 to remove his oil companies from the subsidy regime. They both alleged things about the other but in my opinion, they are both guilty. This situation is too long for me to write about so if you want to read up on it, you can read it here. I haven’t heard anything else and neither one has been prosecuted.

To make it easier, I’m going to list the things I thought were interesting in the documentary.

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