CNN has just launched a new initiative and its called “CNN Global Connections“. With the help of the internet, people around the world are much “closer” than ever before. Beyond our modern connections via social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter or our shared “addiction” to various popular programmes such as “Gossip Girl” or music including rap and pop. Is there more to this? How else are we connected?
CNN has chosen Nigeria and Brazil as the first set of countries to be “connected”.
Its a very interesting initiative that is inspiring great debate and unearthing some historical links. See more information from CNN below:
On the surface, both Brazil and Nigeria may seem like they have absolutely nothing in common, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll soon realize that they have a lot more connections than you may think.
We’ve chosen the South American powerhouse and African stalwart as our very first pair of countries in our brand new segment on CNN International’s “Connect the World,” that we’re calling “Global Connections.”
One of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Brazil is the land of carnival, rainforests, beaches and football, while Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country, famous for oil and Nollywood films.
So what on earth could the connections possibly be?
Well, that’s why we are going to be relying on you.
In this new weekly segment, we’ll be choosing a new pair of countries every seven days and that’s why we will need you to get in touch and post comments and video.
Can you find something to connect Nigeria to Brazil?
Can you find something to connect Brazil to Nigeria?
The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.
We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.
This is your chance to have your voice heard on CNN.
All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.
You can also post your video responses directly to the CNN iReport page which you can visit by clicking here.
Now it’s time for you to get involved – get connecting!
How to contribute to ‘Global Connections’ – Viewers can get involved by:
· uploading a video to CNN’s iReport ( You can also send pictures as well)
· emailing their ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
· skyping the show via cnn_connecttheworld
· commenting on the Global Connections or CNN international’s Facebook page
· commenting on the Global Connections blog
· following the show on Twitter @BeckyCNN and @CNNConnect
CNN wants viewers and readers personal stories about things specific to them that connect the two countries. This way we are hoping for more of individual or unique pieces to help illustrate the segment and bring it to life each week – to show that the world is smaller than we think it is.
This is a pretty cool idea!
So what connections do you see?