CNN Global Connections: Football? Architecture? Values? Hair? – Nigeria & Brazil – C O N N E C T

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 5:27 PM

By BellaNaija.com

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)

http://ireport.cnn.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=324241

· emailing their ideas to connecttheworld@cnn.com

· 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

Viewer feedback:
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?

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  • 36 Comments on “CNN Global Connections: Football? Architecture? Values? Hair? – Nigeria & Brazil – C O N N E C T”

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    • olaotan August 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

      Brazil and Nigeria seem to be connected in one way or the other. Taking a look at some of their traditional beliefs

    • Geekgirl August 30, 2010 at 6:11 PM

      YEMOJA is the first connection i can think of

    • lola August 30, 2010 at 6:25 PM

      The language Yoruba!

    • ade 7358 August 30, 2010 at 6:26 PM

      Sango nd d yoruba pple r also anoda connection

    • Munira August 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

      brazillian weave!! its so obvious! lol.. but seriously…lol
      on ther other hand, we were both powerhouses of football at some point in our history.
      DUring the oil boom in the 70′s, nigeria helped pay their civil service,..(i hope am correct but i think so)
      there was slave trade and trading between nigeria and brazil in the 1700′s-1800′s.(badagry)
      brazillians believe in voodoo and mamy water.. just like we do.:)

    • Nigerian Film and TV Addict August 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

      lol @ Munira….BRAZILIAN WEAVE…definitely a connection.

    • Yinka August 30, 2010 at 10:40 PM

      Nigeria and Brazil – Calling all Geophysicists, Historians, Lovers of Adventure and Folklore, Filmmakers, Settlers, Descendants of Slave Trade, Young and Old with Youth and Wisdom come, come help re-trace our steps for we are indeed connected! Buried deep in the history of our world, many million years ago, South America (Brazil) and Africa (Nigeria) were part of a super continent until the forces of nature separated the two -the Split of Pangaea explains how our continents and eventual countries drifted apart; therein, lie the story of our connection.
      We, the people of Nigeria and Brazil are vibrant in our way of life, imaginative and artistic in our culture, passionate and willful to succeed, perseverative in spite of all odds (in case you were thinking it, yes, it is an adjective for persevere:)). And yes, we may be ‘emerging’ as some have put it; in us lie a greater connection -the endless bridge to the rest of the world. Let the stories begin…

    • watever August 30, 2010 at 11:50 PM

      lol

    • watever August 30, 2010 at 11:51 PM

      i don’t c any connection between these 2 countries. It could have been easier if it was ghana and nigeria

    • mariaah August 31, 2010 at 1:25 AM

      They eat YAM and we do, same as CASSAVA…
      I agree with the Brazilian weave craze; definately! Ah they can parry hard just like Nigerians, mami water and slave trade a’la plantations.

    • Sonny August 31, 2010 at 2:20 AM

      hehehe, hair definitely, trade, similar culture to some extent ,trade, beautiful women , Climate…..religion: Christainity, and millions of Brazillians and Nigerians are catholics…

    • eniola August 31, 2010 at 3:11 AM

      lol!@iyemoja and brazillian weave.we definately share beliefs in voodoo,football and water

    • Karimah August 31, 2010 at 8:14 AM

      lol @ Brazillian weave. quite a number of things come to mind tho.. slavery, d yoruba culture, football etc

    • Rhodji August 31, 2010 at 8:14 AM

      1. I will like to compare the great rain forest in Cross River State of Nigeria to the great Amazon Forest of Brazil though Amazon forest is by far bigger, but the density of the vegetation I believe is quiet similar.
      2. After Brazil I believe Nigeria has the largest number of footballers plying their trades in other countries whether in obscure leagues in Asia and Africa or bigger and glamourous leagues in Europe I’m talking about numbers/figures.

    • Bola August 31, 2010 at 8:39 AM

      too many, this will be fun…
      yoruba language, brazillian weave, football, our love of spicy food (Nando’s), we also have some lagosians bearing brazillian last names or who have brazillian ancestry ….

    • Pacheco Liz August 31, 2010 at 8:59 AM

      Well, this connection is what i have been recounting for the last twenty something years of my life, especially when i meet someone new, they’ll surely ask… What is the meaning of your name? and then i have to start explaining how Dosunmu of Lagos sold my forefathers into slavery, how they regained their freedom, came back home with the name, yada, yada, yada…..

      Nice concept i just really hope CNN carries out a comprehensive research on Nigeria cos sometimes its appalling the type of things we are credited for.

    • aisha August 31, 2010 at 9:09 AM

      We speak the same language Yoruba.and we have the same beliefs.

    • africhika August 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM

      wow. this is an easy one. i know lots of brazilians who have yoruba names. there is a strong belief in sango and yemoja in both countries. many brazilians trace their ancestry to nigeria. both countries have huge populations. beautiful people. football lovers. corruption. drugs. great music. brazilians and nigerians are excellent dancers. i heard that desmond elliot has ancestral relations in brazil. anyone heard of this??

    • kofo DAVIES August 31, 2010 at 11:08 AM

      i am a Nigerian from Lagos state, but my grand pop says we r from Brazil….odd or funny, i do not understand

      • Pacheco Liz August 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

        it means u’re frm the Brazilian quarters, u know, those peeps that have last names like Dos Santos, Fernandez, Soares, Hernandez, Da silva, Sho Silva, Mendez…

        BTW, they were all catholics frm inception. Sango in yoruba land is Xango in Brazil. Some of the masqurades on display during the Lagos festival were part of the culture brought home by the ‘slave returnees’

      • africhika August 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

        kofo, a lot of brazilians in the 1920s returned to Nigeria to trace their roots. so this is very possible.

    • motuns August 31, 2010 at 12:04 PM

      Am from the brazillian quarters side of Lagos Island and can see some connections which include lagos fanty carnival similar to rio carnival, the catholic faith, water and names like carlos etc.

    • Omoshilombu August 31, 2010 at 12:47 PM

      It’s quite funny to read this connection thing, cos at work a Brazilian guy heard me speak yoruba on the phone. Later, he came and told me i could be rolling in money with him if we travelled to Brazil. Me being curious asked how… he reply by saying that me being black and yoruba… we could go to south Bazil and set up a shrine then act as a juju master, telling pple wat they want to hear (like you will be rich in 3months time or anythng that has to do with prosperity) while they pay good fortune for false prediction. He said, i just need to say something in yoruba and translate it to English, before telling them to go and make sacrifes (Ebo… boiled eggs, palm oil and white pigeon). I was flabbergasted…

      • P.E.T August 31, 2010 at 3:32 PM

        That guy’s such a con, did he tell u wot brazilian prisons look like cos he might be doing time real soon wit his kinda ideas lol

    • more'deenah August 31, 2010 at 2:02 PM

      @omoshilombu^^^creepy!

    • Christopher .O August 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

      apart from the obvious fact that nigerians-yorubas in particular since they were unfortunate to live close to the ports(Badagry)during the slave era- were sold into slavery to till the soils of the Americas(Brazil and other colonies of those masters of a very gloomy age).There is no denying of the fact that brazilians have nigerian heritage.Nigerians(yorubas) themselves still exhibit residual traits of brazilians since after the post colonial era,some Nigerian who successfully traced their roots back home brought with them some new aspects of culture.Some of these connections as still evident today albeit gradaully fading, are names(pedro.carlos…),facial features,catholic churches,carnivals,well endowed ladies and men-I must say if not for anybody, I must speak for myself-,passion and natural flare for soccer.These, I can recall for the moment.

    • africhika August 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM

      it’s all in the music. a lot of brazilian music sounds straight nigerian, especially like fuji and juju

    • ThePoet August 31, 2010 at 11:31 PM

      Loool once I saw Onluchi, my mind flew to Brazilian hair..lol. She is working that hair tho, own it mama

    • Omada September 1, 2010 at 12:45 AM

      saw this on CNN yesterday and the owner of Wikipedia was on the show and he talked about his own connections that he had made. am not sure i remember what he talked about.

      for me, Nigerians and Brazilians are very vibrant, colorful, passionate people. also we are die-hard soccer fans! infact no sport matters to us as much as soccer does.

    • Bola September 2, 2010 at 7:06 PM

      One more great reason to always check out this site! Ive been contacted to contribute on the show! great! Look out for my contribution people!! Thanks Bella, for always keeping us informed and entertained!

    • Joel March 19, 2011 at 2:38 AM

      I’m a very talented footballer but just waisting in nigeria i need ur help please

    • Fola Thompson May 3, 2011 at 10:40 PM

      Easter Feijão (black beans to us) and all that stuff.

    • M September 16, 2011 at 4:46 AM

      Definitely the portuguese names in Nigeria gives you an idea the connection between Brazil and traditional culture combine with Yoruba language.

    • ademayowa April 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Beyond socer, both countries are well connected with their culture. Especially the yorubas and natives of city of Bahia, this was due to tye advent of slave trade, as most slave retained and preserve their customs and tradition. Hence one could still see some element of the yoruba culture in some brazilian dance and language. To this end, I think there is a need for the oruba language to be revamp and resuced fromBeyond socer, both countries are well connected with their culture. Especially the yorubas and natives of city of Bahia, this was due to tye advent of slave trade, as most slave retained and preserve their customs and tradition. Hence one could still see some element of the yoruba culture in some brazilian dance and language. To this end, I think there is a need for the oruba language to be revamp and resuced fromTBeyond socer, both countries are well connected with their culture. Especially the yorubas and natives of city of Bahia, this was due to tye advent of slave trade, as most slave retained and preserve their customs and tradition. Hence one could still see some element of the yoruba culture in some brazilian dance and language. To this end, I think there is a need for the oruba language to be revamp and resuced fromT

    • kola November 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      There are many afro brazilian in salvador bahia speaking yoruba language, they call akara as acaraje notable among yoruba in brazil is their. Former goal keeper Dida,Danteand brazilian soccer legend Bebeto and the popular. Singer of ile Aiye music in brazil

    • kola November 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      There are many afro brazilian in salvador bahia speaking
      yoruba language, they call akara as acaraje notable among yoruba in
      brazil is their. Former goal keeper Dida,Dante and brazilian soccer
      legend Bebeto and the popular Singer of ile Aiye music in
      brazil