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A recent trip to the cinema left me with a rather bitter taste in my mouth. I felt a little persecuted, a tad undermined and…………

Ok, to be perfectly honest I was bloody p’d off at the portrayal of Nigerians in the movie District 9. In all fairness perception is reality and the portrayal of Nigerians in that movie reflected the general perception of us as a people.

So what can we do to positively influence this negative perception of ourselves? As this is an entertainment website; I will not bore you with a politically charged jerimiad. I’ll simply write on how some influential people in the international entertainment industry have ties to Nigeria or have been directly influenced by the country and the people.

Ola Hudson:

Ola Hudson in Dewars Ad

Ola Hudson in Dewars Ad

The subject of this iconic Dewars whiskey advert is non other than fashion icon; Ola Hudson. Ola was married to famous artist Anthony Hudson, Ola (of Nigerian descent) designed and tailored outfits for celebrities while Anthony (of English descent) worked as an illustrator and designed album covers for such stars as Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell.

A younger Ola

A younger Ola

Ola was best known for her innovative boutique on the Sunset Strip called “Skitzo” and her work with former lover David Bowie for his film: “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. She also designed and tailored outfits for John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, the Pointer Sisters and many others. Ola was an integral figure in the uber cool sunset strip rock scene and her style is widely credited for directly influencing the style and image of modern rock music. Ola sadly lost her battle against lung cancer at the age of 62.

Slash:

Slash

Slash

One of the most recognisable faces in the world today belongs to former Guns. N Roses guitarist Slash. Slash is widely credited as being one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. In the course of his career Slash created some of the greatest guitar riffs ever recorded. His work on the Guns n Roses mega hit “Sweet Child of Mine” propelled their debut album “Appetite for Destruction” to sales in excess of twenty million copies; making it one of the highest selling debut records of all time (Notable mention: November Rain, Paradise City, Welcome to The Jungle and many others.) What can I say? GnR rocked.

Slash and Mum; Ola Hudson

Slash and Mum; Ola Hudson

Slash the son of fashion icon Ola Hudson worked with Michael Jackson on a number of projects namely Black or White and Give In To Me on the Dangerous album; Morphine on the Remix album Blood on The Dance floor; D.S on History and privacy off the Invincible album. He has also worked with legends such as Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He is also a playable character in the game Guitar Hero 111 Legends of Rock.

Ruby Hammer:

Ruby Hammer

Ruby Hammer

Many celebrities such as Madonna and undoubtedly some readers are fans of the makeup line; Ruby and Millie. What I find rather interesting is that co-owner of the line Ruby Hammer was born in and spent the first twelve years of her life in Nigeria.

Colin Firth:

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

Classically trained British actor spend a good number of his childhood years in Nigeria. His parents were missionaries and academics who preached the word and educated people of rural Jos. The Emmy nominee and star of Mamma Mia, The English Patient, and Conspiracy has been quoted as “feeling a natural kinship when he meets Nigerians and hears the music or the language”.

Hugo Weaving:

Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving

In the year 1960, a British couple celebrated the arrival of a baby boy at the University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan Nigeria. Little did they know that their son would star in six two of the highest grossing trilogies in cinema history. Hugo; starred in The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, Transformers, cult favourite The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the desert, V for Vendetta and a host of others. Hugo has won a number of awards in a varied and successful career. Imagine that, Agent Smith is Nigerian by birth.

There is a fair amount of talk about the Nigerian Music industry of today. I admit our guys are doing well, however the scope and influence of the music scene of the seventies on modern. rock and reggae is absolutely astounding.

Little regard is paid to the pivotal role that the Nigerian music played in influencing modern music. So I thought it best to speak on a few examples of legendary musicians that were influenced by this period.

Ginger Baker:

Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker

The South Africans have the best singers, the Congolese have the greatest guitarists, but when it comes to drumming; we win hands down. Therefore it is hardly surprising that Ginger Baker; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former member of super group Cream. (The group has sold over 35 million records world wide, and their album wheels of Fire is the first platinum selling double album in history.

Widely hailed as rock musics first super group. Cream was made up of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Baker, arguably the greatest drummer of all time spent seven years of his career living in Lagos making experimental rock music with the likes of Johnny Hastrup and Blo; spent a fair amount of time touring with Fela in place of then incapacitated Tony Allen.

Fela and Ginger On One Of Their Tours

Fela and Ginger On One Of Their Tours

 
Baker remains to this day the only oyinbo to have sat in on Fela’s ‘inner cabinet’.

Paul McCartney:

Paul Mccartney at EMI recording studio in lagos

Paul Mccartney at EMI recording studio in lagos

Yes the same Paul McCartney from the Beatles recorded the album “Band on The Run” with his group; Wings in Nigeria. Wings worked with Nigerian musicians and hung out at Fela’s Shrine initially. Mcartney fondly remembers shedding tears of joy watching the great man perform on stage. It wasn’t honky dory for long as Paul had a famous altercation with the King of Afrobeat himself.

Band On The Run Album Cover

Band On The Run Album Cover

Band on the run was McCartneys greatest post beatles album. It was voted at number of the 100 greatest British albums of all time and Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 418 out of the 500 greatest albums made. Yes it was recorded in Lagos.

James Brown and Bootsy Collins:

The Godfather Of Soul; Mr James Brown

The Godfather Of Soul; Mr James Brown

James Brown toured Nigeria in the early seventies and a trip to the shrine had James Brown enraptured. According to Bootsy, who was the bassist of the band: “Fela’s band was the funkiest cats” he had heard in his life. He said that they were totally “wiped out” by the sheer bodacity of the Africa 70 band.

Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins

Legend has it that James Brown had his arranger watch and make notes of Fela’s movement and stage craft, so as to incorporate them in his act. What can I say? Iron sharpens Iron.

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

This Legendary rock band credits Fela Kuti as one of their primary influences. According to band member: Flea “Fela’s music was trance inducing”. So taken were they by the music that they once released a track called ‘Fela’s Cock’ in honour of the mans sexual prowess.

Flea was spotted at the shrine last year, during  ‘Felabration’ celebrating the life of the legend.

Flea at Rehersal Session for Felabration

Flea at Rehersal Session for Felabration

Tony Allen:

Tony Allen

Tony Allen

What do the Brit pop bands Pulp and Blur have in common with Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of British Actress Jane Birkin and French musician Serge Gainsbourg), Sebastien Telliere, Antiballas, Air and Brian Eno? They have either been inspired by or worked with Nigerian drumming legend; Tony Allen.

 

Tony Allen,Baba Maal and Damon Albarn at Felabration 2008

Tony Allen,Baba Maal and Damon Albarn at Felabration 2008

Tony Allen was decribed by ambient music legend Brian Eno as probably the greatest drummer in the world. He made his name as a member of Fela’s Africa 70 band and eventually forged an identity of his own. Such is his impact on music of today that he is one of the most sought after session musicians and he joined Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong as the drummer for The Good The Bad and the ugly. Tony even got a name check on the 2000 Blur single: Music is my Radar. As Damon Albarn said:

“Tony Allen got me dancing”.

Babatunde Olatunji:

Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde Olatunji

 

Virtuoso percussionist Babatunde Olatunji was one of the most talented musicians to come out of Nigeria. His 1959 hit Jingo lo ba was covered by Carlos Santana. The very first single by the group Santana was a cover of the song. The Santana version was called Jingo and was a bit hit in the seventies. So strong was the relationship between Santana and Baba Olatunji that they toured together in the late nineties. Fatboy Slim recently incorporated Jingo lo ba into one of his songs. Baba worked with Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderly and Stevie Wonder.  Bob Dylan wrote a song called ‘I Shall Be Free’, and gave Baba a name check.

Baba toured with Martin Luther King during the civil rights era,  performed at the United Nations and his drumming made the Soviet Premier (Nikita Kruschev) take off his shoes and dance. Such was Baba’s influence that the former Czech President (Viclav Havel) personally requested he perform at a festival Prague; making him the first outsider to perform there before the end of communism.

 His first album “Drums of Passion” has been available and in distribution for over five decades and he  won a grammy award for his collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

Sadly Baba passed on in the year 2003.

I could go on if I so wished, but I thought it best to end this piece with a little food for thought. What makes us who and what we are goes beyond Nollywood, our new pop musicians, the love of money and our public image. We are a nation of talented, hard working intelligent and rather industrious people.

Granted there is truth in every stereotype but we must endeavour to bring our positives to the fore.

I bid thee farewell, I remain as always. Your humble servant.

Boorish.

64 Comments

  1. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    i watched district 9!and i have poured out my heart on how disgusted i was on several blogs..will refrain from doing so here!

  2. Savateuse

    September 6, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I love you Boorish…….
    I think you are an absolute genius.
    i am your biggest groupie.
    What happened to you?

  3. Savateuse

    September 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    By the way, Jingo lo ba was covered by Fatboy Slim as well….

  4. iluvmusiq

    September 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    waoh…am left speechless

  5. elmo

    September 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    highly informative…..good read all together!

  6. 234 speaks

    September 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I like the concept of your article but some of the people on the list don’t add any value to the Nigerian culture. Being born in Nigeria or being there as a child is not enough. There are enough people of actual Nigerian descent to fill up pages. We don’t need to play six degrees of seperation to give us credibility.

    In any case…good work.

  7. omo urhobo

    September 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    brilliant write up!!!

  8. AnnChuks

    September 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Well done and well written!

  9. me

    September 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Wow! Brilliant! wow

  10. opinionated

    September 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    america hailed the 15 year old Igbo female pilot as one of their own. if you like, dont lay claim to them. mschew. negative people are so annoying.

  11. 234 speaks

    September 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    opinionated, yes I’ll do as I like and I won’t claim them. If you really READ his article, it’s about combating stereotypes. How Hugo Weaving being born in Nigeria helps is left to be seen. Jeeeeeeeeeeez, are we zombies? Must we all agree? Please jump in a lake, please…hiss.

  12. Oneplustheone

    September 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you so much Boorish…
    You don’t know how much this article means to a lot of Nigerians who are tired of the poor depiction of our country in Hollywood movies… Who would have thought! Colin Firth lived in Nigeria?? Interesting..

  13. hilda

    September 7, 2009 at 12:57 am

    I concur.
    Hugo Weaving, Colin Firth et al, how do they add to the image of nigerians, seriously? There are great men and women who have done distinctly well in the international level; those names should be researched and replaced on your list. That said, nice article.

  14. Obi-talker

    September 7, 2009 at 1:12 am

    men! my friend made a comment about this district 9 on facebook about how it protrayed Nigeria. I thot she was joking so it is true…

  15. Obi-talker

    September 7, 2009 at 1:27 am

    234 and hilda you guys make sense. this aricle is great no doubt but I am tired of how Nigerians we like to claim people that don’t even send us. I don’t see other countries do it. But men it was Paul’s M… own story that surprised me becos that guy is a proper megastar over here! now I know why Fela is so huge a legend, though I don’t really fancy his songs but I understand now. I’ll vote this article one of the best pieces ever written on a niaja blog but the concerntration on these foreigners may make You loose that title. bella Niaja your site rocks!

  16. luvlife

    September 7, 2009 at 2:27 am

    just a thought bella, why don’t you start a feature on nigerians who have in the past or are still currently enhancing our image home and abroad in a positive light. It doesn’t even matter how little or how huge, just spotlight this people for us so we too can be throwing names……

  17. jen

    September 7, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I thought this was suppose to be a movie review..I am so confused

  18. jen

    September 7, 2009 at 3:23 am

    All these white people that have nothing to do with nigeria is embarassing please highlight doctors and others who have made their country proud

  19. chayoma

    September 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

    i am floored!
    Speechless.
    Shocked.
    Now i am Informed 🙂

  20. Justathot

    September 7, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Just a thought Boorish,is the title of this piece District Mine/District Nine?…and before some errant person will come and ask if that was the only thing i saw in the write-up(which I think was brilliant!) it’s just that i’m a self-proclaimed perfectionist,maybe i’ve got OCD…dunno. so pls Boorish,if it’s D. Mine…no worries,but if it’s D Nine,pls change it,for me plssss.cheerio!!!

  21. muyiwa

    September 7, 2009 at 4:27 am

    this is nice and good research

  22. adams

    September 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

    really speechless and proud.God bless nigeria.

  23. Toks

    September 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Fantastic stuff! Really impressed with all the research you did Boorish M. Perhaps we should have a site dedicated to these positive things about Nigeria so that the first thing you see when you google the country isn’t a pile of negativity.

  24. chilli

    September 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    God bless ya boorish, this is an interesting read! I mean, we could actually throw this piece back at ‘them’ and give them reasons why next time, they might want to reconsider painting us as the black sheep of the human race.

  25. africhika

    September 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    wow. this makes me all warm and tingly and happy inside! i can’t help but think, “i told you so”

  26. ngum

    September 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    v interesting. there’s always more to our great continent than meets the eye.

  27. naijababy

    September 7, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    very amazing and enlightening collection. Fela was a great musician and the show Fela is now open on broadway that covers his life and his music. Nigeria is a great country regardless of what people think.

  28. efelicious

    September 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

    love ur article…u really did ur research…..didnt kno more than half d info u put here…tnx

  29. guest

    September 8, 2009 at 1:23 am

    This is a great article. However, there are people out there on a daily basis who don’t care about the country’s tarnished image or what this is doing to those in diaspora as far as getting jobs or being part of a productive society. I hope there will be some way to get through to them. What is sad is that every Nigerian is having to pay a price for the criminals. A great nations yes but the crooks are there and nothing is being done to reach these people. I think we should set up a petition just to reach them. God Bless.

  30. jimmy flames

    September 8, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I love this
    This is so inspiring, i was pissed off earlier when i heard bout the movie district 9 but now i feel a lot better, people always see what they want to see ever since that Oprah woman felt it was alright to talk trash about us every1 else just agrees.
    All countries in the world have their Negative and Positive, and personally I think America is worse off cus that’s the only country where some can walk into a school, kill every1 for no reason and doctor will cover it up by forming some disease that never existed
    The mother of the queen of England stole in a shop hence we now have a word kleptomaniac as an excuse for her
    Bush started a war hence America now has the 1st black president and every 4gets the war
    Nigeria never makes excuses or cover up their Negatives
    Now I ask those that make us bad or good people
    At least we are not the 1es destroying and killing the entire middle east looking for just 1 man
    May God punish any man that feels he has the right to downgrade me or my country, no 1 or country is perfect, we are all looking to prosper, we all just use different means Bad or Good, and that includes me, you and them
    Remember nobody holy pass except Jesus Christ and they still killed for crimes he dint commit.

  31. Lamide

    September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Great article :o) This is the kind of thing we should know…our history books need a rewrite!!

  32. Aramide

    September 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I totally agree! We do need a website of this nature. Bigups to Naija

  33. bint

    September 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Detailed research.Left me gasping for more knowledge about positive things from Nigeria.

  34. llily

    September 9, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I love this article, obviously well researched…..However i think no matter how much everyone would like to pretend and want to think about positive things the truth is the story of Nigeria is one of decadence, greed, hate, lack of respect for lives and no form of patriotism what so ever in it’s people. By the way Fela sang about all these, i want to know what your article would do to influence the corrupt government that has pushed the people into negative careers like 419 so they can feed their families. You can write about Obama shaking hands with with Yar’adua and that would not mean squat!…millions of Nigerians looking for greener pastures run away to foreign land and you want people to see you in a brighter light? please give me a break!….if you want people to see you and your country in a better light then fight for your country!..instead many of you are in the U.S and other countries like cowards….why don’t you go back home..huh? The funny thing about all this musicians you mentioned is the message behind their music especially the great Fela which is fight for the Motherland against neo colonialism, greed, tribalism, racism…and you won’t do that in another mans land….so until then nobody gives a shit what you think your country’s influence is…just show us instead of bitchin!….not Americans, not Southafricans, definitely not Europeans give a crap about what music influenced what….i bet the truth hurts!

  35. Obi-talker

    September 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hahaha! (intense laughter)… did u just say Nigerians who live abroad are cowards! as in 50% of bella followers…Men u seriously sound like someone who went to the embassy a hundred times and they refused u visa… or u dont know anything about pple who live abroad. u’re a beefer. end of story! all this talk of fight for ur countr… infact u sound so angry I actually pity you. so I wont diss you too much. Pele dear!

  36. nenea

    September 10, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Lmao…you just even added insult to injury…This individual sounds really bitter.

  37. KayBayBay

    September 11, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Hmmm. This was a nice read. Quite informative and obviously well researched i was so intrigued by the Slash article really couldn’t believe he was half Nigerian! Lol. I can see where you were going with this article and what you where trying to achieve but (lol the dreaded but!) my only problem with it was the fact that some of the people you mentioned really have nooo place on that list what so ever. I mean i gotta be honest lol Hugo Weaving!!! Really?? Him being born in Nigeria has had no benefits or positive effects on the country as a whole so the fact that he was born there has no importance to our country/and its people at all. You can see where im going with this but the long and short of it is that i don’t feel we have to cling on to most of these people just because they have the slightest (or smallest) association with Nigeria. Its nice to know but otherwise pretty irrelevant. On the other hand kudos to you for the effort, you intentions were good still 
    One thought tho or suggestion rather, is if you could do more articles about important and inspirational Nigerians. I think that would be a stimulating read esp for people like myself who have very little knowledge of affluent Nigerians….anywhos nice article keep doin ya thing boss…:-D

  38. KayBayBay

    September 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hmmm. Fair enough. I still stick to what i previously stated but what you’ve said has made me look at this article in a different light now so thanks for the explaination! x

  39. guest

    September 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    boorishmale, you disappoint me when you attack lilly (or whatever his name is) for looking at it from a different perspective. the fact that he disaggree or have a different oppinion does not make him an enemy or an object of derison… isn’t that part of problem with Nigeria: no respect for each other. how do you answer to that?

  40. jbaby

    September 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    its not bout bein bitter. lilly is just sayin the truth. this article was very informative which i hav to thanks boorish for but really doesnt hav anythin to do with the whole district 9 thing. lets seriously think bout it but is there anything in that movie bout nigerians that is false. lets be realistic here.

  41. myra

    September 12, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    really, its just an article! haba. wa all know about d past, but at least some of us r tryin 2 move past dt, even in little ways, like an article? sheesh. 2 much beef n hate!
    if we have haters like u 4rm 9j, who needs enemies.
    rebranding? remember? every lil’ bit helps. there is not one answer 2 all of 9j’s probs.
    fall in wif d positive grp man!

  42. llily

    September 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

    lol….hehehe…you crack me up!…i am half Nigerian, my Dad worked in the American Embassy in Nigeria and that is how he met my Nigerian mum…hence i don’t need a visa to live in the U.S…hehehehe….LMAO…unlike you living in the U.S or any other country does not sound like a big deal because i grew up around the world…..look if speaking the truth sounds angry to you then so be it!. It is so sad when i see Nigerians in the UK and the U.S trying so hard to cling to the westerners views and definitions of civilization because they think it makes them more acceptable all the while struggling to understand their place in the foreign land…i even had one Nigerian tell me he was not Nigerian even with his thick accent!……all i’m saying is if more people could go back home and help…..my husband and i are both doctors and we did it and he is not even black how much more our so called people…..instead everyone is crying because they stereotype Nigerians too bad because most stereotypes are true with exceptions of a few. TOO BAD MANY OF YOU ARE BLINDED BY YOUR OWN OBSSESIVE PURSUIT OF WEALTH….leaving your people behind without much care…..please ask yourself are you that much different from the so called 419ners? isn’t it same greed that compels the citizens and it’s rulers?….hmmm…..too bad many of you will never agree with the truth…..unlike many i love Africa, especially Nigeria and i am willing to fight for it. After all everyone is going to die someday and the only thing that would matter after that would be the people you impacted not how many jobs you were able to hold down…lol

  43. llily

    September 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I am not a hater…just speaking the truth sweety!…too bad it is being misunderstood…i came across this write up while doing some research on the web…just had to say something….love the website though

  44. llily

    September 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

    @jbaby thanks for seing what i’m trying to say…i guess they just don’t want to see the truth…

  45. llily

    September 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

    @ nenea….Lol…you sound like a child…too bad you are not deep enough too decipher between bitterness and truth…sweety pick up a book about your history…ok (that is if you are Nigerian). Anyways there is a porpular saying about the truth being bitter so you might have a point there…hehehehe

  46. llily

    September 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

    @ obi-talker…my first reply was directed at you…..just wanted to address this statement

    “Men u seriously sound like someone who went to the embassy a hundred times and they refused u visa… or u dont know anything about pple who live abroad”

    Sweety i’m American by birth and Nationality so i know and have met many people from different countries not just Nigerians…. but by your comment is living in a foreign country that special? ……what has it got to do with corruption and starvation?…..you sound very myopic in your views.You should travel more and encounter people of other religions, traditions…maybe then living in a foreign country would not be so special and you can come to care about the plight of others.

  47. jbaby

    September 14, 2009 at 12:54 am

    you know wats funny is that we r all here complainin bout this movie meanwhile district 9 is making so much money in the box office and we r here complainin for nothin which wouldnt even make a difference. it’s a movie people calm the down all this whole petition matter. lol. seriously.

  48. yboy

    September 14, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Nigerians can complain like sissys…
    Now the South Africans have made a movie depicting a group of Nigerians as criminals..and all hell is let loose. What has the Nigerian government done to promote the ingenuity and talent in Nollywood? Or even stimulate the sector? If they had, maybe the world would have seen one of those movies casting us in a better light before they saw District 9! And a bunch of idiots and thieving crooks waste expensive public funds ‘re-branding’ the image of the country.

  49. Obi-talker

    September 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Sorry guys to deviate from Boorish’s article but I need to address this girl once and for all.

    Dear Llily I left one sentence to your first response, I was even laughing while I wrote it, but obviously me and you don’t share the same sense of humour. I even promised myself not to get involved in any other arguments online but its people like you that make me break that promise. I left a line in my last comment and you responded with an essay. I wonder what you gonna do now write a thesis or a conference paper?!

    First of all I just want you to know that all that history 101 alias auto biography about your father immigrating to Nigeria to marry your mother and blah blah blah is all make believe story that I don’t buy. You know why?…other people’s experiences have thought me to know that people who come on the internet and talk about their personal life when it has no relation to the post are outright lying. I don’t know about other people on this page but as for me Obi-talker I think your talking nonsense. I still think you’re an angry woman.

    Your whole response doesn’t add up. You say you were doing a research and came across Bella’s website…are you kidding me?… except that research as to do with Nigerian entertain industry or Nigerian online users, that lame excuse is all part of your fantasy on-line make believe alter ego. As someone who has done research and is doing another one, please who are you deceiving ’cause its definitely not me. You started all this nonsense when you said every one who lives abroad is a coward and I’m assuming your list includes Soyinka, Ngozi Adiche, Philip Emagweli, Biodun Jeyifo. The list is endless…because they live abroad too. So all the Americans who live in Europe are cowards right? And vice versa

    Pls Llily this is an entertainment website where I’ve come to have fun. U’re killing it! If you have a problem politically please go to Nigeria curiosity blog or the guardian website. Don’t come here and start talking nonsense about you and your husband. Also you claim to be a citizen of the world so during the years you were living abroad you were also a COWARD.

    You’re evening talking about me and which country I have been too. What has that got to do with your inane level of IQ. You don’t know nothing about me and you ain’t got nothing on me. You don’t even know what I have done or where I’ve been too so what in the name of Moses are you talking about girl! It’s people like you that take away the fun of this website with your useless comments insulting everybody in one sentence. Like who are you to come and talk trash about others you don’t know.

    You keep on saying I am fighting for my country, as in how?, have you fought harder than Soyinka who was thrown in jail and yes he lives abroad. Pls, lily make we hear word. Your noise is too much. I think its time for you to get back to your ‘make-believe’ research. And stop assuming that I don’t love my country because I called you out for what you really are…A confused angry girl. Seriously while I was looking at your responses it got to a point it sounded like a JSS 1 student writing. I’m gonna stop now…peew!

    Why can’t we all live in Peace….wink, wink.

  50. llily

    September 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

    lol….live your live the way you want…was just sharing my opinion….don’t care if you believe me or not….don’t know you and will never meet you (probably)….and sweety your sense of humor is totally lacking…if you really think everything i wrote was trash then why the anger? and attack?…just read the first few lines and decided not to waste my time..peace out

  51. Zee

    September 18, 2009 at 10:40 am

    This article was a very good read. I personally don’t care about the faux-patriotism that is sparked in Nigerians anytime someone says something or does something that depicts the image of the country that has been widespread across the world. However, I will stick to Boorish Male’s question of what to do to positively influence the negative perception of the country. And I think that an article of this nature is a good start. I really enjoyed it.

  52. Phoenix

    September 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I love the research, but this has nothing to do with the fact that Nigerians are being portrayed as criminals in movies, and this picture has become a rather true image of us in the minds of the westerners. No doubt, our people are blessed and if you really look at this article, you will find out that everyone who was musically inclined in this article had something to do with Fela. Fela is the only true Nigerian to be regarded as an international start in both the US and Europe, what about our other artiste… District 9 is just a movie and it’s fiction, but yes if the portrayal isn’t true, then why are we so disturbed about it? Let’s face facts, most Nigerians are corrupt, i’m a Nigerian and i love my country, but it pains me sometimes when i see and hear of things Nigerians do abroad. You can’t blame these foreigners because when they see and hear stuff like this about Nigerians and sometimes the ones they come in contact with, they can’t help but believe this whole thing is true. Nigerians have committed lots of crimes abroad and are still committing such crimes, but that doesn’t take away the fact that Nigerians are the most intelligent set of people on this planet. Go do your research and you’ll find out that Nigerians are running so many sectors in the US and Europe but they aren’t celebrated like they should be. Here in Nigeria, we have lots of talents that are wasting just because our leaders have chosen to be mediocres. These foreigners look at our leaders and then judge us as well, so if our information minister wants to rebrand this nation, she should first start with our people, by reorienting them and helping them change their mindset, getting the government to put things in order, from the basic amenities to setting up a proper economics system, then we can go out and tell the world what good we have in our country, but no, our house is not in order but we want to world to believe it is… who are we kidding??? Nigerians are blessed people, but the few who have access to power and industry are just the wrong sets of people… so the good and the majority suffer for that… evil thrives when good keeps quiet…

    The movies District 9 is a box office hit and isn’t it a shame that the south Africans have a box office hit and we don’t, and still we call ourselves the giant of Africa… It’s a shame to think of the fact that the movies and music we made in the 70s, 80s and 90s are way better than what we see and make in these recent years… It only shows we are not improving but rather dropping in standards… our people need to wake up and start a change of ourselves before we go out to change the picture the world have of us….

  53. GamGam

    September 20, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Its like a Family where the parents beat their children everyday,
    starve them, keep them in a dark room for days.

    Then they now come out to complain and petition against a neighbour
    who says, ‘that Nnowbi family, they are a bunch of weirdos and they eat human flesh’
    while their children are still in that dark room, sick and hungry.

  54. Dilla

    September 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

    i really enjoyed reading this article, i’ve heard so much about district nine and like so many other things done and said about nigeria i pretty much feel helpless. This is goin to sound pretty much like a confessional but i’m honest enough to pretty much say it because its how i feel. As a nigerian living abroad my family did feel the need to move cuz the future wasnt bright staying back, havent done so bad for it either, the frustration i feel is that i cant go back as easily as i want to because like the average nigerian i don’t know the right people in the right places i cant go online apply like i would here and hope to get a phone call or even an email acknowledging my application. It frustrates me because i think how can i give back to a country i call mine that pretty much wont take me back. i have to agree with a whole bunch of people on here who have said the truth cuz when it comes down to the basics- its greed, the rich loving the rich the disadvantaged & poor getting worse of daily the gap keeps getting wider. The mentality hasnt changed n if it is changing it’s so slow its not obvious i know rome wasnt built in a day.

  55. seun d

    September 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    yes it is district nine but this is an article….don’t you get the twist. OCD people have a tendency to miss things that were disordered on purpose

  56. dg

    September 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Great piece! We need to gain some inspiration and pride from our past and from those who have been blessed by Nigeria. We need to be proud of who we are and what we can accomplish. We have a long way to go, but we can do it. Thanks, boorish male.

  57. z

    September 30, 2009 at 6:23 am

    First two words: NEGRO PLEASE!

    I Cant even be bothered with Nigerians…same shit different day. stop posting all this past glory rubbish here. i loved district 9 and thatz how Nigerians are.

  58. Mya A

    October 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    if you cant be bothered with nigerians,
    why are you on a nigerian site?
    why take the time to click on the nigerian site, read the nigerian article, and post a comment on the nigerian thread?
    It’s obvious that you can be bothered with nigerians.

  59. Amazed

    October 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

    If a Nigerian home video producer made a movie and named the gangster-in-chief Botha or Bush there would be hell to pay. This is how slavery started, they start with your enemies and once their confidence increases they start raiding your village too. The people who made that movie have no choice but to come in contact with Nigerian Doctors and Professors in SA, but the only “reality” they remembered to throw in their movie were dealers and prossies, bollocks!

  60. Linda Lopez

    November 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Dis article is an eye opener. I saw District 9 and was gravely offended by dat alien eatin’ bullshit about Nigerians. Even my husband who is a non-Nigerian (Puerto Rican) was extremely offended. I am a proud Nigerian and will always be irrespective of where I am. It is gud 2 kno dat these stars we all know 2day are in some way associated 2 Nigeria. I kno we have a lot of things we need 2 work on as a nation, startin 4rm our government, Nollywood, etc but all d same, we have come a long way compared 2 d 60’s and 70’s.

  61. olas

    December 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    u hav 2 b jokin wit me!? r u nigerian? if u r, ur d mos unpatriotic composition of human parts eva. and if ur nt, den mind ur biz and face ur country’s issues. or betta yet, dwell on d credit crunch. what nonsense!? how dear u insult nigeria?? u must b nuts!!! mkptseew

  62. olas

    December 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    u hav 2 b jokin wit me!? r u nigerian? if u r, ur d mos unpatriotic composition of human parts eva. and if ur nt, den mind ur biz and face ur country’s issues. or betta yet, dwell on d credit crunch. what nonsense!? hw can u eva flutter dat dose mumus are right abt nigeria? how dear u insult nigerians?? u must b nuts!!! mkptseew.
    and 4 dose wackos dat support d nonsense done by those silly-ass south africans… leave our country and go to start a life in d “all perfect” south africa. see if u wont com back wit HIV and a missing wallet. idiotic imbeciles!!! mkptseeeeeew

  63. anjay

    February 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    i totally agree with everything u have said and yes my response is coming a bit too late. Nigerians whine all the time about the situation in the country, people that live abroad look from a far distance and also complain….yet nobody does anything. Sometimes i think we should all just SHUT UP(including me) or else you have something to say that will make a huge difference.Hmmmmm im tired of talking!!!! We need to act. Pls start..lol

  64. Christine Gardner

    October 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Where did you get this rubbish? Slash’s mother was not Nigerian, she was black American from a southern black American family. My mother grew up with her and I know her family well. LOL

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