CNN’s Christiane Amanpour compares Nigeria’s Epileptic Power Supply to Super Bowl Snafu in Video Report “What Nigeria and the Super Bowl have in Common”

Nigeria’s persistent power cuts was recently compared to the black out which occurred at the largest sporting events in the United States, the Super Bowl by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

On Sunday 3rd February 2013, there was  a 35 minutes black out at the event watched by over a hundred million people in 180 countries. This launched a blizzard of tweets, with many coming from Nigerians who were amused to know they are not the only ones with electricity challenges.

In the video below, Amanpour parodies the epileptic power situation in Nigeria and its connection with the black out at the Super Bowl, noting some of the tweets from Nigerians:

“Power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Suddenly, Nigeria doesn’t look as dark anymore.”

“If they had the Super Bowl in Nigeria, the power coming back on would be the real surprise.”

Amanpour recalled the interview she recently had with President Goodluck Jonathan where he said Nigerians were pleased with the government’s commitment to improve power and that there was considerable improvement in electricity supply in Nigeria.

This interview was followed by several tweets from Nigerians who denied the President’s claim. In the concluding part of the video, CNN interviewed some Nigerians who complained about the epileptic power supply in Nigeria and their growing dependence on the use of generators.

Amanpour concluded her report with this funny tweet from a Nigerian “Nigeria should bid to host the next SuperBowl. At least we have standby generators. #JustSaying”

Hopefully, this sort of international spotlight would help improve the power situation in the country.

Please watch the video below and share your thoughts.

42 Comments on CNN’s Christiane Amanpour compares Nigeria’s Epileptic Power Supply to Super Bowl Snafu in Video Report “What Nigeria and the Super Bowl have in Common”
  • Zid February 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Najia, we’re never far from world news

  • realla February 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    this is sad

    • oma February 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Its hilarious. Well power has improved where i live though. An average of 14 hours a day is not as bad as it used to be.

  • dami February 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    what is sad about it. its just simply hilarious!!!!!!!!!

  • Obie February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am


  • lolo February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    err, isnt ibadan nigeria’s largest city,maybe she meant nigeria’s ndustrial/commercal capital.

    • MissBrown15 February 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      She meant largest city in terms of population size

    • sam ngatuwa February 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Na before ibadan large pass lag

  • lolo February 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    sigh, i meant industrial/commercial

  • Omo1 February 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Heheheh…very funny indeed

  • HairOfTheDay February 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

    When it happened, people on the FB timeline were making the same comparison.

  • poshilla! February 5, 2013 at 10:55 am


  • OLAYINKA AWOFODU February 5, 2013 at 10:56 am


  • OLAYINKA AWOFODU February 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Someone should wake our DELUSIONAL PRESIDENT UPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rea February 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    LOL, watched it last night. It was quite funny.

    I was glad they interviewed Nigerians who told them the real situation with the power supply.

  • yeah yeah February 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    amanpour, u must be very stupid for your comment. i used to be your very good fan, not anymore though. foolosh woman

    • Tee February 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      How is she stupid for her comment? Wake up!! she has not said anything beyond the usual…mschew..Nigerians like you are never bothered and would always shy away from the truth, thats why the government officials do things thier way.

    • tomeloma February 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      There’s no need to insult her because she said the truth, you know it, I know it. In Nigeria, we celebrate having power for so many hours because you never know when its going to go off, and the next street don’t have as much…

    • Urban February 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      @ Yeah Yeah, are you for real right now?
      Honestly, Bella Naija, you need to stop allowing people under 12 yrs on your blog.

    • e-bukun February 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      How is she stupid? for highlighting the truth. Why do some nigerians like to live in the dark, and pretend that reality doesn’t exist. Ignorance is not bliss o. It is hypocrisy and “intentional” ignorance that will be the downfall of that country.
      Abeg let us hear word jare. You know what they say about stupid right? It takes one to know one.

  • anon February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    LMAO, ds is rily funny. Nigeria my Country. Jona our President.

  • Teris February 5, 2013 at 11:16 am


  • kiki February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    D last tweet got me laffing

  • d February 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    dis is a shame, i hope our leaders can hear nd feel ow embarrassing dis is nd do sometin. Giant of Africa by mouth mschew

  • isaid!! February 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Naija!! never far from the news.

  • Anonymous February 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    It’s sad….just sad. If we continue this way, I wonder what legacy we’ll leave for our children.

  • Priscy February 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    But seriously sha…Power has improved where I stay sha

  • YLie February 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Dis is really funny,d president said sumtin absolutely different from wat d citizens sed

  • new bride February 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is what happens when a president goes on international TV and lies that ‘the average nigerian is very pleased with the power situation in Nigeria’

  • onika maraj February 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    haahhhaaaa that tweet tho! just hilarious

  • Me February 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    i don’t get why people on this blog are saying this is funny/hilarious…seriously, are you kidding me? what is so funny about the fact that we always have electricity challenges or the fact that our president is confused?! HOW IS THIS EVEN FUNNY SEF??? jeez

    • lala February 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      The president is not confused. He is a liar and he knows Nigerians will not do anything about it.

  • Abibi February 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Did someone say our leaders would be embarrassed? Trust me they won’t be. If they were embarrassed, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They go round the world, they see how things work. They are not ashamed or embarrassed. They can’t be. Too bad!

  • mide February 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    lol @ standby generators…very true tho! It is well with us

  • S.Y February 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    We keep complaining that Jonathan hasn’t done anything like some of our parents are not the cause of this problem that we are all suffering. let us be honest with ourselves and acknowledge the fact that the power situation has improved am not saying its the best but when you consider where we are coming from you did support.
    So rather than tweeting negative things and raining insults at Jonathan we should start from within.

    • Iris February 5, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      And again I say, come back here in May / June just after the dry season and tell me if power supply was good in the previous 3 months. It’s not surprising when there is power during the rainy season. In many parts of Lagos (not all) power is better from July to December so he can’t claim that he’s done anything special.

    • Prince February 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      On Point. True we have better expectations. There has been considerable improvement in Power now in Nieria. Nigerians should learn to give appropriate feedbacks and appreciate improvements,however small it is. If a Worldly televised program can encounter such outages in the perefect country as USA..fact be said as it is, Nigerians shouldnt expect power at all then! We would get there someday..yes someday.

  • Ice February 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I like how the 1st guy says “it’s a lie!” hahaha. I think the “fo-ne” speaking girl may be exaggerating a bit with the whole you have to eat food the same day, it really isn’t that bad.
    Lastly, I have to agree with Iris. Dry season provides the best test of PHCN’s performance so I can’t comment till then.

  • NNENNE February 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

    …Now, that’s how to do it. Put the message across without being insultive and aggressive.

  • Ides of March February 7, 2013 at 6:50 am

    It’s not a lie oh! In Abuja we usually have to eat all the food same day, go to market everyday to get enough to cook meals for the day. Imagine how exhausting that is?

  • Realistic February 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Factually, electricity supply has improved over the past few months but the cluelessness in handling many other economic and security issues troubling our dear nation has made the slight improvement in the power sector obscured.

  • Anderson February 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    all what Jonathan said is a lie.

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