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Yvonne Nelson, Charles Novia, Joselyn Dumas slam #ALSIceBucketChallenge | What’s Your Take?



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Where do you stand? Yay or Nay?

When we first saw the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, we thought it was an interesting way to get people involved in charity.

And since celebs and top personalities like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Usher and Simon Cowell joined the campaign, it of course went viral.

Interested persons are to get a friend to pour a bucket of water filled with ice on themselves or either donate to the ALS Association for its research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It seems fun and an engaging way to get people to look up the ailment online as well as possibly donate.

And of course, our African celebs have joined. Don Jazzy, Genevieve Nnaji, Davido, Iyanya, Dencia, Didier Drogba all took part in it.

But a few stars are not amused. Yvonne Nelson, Joselyn Dumas and Charles Novia have all come out to criticise it. Most of them think with other diseases like Ebola , and Cholera, why are these celebs paying attention to a campaign for a disease that started internationally.
A few pro-#ALSIceBucketChallenge people, claim that if we have learnt anything from Ebola, it is that it is a global issue, and although Lou Gehrig’s Disease isn’t contagious, it could affect any African in the future and awareness by celebrities in Africa, could help the world find a solution.

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On the international scene, Pam Anderson is also speking out.
Pamela Anderson
I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge.
I enjoy a good dare- It’s always good to bring awareness – in fun, creative ways / I don’t want to take away from that.

but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper. I found that we may not be aligned – in our messages. So…

– I thought Instead / I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing /– Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.

What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)? In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS. This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.

Sophisticated non-animal testing methods—including in vitro methods, advanced computer-modeling techniques, and studies with human volunteers, among others—have given us everything from the best life-saving HIV drugs to cloned human skin for burn victims. Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.

Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures.


  1. Nneka

    August 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you Charles Novia. Lol

  2. bruno

    August 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Nigerians we must copy,WHY? we don’t want to be left out of any trend (Brazilian hair,light skin,twerking,etc) this ALS ice bucket challenge was cool until nigerian celebs started doing it, some of them don’t even know what ALS is, na follow follow go kill nigerians.

    • ATL's finest

      August 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks U!!!! It was so cool & I’m once Nigerians start doing it, that’s it.. They will suck the gun out of it.

    • Anita

      August 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      My brother you can say that again! They have not shown awareness of washing hand or using sanitizers to help prevent Ebola that is eating Africa up, is ALS that some of them don’t know the meaning that they are donating money towards. Mshew!

    • iba

      August 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      To be fair, i recall seeing some Tonto Dikeh some pictures on the washing of hand thing on Bella Naija. That was very good. I also remember seeing a grainy video against jungle justice from Bovi and co on Youtube. Some of our celebrities dey try.

      I am neither here nor there on this issue. Although we have our own problems, i recall the world rallying around us during the #bringbackourgirlscampaign. It was not their problem but they stood with us in solidarity. Perhaps sometimes we need to think less of ourselves as well. The issue for me with our celebrities is the reason why they are doing it. Are you doing it for fun or do you understand the message behind it?

  3. portia

    August 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you!!!

  4. bruno

    August 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Pamela anderson what the hell are you saying, so how should scientists test new drugs and vaccines, they should use us africans abi? Cause its the truth,in the past you white people tested new drugs on we africans to see side effects, White girls with blonde hair are usually very stupid.

    • Ona

      August 23, 2014 at 12:29 am

      LMAOOOOO This guy u always crack me up. But u speak truth alot sha.

    • mogbo moya

      August 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      You are the stupid one for the statement you just made “white girl with blond hair…” if they call you monkey now because of the way unlook you go open your burnt teeth. Lets do to others what you would like them do to you

  5. Peace

    August 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you guys for speaking out about this issue. I am also kind of upset about the whole thing, and i am with Joyce and others who think that there are other important stuff that needs to addressed. We Africans can copy mehn…Why not have a challenge to help pay for education for kids in Nigeria, Lets help the widowed women who struggle every day to raise their children, Lets try and do something about poverty in Nigeria. Raise money to clothe and feed people.
    Charity begins at home!

    • mogbo moya

      August 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      You are the stupid one for the statement you just made “white girl with blond hair…” if they call you monkey now because of the way unlook you go open your burnt teeth. Lets do to others what you would like them do to you.

    • truth

      August 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      If you want to get involved check out site

  6. Sapp.

    August 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Nigerian artists and misplaced priorities….

  7. Omas

    August 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm


  8. Neo

    August 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe Satan is doing the icebucket challenge cos hell must’ve frozen over for me to agree with Charles Novia on something!


    August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Most of these people sit on social media looking for attention, taking the piss out of positive causes like ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge when they know nothing about the disease, the campaign, the ethical issues and challenges ALS drug testing is raising among other things…What kind of nonsense is this? If indeed they want to take part in raising awareness about something, what happened to the long standing Malaria? Ebola, Boko Haram, Girl Child Education, Child Labour and the many issues we have hovering over our heads as Africans? Can’t some of these attention seekers find something to do with their lives? But once again, the attention seekers with nothing to do with their lives have jumped on it, pouring hot water on themselves . Yes, HOT water!!!

    • Thelma

      August 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      My dear, I thought i was the only one who noticed that the water isn’t even cold. The americans in warmer areas made sure to put in ice blocks so the water won’t lose its chill by the time they are done talking and from their reaction you’d notice how cold the water was . There’s a clear difference between the people who actually used ice water and the Nigerians who just decided to have a bath. E dey vex me. Everything foreign is cool to Nigerians. I think the ALS challenge is cool but the minute Nigerians started, it just went sour to me. And even if they want to do it, then they should do it well and not try to fool everyone…

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      August 23, 2014 at 1:10 am


  10. Fre

    August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Charles Novia 🙂
    Nigerians are like teenagers, lol. Always wanting to fit in, to be cool…..
    It’s like a regular “dare” challenge now.

  11. claire

    August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I was just waiting to see this and I am glad that we have people who truly give thoughts to actions and what is trending before they jump in…..Search deep, think deep before you jump in….These days lot of people want to do as others did or copy what others have done…why dont you start your own trend, or even find a creative way to make urs better..Beyonce do hair, we copy(how about thinking of a way to make that style ur own), ALS come, they jump in (y dont u have a think of issues that are plaguing us),better still just dont duplicate abi copy…ahhhh!am tired of talking joor…

  12. Love

    August 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I agree with their statements. This ALS bucket challenge is getting out of control- with all the problems in Africa; this is where some African celebs want to put all their energies

    And the funny thing is that when it comes to lifestyle/entertainment things you are quick to see international/western brands in Nigeria. I’m talking about fashion, alcoholic beverage companies etc but when it comes to healthcare, education/good things that can bring Nigeria/African forward; you never seem to find organizations/companies that want to help Africa.

    Why are they withholding the Zmapp drug releasing to African countries?

    Africans will never learn, it’s like we inherently have missed place priorities.

    My conclusion: This is simply a new world order of neocolonialism. We’re basically still slaves

  13. asgrl

    August 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    to tired to re-type so I’ll copy and paste what i wrote to someone with similar sentiments on Eku Edewor’s page

    “@******* comments like yours are the reasons why it’s so hard to find black bone marrow donors and stem cell donors. Black people say things like oh Leukemia or Multiple Sclerosis is white people disease but time and time again black patients die from it and their probability for dying is higher because of the lack of donors. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being charitable. As long as people like @ekuedewor aren’t doing this for show and are actually donating. A $100 goes a long way. I mean celebs in western countries donate money whenever there is a disaster in foreign countries. They don’t say oh this is not happening in my backyard. And thank God for charitable organizations like doctors without borders. They are not Africans but donate their time and risk their lives to helping to manage the outbreak. Thank the heavens they don’t say oh this is not happening in America or Europe so we don’t care. At the very least you know what ALS is now just in case god forbid someone you know is stricken with it.”

    • Foxtrot

      August 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Point noted but do they have to waste water to donate $100 quid? Come on!

    • Nwamaka

      August 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      I think you missed the big point. There is nothing wrong in raising awareness for a disease but with the scourge of Ebola slowing wiping us out, it is amazing that non of those celebs thought it fit to do something to raise awareness. ALS may not be at our doorstep now but may be in the future, but what about all the sicknesses in our face in Africa. For people to jump on the “salt water bath” BC will tell you how ignorant we are about the Ebola Virus. I heard the most ridiculous thing from a colleague the other day on Ebola and I was amazed that at this stage some people do not know about EVD.

      Our celebs act like dumb teenagers jumping on the band wagon. Ellen did selfie they must all do selfies in African award. They can even do the same ice bucket thing but raise awareness for Ebola. They can even raise awareness for ALS side by side with Ebola. The problem with us is legion……for they are many

    • like

      August 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Some celebritites raised awareness on Ebola. Lets be fair.. Atleast Don Jazzy did

    • slice

      August 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      i agree with you completely. we can help other people too. It won’t kill us. it’s a bucket of water and ice.

    • Damy

      August 23, 2014 at 2:48 am

      Yea! Pretty much what I wanted to say. It’s actually refreshing to see Africans supporting an American charity. It’s usually d other way around. Abeg, all the people who got their pants in a twist can like to stop wearing, eating or using anything made abroad n stick to African made products to show their love for Africa. When was the last time Yvonne nelson showed up to an event wearing an African inspired outfit? Mehn, I can’t with the mentality of some Africans n d hypocrisy in all these celebs statement. Do yall know how much America has donated and is still donating to help with malaria and other stuff?

  14. Ada

    August 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Thank You guys for speaking the truth. To Pam Anderson *Thumbs Up*, and some people would always refer to her as an *air head or dumb blond*. One day Nigerians will follow oyibo people in2 their cos they will add “cause” to it. What is it sef? All for personal gains. U know what ur country and continent has been battling, instead of u to use ur influence to raise awareness for it na to dey do follow follow. Use your tongue to count ur teeth oo.

  15. chloe

    August 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    everyday issues, somedays just have fun pls.

  16. Lynda

    August 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    What campaign have all the Nigerians supported for Ebola? Rather we are good at making funny memes and salt jokes.Nobody takes anything serious in Naija.Everybody finds diseases funny and are waiting for white people to help us.

    Let’s better help ourselves and show support so that one day in return people will help us.

    ALS is not an American disease, my uncle in Ifitedunu Anambra State is on his last year and is on bed rest 24/7. The only thing he does is smile with one part of his mouth.

    When he had his first arrest from the sickness, doctors told him he has indefinite stroke,we couldn’t bear it for long so we took him abroad for treatment and we were told it was ALS and he has a five yr span left.

    Als is not an American disease, it’s not contagious doesn’t mean,it doesn’t hurt to see your loved one dying without hope. Nigerian doctors have been calling ALS indefinite stroke for a while now.Just pray that the day u meet the love of your life,few years later he/she won’t be diagnosed with AlS and a cure has not yet been found

    Everyday makes a difference, don’t live in the dark.It’s not until it happens that u will start running helter skelter

    Nigerians took Ebola for granted till it got into the border,now everyone is scared to death, Nurses are rejecting patients and doctors are hiding

    Americans researched on their Ebola drug years before it happened, Africa didn’t hear of it till it happened now they are begging for drugs.

    Bellanaija pls share this, and help my fellow Nigerians to stop living in hate and self centeredness

    • Ms. Sane

      August 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      I totally agree with you. My father’s very good friend died in Lagos three years ago from this, it was heartbreaking to see how much he denegerated at the later stages of the disease

      ALS is obscure but no be only oyinbo man disease. It can affect pretty much anyone. Stay strong yeah?

  17. Vivadrew

    August 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Honestly, I feel nothing stops our Nigerian and African Celebrities to do that of EVD than emulate the west. Haba, EVD is ravaging the continent (West Africa especially) and Celebs are busy wasting buckets of water ought to be used in Labs. I have tire sef

  18. Jo

    August 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Instead of griping, they should start their own movement and we will support it. that thinking is shallow

  19. Author Unknown

    August 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Drogba is a truly international figure. He can’t be lumped with those others you’ve listed. On a more serious note, I think there are arguments to be made on both ends. One is that Nigerians are a part of the human community, and our contribution (though I suspect our people are in it only for the fun/ show [or wannabe] part of it) to helping research towards any disease that affects mankind is fine. The other is that we have issues unique to us which these artistes could be using their celebrity to bring attention to. At the end of the day, it’s not our celebrities’ duty to take care of us. There is some level of social responsibility expected of them, but there really is no obligation. Remember #bringbackourgirls? The international celebrity world joined you all, even when they’ve never heard of Chibok, or even a place called Nigeria.

  20. titi

    August 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Foolish idiot nigerians who dont have a life except to live vicariously through american celebrity. If Americans jump over mount everest they too they will do same. Cos tyheir low self esteem tells them me I can belong if I copy what an american celibrity. Useless and aimless. I have zero respect for such muthefckers, unfortunately genny nnaji you have become one of em. At least don jazzy it is expected, what else is new with that social media immature fool

  21. sum1special

    August 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you Charles Novia…this copy cat thing we do is the reason we dont move forward in Nigeria…ALS chalenge ko, Ebola ni….

  22. Foxy

    August 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I totally agree with Charles Novia… a first for me! Please all you NIGERIAN celebs, channel your energy and time into helping your own people& environment. Being popular doesn’t mean you should always do what is in “vogue”. Tonto Dikeh beat ya’ll hands down this time, educating people on the prevention of Ebola. Trust Genevieve Nnaji and the others who never want to be associated with anything African to jump on the bandwagon with the rest of the icebucketchallenge folks! Are ya’ll American or European??? You will forever be African so please get real!

  23. ATL's finest

    August 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks Charles Novia! I thought I was the only one thinking that way. WTH is Nigerians artist doing the icebucketchallenge? Let’s take Don Jazzy for example. He wore Agbada that’s cheating and too much fabric on you. Second, he didn’t finish the challenge third, who nominated him fourth, he nominated the entire universe (never ending list) lmao. Fifth, he didn’t spread the awareness properly. I’m so sick & tired of been sick & tired of African artist. Be real, be original, stay true to yourself. It’s not a bad idea if y’all come up with you social media idea & let Americans follow it as well. It’s ridiculous & pathetic. What does Dencia do btw? Who’s she? Does she even know what the disease is about? Cause apparently she’s a dumb bell. While she’s doing the challenge on Range rovers, did she see American celebs doing it on their car? Oh no they don’t joke with their expensive hoopy!… We ve enough and a lot of problems we can get awareness on. ” it’s better to stand out than to fit in”” y’all take note of that..

  24. nene

    August 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    nigerians like to copy, it’s not a secret. but i think it’s all for fun now. if someone nominates you and you don’t do it, it’s not right. i bet if yvonne and co were nominated, they would’ve done it. as far as i know, adebayor nominated genevieve, and 3 other football players nominated drogba. americans sure know how to get everyone involved in what they do.

  25. Busarni

    August 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Africans always need validation from the West. Let’s face it, we will always copy them. Challenge Ko challenge ni. Anything to trend, where are all those celebs that carried chibok issue for head like gala? Immigration issue nko. Hypocrites,

  26. 1st time I’m agreeing wt Charlie. He’s not so bad after all

  27. al

    August 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    imo… if Nigerian artists can channel such energy and enthusiasm towards the things happening in their immediate environment. we have a lot of things that could be addressed using this kind of strategy if adapted. not just for show but for charitable causes.

  28. nene

    August 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    and like yvonne said, portable water is a problem in africa and many third world country, yet water is being wasted on a challenge that affects very few people in the world. america has perfected the art of PR, either in a good way or bad way, they want to get everything out there for all to see.

  29. the mane captain

    August 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I agree with all three celebs. How about a challenge to #bringbackourgirls?
    the icebucketchallenge is just a trend.

  30. Emerald-Fashion Blog (plus-size fashion)

    August 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    LOL…. Yvonne Nelson said it all…

  31. mrs chidukane

    August 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    My thoughts exactly. Was really disappointed especially when I saw Genevieve join in. When you have issues affecting Nigeria that you can bring awareness to,you choose ALS. How will the money raised even affect the lives of kids who don’t have water, or those being killed by cholera and malaria, or children who go to school hungry cos their parents can’t afford to feed them?

    • Gilda

      August 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Genevieve!!! So disappointed eh. Not like her at all. Ahhhhh!!

  32. Ms. Principles

    August 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I agree that we Africans need to be more supportive of the struggles that are so pertinent to us here in Africa. They don’t say anything about ebola, malaria etc which are killing people here but they hear ALS ice bucket challenge and jump unto it like crazy. But on a side note, why doesn’t everyone in Africa have access to potable water? it certainly isn’t for lack of resources. Our corrupt and inept leaders are the cause of this. Look at the ineptitude with which the ebola outbreak was handled in Liberia for example. if this thing started in America or any other Western nation, it would have been controlled. What do these people have that we don’t have? we have riches but we are unable to use them to better our lives because of greed and corruption.

    And Inept leaders. What a vicious cycle!!

  33. Foxtrot

    August 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Even these international celebs sef – they are wasting just water. What happened to being environmentally aware? all their ozone layer depletion documentaries have clearly gone out of the window. As for these so called Naija celebs joinging themselve inside what does not conern them. They could have sent those buckets of cold water to the hundrens of Nigerians hustling under the sun to cool off! Naija hustle is not easy………………haba! what a waste!

    • S!

      August 23, 2014 at 2:03 am

      pls go back to JSS and study agric. ever heard of irrigation?

  34. Uche140

    August 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    My issues with Nigerians is this; if you dont like it dont critizie those that do it. All the awareness Omawunmi is doing on malaria no reach una? Hospitals are giving free nets to help curb malaria. Cholera is not a new disease and can as well be managed well. Ebola do you think the doctor and nurse and others that have died did not wash their hands?

    Charles and the rest; pls start an awareness and maybe if others like they will follow you. STOP and i repeat STOP castigating others for a cause they chose to follow when you not bringing any to the table.
    Thank you ALL.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      August 23, 2014 at 1:25 am


    • Ms. T

      August 23, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Thank you, I am sick of people pulling others down without actively providing an alternative. I am not saying that there is no bandwagon effect with the ice bucket challenge (as there would be with anything trending) But belittling the reality of one problem to certify another is not the solution. The people that began the challenge had a problem that did not have a ready solution and they knew awareness will go a long way to solve it. SO they found a creative way to give awareness. It caught on like any successful awareness strategy would. Ebola, cholera and malaria are terrible but so is ALS and just so you know it’s not an american disease. It’s a human disease. So if you’re so moved start a movement for ebola or malaria or cholera, others will join but don’t sit behind your desk belittling those that will be part of a good cause such as this

    • Hadizaa

      August 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      God bless you.

  35. Gistyinka Blog

    August 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Well said guys, i don’t even buy this Ice Bucket challenge.

  36. Ck

    August 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Kudos to Fade Ogunro n Dj Cuppy who used d ALS challenge to create awareness about Genevieve Magazine’s breast cancer campaign – at least we know they had d “how does this benefit my people” thought.
    Dencia na Americana so I guess ALS is close to home for her.

  37. Bella

    August 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I hail thee all ye folks that have decided to use common sense in this madness

  38. Sassytee

    August 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Personally, I think it’s ok to raise awareness for any kind of disease that can affect the human race. Although, we have our own pertinent issues and naija celebs might truly just be following the bucket challenge fad. However, one way or another it may have made some1 google and/ or find out more about the disease and if at any point they know or see someone with similar symptoms they can help them get the right help.

    When we had the #bringbackourgirls campaign many Hollywood and international celebs helped raise awareness. No one said they should shut up and focus on issues in America. Did it help? Maybe not as much as hoped, but it got everyone talking.

    I agree that it would be nice for our celebs to think outside the box and raise awareness for other pertinent issues in Naija/ Africa and make it as big or close to the ALS campaign.

    • name

      August 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      i lovee your comment! very well said! its becoming a world trend, let it go.

  39. ceece

    August 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Can people stop complaining and do something for a change? We talk a lot, we criticise and we judge all day. some american somewhere thought about this challenge, saw an opportunity and it’s benefiting the cause ALS. So Joselyn, Yvonne and Charles why don’t you also come up with a challenge too? or any activity that can raise money for the causes you mentioned (ebola, cholera etc) rather than being negative. the whole world followed Nigeria in the Bringbackourgirls campaign anyway and besides ALS is a global thing, my neighbour in Ghana died a horrible and painful death from ALS.

  40. Phil

    August 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I share a different opinion, but first the people complaining about other illnesses in Africa I ask you, what exactly have you created to drive awareness and drive solutions to the sufferings in our dear Africa, seeing you have a voice in the Entertainment industry? So you are just in the same box as the Nigerian Celebrities who have joined the ALS cause. Then again, I think these people sound like losers, Yvonne Nelson’s tweet was really quite disappointing, it was pretty shallow Jeez! I like #DonJazzy’s ALS challenge and if you guys did see his post he encouraged that peeps do it not just for ALS but for Ebola and other Illnesses. Your tantrums would have made much sense if you took a queue from the #ALSIceBucketChallenge and created something to fit Africa’s peculiarities and challenges. Then if our celebrities don’t support you, you may begin to have a point. But right now, you people need to chill and maybe do the #EBOLAHandWashingChallenge or what have you! If you are so passionate about Africa, you are a celebrity in some right, then let your passion drive you to impact and not condemn.

    • christianne

      September 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

      which part of yvonnes statement is dissapointing,somebody posted something on her page and she is only expressing her disaproval cos like she said, there re basic things she feels attention shld be channelled to.little children are dying in africa due to lack of clean liberia a whole suburb is quarantined cos of ebola.can u even imgine how they will manage to access food? who knows where this ebola is from self? if it wasnt genetically engeneered or something? and why hasi it reared its head suddenly with the EPA pending?

  41. Phil

    August 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    *Cue I meant… correction from my previous comment

  42. Nicole

    August 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Everyone’s pretty much said it all. So I’ll just add Kudos to Tonto Dikeh on the Ebola awareness ad she and a few others have taken time to do.

  43. Grace

    August 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I totally agree with Yvonne,Charles and Joyce. The first time i saw it was on IG Don Jazzy did it i had to Google about ALS stuff i was disappointed in him and then i saw Genevive Nnaji did same. Vex wan kill me die i had to unfollow them. Like we had other things we could create awareness for not ALS…(not saying it may not affect us buh for the now Malaria,Cholera,Hypertension,Diabetics and the recent outbreak of Ebola are killing people by the day and u are guys are talking ALS? #Crazyshit. Tonko Dikeh is the only celeb in this country who has publicly come to create awareness about Ebola….Kudos to that girl joor,,,she too get sense.

  44. Bukki

    August 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Long hiss… Thanks people for speaking out in this real thirsty I must trend syndrome (TIMTS)! This is why I will forever respect mature and REAL artistes like Omotola, Tuface … Check out the people who have done this. Either they are kids or attention seekers. What an irony that an Yvonne Nelson is calling them out! Lmao! Ridiculous.

  45. Mary

    August 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    the AlS challenge is a good course especially for the Americans who are donating for the research. it is good to show support by our African celebs, but not at the time something deadly is happening in your own country, they said that a man whose house is on fire does not chase rat. Ebola is killing presently in Africa, how about these celebs take up the challenge in tackling the present issues than pouring a bucket of ice water on themselves, we all know that we don’t even have steady electricity to freeze the water, why not channel the challenge in finding the root cause and permanent cure to Ebola. their donations can go along way in building a well equipped facility to quarantine suspected patients. the US doctor was discharged because he received good medical care but our own doctor and the nurse and others are dying bcos we lack the necessary care. how about cholera in some rural places which kills because we don’t have potable water, what about Malaria/Typhod. they are donating towards ALS when they have a lot to donate to. they must copy everything that is trending.

  46. filmmaker

    August 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Cant believe I actually agree with Charles, *sigh*

    I would have been fine with 9ja celebs doing Ice bucket challenge if and only If I had seen them do awareness social media stuff for Ebola or malaria …. these celebs if I remember correctly didnt even support #bringBackOurGirls

  47. Zeeeeeeeeeep

    August 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    @ agirl you are right…. The problem is all of humanities… But our celebrities are missing the point of it. My problem is they don’t know the reason for promoting this. They won’t donate either that is what makes me sick!! They see it as a trend rather than a life saving step! They could also create public awarness for Ebola, Lassa, malaria amongst other diseases.
    For Pamela anderson or what she shld really shut her mouth! People are dying and monies needs to be raised for research of that disease and infact to speak of any other disease affecting humans it is very just. !! The issue of mice being used as experiment is a topic for another day. The dumb woman shld know not all diseases can be traced and monitored via invitro techniques. She shld do her home work well I beg!! We all must not be heard!! Ish!!

  48. Asgrl

    August 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    These comments are crazy. By the logic a lot of you are espousing, the US government should take back the bomb detection gare they donated. After all Boko Hara, IS a Nigerian problem. Doctors without borders should go home, after all it’s not like your African governments are paying or reimbursing them for their expenses of loss of life by their staff.

    Some of these same celebs got involved in the flood campaign. Did any of you including Charles Novia and co donate ? It’s very easy to comment and give criticism but what are your your individual actions towards said problems to date? What has Charles Novia done for Ebola? what Yvonne Nelson or Jocelyn Dumas done about water scarcity in their country?

    • like

      August 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Love your comment.. there has been malaria campaign and flood campaign,.. Some celebrities did not turn it into a joke, the tweeted about it and even shared pages. I remember that of Don Jzzy because Bella Naija posted it..

      Black people , lets move on and quit the complaining..

  49. baboushka

    August 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm


    • Bboi

      August 23, 2014 at 5:15 am

      Personally I was embarrassed and ashamed to be a nigerian when the west were the ones to highlight the fire burning in our own land. It is only when the west started shouting that my dear people in the true spirit of copy, copy started shouting oh yes our house is on fire. It is only when the hashtag sign was a cool thing to be involved in as per validated by our superior oyibo that we sef started carrying placard. It is only when the oyibo started shedding tears for pickin when no be them own, when malam and his wives started shedding tears for camera. My point is we Nigerians need to wise up and stop the vicious cycle of ineptitude. It needs to stop. America spear heading free chibok girls is DISGRACEFUL. By doing it they just showed how slow and placid we as a people are. If nobe say , terrorism is everyone’s problem especially America, they would not have gotten involved. That’s american politics for you. It is in their own best interest to arrest it before it becomes too bold. Even this Ebola thing, before you know what is happening the west wil quarantine the whole of Africa. It is in our own interest to begin to gather support, awareness for research to tackle this impending doom. Yes as you can see celebs are in the best position to engineer support, becos by their very trade they get FREE AIR TIME, in other words publicity. That is why people are concerned about how these our super stars have wasted the opportunity of creating awareness for a course that could truly benefit us. Small time negative test for Ebola will be part of visa requirement. Na dat time every body go answer he papa name.


    August 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm


  51. Jennifer

    August 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you, Yvonne, Charles and Jocelyn. I’m glad there are intellectual celebrities out there.

  52. Joe

    August 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Just so funny when i see some of this celeb go ranting..When the Chibok girls were kidnapped the whole world joined the #bringbackourgirlscampaign it was not limited only on the African continent..and now the ALS has come up which is for a good course just to create awareness so that the whole world know what it is about some celebs just find the pleasure of using social media as an advantage to rant..yes every one has their own opinion…
    We have Cholera outbreak in Cameroon in the north,we have Ebola in Guinea,Liberia Sirea-Leone and Nigeria those celebs who are ranting can’t they too, not begin an awareness add to raise funds so that Ebola vaccine brought to Africa???
    The American Doctor who contracted Ebola was rush to his country administered treatment and he is off the hospital and even had an interview on CNN which shows that he is doing fine now…Why can’t our African celebs (those ranting about the ice bucket challenge)also create an awareness so that the vaccine administered to that Doctor sent to Africa….Every thing which is is for a good course to help save lives and create awareness is very important and not only limited to Europe or America but also to Africa..We are one and we need to be united you never can tell…
    If people in your country don’ t have portable water to drink what have you done as an African?
    From my own little knowledge i know tepid water is mild warm water room temperature ranging 25-34 degree use to cold down body temperature.when you talk of tepid water what do you mean? cause from what i am seeing it is ice in bucket with water is that tepid?
    Lets have that ability to do research and know more..and we as Africans should also learn how to create awareness rather than ranting for something which is for a good course atleast some Africans have known what (ALS) is all about

  53. Nonsense

    August 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    My only question is what have Charles, Yvonne and Jocelyn done to create awareness for cholera, Ebola etc? Nigerians are too selfish! Gosh! After signing petition for the US to bring zmapp to help Africans. Is there Ebola in the US that they somehow have a drug for it?

    • Joe

      August 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Am glad you we have same views

  54. NaijaPikin

    August 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I guess we should bash the rest of the world that supported the #bringbackourgirls movement. Afterall it wasn’t their girls that were kidnapped.

    Yvonne, Charles and Jocelyn are the attention seekers. If you are not interested, move on.

    • Joe

      August 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Am happy we have same views

  55. NaijaPikin

    August 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    The ALS Ice bucket challenge has raised $53.3 Million. Before the challenge, there was no attention paid to this disease. no break though had been made in years because no one paid attention to it. Now you want us to bash support for it.

    It’s crazy that folks in naija may even be impacted by this disease without knowing it. We know how difficult it is to diagnose anything in naija. Everything is Malaria or typhoid.

    • Joe

      August 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Am glad we have same views

    • dee

      August 23, 2014 at 3:21 am

      Thank U! we have Nigerians with ALS, Lupus and MS, some comments are baffling and very lackluster . You want awareness for something else, do something about it, instead of being negative on people trying to help.

    • Bboi

      August 23, 2014 at 5:36 am

      So how is the awareness of this strange disease going to impact people’s lives positively in Nigeria. Apparently this disease needs specialist lab to test for it. Maybe a journey abroad. So please tell me how will uncle palm wine tapper or aboki gather finance to even test for this condition. It’s good to think o. To weigh things very well. We never even begin diagnose simply typhoid, even malaria sef is mis diagnosed then how much more this one. What about the drugs to treat it. Are our doctors trained to deal with this. I beg make we concentrate on the enemy we can see or even imagine before running after shadows. Small time I trust our lab technicians they will start charging for ALS abi ALT test for malaria symptoms.

    • Ms. T

      August 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

      thank you

  56. ceetoo

    August 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Nigerians not just selfish but borderline evil it scares one… we were crying here that US govt should give us Zmapp up and down. Now common water to show support with small amount of money we are here talking nonsense. We were crying to them to help bring back our girls, now our celebs joined to do something we say becos it does not affect us enough?. it is always all about us. ARE WE BABIES IN THIS AFRICA SEF? haba must it always be about us? must we always be at the receiving end? cant we also give something? if it is to show people spending huge sum on weddings and useless parties and clothes we will hail them to the high heavens. comment and tap into all sort of anointing. if there was a challenge for one sickness that was not called Ebola to get research funds so as to find the drug we will not partake oh, but once the illness hit us we will start running helter sketcher from pillar to post looking to them again for support. did Ebola start today? or do you not have the statistics? was it not since 1976? do you know how long they have been researching on it? ok they caused the illness so they can sell the cure… we are forbidden from causing our own illness to find a cure for it worldwide? Selfish bunch of people. what is wrong with us as a people? we are a sick continent with sick leaders and sick followers… there is almost no hope honestly.

    • Dave

      August 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      You are the problem with the continent. They come to our aid because they know if they do not it will escalate and affect them. Think do you think they actually do it from the goodness of their hearts. They will protect their interest. What do you think they are interested in you for? It’s oil you are just a collatoral, YOU EVENTUALLY GET NATURALLY CULLED. Yes they will fight the spread of extremist terrorism becos it will poor sand sand into their garri. IF THEY DONT . Yes they will help curb the spread of infectious diseases because they know Africans that think like you will not be able to stop it. They Don’t need your help to curb this ALS, it’s rather sweet but laughable that you think they desire anything from you; what they want they take. You are like a poor relative, they would rather you sort out your Problems and stop inflicting your ignorance and ineptitude on the rest of the civilised world. SORT OUT YOUR POVERTY, YOUR IGNORANCE, YOUR CORRUPTION, YOUR DISEASES. THAT WAY YOUR PEOPLE COULD STAY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND STOP FU**ING UP OURS.

    • tola

      August 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      u are the the dumbest person have ever seen in my life and am sorry for you ..such myopic reasoning

  57. Zeeeeeeeeeep

    August 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Less I forget who said ALS is an American or oyibo man’s disease? Als has no defined race it affects! It affects black , asians and white! It is in Nigeria and our doctors give wrong diagnosis or we call it witch craft or evil villagers sent it to us! Enough of our ignorance. It affects the motor and sensory nerve basic biology in secondary school.. All humans do ve motor and sensory neurons.
    I must agree when we had the chibok girl n ebola scourge did they sit back and say oh no it isn’t our bizness .No! We had Drs like Kent brantly almost loosing his life for a just course. We shld stop being selfcentred. @ least start our own campain if we need change or awarness about percilent issues and not blame others for our demise. # washing hands challenge# with donation of $100 for research and facilities on EVD!!!

    • Ona

      August 23, 2014 at 12:39 am

      No one said it is only an oyibo disease….stop sensationalizing. ALS is a very rare disease on its own….and when it occurs it affects whites more than blacks……kapish? Now, seeing as Americans are already facing its fund raising squarely, does it make sense that Africans….with allllllll the wahala they are faced with (especially lately) will be donating to this fund??! Pls align ur priorities! ALS funding will not miss the peanuts they donated(if they even donated)… is obvious they are ding this for show and tell cos most of them never seem to give a shit about disparaging health issues in africa except when its trending. Abeg, i’m beginning to believe that those on here defending this stupidity are the “celebrities” themselves. It is such a stupid, silly thing!

  58. nonye

    August 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    They all raised awareness for ebola or until they turn it to everyday thing????Moreover the #Bringbackourgirls the world took it as their problem.must we always find critics in all we do?The ice bucket challenge is d awreness nd fun type amd after each,they donate. plz charles novia nd his critics school of thought should at least donate if they don’t want to pour water on theirselves.Let’s help the nation.Thanks

  59. Dave

    August 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I read some comments here and I realise how easy it was for the west to colonise Africa. They just showed up all shinny white and Africa was theirs. So some bleeding hearts think it’s a great idea to take food from their malnourished childrens mouth and force feed a fat obesed white kid. Are you guys high on stupid.. Even the almighty is willing you guys to use your common sense. You guys have a zombie like disease that is threatening humanity and you want to talk about ALS. Are you guys serious? Who does that ?They will not even accept the money becos it is morally wrong besides being tinted with Ebola virus. They will probably say take this money and sort out your own problems. It’s a no brainier. You guys don’t need anyone to oppress you you offer yourself up for oppression. Help your selves guys its really a no brainier. Even a first grader knows it., jeez.

    • tola

      August 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      i swear you are very dumb

    • Dave

      August 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

      What’s dumb . ALS is sorted. People get treated for it over here no qualms. Your celebrities should be attending to problems at home. COMMON SENSE. it’s your slavish mentality that hates the truth were it pertains anything to benefit your kind. You wouldn’t know dumb if it stared back at you from a mirror pointing straight ahead. You are what you are. It will take another century to bred that defective stupid gene out of your mentality. Anyway take it or leave it the general consensus over here is you guys sort out your business. No one is expecting you to add to this awareness OK. The world looks to you to lead in creating awareness for your pressing health concerns. I mean pesticide that’s the best your government can come up with and you think it is okay for your celebs to jump in on this icy bucket thing.COME ON. Raise awareness for your own pressing issues stop highlighting your servitude. Nuff said. Am outta here.

  60. Peye

    August 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Please tell me why people will not follow what oyibos do like zombies? When you were young, you speak your language, they tell you to shut up and call it vernacular, when you where native clothe, they say go and change, you’re not professional, when you get visa, you give testimony and the whole church make you point of contact, it has been wired in your brain that you are an inferior human being that is why you can conveniently rob a bank if you speak enough american accent security man will open door for you. So don’t be surprised if these superior oyibos say ALS is the next thing to support by pouring water on your head, Nigerians will start but I bet 50 kobo ain’t dropping from nobody’s pocket. wake up and deal with your issues

  61. Lola

    August 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Personally, I’m of the view point that to say ALS is an American problem and does not concern us Africans is an ignorant thing to say. True, it is uncommon and non-contagious but that does not make us Africans immune. True that, we have malaria, HIV/AIDS. Plus other neglected tropical diseases that an awareness campaign such as this could help advance it’s research; why does charles novia, joselyn dumas et al not start a campaign for these so called “African problems” instead of critiquing other peoples’ effort. Wake up people the scourge of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension,…. Would have not been considered an African problem 50 yrs back would it? But what are we faced with today. So common people actively campaign and raise funds for “our African problems” and push sciencitific research in Africa by Africa forward.

    • Ona

      August 23, 2014 at 12:33 am

      Whatta hell are u talking about? U are pretty much agreeing with Charles, Yvonne and co by saying that Africans need to face their priorities and stop being whores for trends. Are u confused? Of course we need to start doing our own research and raising awareness….raising funds to treat and educate. U are pretty much saying the same this they and most other Nigerians are saying, and then u are saying they shouldn’t blame these chicken brain artists??

      Na genevieve nnaji wey shock me pass. I thought she had class and sense.

      If they were gonna copy, at least take a leaf from the creativity and organize something gearing towards Africa! Why are u asking these three that spoke up to start it….does it take away from the desperation and obvious bandwagon move displayed by the others?

  62. nonye

    August 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Myopic reactions from Charles et al. The Chibok girls didn’t concern the international community and nobody can tell me America, Britain etc don’t have their own problems but didn’t stop them from joining the cause. Memo for Yvonne, Jocelyn and Charles… WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ON A CONSISTENT BASIS? put down your phones, stop tweeting your armchair analysis and start leading by example. Every little bit helps. If Americans had adopted this attitude when they first started researching cures for ebola (which hasn’t recorded a primary case by the way) which ZMAPP will we be begging for now? P.S – Charles, for one who criticizes others so furiously on originality amongst other things, “Alan Poza” was a very very bad movie.

    • alviscali

      August 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

      you will not kill me with laughter..ahahahha but ur comment gave me life and everything else that comes with it……..if u dont want to do the challenge ,dont do it..but dont try to make others feel guilty for doing it…….its childish and selfish… and let live,…..whatever charity anyone decides to support is their own business..afterall is it your ice or bucket??????mtchewww

    • Kipolomow

      August 24, 2014 at 4:22 am

      I applaud you! Bravo! We need to STOP making foolish comments. Is it not the one Americans that used their own resources and TAX dollars to fund the possible whole cure that saved the two AMERICANS who risked their lives to see West Africans? Upon nearly being killed qthose sane two Americans want to come back to help the helpless ppl that West Africans including Nigeria lack the resources nd intellectual know how to help. IS IIT NOT the same America the sent their SECRETARY of stat JoHN Kerry to Nigeria to help find the school girls at a ti me when Americans were being killed in syria? My God. Who told u some AmERIcans are not doing follow follow. ?? Asians. Nko?? Na only Africa has problem pass? Is it not even foreign companies that make our drugs to tithe malaria seff? Since Africans like joselyn, yvonne, chrles, me and u have not yet sucked up the balls to incorporate such a serious ideology of using follow follow to get our leaders to use our taxes and revenue and build a biotech company or drug manufacturing company so we can really be done with all these diseseas. Maybe by the time we have standard research facilities tropical diseases such as ebola will be a thing of the past.

  63. Peaches77

    August 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    People, try to think broadly and make a well balanced post. Na wa! Even the herd mentality most of you complain of is showing up here. We complain just too much. Let us do rather than complain!

  64. S!

    August 23, 2014 at 1:50 am

    We Africans love to victimize ourselves!
    What’s so bad if you raise awareness for a disease that isn’t tormenting Africa? Please show me someone in Nigeria that doesn’t already know about Ebola, Malaria, or Cholera?
    And these celebs that are complaining should also know that they have indirectly raised awareness for ALS, its not only about doing the ice bucket challenge, by mere tweeting about it, you have helped their cause.
    It’s the same Africans that would later beg Americans for drugs oh, help them now, them help us later, mba!

  65. tunmi

    August 23, 2014 at 2:03 am

    It’s like the politicians who passed the anti-gay bill despite the many problems abound. Govt truly is a reflection of its people

  66. Damy

    August 23, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I’m glad all the wonderful people i know who have left or are about to leave the comfort of their homes in America to go to rural places in Africa to put their expertise to use do not have the same mindset as Yvonne and co. Should more Nigerians care more about the things going on in Nigeria? Sure but I haven’t actually seen the face of any of these people (nelson n co) creating awareness on Ebola, Malaria, Cholera, AIDS….A tweet is cheap! Tomorrow now you go see tweet about their new designer watch that can feed their whole village. mehn, i can’t with Africans that just talk crap and don’t back it up with actions.

    F.Y.I The Money been raised will benefit Africans since ALS can affect an African. There needs to be more studies on non-Caucasian which cost money. tell a friend to tell a friend. every dollar counts. You don’t have to do the Ice bucket challenge. you can just donate but in my opinion, the challenge helped to create more awareness. To donate please go here:;jsessionid=64A96B432CF532F259B9022B7F59A262.app275b?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1

  67. Damy

    August 23, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Mehn, mad tight i read this post. i don’t even like commenting on blogs……Dear yvonne n anyone who shares her very not so smart view. When you say something like “Africa, let’s face our problems and issues” So you really want all the foreign aid Africa is getting to stop. Redcross should stop all the humanitarian work they are doing in Africa? UN and all organizations alike should kick rocks and leave Africa??? cuz you and your friends will go to war torn countries like sudan to provide medical care and feed them abi? you are going to continue to help with all the malaria work been done abi? MercyShips should stop the Ship they have going to Benin sometime this year where people like my friend who is an American and has zero ties to Africa actually had to raise over $9000 so they can do life changing surgeries for free and give people who society already neglected a second chance?
    I really do pray for an Africa that can stand on its own and not need foreign aid all the time. We should all try to give back even if it’s only by supporting people who are doing something to benefit someone else. Don’t talk about the change you want to see but BE the change you want to see in others!!!!!

  68. Olu

    August 23, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Charles novia, Yvonne, and Dumas. Thank you for logic. ALS is not an issue in Africa, it has not increased our mortality rate as much as hunger, poverty, malaria, typhoid and a host of other calamities. If a health needs assessment is done it would not even feature on the health budget! For the simple statistical fact that it is not the number one, two, three, four or even tenth killer of people in Nigeria. It’s not even an epidemic that the government can budget towards. Terrible, horrible disease but it is not our priority and especially now It is the least of our concerns. I believe the west are more concerned with how we intend to deal with this Ebola virus. Seeing our artist mess around on the internet, doesn’t sent a good message in fact it is kind of insensitive, given that their nationals in their serious charitable work are being exposed to this dangerous disease.

  69. papermoon

    August 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

    ok i ve read for and against and they are all valid. so why dont we support ASL and while at it, evolve our own campaign on EBOLA, MALARIA and other challenges here. After all, they still had their ALS when they were supporting us to to bringbackourgirls, reduce poverty and now EBOLA. All the vaccines, drugs, protective suits and some of the doctor come from outside Africa remember. DONT dump ASL. lets just evolve our own campaigns. i am very sure we will be looking up to them to donate towards that one too. YVONNE, JOSELYN and NOVIA, over to you. start de relevant campaign and lets support it. We need it badly now.

    • Onyeka

      August 26, 2014 at 3:47 am

      Well said, if they are so perturbed by the challenge, why don’t they lead a campaign and be fore runners? What’s the need of pointing out someone’s inadequacies when you are equally inadequate or haven’t proven otherwise.

  70. Joe

    August 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    All these celebrities who just jump on their social media sites to write and post without thinking…
    Ok let us Africans face our own problems and let the west leave us alone and lets see if we will have humanitarian aid?
    We Africans are not foolish but some among the weave just make things so difficult
    it does not mean that when you are a celebrity you will just post any sort of nonsense until you going to the extend of threatening your followers that if they say shit you will block them @YvonneNelson some of us are not intimidated ok…
    We must learn of new things every day..

    • ife

      August 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      If we as a continent really concentrate on our problems and stop the unnecessary eye service and moronic behaviour we will get to the roots of our problems and solve them without having to solicit embarrassing support from others who can manage their own affairs excellently well We need to stop this BEG attitude. When these people come to support use the interfere in our buisness , notting goes for notting that is how they gave us IMF loan that we are still suffering the effects from today.Sometimes I wonder if we as a people got our independence to quickly.

  71. keechi

    August 24, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I personally don’t see anything wrong with Africans supporting the cause because if I do remember clearly, the whole world was behind us when it came to #bringbackourgirls I’m talking from Michelle Obama to TOm Cruise to everyday American citizens. So why can’t we also help them seeing as it’s a disease that affects the majority of them? The only problem I have is the ignorance that comes with the challenge. SOME (not all) of our celebs seemed to be doing it more as a game or for media attention. You could tell they didn’t give 2 rat’s ass about the disease, for example Davido! Not just the celebs but regular everyday Africans.too. If you’re going to raise awareness about something, educate yourself on it and also be aware of the severity of it. And also donate to the cause. #rantover

  72. nicky

    August 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Are you guys aware that before this ice bucket challenge began, im pretty sure that over 90percent of nigerians had no idea what ALS meant? we probably heard of it but never understood the meaning. Nigerians are dying of diseases that are undiagnosed because of the massive degree of illiteracy we are plagued with and most claim juju. as much as i dont like the fact that the challenge involves water wasting as there are countries in africa affected by drought, the als ice bucket challenge is not so bad.

  73. Chinagorom Martin

    August 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I find that most comments here are hugely ignorant. When something of the nature of ALS rares its head, it is a challenge to the whole world, just as the Chibok girls were. This is an awareness that goes in a trial. They cant just say they say because they are celebrities from another part of the world, not support the cause. Many celebrities have done it who are not Americans and do not live there, like they supported the Chibok crisis even without knowing how to pronounce Chibok. No doubt they can also do something for the Nigerian/African health situations but if called upon in a worldwide campaign, I dont see why they shouldnt lend a hand.

  74. Khaleesi

    August 25, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I totally agree with Charles, Yvonne and co

    These same stupid Nigerian celebs didn’t even supoort #bringbackourgirls UNTIL American celebs made it viral

  75. AAA Events & Design

    August 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Proudly naija

  76. Omo1

    August 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    In relation to what Pamela said..I agree it is one of such extreme western testing on animals that has resulted to this ebola virus..amongst many other diseases with unknown cures

  77. Onyeka

    August 26, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Before we’re Africans or Americans, we are human. Humans that should be affected when another in our race is suffering regardless of where they come from. I agree that it’s important to raise awareness about issues that plague our continent, but people are making ALS sound like a “foreign” disease, but it’s not. I bet you there are people in Nigeria who have this disease, but haven’t been diagnosed for numerous reasons including a lack of awareness which is the point of the challenge. Let’s stop being too critical of other people’s choices and more accountable for our own personal actions.

  78. Cannurse

    August 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Nigerian celebs, must you belong? Do you even know what ALS is? I think is just a display of ignorance for Nigerians to start carrying on with this ice bucket challenge. You do not live in the western world, these people have of millions of dollars to sponsor their research and manage ALS patients medically. You in Nigeria that have so many helpless people around you, who the government cares less about and you are carrying on with ice bucket challenge. I think is pure confusion of the mind.

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