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AKA Bares his Mind on how Terrorist Attacks around the World are Reported

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Popular South African rapper AKA shared his thoughts on the recent terrorist attacks in parts of the world and how certain parts of the media report them.

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  1. Big Tee

    March 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Uncle Wole Soyinka said it sometimes ago in a Harvard symposium, “there is inequality everywhere, victims of terrorism are as important as where they met their fate, when your plane is bombed over Ireland you are more important than when your plane is downed over Porto-Novo”…..I guess racism and preferential treatments works in diverse ramifications.

    • shakitibobo

      March 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Big Tee! You couldn’t have said it any better.

    • Damilola

      March 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

      While I agree with the inequality, there’s also a lot of contributing factors. The way government officials, citizens of each country address problem matters. . The way you treat your country is how others will treat it. For example, when Boko haram attacks, the president doesn’t even address or show any solidarity. And Africans present themselves as chaos us part of the culture. Nigerians are accustomed to dysfunctionality. Big dangerous terrorists groups like Al queda and Isis are yet to claim any responsibility for any attack in Nigeria or association with Boko haram. So, in a way Nigerians are still underestimating Boko haram. And you don’t see Nigerians on the street protesting or gathering together the way Europeans or Americans do. Another important fact is, Europe is home to America vice versa and there’s a deep connection between them. So, if they show favoritism it’s understanding. Europe and America go hand in hand. And the fact that these terrorists attacked major cities, Paris, New York, Brussels makes it a bigger issue. Boko haram attack mostly the North not Lagos or Port harcourt. If they do, I think Nigerians will have a different reaction than they do now to terrorism. Sometimes, religion plays a role. America, Europe is a non Muslim country but supports religious freedom. However, Nigeria, Turkey, middle eastern countries has a large population of Muslims. So, attacks on a non Muslim country even gives it a deeper meaning and something to be taken seriously. It means attack against “Christianity”, western beliefs. When terrorists attack a place like Syria, it becomes a Muslim fighting against another extremist Muslim. But a place like Paris or Brussels, it seems like a jihad war. It’s very complex.

    • Magui

      March 23, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I like what you said… I will also add that we tend to forget that cnn bbc those are THEIR channels….. Which african channels ever sent reporters to the north of Nigeria? None!!!! When africans want to know what is happening in another african countr, they have to rely on cnn &co….. I live in france, i subscibed to african channels in order to have “first hand” news….. No o!!!! When something happens, i have to wait for france24, africa24….to be kind enough to adress the issue……
      Regarding these attacks, i am so sad, really sad…what have we done to the world? This is madness? I go down on my knees, but i dont even know what to say, or what to ask to God….

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      @Damilola, Thank you. I saw that tweet and wondered what this young man’s trying to stir up when the issues are more complicated than a “white-man overlooking the black-man” issue.

      And while there are some elements of that in the picture, the larger problem and the biggest issue is the black-man overlooking the problems in his own backyard. He wants CNN to give a damn when we Africans clearly don’t care about all our mess? These celebrities should stop making us look more collectively obtuse than we already appear to the world.

      Your answers are spot on.

    • Ade

      March 23, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      I concur. You are spot on, thanks for the insight damilola. We Africans have to be the change we are subconsciously expecting others(white people) to bring to us. We are showing West that we don’t care about ourselves, and we can’t do anything on our own. So, to put this expectation on the West to do our job means we are not ready to take responsibility. We need their help yet when they say we are not capable of governing ourselves, we become angry. But it’s true.
      It’s good that celebrities are speaking up but let’s think before we speak on important issues.

  2. nwa nna

    March 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    While I agree that the coverage given by international media does vary based on the location of the act, it still doesn’t take away that humans lives are lost as a consequence of the terrorist attacks..

  3. *rme

    March 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I think people should think deep before they start tweeting. There’s no terrorist attack in Nigeria that CNN doesn’t report. Sometimes, I see the news on CNN before our local media. But terror attacks have sadly become a norm in Nigeria and it’s no more news. They are reported, but without comments. Even on Bella here, terror attack posts hardly gets comments.
    If these attacks at Belgium repeat like 10 times, believe me, it won’t be front page any more.

    • Olori

      March 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Its not just CNN. Use your brain…in general certain European and American attacks are reported and publicised more than others and thats just how it is. And you’re wrong, no matter how many times it happens it will keep on getting reported because a lot of the media is whitewashed and the media affects how a lot of us think.

      If we only get information in this way, we are going to think similarly.

      Kudos to AKA for pointing out the obvious bias.

    • Manny

      March 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Don’t mind Nigerians. 99% of bombing posts on BellaNaija get at most 4 comments. Yet people are so quick to complain when westerners express solidarity with each other. When people in Lagos don’t even express solidarity with people in Borno.

    • Corrolla

      March 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Yup! I agree that attacks are more publicized when it happens in the West, but look at us, we all scroll past the Boko Haram terror attacks posts on BN. Some of those posts have ZERO comments, yet we want outsiders to sympathize with us, when we as Nigerians cannot even show solidarity or empathize when these attacks happen on our home land.

    • Wednesday

      March 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      I totally agree with you. The news is there and the news outlets report it. We just don’t dig deep enough to find the news. We want it to be splashed on our screens. We have become very desensitized to news of bombing in Nigeria, same as Iraq and other middle eastern countries. The news is there, we just don’t want to look for it.

  4. PC..

    March 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    He is right.
    That’s so true.
    CBN and their Bruahaha on whites.
    As far as it’s not a white man’s country, they care less.
    SMH.

    • Bebe

      March 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Central Bank?

    • idontget

      March 23, 2016 at 4:40 am

      LMAOOOOOOOOO

  5. Ouch!

    March 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Do we even have value for lives down here? Don’t blame the whites.Reading and watching how lives are being wasted in Africa through kidnapping, abduction, ritual killing, armed robbery, road accidents and so on and how our leaders have made life unbearable for us, they are no longer interested in making reports. death na daily occurrence here,
    How many dem wan report sef?

  6. Munachi

    March 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    In as much I agree with him to an extent I beg to differ, bombing has become a norm in Nigeria and the world is prolly getting tired of reporting it everytime, cos I have seen movies or series where reference is made to Boko Haram eg being Mary Jane, that means the world cares or is aware atleast. ..we Africans can like to petty

    • June

      March 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Munachi what is “prolly”? Please refrain from using such retarded terms.

    • Cindy

      March 22, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Your stupidity is an understatement. Maka swerve! Mtchew! ?

    • July

      March 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      excuse me !!!! but sorry, what gives you the audacity to tell people what terms to use or not????. Did she submit an essay for you to mark ,abi she send you official email. Please sit down. This is a relaxed BLOG!!! Ain’t nobody got time to proof read or use terms sanctioned by your office of unemployed editor. Yeye fowl. Next time drop a comment about the issue at hand, not try to correct people’s language. Oversabi people like you get on my last nerve. Feel free to edit and correct all appalling grammatical mistakes. Jobless professor mtchewwwwwww .

    • August

      March 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Lol. June talked and July answered. Oya make August too add mouth.
      July you dey vex oh! Are you sure you’re not Munachi?

      To be honest I hate that prolly business with my whole heart. Why doesn’t anyone want to spell properly these days? But I guess we can all relax on blog comments, it’s not like it’s official correspondence.

      September, where you dey?

    • Corolla

      March 22, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      @June, who vex you na? Lmaooo! I feel your pain. Sometimes terms like that annoy me, and other times I join and use.

    • December

      March 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

      @june what the heck is a “retarded term” . Personally I think the word retarded has been over used to death. It’s now a prefix used by people like you who have poor vocabulary. You need to refrain from using the word Retard. It’s not even PC makes you come across as globally delayed.

    • Tobi

      March 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Some of us have got real jobs so Internet short hand comes in handy. if you are that much of an intellect you shouldn’t be here amongst us lowly text speak peeps, you should be writing editorials for for the New York Times.

    • Layo

      March 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

      @Tobi, and yet here you are, with well typed English. Why not practice what you preach? You should “prolly” (yuck!) have said:
      “Intnt sht hnd cums in hndy”

    • tobi

      March 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

      @layo why thank u mam!. Never knew PEEPS could pass for well typed English but not PROLLY.

    • tobi

      March 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      @ layo Looooooool You mean – repetitious use of the word “for” or repetitive use of the word. Looooooool and you want to talk about people using PROLLY. At least it was used in the right context . You can’t even construct a sentence.looooool. oh I need to share this with my colleagues you you crack me up!thanks

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      @August, you’re a mess! ???

    • Tobi and Layo

      March 23, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Tobi and Layo, you both sound so bitter. Hanging out with you must be a chore. Because if this little debate can get you so petty, then I fear for what a real conversation with you will be like. Get over yourselves ladies. The world needs love.

    • September

      March 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      I’m here?

    • Munachi

      March 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

      No need for the name calling oh biko, I think she said what to her mind is right. [email protected] nne “prolly” is a colloquial word ie words that are used during informal conversation or when being chatty and since I wasn’t writing for New York times or for the Nigeria Bar I decided to use it. Have a nice day

    • kuku

      March 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

      munachi ibu nwa azulu azu!

    • Layo

      March 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

      @tobi, Is it only that? Or your repetition of the word “for” while you were furiously typing? My dear, you’re right…I overestimated you.

    • becca

      March 23, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      At layo please zip it. Read that sentence back to yourself and mark yourself out of 10. Even you sef want to correct person.

    • Na wa

      March 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Becca, sorry but Layo’s sentence seems correct oh. Repetition is the act of repeating something that has already been said or written. And that’s the accurate context in which she used the word.

      I’m not fighting, just open to learning so please tell me what’s wrong with her sentence. Thanks in advance.

  7. *rme

    March 22, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Nne, last time i checked, my brain’s still functional. Remember the 200 missing girls, Remember the first major attack on Kenya by Al shabaab. Those attacks got full worldwide coverage by all the media, sotey FLOTUS carry placard join. So, why is it so wrong when something similar is done for European countries by THEIR media esp. when it’s unusual.
    CNN covers all the terror attacks on Nigeria. The attack on Dalori was reported by CNN, Aljazerra and even Buzzfeed. It was on a foreign media that i first saw the pictures of those poor boys. So, what’s the problem?
    And again, i repeat, if a terror attack happens in Belgium repeatedly for about a year (God forbid). Will it be reported? Yes. But it won’t be as exciting.

    • mimi

      March 22, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Exciting ke…….

  8. Temi

    March 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    There are 2 reasons why this is not a fair statement 1) Frequency – When was there last a terrorist attack in Brussels and 2) Readiness – an attack in a far flung village in Nigeria with no anti terrorism measures and an attack in Brussels arguably the European capital cannot be reported and looked at the same way. If there was a terrorist attack at Lagos airport ( God forbid ) the reporting would be very similar to current reporting. Consider all facts before spewing and encouraging division – the world is hard enough during these times. Moreover why do we need CNN to care…we should care about our people – watch Channels news na.

  9. nnamdi

    March 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Let me start with nigeria it’s when we are proud of our selfs and our government giving us reaso nwhy we should be proud to be nigerians thats when all this westen news media will take us seriously. Right now all i see in nigeria self hate and inferiority complex among ourselfs.

  10. Munachi

    March 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Nwanne We are saying the same thing naaaa, b4 you remove my weavon

  11. ElessarisElendil

    March 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    *Gasp* its almost like CNN is owned by Americans and located in America and Europe, almost like the majority of their viewers are American and European, why should they concern themselves with news their viewers don’t care about? Next thing you guys will start ordering CCTV to change their broadcast style.

  12. Manny

    March 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    This whining is getting pathetic. Africans should make their own news. When the president of Nigeria himself doesn’t even acknowledge the attacks on his own soil, why would the president of the US call in condolence?
    And this AKA is spewing rubbish. If God forbid, South Africa experiences a COORDINATED attack like the ones in Paris and Brussels, of course it would be reported the same way.

  13. fasheun

    March 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    why do we need CNN validation of our identity before we feel accepted as black people. The point is how do we even project ourselves as black people.

  14. Tee

    March 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Una really funny, Ask Badeh and Amosu whether Nigeria care a hoot what happens to us. The last news I read here on comment section, Badeh’s daughter fly private jet to Lagos. She’s super safe and same goes for the rest of dem dem (I no wan mention names o, as everybody papa na hero these days) If they can run abroad for malaria and fever check-up, trust me, them go do worse if their life is threatened. My guy if CBN no report una news well, what about opening your own CBN since Arise isn’t doing enough. Afterall, Aljazeera now has a voice. Hmmmm, make una dey wait for white man approval abi na validation and not do things for yourself that will announce you to the world. If na me be white man, I go feel superior too. if ordinary social class in our society dey cause commotion on top ill-gotten wealth, how much more a white man with all their achievements including the TV una dey watch and Internet. Abeg! Let them be!

  15. Mabel

    March 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Africa for the most part is carried economically by these other successful nations, until African govts care about developing successful nations, and even a superpower nation, nobody is going to give a rat’s ass what happens on the African continent.

    There will come a time when there will be no help for anyone to get on the outside, no US or UK to turn to because they will have their own problems aplenty. If African nations do not start collaborating on how to fix their own issues and creating wealthy nations then the generations ahead will not stand a chance, because in those days every pot will have to sit on their own bottom.

  16. Akin

    March 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Until we start to value ourselves and build our nation. .and respect human rights the western world wudnt treat us with respect. Where i live the country already have d name of their 4 citizen wounded in d Belgium attack. Do d nigerian govt worries about Nigeria in Belgium at this time? I guess they are busy with their bank account

  17. MELQIZEDEQ

    March 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Okay ooo. true talk

  18. Don C b n

    March 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Thank God say i some comment here because Nigeria is not Care about everythings consignings Nigeria’s
    1our leaders their all Carmen’s so noting to do about it again
    so what x-s is to Nigerians cary for help form the Lord Jesus who is our s v u

    • Dee one

      March 23, 2016 at 2:51 am

      Huh……

  19. CLEMENTINE

    March 23, 2016 at 1:29 am

    GBAM.!

  20. BongsZulu_SA

    March 23, 2016 at 7:46 am

    One finger pointing at CNN while THREE fingers are right back at us Africans including you AlsoKnownAS (that’s if you consider yourself African). In this particular case of the Brussels attack, and other cases for that matter, CNN/BBC/Aljazeera runs a story/incident that has been reported by the local media (Belgian press in this case). Are African media houses even interested in terrorist attacks in remote villages far from city centres? How many of these attacks even make headlines?

  21. BongsZulu_SA

    March 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

    People can’t be hypocrites here!! When BellaNaija reports a story about a bombing in some far, remote village in Nigeria how many of you even bother to comment? As for you Mr AlsoKnownAS or whatever your alias means, terrorism in Africa isn’t new SA media has been reporting it for quite sometime yet I have never even seen you showing this deep sympathy that you are now loudly demanding from CNN save for the popular cases like Garissa(Kenya) and Chibok.

  22. BongsZulu_SA

    March 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    And to this very special congregation that believes ” terrorists attacks are too frequent in Nigeria therefore don’t deserve to be be on CNN headlines” shame shame shame!! *shaking my mohawk-styled head*

  23. BongsZulu_SA

    March 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

    BellaNaija where are my comments? are you censoring me because I am not for this politically correct views nonsense ??

  24. BongsZulu_SA

    March 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Where are my comments? Where are my comments??? where the hell are my comments dictatorial BellaNaija??…is of Freedom Of Speech non-existent in your World??…. If you want one-sided views & commentary then simply block all comments or allow only your friends and family to comment on your blog.

  25. Rayva

    March 23, 2016 at 9:12 am

    What the heck are you spewing?

  26. Munachi

    March 23, 2016 at 9:18 am

    There is no point calling her names,I guess she said what to her mind is right. …errrrm but nne “prolly is a colloquial word ie words that are used during informal conversation or when being chatty and since I wasn’t writing for new York times or bar finals I decided to use it. Uwc darling @June

    • kuku

      March 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

      munachi akwuolu aka zuo gi! yep!

  27. October

    March 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    October reporting for duty! ?

  28. iphie

    March 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    January is so late……hahahahahaha

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