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|Culture / Re: Do African People Even Care About Tradition, Culture, Language And Heritage Stil by anonymous6(f): 4:37pm On Jul 09|
I do and majority of Africans I have bumped into, particularly the Nigerians do. Nigerians have pride in the culture whether they are Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa and etc.
If you go to the western world like America or the UK many Africans have cultural festivals and clubs. Their are Igbo, edo and Yoruba cultural associations in many states in America however I do feel their are some lost Africans and there are some Africans that do take it for granted and don't appreciate as much as they should
|Culture / Re: Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 3:52pm On Jul 09|
Good point, Some Nigerians don't know how to separate the difference between art and stone worshiping. The Italians and Greeks are Christians but still appreciate their art of Zeus, Athena, Hercules, and etc. So why can't Africans do that?
|Culture / Re: Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 3:48pm On Jul 09|
Onegai: Okay, so I'm going to have a rant here, because this is my specialty.
I'm glad you brought this up, the issue is will Nigerians maintain it, and sadly I don't see many Nigerians will maintain it and appreciate it. Until Nigerians take it seriously then maybe people can sleep at night that the art won't be destroyed or sold within months of it being reclaimed From the UK or France and etc.
|Culture / Re: Complaints And Notice Thread. Be Serious! by anonymous6(f): 2:59pm On Jul 09|
Hi Fulaman, there is this tribe that is insulting Yoruba's left and right, even some of the things mentioned about yoruba's are lies. It has already turned to a tribal thread, I think the thread should be closed or some of the comments minimized from Tony Christopher & Ybutterfly, both are crazy and start trouble:
|Culture / Re: Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 2:56pm On Jul 09|
Smartsyn: And they are still seeing us as those timid people they met then, to be asking that kind of question. They should just return it,it's ours and we do whatever we like with it.
|Culture / Re: Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 6:21pm On Jul 08|
ok makes sense which i do side with but there is a debate by some africans if africa would be able to maintain it. In my opinion I think Africans should get these back but it is a good thing to wonder about
|Culture / Re: Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 12:25am On Jul 08|
Ceasar1: You can't possibly steal something that's worthless and useless can you?.
thelastmediator: This shouldn't be a question to be answered by Africans, if the Europeans have any iota of integrity left in them and truly regret their past actions , they should return all the things to stole from Africa. Atleast the accountable ones. My take
I agree, the question is will Africans appreciate it and maintain it or will the sell it to the highest bidder
|Culture / Should Africa Reclaim Its Stolen Treasures? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 2:40pm On Jul 06|
Ethiopia successfully fought for the return of one of its national religious treasure, the Axum Obelisk.
The 1,700-year old stone obelisk looted by Italy nearly 70 years ago arrived in Addis Ababa last month to a rapturous welcome.
Thousands of people lined the streets to see what they consider an important symbol of their identity restored to them.
Two years ago a German museum handed back to Zimbabwe a soapstone carved bird after 100 years.
The Zimbabwe bird is an emblem of the country, appearing on the national flag and currency.
The Ethiopian Obelisk and the Zimbabwe bird are just two of the many traditional and sacred objects that vanished from Africa and ended up in museums, learning institutions or private homes abroad during the colonial era.
The BBC's Africa Live asks: How important are historic artefacts to your sense of identity?
What should your government do to reclaim your country's lost treasures?
Or should we stop dwelling on the past and concentrate on sorting out the problems of the present?
|Culture / Re: Overcoming Stereotypes by anonymous6(f): 2:28pm On Jul 06|
myspnigeria: can it really be overcome? seriously doubt it
No, Racial stereotypeing will be on earth till the end of time as long as we are human. Stereotyping has existed for 1,000s of years way back into the ancient times and further then that. it's in human nature, all we can do is try to be less stereotypical as we can but sometimes in some cases there is some truth in some stereotypes so it makes stereotypes more harder to get rid of. My take is regardless of how you feel about a person or their racial community, keep it to yourself and respect that person and keep on moving on.
|Ethnic, Racial, Or Sectarian Politics / Re: Why We Are All Involved by anonymous6(f): 3:41pm On Jul 04|
elnath: Many Nigerians, many blacks across the world turn a blind eye to what is happening in North-Eastern Nigeria. To these people it is just another news item, far removed from them. It doesn't affect me. So, why bother?
In the end of the day the issue in North-east Nigeria doesn't affect or concern Blacks across the world especially Black diaspsorians(america, caribbeans and etc) cause it is not their community or social or political issue. Their are issues affecting african americans and it doesn't concern Black africans or Nigerians cause it doesn't affect them and they are not part of that social politics. Even in Africa it self, their are countries that have been having issues for decades but other African countries never get involved cause they are not part of the situation or part of that society(have you've seen Ghana try to get involved in the Hutu & Tutsi situation in Rwanda years ago). That doesn't mean they shouldn't care though, many around the world, white, black, arab and etc have spoken against what is going on in northeast Nigeria but that is as far as they can go. The issue in North-East Nigeria is more complex and has been fueled by northern leaders and religion there for awhile, they are the ones that can really quench this. Southern Nigeria is not perfect but you don't here this type of crap with violence or stone age nonsence that boko Haram is doing, and do you know why? cause Southern Nigerians are more progressive and tolerant of others, they don't impose on others. In southern Nigeria their are people of different tribes and religions but all get along and are progressive with education, and etc but in Northern Nigeria they are still living in the stone age. So this is a issue that Northern nigeria should fix.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: China Bans Muslim Officials From Observing Ramadan by anonymous6(f): 10:44pm On Jul 03|
Sijo01: If it's for peace to reign, so be it! afterall, its a religion of peace so they will understand.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: 81 Countries Where Homosexuality Is Illegal by anonymous6(f): 10:42pm On Jul 03|
BarryX: It's Illegal in these countries and so what
I understand you but for the media to list these countries shows some people in the western world are pissed by this.
|Ethnic, Racial, Or Sectarian Politics / Why Britain Has Lost 'A Generation' Of Black Actors To The U.S. by anonymous6(f): 10:39pm On Jul 03|
Homeland star David Harewood today said England had lost a generation of black actors to America because of a lack of strong roles.
The 47-year-old actor, who played CIA operative David Estes for two series of the US drama, said British screenwriters were “taking time” to catch up with their American counterparts.
Harewood who lives in Streatham with wife Kirsty Handy and two daughters said: “With the types of dramas that we do, it’s going to take a while for people to start casting strong black lead roles. It’s why that whole generation of strong black lead actors left the country.”
Harewood’s character was killed in an explosion at the climax of season two of Homeland. The third series began last night on UK television. He is now deciding whether to leave the UK for Los Angeles as he starts shooting new HBO series The Money.
|Romance / Re: Hi Peoples! I Am New Here & I Have A Question For My Naija Men! by anonymous6(f): 4:27pm On Jul 03|
yup tell her the truth
|Romance / Re: Hi Peoples! I Am New Here & I Have A Question For My Naija Men! by anonymous6(f): 4:10pm On Jul 03|
CongoleseQueen: I'm Congolese, but I'm very attracted to Nigerian men. I've always wondered, let's just say I end up getting engaged to one -- would his family like/accept me?
it depends actually, some families are more conservative then others. Some prefer their own and some don't care.
I must also mention that the tribe that is more accepting of foreign women are igbo's. Igbo's are not as willing to marry another tribe in Nigeria but are very open to marry foreigners. Hausa's followed by Yoruba's more stricter in marrying foreigners but igbo's are more open, majority of mixed ethnic and mixed race Nigerians are half Igbo.
So don't listen to MrmanLover, you won't have a problem getting with a igbo man, I was born & raised in America and many of the nigerian men I have witnessed and seen that are married to african american women, white women and other foreign women are igbo men or other tribes from Eastern Nigeria.
Yoruba men tend to marry their own, and if not they will marry a nigerian of another tribe, like Edo, Igbo and etc; their are some but few in numbers that do marry foreign women but igbo men beat them in that arena, I know cause I am yoruba and have seen alot of this.
|Foreign Affairs / 81 Countries Where Homosexuality Is Illegal by anonymous6(f): 3:34pm On Jul 03|
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, lists 77 countries with criminal laws against intimate activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement.
A more realistic, 81-country list is below, including links to this blog’s coverage of individual countries.
The ILGA total as of early 2013 was 81 countries if you included Indonesia, where two large provinces outlaw homosexual acts, as well as political entities that aren’t fully accepted by the international community — Gaza/Palestine, the Turkish-controlled northern portion of Cyprus, and the Cook Islands, a self-governing country whose residents all have citizenship in New Zealand.
On Dec. 11, 2013, that total increased by one — to 82 countries with anti-homosexuality laws — when the Supreme Court of India reversed a lower court ruling that had suspended enforcement of the law. But in January 2014, North Cyprus repealed its law, thus returning the total to 81.
Click on the image for an interactive graphic from The Guardian, showing the status of LGBT rights, country by country, around the world.
Click on the image for an interactive graphic from The Guardian, showing the status of LGBT rights, country by country, around the world.
The total would actually be 82 countries if you were to include Russia, which does not have a law against homosexual acts but is in the midst of an anti-gay crackdown on the basis of its new law against “gay propaganda.”
Back in 2012, based on a separate, nearly complete count, St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation cited a total of 76 countries. That list was used in that year’s Spirit of 76 Worldwide program aimed at repealing those laws. It also inspired the name of this blog — “Erasing 76 Crimes.”
Here is the list of 81 countries and independent political entities with anti-homosexuality laws, with links to coverage in this blog:
17 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
24 Sao Tome
27 Sierra Leone
29 South Sudan
Benin had been included in some editions of the ILGA report, but homosexuality is not illegal there, though the age of consent is higher for same-sex relations than for heterosexual relations. It was removed from this list in May 2014.
Asia, including the Middle East
45 Lebanon (law ruled invalid in one court)
51 Palestine/Gaza Strip
53 Saudi Arabia
55 Sri Lanka
58 United Arab Emirates
Two Asian/Middle Eastern countries were listed separately by ILGA in early 2013 under the heading “Legal status of homosexual acts unclear or uncertain”:
In Iraq, there is no law against homosexual acts, but homophobic violence is unchecked and self-appointed sharia judges reportedly have imposed sentences for homosexual behavior.
In India, enforcement of the law against homosexual activity had been suspended by court action, but the Supreme Court overturned that ruling on Dec. 11, 2013, so India is back on the main list of countries with anti-homosexuality laws.
61 Antigua & Barbuda
68 St Kitts & Nevis
69 St Lucia
70 St Vincent & the Grenadines
71 Trinidad & Tobago
In the United States, anti-sodomy laws were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003, but they are still on the books in 13 states: Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Conservative state legislators refuse to repeal the laws and, in some cases, police still enforce them. Reportedly, in the past few years more than a dozen LGBT people were arrested for violating those laws, but the arrestees were freed because prosecutors won’t seek convictions based on defunct laws.
72 Cook Islands
73 Indonesia (Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
77 Papua New Guinea
79 Solomon Islands
No country in Europe has a law against homosexuality. The last one, Northern Cyprus, repealed its law in January 2014.
Also in Europe and worth mentioning but not on that list of countries with laws against homosexuality are:
Russia, which enacted an anti-gay propaganda law in 2013 prohibiting any positive mention of homosexuality in the presence of minors, including online;
Kyrgyzstan, on June 17, 2014, it adopted an anti-gay propaganda law similar to that in Russia. Any type of information on same-sex relations is a crime punishable by fines and a jail sentence.
Ukraine, which has considered, but so far has not adopted a similar law against “gay propaganda.”
Moldova, which adopted and then repealed such a law in 2013.
|Culture / Re: Nigeria Girl Among Thousands Of Divorced Children by anonymous6(f): 2:40pm On Jul 03|
zboyd: By Michelle Faul
This is not a surprise, these girls were never suppose to be married off in the first place. They were never given a chance to live out their lives and just be girls, their still growing as young females, their not allowed to progress(go to school and make something of their lives) or anything but are married off to older men and their lives are ruined. The girls are not at fault it is the parents and money that is pushing them to do it, particularly fathers that doing it just for money, these girls are being born to be punished in the end of the day.
Its a northern Nigerian issue and many of them chose to be born in the dark ages
|Culture / Re: Why Do Nigeria Men Prefer Male Child To Female Child by anonymous6(f): 2:26pm On Jul 03|
because the male child carries the family surname and females don't
|Culture / Re: Homosexuality: A Reality Africa Needs To Face by anonymous6(f): 2:08pm On Jul 03|
CongoleseQueen: Are we going to keep pretending it doesn't exist within our regions or accept it exists and find a way to deal with it?
I don't think africans pretend it doesn't exist, The fact is majority of Africans personally whether it's cause of religion or social issues and etc don't agree with the practice which you have mentioned. For me I don't agree with it but I don't hate them however I am neutral when it comes to how each african government handles it, and I feel that's how most africans feel when addressing the issue. So as a result, at this point of time, most africans accepts it exist but many either don't agree with it and stay passive with it or many don't agree with it and are completely against it, which is how many governments are responding to it. Although that's the case their are some africans against this, and they either try to speak against it and get hurt or some which is the trend I have seen in the media leave the country entirely, which I don't blame them. So in a way you answered your own question.
The way I see it, some societies accept homosexuality and are against polygamy(western world) and some societies accept polygamy and are against homosexuality(Africa, Middle East). However it is becoming and has become a grey area cause with in some of those societies your seeing in some segments of those societies go against it.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Iranian Child Bride Facing Execution For Killing Abusive Husband by anonymous6(f): 11:29pm On Jul 01|
zeemoore: At 14, she was subjected to abuse, robbed of her childhood and aspirations, denied her right to health, security and education
Amen, I agree
|Culture / Re: UN Warns Britain Over Child Voodoo Rituals, P.edophile Sex Tourists by anonymous6(f): 3:16pm On Jun 29|
He could but the question would he want to?, I don't think the journalist would want to risk his life doing it but he doesn't mind risking his life to report the story through BBC
|Culture / UN Warns Britain Over Child Voodoo Rituals, P.edophile Sex Tourists by anonymous6(f): 1:02pm On Jun 29|
Hundreds of children are being kidnapped in Africa and bought to the UK for voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said, also voicing alarm about the number of British craddle-robbers who prey on children abroad.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) urged Britain to do more to stop this brutal form of people trafficking.
“We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been abducted from their families in Africa and trafficked to the UK, especially London, for religious rituals,” Kirsten Sandberg, head of the CRC and a former Norwegian Supreme Court judge, said Thursday.
She said that trafficking for rituals was part of a wider problem where thousands of minors are brought to the UK, who end up being child prostitutes or being sexually exploited.
The CRC advised that Britain should “strengthen the capacity of law-enforcement authorities and judiciary to detect and prosecute trafficking of children for labor, intimate and other forms of exploitation, including for religious rituals.”
There have been numerous cases of children who have been brought to the UK from Africa and suffered torture and abuse, often as part of witchcraft rituals, AFP reports.
Victoria Climbie from the Ivory Coast was killed by her own relatives in 2000, who thought she was a witch.
More recently, in March 2012, Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who moved to London, were found guilty of murdering Magalie’s teenage brother, Kirsty.
The prosecution argued that Bikubi had a “profound and disturbing” belief in witchcraft and although the defense said that Bikubi was suffering from schizophrenia, the judge sentenced both defendants to life in prison.
A year later the Metropolitan Police found the dismembered corpse of a Nigerian boy in the River Thames, who they believed was a victim of a ritual.
The CRC also warned about the number of British craddle-robbers who travel abroad – most notably to Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia and Thailand, for sex with children. Orphanages were a favored destination where sex predators could pick on vulnerable kids.
“There are continued reports that United Kingdom citizens, including some convicted sex offenders, set up charities or travel abroad, where they sexually abuse children,” Sandberg said.
She called on the British government to get its act together to toughen identification, investigation and prosecution of British citizens involved in such crimes, as well making sure convicted and known craddle-robbers do not travel abroad.
The UK government has said that new orders can now be applied to individuals who are deemed to pose a risk of intimate harm, even if they have never been convicted.
A national group led by the Home Office will look at ways the police and other agencies can better detect and combat sex offenders.
“Our two new civil prevention orders will make it easier to restrict the movement and activities of anyone who poses a risk of causing intimate harm to children and adults – not just those who have been convicted of intimate offences,” Norman Baker, the crime prevention minister, said in a statement.
A BBC journalist posing as a children’s trafficker trawled the bars and cafés of the Kampala underworld in Uganda in 2011. He found a kidnapper who boasted he could “offer as many children as required” without the police knowing for $15,600 a child.
|Fashion / Re: MAC Cosmetics To Expand Presence In Africa, Opens First Store In Nigeria by anonymous6(f): 12:57pm On Jun 29|
Ugly duckling: Sure! Give it a try. I love iman products too but I haven't used any fashion fair product.
try it, fashion fair is a good product
|Ethnic, Racial, Or Sectarian Politics / Jay Z/Barneys: The Role Of African American Entertainers In The Black Freedom by anonymous6(f): 7:24pm On Dec 24, 2013|
"No Vietcong ever called me n*gger." When Muhammad Ali spoke those words in 1966, he was at the height of his boxing career. Ali's refusal to fight in Vietnam cost him the heavyweight championship and could have sent him to prison. However, Ali could not remain silent as young black men were being drafted to slaughter another people of color in Southeast Asia. Two years later at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, John Carlos and Tommie Smith made the decision to protest racism in the U.S. by donning black gloves and raising their fists as the National Anthem played throughout the Olympic stadium. For this action, Carlos and Smith were expelled from the Olympics and faced numerous threats when they returned to the United States.
Since the early 20th century, leaders within the black community have debated the role of African American entertainers in the fight for racial equality. For some, black athletes, artists, actors, and musicians do not have a moral obligation to fight racism. However, for those like W.E.B. Du Bois, all art was propaganda and should further the cause of racial justice. While we have witnessed over the years many who adhered to Du Bois' advice and risked their fame, fortune, and at times, lives for the sake of civil rights, their have also been many others who refused to take a stand against racism for fear of losing money or status.
There is clearly a financial risk for black entertainers in taking up the banner of civil rights. Indeed, one only needs to look at Nasir "Nas" Jones to see what can happen when an artist becomes socially conscious. Once Nas shifted from releasing songs such as "Oochie Wally" to those like "Sly Fox," he was marginalized and rarely heard on mainstream radio. This should not come as a surprise considering the amount of white corporate ownership of record labels and media outlets. Nas' career clearly shows how much African Americans continue to struggle to be successful if they speak out against racism. However, does the chance of losing financial gain and endorsement deals excuse black artists from staying silent in the midst of racial injustice?
If you have watched any late night talk show or cable news channel in the last few years, there is good chance you have heard Bill Cosby blaming the black poor for their lot in life. However, as Michael Eric Dyson points out, Cosby avoided racial issues when he was known for Fat Albert and had endorsement deals with Coca-Cola and Jell-O. In short, it is easy to speak about race when it is politically convenient and you do not have as much to lose. Perhaps no other black entertainer has learned this lesson better than Michael Jordan. As has been reported numerous times, in 1990 Jordan refused to endorse African American Harvey Gantt in the North Carolina Senate race against Jesse Helms because "Republicans buy shoes too." Now, with his playing career over, Jordan is comfortable entering the political fray, hosting million dollar fundraisers for President Obama.
The issue of whether African American entertainers should be active in the black freedom struggle is again at the forefront with Jay Z and Barneys. The hip-hop mogul is poised to begin his partnership with Barneys, which has been accused twice for racial profiling its customers. With the deal, Barneys will sell items inspired by Jay Z and he will assist in creating a holiday window display with some of his proceeds going to charity. In response to the alleged racial profiling, thousands of individuals have signed a petition urging Jay Z to drop Barneys.
Perhaps Jay Z could learn a lesson from his friend, Kanye West. While West is no Chuck D in terms of political activism, he is also no Michael Jordan. A week after West was on the cover of Time magazine as the smartest man in popular music, he appeared on national television and declared, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." West knew he could lose endorsement deals for the statement, but could not stay silent as nearly 2,000, mostly poor African Americans, drowned on national television while the Bush administration did next to nothing.
So the question becomes: Will Jay Z follow in the path of Paul Robeson, The Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and others who used their gifts and fame to fight racism while paving the way for his success? Or will Jay Z remain silent and make millions off of a corporation who, it appears, practices racial profiling? Jay Z deserves his success, but with that success comes an obligation. Jay Z is one of the few individuals who has the influence and power to send a clear message to corporate America that racial equality, not the dollar is the real Holy Grail. As a Jay Z fan and a civil rights activist, I truly hope he does the right thing.
|Celebrities / Re: Actress Funke Adesanya & Sati Ramani's Love Affair Hits The Rock by anonymous6(f): 6:38pm On Dec 24, 2013|
|Celebrities / Re: Nadia Buari Dazzles In Red Dress At Her Movie Premiere In Ghana by anonymous6(f): 6:36pm On Dec 24, 2013|
|Celebrities / Re: Sexy Or Trashy: Nadia Buari’s Shimmering Outfit by anonymous6(f): 8:07pm On Dec 23, 2013|
It doesn't look sexy or trashy, just there, the dress doesn't help her at all
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Justine Sacco Issues Apology After Being Fired For Tweet On AIDS In Africa by anonymous6(f): 8:06pm On Dec 23, 2013|
Don't feel sorry for her and good for her for losing her job
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Ugandan Parliament Passes Anti-gay Bill That Includes Life In Prison - CNN by anonymous6(f): 5:25pm On Dec 22, 2013|
1st ola: Good Development
Nigeria already passed a law last year for 14 years imprisonment for gays, Uganda took it to another level in their country though
|Fashion / Re: MAC Cosmetics To Expand Presence In Africa, Opens First Store In Nigeria by anonymous6(f): 5:24pm On Dec 22, 2013|
Ugly duckling: Nice!! I love MAC products even though they are on the expensive side.
I'm nuetral about MAC and never used their products but I know many black women, particulairly nigerian women love it. Maybe I may give it a try but I am a Iman and Fashion fair fan
|Ethnic, Racial, Or Sectarian Politics / Re: Nigeria Named The Second Most Gay Unfriendly Country In The World by anonymous6(f): 3:57pm On Dec 22, 2013|
I think Nigeria lost it's spot after Uganad passed life in prison law for gays: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/21/world/africa/uganda-anti-gay-bill/
|Celebrities / Re: “Going To Africa. Hope I Don’t Get AIDS” – Tweet From An American (see Tweet) by anonymous6(f): 3:56pm On Dec 22, 2013|
so she lost her job, Thank God
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