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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
most of you guys worship a middle eastern god it does not matter if these things are religious or not. how many Greeks a "fetish" worship of Athena or Zeus? or does fetish only apply to Africans tongue

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?

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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.
No, they shouldn't return it. We don't deserve them.
Almost all the families I know with artefacts keep them under lock and key (mine included). Because Nigerians (Africans and Blacks too) are very backwards, sorry to say this.
Monotheistic Abrahamic religions came to China, Japan, Pacific Islands and Celts and Native American Indians and so much more. None of them went crazy, carried it on their heads and despoiled the works of their ancestors. Like Africans did.
As someone who buys artefacts (for preservation) and works to being a Historical art curator one day, I am ashamed of the Nigerian Gallery of Art and the National Museum. Whom are empty and filled with people who can't tell you an Onabolu from an Dale (both Nigerian). Even the private collectors are accused of being fetish-worshippers for trying to save our history.
If we return them, people will clamour for them to be destroyed because "my pastor said it is stopping my destiny from manifesting" or will sell them off for an ipad or Nokia Lumia. We Nigerians are not even INTERESTED in visiting them (you will see more whites asking me questions about Ife, Bini and Igbo-Ukwu than a Nigerian). So let people who can value this history (which btw is a great tourist attraction and would aid our broken economy) keep them.
And if you are interested in seeing a huge collection of them, please contact me. Or better yet, contact OYASAF.

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

It has ethnic/tribal intonations

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
Our ability or inability to maintain it shouldn't be an excuse. If the artefacts were not preserved by our fore fathers, there wouldn't be anything for them to steal in the first place. They should return the stuffs, then if our government decides to monetise some of them after consulting the appropriate sources, so be it. In that case, it will be clear to the world that they acquire it through the right medium.

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?. undecided
So this alone speaks that the artefacts are immersely important and precious. As such, they should be reclaim!

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?
But the truth is that we are all involved. The humanitarian crisis that these prolonged terrorist attacks has wrought on the people of North-Eastern Nigeria is of gargantuan dimension. And it is getting uglier by the day as more houses are burnt and more children are left homeless and parent-less. It is a very pathetic sight seeing children with out parents walking on the dangerous streets of some remote Borno State villages.
We are involved. Every Nigerian, every Black is involved. Nigeria is the spiritual home of all Blacks in the world and any man or woman with black skin should connect to what is happening there.
The white imperialist leaders are forever happy seeing Africa in crises ranging from famine to ethnic and religious wars to epidemics. That is their selfish vision for Africa. So, they could use the guise of helping her people to exploit the land and its abundant wealth of resources. They supply weapons to warring factions so that a sustained period of peace would not come. They know that a peaceful Africa would be a thinking Africa. And a thinking Africa would become an all-conquering lion, ferocious in development, technological advancement and unprecedented achievements in all fields of human endeavor.
It is time for us to get out of our doldrums and realize that we Africans have a common history. A history of abuse. A history of subjugation. A history of oppression and exploitation. We must realize that without our seeing through the machinations of the selfish, devilish, exploitative white race, we are doomed to always play second or even third fiddle in a race we instituted long long ago-civilization. Let the black race arise for each other. Let us speak out against injustice and oppression and wickedness everywhere. The killings in North-Eastern Nigeria has to stop. It is on us to make that happen. #StopTheInsurgentsInNorthEasternNigeriaToday

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.

lmao grin

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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

Don't get the idea behind listing such countries
They have made their stand known and it's now left for the homofreaks to tread their intimate inclinations including both the penileAss folks and cuntthrobbing bit.ches to countries that allow such acts simple !

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.

David Harewood
Romance / Re: Hi Peoples! I Am New Here & I Have A Question For My Naija Men! by anonymous6(f): 4:27pm On Jul 03
Pls O..itz a lie...If u check it awt ud see dat most halfcast..halfbreeds persay ar mostly half igbos..Cos igbos ar div3rse..But it doesnt rili mata..if he loves u..hell accept u nd xo will his family

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?

Which tribe is more accepting of foreign women?

Please be honest in your responses -- don't just say things to make me feel better.


Well that sucks because I happen to be attracted a bit more to Igbos than the other tribes. Thanks for the info!

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:


1 Algeria
2 Angola
3 Botswana
4 Burundi
5 Cameroon
6 Comoros
7 Egypt
8 Eritrea
9 Ethiopia
10 Gambia
10 Ghana
12 Guinea
13 Kenya
14 Lesotho
15 Liberia
16 Libya
17 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
18 Mauritania
19 Mauritius
20 Morocco
21 Mozambique
22 Namibia
23 Nigeria
24 Sao Tome
25 Senegal
26 Seychelles
27 Sierra Leone
28 Somalia
29 South Sudan
30 Sudan
31 Swaziland
32 Tanzania
33 Togo
34 Tunisia
35 Uganda
36 Zambia
37 Zimbabwe

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

38 Afghanistan
39 Bangladesh
40 Bhutan
41 Brunei
42 India
43 Iran
44 Kuwait
45 Lebanon (law ruled invalid in one court)
46 Malaysia
47 Maldives
48 Myanmar
49 Oman
50 Pakistan
51 Palestine/Gaza Strip
52 Qatar
53 Saudi Arabia
54 Singapore
55 Sri Lanka
56 Syria
57 Turkmenistan
58 United Arab Emirates
59 Uzbekistan
60 Yemen

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
62 Barbados
63 Belize
64 Dominica
65 Grenada
66 Guyana
67 Jamaica
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)
74 Kirbati
75 Nauru
76 Palau
77 Papua New Guinea
78 Samoa
79 Solomon Islands
80 Tonga
81 Tuvalu


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
Associated Press
June 27, 2:16 PM EDT
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- By the time she ran away, she bore the scars of an abused woman anywhere - a swollen face, a starved body, and, barely a year after her wedding, a divorce. But for Maimuna Abdullahi, it all happened by the time she was 14.
Maimuna is one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria, who were forced into marriage and have since run away or been thrown out by their husbands. They are victims of a belief that girls should get wed rather than educated, which led Boko Haram terrorists to abduct more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago and threaten to marry them off.
"I'm too scared to go back home," Maimuna whispers, as she fiddles nervously with her hands. "I know they will force me to go back to my husband."
Her former husband, Mahammadu Saidu, 28, does not deny beating her, and blames her few years of school for her disobedience.
"She had too much ABCD," he says. "Too much ABCD."
Nigeria has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, despite a law that sets the age of consent at 18. The custom of child marriage is still ingrained enough that even a federal senator has married five child brides and divorced one.
Across the country, one in five girls marry before 15, according to the United Nations. In the poor Muslim north, where child marriage is often considered acceptable under shariah or Islamic law, that number goes up to one in two. Some child brides are as young as 9.
There are no official numbers for just how many of these girls get divorced, leaving them destitute, but they are all too visible. A few miles away, girls Maimuna's age and younger are selling their bodies to truck drivers.
"Nobody knows how many thousands of them there are," says Saadatu Aliyu, the founder of a private school for divorced girls that Maimuna now attends. "That's why we have so many prostitutes, and very young ones, in the north."
At 45, Maimuna's father, Haruna Abdullahi, has been married for 30 years and has fathered eight children. He says his culture allows girls to go to their husband's houses from the age of 12. His wife, Rabi Abdullahi, was a child bride, although she does not know exactly how old.
"It is our way of life," she says. "In my day, a bride would never dare to run away."
In this desperately poor region, a child marriage brings in a bride price and means one less mouth to feed. So in late 2012, Maimuna's father arranged to marry his eldest daughter to his best friend's eldest son. The son, Saidu, paid a dowry of $210 - more cash than Abdullahi has had in his life.
She was 13, he twice her age. Saidu, a farmer, says he waited years for Maimuna to reach what he considers marriageable age.
"When she was a kid, I would bring her candy and call her `wifey,'" says Saidu, who cannot read or write. "We were always meant to be together."
Maimuna begged her father to let her stay in school, but her wishes were not up for discussion. The link between child marriage and education is clear: Only 2 percent of married girls in Nigeria go to school, compared to 69 percent of unmarried girls. Three out of four married girls cannot read at all.
Many of Maimuna's friends from school were already married, and not one was happy. She got no advice, on warning of what to expect from the marriage bed.
She settled into a new life where she worked in the fields, cleaned, carried water and firewood and cooked. Every day she was exhausted, and when she finally got to bed, her husband wanted to "bother" her, she says. He never kept his promise to let her go to school. When she objected to her treatment, he locked her into their hut, for days.
Nine months ago, she fled to her father and begged to return home. Instead, he whipped her until her back was raw, then forced her to go back to her husband.
Saidu, humiliated and furious, slapped her repeatedly in the face. She fled once again, first to a sympathetic aunt and then to a cousin in Kaduna.
When Maimuna showed up at the Tattalli Free School for divorced girls, she had been badly beaten and refused to speak, says teacher Victoria Dung. Doctors found she was badly malnourished. The whip marks on her back may last a lifetime.
Her husband waited three months to make sure there was no baby. Then he divorced her. Under shariah law, a man can get divorced by declaring the divorce aloud three times.
Maimuna considers herself among the lucky ones because she is back at school.
"I pray that what I have done will help the younger ones, that my parents learn from the experience of my running away from home," she says.
It is by no means certain.
Maimuna's father denies beating his daughter, and says he is happy she is getting educated. Yet he gets visibly angry when he describes the financial problem she has left him.
Saidu is demanding his money back, because he wants to look for another bride. But Abdullahi has already spent it on land. Asked if he will treat his five younger daughters differently, he looks down at the ground.

"I would allow my daughters to go to school if I had the money. I have seen what happens, otherwise," he says. "But my reason is poverty, always financial problems. What can I do but give them out in marriage?"
Saidu, in the meantime, says he will move ahead with his life.
"This time I will marry a girl of 12, so that she will do what I want to do," he says. "Because if you marry a girl who is older, then she will not listen to you."
His eyes slide to the porch, where Maimuna's 10-year-old sister, Hafsat, is cuddling a neighbor's baby. A sly smile curls his lips.

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 am tired of seeing homosexuals being treated like animals and being jailed. I am Christian. I believe in God. If we are going to go with the homosexuality is a sin approach, how did Jesus treat sinners? Additionally, aren't we all sinner? What makes our sins better than theirs?

According to the Bible, divorce, unless due to extramarital affairs, is a sin?

Do you know that once you are divorced, you can't remarry because it is a sin?

African men are marrying multiple women -- when the Bible says a man is to have one wife, who is stoning them? Who is throwing them in prison? Who is killing them?

You don't have to agree with homosexuals and how they choose to live their lives, but why treat them like outcasts? That is so cruel!

Instead of trying to play God by deciding their fate, why not pray for them?


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
Though I do not support murder, I don't blame the girl either
She was only saving her own life
It's a clear case of self defense

Amen, I agree
Culture / Re: UN Warns Britain Over Child Voodoo Rituals, P.edophile Sex Tourists by anonymous6(f): 3:16pm On Jun 29

Can't the journalist help nail the kidnapper?

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
beautiful dress
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
We need to embrace similar in Nigeria
I hate homos

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:
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
elobyobi: #HasJustineLandedYet
The hashtag that was used the world over to create awareness and fuel the cyber-contempt that cost the racist her job (and deservedly too, I might add)
All while she was still on the flight and couldn't access her Twitter. By the time she could access it, delete the Tweet and eventually her entire account, it was already too little, too late.
@Mods, This should make front page. The whole world should hear about this monster's story. And maybe all these racists and tribalists on Nairaland will start bridling their tongues

so she lost her job, Thank God

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