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Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 5:10pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

There are not even close to the amount of anti Northern bigots if at all on these forums. That's why there aren't many Northerners on this forum due to the bigotry and the Northerner name calling.... That is until you put the bigots in their rightful place

That is true but there are other tribal bigots to, if you go to the ethnic section under politics they are there 24/7, even in this culture section it happens but few though, like that thread I told you about that had to be closed.

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Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 5:07pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

Have you been to the North before. It is easy they are people too. Simply ask why do they support another team over their fellow Nigerian brothers and see how they respond. Don't be so easily brainwashed by what people say on forums

I never been to the North
well when you hear stories like this: http://www.wluml.org/node/3722
You won't be as comfortable doing that but don't worry I am not brainwashed with this forum is what I hear in the news
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 5:04pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

They didn't have an influence they took Northern Mali over due to an incompetent Malian army. They killed many Non-Arabs as well. The distrust between Non-Arab Malians and Malians grew because they felt that the Arabs in Mali betrayed them.

Malians didn't want anything to do with Al-Qaeda. Heck many important events in Mali were cancelled due to Al-Qaeda acquisition. Events like festival in the desert had to be moved to Burkina Faso that year, an event that many Westerners attend to listen to traditional West African Sahel/Sahara music.

I advise you take what you hear about Northerners with a grain of salt on these forums. In case you didn't notice there are a lot of anti-Northern bigots here. While it is true that there are Arab wannabes in the North, the same can be said about white wannabes in the south.

Oh yea southern Nigeria is not exempt from self hate as well and there are northern bigots to, I'm not denying that at all but heah when it comes to Mali I guess learn something new now about the situation going on there.
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 5:00pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

I would have said something, you can't just keep quiet and sit idle like a sissy if what you are saying is really true. Do you think that if I were in the south and I saw Nigerians supporting Arsenal or Chelsea above Kano Pillars that I would be happy and say nothing? Heck no! I would call those white wannabes out immediately.

It is not that easy though, especially in a Muslim territory that is not as accommodating to differences. He could have gotten beat up just by saying something and don't be surprised if nobody helped him.

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Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:54pm On Aug 04
otipoju: I spent my NYSC year in Kano- it is what I saw with my own eyes at a football viewing center in the village of Minjibir during a CAF champions leauge match between a North African Club and a Nigerian Clubside.

When I noticed that I was the odd one out. I just kept quiet.

I am not denying anybody the right to support whoever, and I am not judging anybody, - I just stated my conclusion based on my primary observation.

For better emphasis, why would a group of people not be pertubed about the bombings of their countrymen but be gravely worried to the extent of peacefully protesting on the streets in support of a people far away in Gaza.

Let's not look for what is not missing... The ties of Religion is the unifying factor.

True religion unifies them together, not surprised. To me it is not a problem but it shouldn't be sugar coded
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:52pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

Yeah they are, Arabs can be just as racist as whites if not more so at times. Arabs are even more racist in the middle east. I've heard some bad stories of Arabs being racist to Africans in Saudi Arabia. I dare a racist Arab to approach me with his bull crap racism and sees if his face is still intact after I'm done with him.

I agree with what you just said, some are nice but many are another story, and I won't be surprised that's one of the reasons why the exclusion of North Africa has become a norm now with the rest of Africa as a result.
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:50pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

That's not necessarily true. In Mali and Niger, they don't have a very liking relationship with Arabs. In fact in a lot of black Muslim countries save Nigeria, many Africans know how racist Arabs can be. Most black Africans think that Arabs see themselves as the only true Muslims.

This can be seen in Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, etc.

Nigeria though is another story and I don't know why. There are white wannabes and Arab wannabes. Some like myself could care less about Arabs.

Well when you hear in the news how alqaida has a influence in Mali, it makes you wonder at times but It is true I have heard that Arabs consider themselves the true Muslims. I didn't know this about northern Nigeria though with some Hausa-fulani's though, i think the main reason is the mentality when it comes to religion is different between northern and southern Nigeria.
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:38pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

You are right, but not all North Africans are white. The Gnawa, the Saharawis (Saharouis), Touaregs, even the descendants of the Kanem Borno empire of today. North Africans are a result mainly though of Arabs, Romans, Greeks, Turks and native Africans

True but some of them are discriminated against

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Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:34pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

And you believe it?

well I don't know cause I never heard of this of what Otipoju had mentioned but I have noticed that in some black african counties who are predominantly Muslim, tend to favor their religion over their culture, look at Sudan, Mali, Chad and Niger

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Culture / Re: Top 6 Abnormalities That Are Normal In Nigeria by anonymous6(f): 4:32pm On Aug 04
NEPA and electricity issues is one of them for sure
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:29pm On Aug 04
otipoju: A Nigerian Hausa-Fulani man will rather support Zamalek of Egypt than Shooting Stars of Ibadan in a CAF champions leauge final match. I think a common Religion is the bond that bindss them all.

I never knew this but I wouldn't be surprised by this though
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:28pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:

Yeah however, North Africa is not the North Africa it was 2000 - 5000 years ago

True, and The North Africa of today is another Middle East now. When people think of Africa now when it comes to Image and Culture, what pops into their minds is West, East, Southern Africa, central Africa, even horn of Africa to a extent but not North Africa, and that shows the extent of how North Africa has been excluded in peoples mind of Africa in general.
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:25pm On Aug 04
tpia1: Black is not really seen as a god thing to be, and most non-blacks (or partially mixed blacks who are not black) would consider it their greatest fear to be relegated to "black" status. Quite unacceptable.

Very true and that is the reason for them not wanting to be labeled or grouped with the rest of Africa, which is fine but it comes down to the question Is North Africa less african now because of their efforts to distant themselves so much from it.


tpia1:
Northern africa shares ancestral and phenotypical ties with the middle east and europe, are they supposed to ignore that?

They also share cultural ties to as well and it shouldn't be ignored
Culture / Re: How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:19pm On Aug 04
Fulaman198:
Really? Please tell me more I learn new things everyday.
Also OP, not necessarily true. There are lots of blacks in North Africa, though not as much as before. North Africa still is pretty African just not as much as before.

Well I think the link that connects North Africa to being Africa is it's history(Egyptian empire and Nubians) and geography but besides that they are culturally and loyal completely to the middle East.

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Culture / Nollywood Is Preserving The African Film - Nigerian Films by anonymous6(f): 3:56pm On Aug 04
"The BBC Africa Kick Bus arrived Nigeria on Monday, June 7, 2010. On board were Alex Jocana, presenter of the BBC ‘Have Your Say Programme’, his technical team and cynicism.

After taking a swipe at Nigeria’s importance to Africa, they cornered Nollywood practitioners at Ojez Restaurant in Surelere to deepen the wounds of her scorn. Only they took it a tad too far.

Mr Jocana asked if Nollywood helping or harming African film making capability? While the question appears innocent enough, subsequent questions gave away the intention of the programme. The ladder leaned heavily on the wall of cynicism. But this is what we expect of the western media. They follow the stench of negative news in Africa as avidly as a carnivore does the fresh scent of blood.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood from the start of the silent era in the late 1920’s to 1950’s, African filmmakers were not allowed to make films due to colonialism. Some of the most popular early films about Africa including The African Queen, Tarzan, and King Solomon's Mines foisted upon Africa a stereotype so horrid, they called it the “Dark Continent”.

When the European invaders gave us a flag and a song and told us we were free, Africans began telling their own stories. Ousmane Sembene’s La Noire de (Black Girl) gained international acclaim. In 1969, the African film festival (FESPACO) was established and enlarged the frontiers of African film. Many of these early films dealt with subjects like colonialism and mundane African issues. The film makers raised funds mostly by groveling before International agencies and governments amenable to Western influence. The films were mostly elitist and excluded the masses in the main though they were shot on 35mm.

The summary of the history of African film does not take a prize for inspiration. How do we continue telling the story of colonialism 50 years after most of the colonialists are long dead? How much progress is there for the African film if it continues to grovel for funds from Shylock lenders and/or exacting donors and subservient governments? And how do we establish a film culture when it excludes the very people for whom film is made? Is it wise to insist on shooting on 35mm in a continent where cinema houses are being converted to churches and warehouses?

These were the thorny issues the emergence of Nollywood addressed. Seventeen years later, Nollywood has achieved global acclaim - eat your heart out Hollywood!

Nollywood created a whole new paradigm with which African film can be measured. It addressed issues that found relevance in people’s reality. It sympathised with their trials; it provided them company in their pain. For youths in Ghana and Nigeria, Nollywood has given wings to their dreams. Nollywood destroyed the stereotype created by Tarzan and King Solomon’s Mines that Africa was a race of savages. Nollywood is the new African film.

Nollywood challenged the norm and took the story to the people that matter. Ahmed an analyst on the show from Kenya put the point succinctly. The success of Nollywood lies in the fact that the audience are accepting what they make. Another analyst from New York also gave a vivid account of the influence of Nollywood in Uncle Sam’s own country. The Asians especially she said are making a fortune pirating Nollywood movies.

While other African countries were closing their cinema houses due to the prohibitive cost and the sophistication shooting on 35mm demands, coupled with a poor distribution framework in Africa, Nollywood began shooting direct to video. This method was lampooned at first but now it has become the method of choice for African filmmakers. In this way Nollywood saved the African film from extinction. South Africa, with a film that has won an Oscar and several nominations has not even achieved the acclaim Nollywood has garnered.
Yet these are not the best of times for Nollywood. The session with Nollywood practitioners in Ojez Resturant revealed to a large extent, the rot in the system. It indicated that perhaps, more than anything else, Nollywood’s biggest problem is that it has become a victim of its own success.

I listened with shame as Nollywood practitioners came a short crawl away from using their fists in the heated debate. Amidst jeers, Emeka Ike insisted he was AGN President. Zack Orji took the microphone and rebutted. Femi Durojaiye introduced himself as AGN Secretary General so many times, he began to call himself National President of AGN. Tari West got stuck in the middle of former Presidential, and 2nd Vice Chairman, and currently the 1st vice presidential chairman of... (She forgot what association she purportedly chairs – all of them fighting over a piece of carcass they are fast turning Nollywood into.

Absence of credible structures, government’s indifference and aloofness, poor technical know-how and the substitution of professionalism for nepotism are conspiring to bring Nollywood to her kneels. Virtually all the commentators took a swipe at scriptwriters yet few are willing to pay for top notch writers instead they rely on a distant cousin in distant high school. The problem with Nollywood has taken on Sisyphean proportions. The industry needs creative thinking and pragmatic actions rather than the thousand tones of noise currently emanating from its practitioners. "

http://www.nigeriafilms.com/news/8043/12/nollywood-is-preserving-the-african-film.html


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Foreign Affairs / Re: River In China Mysteriously Turns Bloody Red Overnight by anonymous6(f): 3:46pm On Aug 04
Elliotwiz1: i don't think it's artificial colouring because the river flows and it would have cleared of by now. maybe it's a sign...an end time sign#

It's possible, you never know
Culture / How African Is North Africa? - BBC by anonymous6(f): 3:30pm On Aug 04
" Seen from space, Africa is one huge and undivided landmass.

But for some on the continent, however, the widely-held perception is of two very different regions; Africa south of the Sahara desert, or sub-Saharan Africa, and north Africa.

For some, the dividing line is more than the Sahara - it is culture, language and even skin tone.

North Africa is predominantly Arab and relatively more developed. Many residents identify more with the Middle East than they do with the larger part of the continent.

Hundreds of people from the south migrate to the north in search of greener pastures - but they are often met with hostility.

But when it comes to an African identity, some sub-Saharan Africans believe they have more claim to the continent than their northern counterparts.

On the other hand, the formation of the African Union in 2002 was a great leap forward in the effort to drive forward common action throughout the continent.

And issues that are crippling the continent are just as relevant in the north as the south - Egypt and Libya are suffering from greatly increased rates of HIV and Aids, just as Southern Africa is.

On the BBC's Africa Live Programme on Wednesday, we ask just how African is north Africa?

Does culture and language link the region more to the Arab world, or should geography be the deciding factor? "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3421527.stm

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Culture / Re: Endangered Languages Of Nigeria + Others by anonymous6(f): 12:46pm On Aug 04
Interesting, I never knew about any of these communities and their language. Nice map but I remember reading a article years ago and it mentioned that the cultural communities of Nigeria,that are in small numbers or population, their language possibly and most likely will go extinct cause their numbers are dropping and they are being absorbed by the majority tribes of Nigeria.

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TV/Movies / Re: FINALLY! 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Premieres In Nigeria Today (August 1st) by anonymous6(f): 11:30am On Aug 03
fightforchange1: I wish I was in Nigeria to see this movie.
too bad...

You can buy the movie on DVD from Barnes and noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-half-of-a-yellow-sun-chiwetel-ejiofor/26473806?ean=12233201024

I'm planning to buy the movie myself
Culture / Re: Abortion: FOR or AGAINST? by anonymous6(f): 11:26am On Aug 03
Apatheist:
I laid emphasis on the woman because they're the ones that go through the pains, and are usually subservient to the whims of the man.

So true your right
Culture / Re: Abortion: FOR or AGAINST? by anonymous6(f): 9:58pm On Aug 02
zboyd: Abortion is one of the most controversial global topics – not least in Nigeria.

The decision to have an abortion is for a variety of personal reasons – sometimes the woman is not prepared to care for a child or simply does not have the money.

However, some women would rather have an illegitimate child than face the disgrace of an abortion. It is therefore a delicate subject but there are judgmental opinions on both sides of the argument.

Many Nigerians publicly believe abortion is against their religion.

Perhaps surprisingly, many women themselves would not have an abortion when it comes to a molest case.

But privately people may act otherwise, especially if the circumstances are not so straight-forward.

Where do YOU stand?

Are you FOR or AGAINST abortion?

I think if a woman is molested/r-aped, has a major health risk for the mother or baby and mother, and etc then nobody should fault a woman if she has a abortion. I'm not advocating it but I would understand woman that do that as a result of molest or health reasons
Culture / Re: Abortion: FOR or AGAINST? by anonymous6(f): 9:54pm On Aug 02
I'm neutral in the debate in general but for me personally it's not a avenue I would fully agree with unless health risk are involved; religion is irrelevant to me personally when it comes to it but how it affects the woman's body in the future. So it baffles me when you hear stories or people take abortion like it's a walk in the park. However, In the end of the day the reason I said I'm neutral about it is because I believe women have the right to chose whether they want a abortion or not cause Each circumstance is different

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Foreign Affairs / 'it Scares The Jesus Outta Me' - Nollywood Actor Jim Iyke Leaving Liberia by anonymous6(f): 6:22pm On Aug 01
Jim Iyke shared picture of himself wearing Ebola mask on Instagram page

Actor was sitting in the luxurious first class lounge at Monrovia airport
He captioned image saying he was not ashamed to admit Ebola scares him

600 people have already died in Liberia after being infected with the disease

Twitter users expressed anger saying Iyke needs to be tested to see if he is infected before being allowed to return to Nigeria



A Nigerian actor has sparked outrage after posting an image of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he flees Liberia.
'Nollywood' star Jim Iyke posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a business trip to Monrovia in Liberia - where at least 600 people have already died from the disease.
The image of Iyke sitting on green leather-clad seats in the airport's luxury first class lounge while wearing an expensive designer watch and sunglasses was accompanied with the caption: 'Not ashamed to admit this scares the Jesus outta me #Ebola.'

The contrast between Iyke's image of first class luxury is in stark contrast to the thousands of terrified Liberians who are living in fear of contracting the deadly disease.
However, much of the anger about his image stemmed from fear among Nigerian citizens that Iyke appeared to be travelling back to the country without having been tested to see if he was infected.
Twitter user @Avariberry posted a message reading: 'Jim Iyke or Not... he gotta be screened. #TestJimIyke.'

Meanwhile @IcallDibbz_ said: 'Please ooo, James Ikechukwu, aka Jim Iyke, should be quarantined.'
Others picked up on the fact Iyke had an expensive face mask to protect himself, but was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt.

Ebola is transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals, and in many parts of West Africa people are being told to cover as much of their body as possible to ensure the infection doesn't enter their bloodstream through a small cut.
Iyke has appeared in more than 150 films, including Last Flight to Abuja, and is the founder of the Jim Iyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilites.

He began acting in 2001 and is one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood - Nigeria's answer to Hollywood.

Earlier today a woman was quarantined at a hospital in Hong Kong after falling ill with Ebola-like symptoms when she returned from a trip to Africa.
The patient, who is said to be exhibiting symptoms similar to the deadly virus, is undergoing tests to verify the cause of her illness, local media reported.
It comes as British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today declared the disease a 'very serious threat' as he prepares to chair an emergency meeting on how to bolster the country's defences.
Airlines around the world are on alert for cases of the deadly virus, after tests revealed a man died in Nigeria from the disease, having been allowed to board an international flight from Liberia - the same route Iyke was travelling.
In Nigeria health officials said today, they are in the process of tracing 30,000 people at risk of contracting the disease after coming into contact with the Liberian man.

Fears over the ability to contain the spread of Ebola were augmented last night as it emerged the body of a young stowaway was found hidden in on a U.S. military plane.
The Pentagon said the young boy, believed to be of African origin, was found near the wheel of a cargo plane which landed in Germany.
The plane was on a routine mission in Africa, and had made stops in Senegal, Mali, Chad, Tunisia and the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily before arriving at Ramstein.
It is thought the boy climbed aboard in Mali, which borders Guinea - where the current Ebola outbreak originated at the end of last year.
The plane was on a routine mission in Africa, and had made stops in Senegal, Mali, Chad, Tunisia and the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily before arriving at Ramstein.
It is thought the boy climbed aboard in Mali, which borders Guinea - where the current Ebola outbreak originated at the end of last year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710620/It-scares-Jesus-outta-Outrage-Nigerian-Nollywood-star-posts-image-wearing-ebola-mask-class-airport-lounge-flees-Liberia.html#comments
 
Culture / Re: Which Yoruba Subgroup Has The Most Abusive Tongue by anonymous6(f): 5:34pm On Jul 30
good question but I wouldn't know but I would assume a tie between Ibadan and Ilorin, just a opinion though
 
 
 
 
Culture / Re: Performance Gap Between Francophones And Anglophones: Who’s To Blame? by anonymous6(f): 1:34am On Jul 29
ayobase:

does it make any sense to you?

in what way?

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