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Literature / Re: Which Books/Novels Are You Currently Reading? by ayomorocco(f): 3:29pm On May 30, 2009
Trespass by Valerie Martin
Literature / Re: Uwem Akpan: The New Kid On The Block. by ayomorocco(f): 11:40pm On May 13, 2009
He only has the one book and it is pretty good. It is an anthology of short stories and the title of the book is taken from an instruction given by a mother to her daughter in the 2007 Caine Prize shortlisted story called "My Parents' Bedroom" which was published in the prestigious 'The New Yorker' Magazine. He has another story in the Newyorker too titled "An Ex-Mas Feast". You can read them both online if you have no access to the book.
Literature / 2009 Caine Prize by ayomorocco(f): 11:31pm On May 13, 2009
[center]The 2009 Caine Prize Shortlist[/center]

The shortlist for the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced (Wednesday 13 May 2009). The Caine Prize, widely known as the ‘African Booker’ and regarded as Africa’s leading literary award, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Selected from 122 entries from 12 African countries, the shortlist is once again a reflection of the Caine Prize’s pan-African reach. The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 6 July.

The 2009 shortlist comprises:

· Mamle Kabu (Ghana) ‘The End of Skill’ from ‘Dreams, Miracles and Jazz’, published by Picador Africa, Johannesburg 2008

· Parselelo Kantai (Kenya) ‘You Wreck Her’ from the St Petersburg Review, NY 2008

· Alistair Morgan (South Africa) ‘Icebergs’ from The Paris Review no. 183, NY 2008

· EC Osondu (Nigeria) ‘Waiting from Guernicamag.com, October 2008

· Mukoma wa Ngugi (Kenya) ‘How Kamau wa Mwangi Escaped into Exile’ from ‘Wasafiri’ No54, Summer 2008, London

Two other entries were highly commended: ‘Devils at the Door’ by Sierra Leone’s Brian James, and Ghanaian writer Nii Parkes’s ‘Socks Ball’.

This year the judging panel is chaired by New Statesman Chief Sub-Editor Nana Yaa Mensah, and joining her are Professor Jon Cook of the University of East Anglia, award-winning novelist and Georgetown University professor Jennifer Fink, Guardian journalist and author Hannah Pool, and Mohammed Umar, the Nigerian novelist, journalist and bookseller.

Once again the winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be given the opportunity of taking up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, Washington DC, as a ‘Caine Prize/Georgetown University Writer-in-Residence’. The award will cover all travel and living expenses.

Last year the Caine Prize was won by South African writer Henrietta Rose-Innes for her short story Poison, from ‘Africa Pens’, published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007. Chair of judges Jude Kelly said at the time that the story showed “a sharp talent, a rare maturity and a poetic intelligence that is both subtle and deeply effective. It is writing of the highest order.”

Previous winners include Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, for Jambula Tree from ‘African Love Stories’, Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2006, and Brian Chikwava, from Zimbabwe, whose first novel Harare North has just been published by Jonathan Cape.

This year the shortlisted writers will be reading from their work at the Royal Over-Seas League on Friday, 3 July at 7pm and at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, on Sunday, 5 July at 7pm. There will also be a seminar at the Institute for English Studies, Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday, 8 July at 1.30pm.




Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors. I have read "Icebergs" by Alistair Morgan and it indeed is a formidable story (as well as Nii Ayikwei Parkes’s "Socks Ball"wink. I will endeavour to read the others one way or another and am sure that they are all great stories.
Culture / Re: Is It Rude To Speak Your Language Openly In Public? by ayomorocco(f): 12:36am On Feb 09, 2009
ohaechesi:

Now i know where the yoruba problem vegetates from. with the above post, there is every tendency that all yorubas are uncivilized and unpolished. can you imagine such proverb. i spent 8 whole years in lagos but i can't say come in yoruba lingo cos the very day i got to lagos and over heard the touts at bus stop shouting for passangers, i lost interest in that lango. Have you heard a Yoruba man or women communicating on phone? you don't expect any prophet before taking your leave. even in the market, church, buses, rear wheel stations etc, very disgusting. i think they should erase that lingo cos it irritating.

Says the Igbo trader with the heavy Kedu Kodi accent. Bwahahahaha cheesy
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 7:51pm On Jan 24, 2009
firestar:

Parts of your story that made me relive history years ayo. . . It's Raw & unspoiled. There's a driving force behind it all - and at your fingertips waiting to be unleashed. And your details- I could almost sketch them. Almost,

Hiya, Are you saying that you had a robbery attack? sad if you did, I hope there were no fatalities. And thanks for reading the story. Also, are you an artist of some form?
Literature / Re: Marriage Software by ayomorocco(f): 7:03am On Jan 16, 2009
Hey Sisi, how are u? I sent you an e-mail and left you a message on that other thread. Did u manage to read the story? Anyway, there is this 250 word story I have up on http://clarityofnight..com/2009/01/entry-89.html . It will take just 2 minutes to read. Could you kindly leave a comment?

Cheers mate.

Ayodele smiley

P.S. If you are in a generous mood, you could also have a look at the 250 word entry of a relative on http://clarityofnight..com/2009/01/entry-113.html . Will take roughly the same 2minutes to read. Thanks.
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 10:21am On Jan 15, 2009
Guys! Guys!! Guys!!!

I have a 250 word flash fiction up on http://clarityofnight..com/2009/01/entry-89.html . It is titled "You at the World's Feet" and I shall be very grateful if you people swing by and leave some nice comments. It will take you just 2 -3 mins (definitely less than 5 mins) to read. The earlier you do, the better. If you have a google or blogger ID, please use that (I won't know who left what anyway).

Cheers Guys.
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 10:13am On Jan 15, 2009
kay9:

Did u just see that reply Ayo? I posted it ages ago! grin

Sorry about that. I kept forgetting to reply.

oluwdashmi:

Silent Night, Bloody Night. Bravo Ayo.

I suddenly forgot I was reading a story and began to feel both emotional and furious cry. You 've done a cool job, just develop it more and compile it into a novel.

The moment I read the police and media part, I felt like reaching you that I will take the issue up but then I remembered I was reading a story
sad. Keep it up, you are almost there.


Thanks a great deal. I appreciate the time you took to read the story and am glad you enjoyed it. I will remember you if ever the need for the press or police arises. Touch wood, I won't need to. smiley
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 2:01am On Jan 11, 2009
@ Sisi,

Have you managed to read that story?

kay9:

@ ayo: Saw your posts at hackwriters; you write good, friend. Tell me when u have a book ready. B T W, thinking of joining hackwriters too.

@ Kay, Thank you.
Politics / Re: A Nairalanders Plea To Introduce Sharia In Lagos State. by ayomorocco(f): 1:48am On Dec 12, 2008
No be by force, if any muslim is desperate to live in a Sharia state, Move to Zamfara. Abi na yam? You want to enjoy our largesse in Lagos then control and oppress us on top of it. Abeg shift to one side ojare.
Politics / Re: Yar'adua Seeks End To Immunity For Leaders by ayomorocco(f): 1:18am On Dec 12, 2008
Corruption is ingrained within the corridors of power. The sincerity of Yar'Adua is always called into question especially when one views his actual actions. A former schoolmate of mine wrote a good article about Yar'Adua and Ibori (who is a repeat convict) titled "Government of the thieves, by the thieves, and for the thieves". See http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/guest-articles/government-of-the-thieves-by-the-thieves-and-for-the-thi.html for the article which is a little long but enlightening.
Politics / Re: Yar'adua Seeks End To Immunity For Leaders by ayomorocco(f): 6:25am On Dec 11, 2008
lawyer:


The immunity clause however doesnt cover criminal charges and if there is ample proof to show that a sitting governor or president commited a crime, he could be hurriedly impeached and prosecuted accordingly. For example the fayose case!

So the Efcc hiding under the banner of "removing the immunity clause" should do their home work well and provide the evidence. No immunity clause world wide covers criminal actions only in respect of civil matters!  

I am not sure you know what you are talking about. What sort of lawyer are you? Anyone who studied law would have been taught in their second year (or maybe third year in some universities) during their constitutional law lectures about executive immunity. It is a no brainer, the immunity of a president, vice-president, governor or deputy-governor applies to BOTH civil and criminal matters. I'd advice you to go back and read Section 308 of your 1999 Nigerian Constitution. Moreover, contrary to what you have said above, this kind of immunity against both civil and criminal actions applies in numerous countries. Maybe you'd do best sticking to wrestling land from the omo oniles. undecided

It is because of this very immunity that such officers must have left office before an action can be brought against them. Their leaving office could be as a result of the end of their term or as a result of being impeached (or due to illness).
Politics / Re: Yar'adua Seeks End To Immunity For Leaders by ayomorocco(f): 7:50pm On Dec 10, 2008
This is a bad idea. There is a reason for the immunity and it applies in numerous countries all over the world. Holders of high political office cannot effectively carry out their duties under fear or threat of impending criminal action all the time. The truth is that in a country like Nigeria, removing the immunity will have little or no effect (afterall it is the president that appoints the Attorney-General. . . and the governors appoint their respective state Attorneys-General) and it is these people who are responsible for criminal prosecution. Even in cases where private individuals exercise their rights to prosecute where an Attorney-General has declined to do so, the Attorney-General can discontinue such a case. So, I am afrais that once again, it is a case of a Nigerian leader just paying lip service.

What would be the best idea is a swift and impartial procedure for impeaching these officers so that they can face criminal charges as soon as they have been removed. That is of course if you get past the appalling corruption that poisons every sector in Nigeria.
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 10:37pm On Dec 05, 2008
@ Sisi, so what do you think about that story?

And did you see my reply e-mails?
Islam for Muslims / Re: The Ignorance Of Muslims by ayomorocco(f): 5:17am On Dec 05, 2008
undecided
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 4:11am On Dec 05, 2008
Was it the four e-mails you sent earlier? Or is it a new one? If it is a new one, it hasn't come through yet. I replied to your earlier e-mails though.
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 3:52am On Dec 05, 2008
Oh that. You can find it here - http://www.hackwriters.com/AyoMC.htm

But it's only Silent Night that was chosen for this deadline.
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 3:35am On Dec 05, 2008
What second one?
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 3:22am On Dec 03, 2008
bluespice:

sisi we all presume has been banned because she has been awol for a while now sad
so ull have to wait for some time till she reads this

Her Sisikill ID was banned, but she came back is Sisi Jinx (unless Seun has recently decided to wield his powers again).
Literature / Re: Analyse This: . . . Bloody Night by ayomorocco(f): 9:52pm On Nov 29, 2008
Hey Sisi,

Wassup? Hope you are ok. I e-mailed you a couple of times but never got any response.
Literature / Re: Which Books/Novels Are You Currently Reading? by ayomorocco(f): 5:00am On Nov 26, 2008
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan (I was supposed to have read this book when I acquired it at the start of the summer, but there are so many books and so little time). LOL smiley
Literature / Re: Dizzy Angel - Gracy Ukala by ayomorocco(f): 4:22am On Nov 21, 2008
Was the author's name not Grace Usifo or something similar? The book is probably out of print now (who knows?). Did you per chance go to FGGC Benin-City?
Business / Re: Entire Computer Village Shut Down Over Tax by ayomorocco(f): 3:50am On Nov 21, 2008
Ndipe:

It should be give and take. I pay taxes, and in return the government provides me with basic necessities like constant electricity, ample water supply and security. One can't be paying taxes in Nigeria and still have to depend to private generator, private borehole and all it's likes. Is that not fair enough?

God bless you Ndipe. I logged on to say the exact same thing.

Yes in the developed world, taxes are paid, but in exchange, you have the basic amenities of life - Electricity, Good Roads (and traffic lights as well as road lights), Running Water, Reliable Fire Brigade, Good Police, Decent Education System, Working Public Transport System (and in places like the UK Free Health Service AND an allowance for unemployed and disabled people). How many of these does our dear Nigeria provide?

I am all for paying taxes, but they come with a corresponding duty on the part of the government. As things stand, the poor masses would be squeezed for the tax only for some greedy bastard to cart away the money in Ghana must Go bags for his personal use. The painful thing is that in the past, Nigeria had most of these things and instead of advancing, we have clearly regressed. Giant of Africa my friggin Arse.
Literature / Re: 2008-9 Commonwealth Short Story Competition by ayomorocco(f): 3:23am On Nov 20, 2008
You guys can listen to the winning stories (which have been read by various individuals) by clicking this link below - http://www.cba.org.uk/awards_and_competitions/Short_Story/Short_Stories_Audio.php.
Literature / The Current Labelling/Sub-Division Of The Literature Section Is Bad by ayomorocco(f): 12:22am On Nov 17, 2008
Am I the only one who thinks that the present manner Seun decided to split the literature section lacks a sense of foresight and any coherence whatsoever? The old system of general literature and poetry makes better sense. I can understand the need to improve the section, but this is a regression of sorts. There is no uniformity, ease for referencing or any other benefits that justifies the present arrangement. In a cumbersome manner, the main childboard is labelled "Literature/Writing" and the sub childboard is labelled "Writers: Post Your Stories, Scripts, Poems Here For Review" and thus we have two childboards where writings can be showcased irrespective of genre, resulting in chaos.


Thoughts Please. smiley
Literature / Re: Which Books/Novels Are You Currently Reading? by ayomorocco(f): 11:33pm On Nov 16, 2008
The White Tiger (The 2008 Booker Prize Winner) by Aravind Adiga
Literature / Re: 2008-9 Commonwealth Short Story Competition by ayomorocco(f): 7:51pm On Nov 14, 2008
Julie Curwin of Canada is the winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

Her story 'World Backwards' was selected as the best story from the Caribbean and Canada region of the Commonwealth and as the winning story of the competition from more than 1700 entries.

Julie is from New Brunswick in Canada and now lives with her husband in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. A psychiatrist by profession she has a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Mount Allison University, a B.Sc. and M.D. from Dalhousie University, and a diploma in post-graduate medicine (psychiatry) from Queen’s University.

Despite her busy profession Julie has found time to write and has already won recognition for her fiction. In 2007 her story “The Other Side of the Window” was selected as a finalist in The Writer’s Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. She is currently working on a collection of short stories with medical themes. Prior to taking up writing, Julie had a ten year career as a professional long-distance triathlete, and was a member of Canada’s elite national team.

Nigeria had two writers in the Highly Commended category. Once again Uche Peter Umez was commended for "Three Apples" and Akinwumi Akinwale for "Uncertainty Principle for Dummies".  

Well Done to them all and better luck to those who haven't won. Best to start writing for the 2009-10 competition.
Politics / Re: Naval Officers Beat Up A Lady And Stripped Her - Watch Video by ayomorocco(f): 6:28pm On Nov 13, 2008
[b]
sniper_mk:

From: xxxxxx@hotmail.com
To: tell-da-truth-as-it-is@sacred-truth.com
Subject: BEFORE WE COMMIT ADMIRAL AROGUNDADE TO MOTHER EARTH,
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:36:39 +0000


[b]BEFORE WE COMMIT ADMIRAL AROGUNDADE TO MOTHER EARTH………,

by Niji xxxxx


I am compelled to join the raging debate on the proprietariness or otherwise, of the maltreatment of a certain Miss Uzoma Okere by Naval ratings attached o the convoy of Rear Admiral Harry Arogundade, due to the different dimensions and distortions the story has assumed in the past few days. Journalists, Social Critics, Nigerians in Diaspora, etc have all had a field day abusing, maligning, and denigrating the Admiral, as well the Nigerian Navy.

In the first instance, let me say categorically here that I am “priviledged” to know Admiral Arogundade on a personal level and I am privy to the other version of events. I have carefully heard/read both sides of the story and painstakingly analysed the sequence of events. However, before my action is misconstrued by the usually “all-knowing Nigerian public” and the ever-(newspaper)-present “loudspeaker Lawyers”, let me point out here that my analysis of the unfortunate events of that day would not even be based on the Admirals’ version of events.

For effect, my analysis will be SOLELY based on the young woman’s version of events as contained in the “CityStrings” section of ThisDay of Friday, November 7, 2008, in an interview conducted with her by a certain Eugene Agha. I urge all commentators to refer to this article in order to understand what transpired on that fateful day.

1. In paragraph 6 of the said article, the young woman said “…… The Oga had passed me at some point, there was this Naval rating who asked me to stop. He used his hand to display what he meant and I pointed towards Ajose Adeogun indicating that I was not going their way.” “(Paragraph 7)…. One of the ratings started whipping me; he whipped about two to three times. That was when I came out of my car angrily and he continued to whip me, so I held onto his whip and used it to whip him back.”



Comment – It is obvious from the above that the young woman simply failed to stop when she had been directed to do so. She had obviously used her own “intuition/discretion” to continue moving since …, as she said …, “she was not going their way”. Apparently this open stubbornness infuriated a Naval rating who probably assaulted her or her car (depending on whose version one decides to believe). Why did she not stop like the others? What would it have cost her to stop for 30 seconds and allow them go their way? Now, my point is if you are assaulted unjustly by a Uniformed Military man should you not have the simple decorum to go and lodge an official complaint with the Police, the Naval Police, or even the Media? More especially when you are a supposed “lady”? Then she decided to confront a Uniformed Military man in a scuffle, holding on to his whip and using the whip to whip the man. A 27 year old girl publicly whipping a Uniformed Soldier in broad daylight in front of other Soldier-colleagues and she expected to be applauded for doing that!

2. It is also obvious from the paragraphs above that the Admiral was not even at the scene as at the point the problem started as he had passed her “… at some point”.

3. Now having infuriated the ratings by her obstinacy and whipping of a Uniformed Military man, they all descended on her to obviously teach her a lesson. Even in the circulated video clip of the incident the woman was beaten up by the ratings and left alone at some point only for her to pursue them again. What exactly did she expect to gain from such activity? Profound apologies, a pat on the head, and perhaps a cash donation from the ratings? And to my greatest surprise some journalists had hailed this particular action of hers as “being brave” and “holding her own ground”…. Etc The video clip was obviously edited to show only the part where she was being beaten, and not the part where she whipped a uniformed Naval rating.

4. In paragraph 9 she said “…… The one with the Navy logo as neck tie told them to arrest and handcuff me……, ” It is apparent that it was this “arrest” that now made the ratings to drag her towards the Guest House where the Admiral had gone into. And it is at this point that the Admiral came face to face with her, after he had been briefed by his men on what transpired. In paragraph 12 she tells of the phone discussion between her father and the Admiral. The Admiral said to her that she should count herself lucky that she was not killed and that got her even more upset. Then she started to shout on the Admiral himself “…, since we are in a democratic country….” I wonder since when democracy has allowed 27 year olds to shout publicly on Military Generals. Despite all these the Admiral actually took pity on her. It was this pity that now made the Admiral to offer advice to her that she was lucky not to have been killed before being brought to him as the ratings might have killed her with the way she kept having a go at them (moreover the Admiral knew that the moment she had been brought before him none of the ratings would dare touch her again).

5. In paragraph 13, after shouting on the Admiral, the Admiral advised her that she needed to know that even in a democracy she must not challenge people in uniform. She said she replied that she did nothing wrong. I, for one, know for a fact that she said much more than that to the Admiral. In paragraph 14, it was her permanently obstinate & shouting reaction (to even the Admiral himself) that frustrated the Admiral into saying to her that he thought he could advise her as she was old enough to be his child. Despite all these the Admiral was the one that gave her a shirt to cover herself up with which in essence means that the Admiral did not even harbour any major grouse against her otherwise he could have easily gotten her detained and further maltreated, as the lurking ratings were hoping that was what he would instruct them to do.

6. Also in paragraph 14 she mentions that the Admiral even had to tell her that she was not remorseful. Members of the all learned media, there must be a good reason for an Admiral to utter such words. People need to know or get to hear what and what she said to the Admiral that made the man conclude accordingly. I am sure the Admiral, at that point, probably realised that she had thuggish tendencies and could be further manhandled by the hopeful ratings waiting in the wings.

MY OBSERVATIONS

1. Rear Admiral Arogundade has not done anything wrong in my own view. What did the public expect the Admiral to do in such instance? Applaud her behaviour and give her wads of naira notes? She had been beaten already before she was brought to the Admiral, and the Admiral did not further order her maltreatment in any way. The only thing the Admiral did was to engage her in a discussion all through which she was even rude to the Admiral. A 27 year old girl In my own opinion, the fact that the Admiral even decided to wade into the matter after having entered the Guest House, coming face to face with her, and advising her regards her behaviour was very, very, magnanimous of the Rear Admiral. Most Generals of the Armed forces as we all know wouldn’t even get involved in such lowly issues pertaining to the lower ranks at all.

2. There has been public outcry against Admiral Arogundade’s use of Naval ratings and siren. The question to ask is – Did he acquire those illegally? Public commentators and journalists have gone on and on to insinuate that he ought not to be using ratings and siren when the fact of the matter is that all of those tools were directly issued to him by the Military High Command, as is normally issued to very senior military officers of certain ranks and postings considered to be strategic. Now, all of a sudden the all-knowing journalists and “loudspeaker lawyers” know more about the operations of the military than the military high command that gave out those movement tools to the General in the first instance! Or are they telling us that the Nigerian Military High Command is made up of dumbheads who do not have reasons for giving such protection to their Generals? Some knuckleheads were even wondering why Nigerian Military Generals were not being made to enter public buses and so on. Are we in an organised society like first world countries? So Generals who hold strategic troop command positions should be sitting amongst Area Boys, Armed Robbers, and the like? Incidentally, this so-called democracy that we have in this country is guaranteed by the Generals at the expense of their lives. What lunacy? What a country?

3. I believe the young woman herself is nothing but a young beast in the making. A wild thug without any sense of decorum herself. And the media, loudspeaker lawyers, and the like have been encouraging her to take on uniformed authority, simply because we are in a so-called “democracy”. As far as I know, any woman with a decent enough upbringing could never, ever, have ventured to do what that girl did. A decent civilian will take the unjust assault on the chin first and then go to lodge an official complaint to higher or constituted authorities, more especially when she had a father that could even take up the matter right from the top in Abuja. Very surprising. If a 27 year old woman can jump on a uniformed military man in broad daylight and whip the man, then I would want to ask what type of children are we now raising in this country? As for me, the only individuals that have earned my pity in the entire saga are (a) the Rear Admiral whose name has been so maligned to high heavens worldwide for even taking pity on the girl, as if he was the one that ordered her beating (b) the very unfortunate husband to be of the young female thug in question.

4. With regards to our so-called democracy, I am amazed that the coterie of the media, loudspeaker lawyers, and sections of the public are already behaving as if our democracy is already entrenched. A 9-year old democracy?? And we are all behaving as if we are such an advanced democratic country in the league of the US, France and Britain? Does anybody understand that it has taken those countries over a century of largely uninterrupted democracy to get to where they are? Nigerians do not even want to learn to walk in our democratic experiment, they just want to start to fly. Do people realise that our history and culture have largely defined our mental attitudes? Nigerians just want to wake up one morning and be in a position to decommission a Military General for some rating(s) assault on one individual girl? Are we suddenly America, France or the UK? In that case we might as well ask our Military Generals to start parking by the roadside for us civilians to pass, since “we are in a democracy…, ”

5. For the avoidance of any doubt our democracy is just 9-years old. And it is already fractured with fatally rigged “landslide victories” everywhere. Our democracy is not even walking with two legs yet, talk less of sitting comfortably in an armchair like they have been able to achieve in the developed world. The Nigerian democracy, in my opinion, possesses only one leg, supported by crutches, and that single leg is even bandaged. To cap it all the ThisDay editorial comment (of 12 November 2008) was outrightly insulting to the military. Why on earth would ThisDay refer to members of the Nigerian Military as “mad dogs”? And the ThisDay editorial board thinks they have made a major point by directly insulting the military? We all should be very careful with the way we have begun to denigrate the military nowadays simply because “we are in a democracy”. The late MKO Abiola/Airforce saga of some years back readily comes to mind. If in just 9 years of democracy our biggest Newspaper houses have started referring to Military men as “mad dogs” then I wonder what names they would be calling the Military after 20 years of uninterrupted democracy. May I remind everyone that these are people who have voluntarily signed up their lives to protect you and I, so that we could go to parties, naming ceremonies, et al If these gallant people had refused to sign up for the military has it occurred to anyone that we would all have had to be conscripted? It happened even in the USA during the Vietnam war and the so-called “Human Rights Lawyers” couldn’t do anything about it. I, for one, would never, ever be a party to rubbishing the Nigerian Military in any form. Let anyone say what they may like.

6. Governor Fashola of Lagos State simply played to the gallery initially over the matter by threatening publicly (in front of the media) to report the incident to the President. How do you listen to one party in a case involving several parties and jump up to say you are going to report to the President? Moreover is Admiral Arogundade a primary 3 pupil that a State Governor would want to report to a Headmaster? As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria he ought to know better! I am reliably informed that Fashola has now heard the other side of the story and it would be nice for journalists to accost him and check out what he now has to say on the incident.

7. It just beats my imagination that we all tend to be celebrating a senseless action by a thuggish young woman. There is no doubt in my mind that the action of the first rating that hit her/her car with a horsewhip was wrong and quite condemnable but to now go as far as she did beggars belief. If the Naval ratings can be labelled as mad dogs, then what label do we ascribe to a young woman that puts up such behaviour in broad daylight? Ordinarily this is an action that no right thinking civilian would perform on a Policeman, talk less of the Military. I do not even think it is possible to try such dastardly act with the SSS, who are not even a uniformed organisation, without massive repercussions. And I am certain that even Colonel Okere (Rtd), who is the girl’s father and Head of Security at the National Assembly would not smile and shake hands with any civilian that engages any of his uniformed “maiguards” at the National Assembly in a scuffle and then proceeds to whip such guard.

8. President Yar Adua has sent a memo to the Chief of Defence Staff over this matter. I am particularly amazed at the President’s decision to begin sending memos on a single individual case to the CDS. For starters do we know how many people are daily horse-whipped whenever the President or Governors’ entourages pass by? Do we know how many people are horse-whipped daily in the 36 States of the federation plus FCT? So how many memos does the President hope to send before the expiration of his tenure? Well, I can only wish the President the best of luck in his pursuit.

9. I have found a good number of reactions to the incident, especially from Nigerians in the Diaspora to be very disturbing, and superbly ironical. Some contributors have actually called for Admiral Arogundade to be tied to a stake and shot! Some wished that the Admiral should be dragged on the floor for over 20 kilometres and sacked! Etc. Such comments are very, very, ironical indeed especially when you consider that the authors are the so-called “decent Nigerians” living abroad. Assuming the whole episode was even Admiral Arogundade’s fault, would it be appropriate for Nigerians abroad (who have been part and parcel of the First World democratic societies) to call for such actions? In my opinion, we Nigerians are all bunch hypocrites, wherever we may be. It simply shows the “Nigerian” in us all, as derived from our cultural history and environments that we all grew up in.

10. Finally, the way the Nigerian media has handled this incident leaves a big dent on its credibility. As far as I can see there exists no professional investigative reporter in Nigeria. A cleverly edited video clip was circulated around on the internet (CNN i-report) and the whole media went ga-ga. No one bothered to find out what the other side of the story was, including the Lagos State Governor. We all forgot that we live in Nigeria, where even video shots never tell the whole truth! Moreover, the girl’s statement established the crucial fact that the Admiral was NOT present at the point where she was beaten, and neither was he aware of the incident UNTIL the Naval ratings had “arrested” the girl and taken her into custody at the Naval Guest House. The Admiral then handled the entire episode by offering her advice in addition to getting her a shirt to cover herself up with. The way the media had carried on as if it was the Admiral that personally ordered her brutalisation leaves a lot to be desired. I still need to be further enlightened as to the offence of the Admiral on this occasion. The media never went after the names of the Naval ratings that brutalised the girl simply because such names would never sell their newspapers. They preferred to immediately use an Admiral’s name so they can make good profits – Haba!



I do hope that this article of mine would be given equal prominence like the media have been giving to all other stories concerning the incident. Mine is a completely different perspective on the issue and I stand up to be counted on the side of Rear Admiral Harry Olufemi Arogundade on this occasion. Call me a Military apologist if you wish!



I rest my case.



Thank You.

Niji

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TV/Movies / WITCHES: Saving Africa's Witch Children by ayomorocco(f): 10:59pm On Nov 12, 2008
I have just watched a programme on the UK's Channel 4 called "Saving Africa's Witch Children". What it reveals is shocking. Children openly abused in an appalling manner. There were many children burnt with fire, tortured and there was even one girl who had a three inch nail hammered into her head. People are seen abandoning their children under the guise that they are witches. Any death, ill luck, lack of wealth etc is attributed to witches. It almost broke my heart to see a little girl of 5 years say that she thought she was a witch because that is what she had been called for so long. There was even a man who brandished his machete and who threatened to hack a little girl (of about 5-7 years) to death. The rise in the number of children who are accused of being witches has been alleged to the film "End of the Wicked" which was a film by Helen Ukpabio (the pastor of Liberty Gospel Ministries) - though there is no concrete proof of this apart from many accusers refering to it. In one of the shipping villages, the poor catch of fish was blamed on witchcraft. There was even an ignorant evangelist/pastor who boasted of killing about one hundred and ten witches.

Almost just as shocking is seeing parents cough up amounts of money they cannot even afford to dubious pastors/witch doctors etc.

When will Nigeria learn to move with the times? There is a Child Rights Act that does not work in protecting the children in any shape or form. I am sure if people in the USA and the UK had the same backward mentality, all those people who have lost their jobs and homes under the current financial crisis would have tortured, abandoned or killed their children.

WHICH WAY NIGERIA?

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