Since the beginning of October maybe to mark its 50th independence anniversary which took place on October 1, Nigeria has been featured prominently in one way or the other on the BBC. It seems Nigeria is the new Russia or Bronx, providing entertainment through the way of life of its people.
Starting with Episode 2 in series 9 of Spooks, Nigeria was in the spotlight as the MI5 tried to protect an oil baron from an assassination which had been planned by the ‘Nigerian government’. It was first broadcast in late September but repeat broadcasts were shown in early October.
The following week on The Apprentice, one of the contestants was told off by Lord Sugar for sounding like a Nigerian fraudster. As if it had not hit home well enough, later that week Louis Theroux presented a less than pleasant image of Lagos focused on the lifestyle of the national union of road transport workers’ state treasurer.
The problem is that all this is imagery is so negative. I wonder if people have any idea of what is positive about Nigeria. I learnt yesterday about the newly sworn governor of Ekiti state who had been deprived of this position for almost 4 years! Fortunately, the electorate finally prevailed. It was such good news that Ekiti was trending on Twitter on October 16.
So, I am throwing this open to any Nigerians and non-Nigerians too reading who have any positive news going on back home. Please share it with friends too.