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419 Reasons to Like Nigeria LAUNCH.

For too long, Nigeria and Nigerians have been readily associated with the online scams, financial crime and impersonation - termed ‘419’. However, beyond the unfortunate stereotyping, there are several positive characteristics and cogent intriguing traits of the country, Nigeria and its people, some of which are highlighted below as part of the ‘ 419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ campaign which enlisted 100 volunteers and bloggers to share reasons why they like Nigeria. These reasons echo the voices of Nigerians, with resonating similar themes. The campaign is being facilitated in partnership with ‘The 419Positive Project’.

The full list of ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ is available here The list of contributors to ‘419 Reasons to Like Nigeria’ is available here If you would like to say something positive about Nigerians and Nigeria, please do so here.

Africa: A Poor Nation?

Many see Africa as a nation ridden with poverty, hunger, financial debt and fraudulent activities. They imagine a place where young black boys run around naked, hungry and in dire need of financial assistance. The media and Hollywood celebrities do not help to critically showcase how exactly the situation is in Africa. All American celebrities have at least a cause to alleviate poverty, HIV/AID, and illiteracy in the “poorest nation" in the world. TV commercials are continually showing famous actors, actresses and singers carrying a HIV stricken child, a child afflicted with Kwashiorkor, Beriberi or with some other mortal sickness. However, this is the only image projected about Africa; the media does not include in its information, the reason for such situation: if it is just in a little sector of Africa or its whole continent in need, or why Africa apparently does not have the capability to help herself.

A chapter in my book turned script(contd)

A man walks to the receptionist. He is in a light blue blazer, black shirt with its last two buttons popped open and no tie. He is in his early forties.
“Good day sir, how may I help you?” the receptionist says
“I believe I have an appointment with Mrs Sullivan. Is she in this time?”

Nigeria, A Desensitized Nation

Slept on it and woke up to it. Read Linda's new post and it opened all the emotional and intellectual barrage of tweets that my yesterday and the day before had been. So my first tweet today is "Dear Nigerians, please be sane today because I can't take another dose of your blatant disregard for humane logic. ---signed Moi."
     However, I need to say this even if it might be brief. It is one thing that certain (I really am pulling back on the adjective that qualifies this folks) Nigerians on twitter are uttering nonsense that I am sure they didn't think through, it is another for the Abia State University's Vice Chancellor to come out and utter such arrant rubbish. Words matter!

Ghollywood Review: Adams Apple(Chapter 2)

I had always prayed for a Nollywood series which I think would complement perfectly well with our ongoing soap operas fascination. But I swear, I did not envision the way Shirley Frimpong has embarked on. She terms it "a 10 chapter cinema movie series." As of now, you probably have an issue to take up with either me or Shirley. With me because I would be reviewing chapter 2 out of 10. And with Shirley because of the 10 chapter issue. But since, I refuse to re-watch chapter one over again, I really can't write about it.
      Down to business, the cast includes Yvonne Okoro, Jocelyn Dumas, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Anima Misa Amoah, Adjetey Anang, John Dumelo, KSM, KOD, Benny Fiifi Ashun, Fiifi Coleman, etc which is impressive I must say. I must also point out that I might be a little biased, thanks to this wonderful review of part 1  http://www.modernghana.com/columnmovie/11418/3/adams-apple-the-hype-does-not-match-the-work.html

A chapter in my book turned script

Chapter Seven
"I now pronounce you man and wife."

The guests erupt into applause as the groom lifts Georgina’s veil and dips his head and bends her over his arm to kiss her. Her silk gown sparkling with the five thousand crystals, hand-stitched across the delicate fabric.

The kiss ends and the couple turns to face the congregation. Stella’s breath catches in her throat at the expression on Georgina’s face. She is so happy, so deeply in love. It strikes Stella that while St. Stephan Cathedral glows with candlelight and glittering guests, none shines more brightly than Georgina herself. The light in Georgina’s eyes alone makes her heart ache. Stella’s heart turns over as music swelled, filling the grand Gothic cathedral, as the beaming bride and groom walks down the aisle. Georgina has found her match. She has found her mate.

Weddings always moved her. But this one, this is exceptional. Georgina had been hurt so badly three years ago when her fiancé left her at the altar. Geor…

“419 Reasons to Like Nigeria” Campaign

(Press Release) - Dating far back to the 80’s, the term ‘419’ has associated Nigeria and Nigerians primarily with online financial scams – ‘Advance Fee Fraud’. Most unfortunately, the situation exacerbated to such an extent that the internet became overwhelmed with such negative news attributed to Nigeria.

In response to this, ‘The 419Positive Project’ was initiated, with an ambitious objective of generating four hundred and nineteen positive attributes about Nigeria and Nigerians. “If you could tell the world one remarkable thing about Nigeria and Nigerians, what would it be?”

Screenplay Writing Competition

A lot of youths complain about Nollywood story lines but many choose not to write screenplays even though they blog stories pretty well. The biggest reason for this is, we all think that script writing is harder than fiction. And so, we all resort to blogging amazing stories instead. What this competition is about, is showing that screenplay writing isn’t all that hard.
The rule is pretty simple, just point out the errors in this script. Clue: it is not the suck-ass H/Nollywood storyline. The winner gets to win a pair of white Chuck Taylor sneakers. Now I know that the prize might not be in Don Jazzy’s category but you are not composing or dancing, just pointing out errors.

Discovery

Jan 28, 1990. 12:51 p.m. Greece. Minoan Palace of Knossos

I tried to drown the chatters around me. Even with the air plug, bits of conversation were filtering in. I heard Deidre’s reply on the golden seat throne discovery and it’s ramification. I turned to Great moments in Greek Archaeology and learnt more about the Aphrodite of Melos. The bus lurched to a stop.