Article on the BBC about how the state of emergency in Nigeria has led to a TRIPLING of civilian deaths by Boko Haram attacks rather than reducing those attacks. It seems the state of emergency has made Boko Haram even more violent.
There is an utterly pathetic quote in there by a UK military officer who recounts a Nigerian officer asking him whether the British government could sell Nigeria a machine which could automatically identify whether a car contains a terrorist.
“I was asked by a senior commander if we could sell them the machine that can tell if a car driving down the road contains a terrorist…I tried to tell them that such a machine doesn’t exist, but then they just thought we were hiding it from them”.
This is a television programme about Chinese business involvement and investment in Africa. The focus of this video is Chinese business investment in Zambia.
Programmes about Africa coming thick and fast from the BBC. The latest one is called “An African Journey” – hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. He goes on at odyssey of sorts from Bamako, Mali, to Ghana, then to Lagos in Nigeria.
The BBC’s blurb says that “In Lagos, Nigeria’s business capital, Jonathan Dimbleby sees a different take on a city that is often depicted as a hotbed of violence, crime and corruption. He is taken on a private jet by Africa’s richest man, then savours the creative talents of two of African music’s rising stars who are helping to cement Lagos’s place as the continent’s cultural hub.”
Full programme above, and clips below.
After the “Welcome to Lagos” fiasco, the BBC is running aoother programme tonight at 22:00 (GMT) on BBC4. The BBC says it will be a “film about elite young Nigerians returning to a burgeoning media world in Lagos”.
A link to watch the programme will be posted on here asap after the broadcast.
*Updated* April 30, 2010. Watch part 3:
The Guardian has also posted an interesting editorial article and debate about it:
*Updated* You can watch part 2 here:
For those that missed it, you can watch part 1 of the the BBC programme “Welcome to Lagos” here:
There is also a post by the show’s producer, discussing his experiences of filming in Lagos and the myriad characters he met.
Episode 2 is next Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s5x5w
Watch the documentary here: http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/watch-welcome-to-lagos-bbc2-tv-programme/
After “Blood and Oil” the BBC continues with another programme on Nigeria. The programme is on next Thursday April 15, 2010 at 21:00 on BBC Two (except Northern Ireland (Analogue), Wales (Analogue)).
It is a three part series of programmes on Lagos, Nigeria. The BBC’s synopsis of the programme says that the first episode will uncovers life in Olusosun rubbish dump. “Here, around 1000 people live on top of the rubbish in houses built from scrap. The film follows the daily lives of two men who have become skilled at turning rubbish into gold. Eric, aka Vocal Slender, is a musician, and every bit of scrap he finds brings him one step closer to his dream of launching his music career, but a serious fight nearly ruins his chances.
Joseph is a trader who works hard to provide for his wife and two small children, and who has filled his house with things he has found on the dump. ‘If there was a bigger, dirtier, stinkier dump where I could earn more money for my family, then I’d go there to work,’ he says.
With extraordinary access to some of the poorest parts of town, the series celebrates the resilience, resourcefulness and energy of Lagos’s 16 million inhabitants, and shows how successfully many of its slum dwellers are adapting to the realities of the world’s increasingly extreme urban future.
Thu April, 16 2010 – 21:00 GMT, BBC2
The Guardian and the BBC website also contain excellent summaries of what to expect from the programme.
For those of you who missed the BBC programme “Blood and Oil”, I have archived both parts of the programme below. It is a hostage drama about kidnapping in the Niger Delta. Naomie Harris stars as Alice Omuka, a London based PR executive who is also the daughter of a wealthy Nigerian businessman.
When Alice is sent to raise the profile of an international oil services company operating in the Niger Delta, she is embroiled into a hostage drama as three oil workers are kidnapped. Watch both parts of “Blood and Oil” here:
The Guardian also has an interesting synopsis and debate about it:
You can watch a trailer here:
Rebranding Nigeria – Part 2:
This is a continuation of the BBC documentary on rebranding Nigeria. This second part contains an interview with Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and the Information Minister Dora Akunyili. The BBC’s website asks:
“Can the home of 419 internet scams, corruption and voodoo ever transmit a positive image? Nigeria is campaigning for a new image and a new reputation in an effort to attract some much needed investment.
Reporter Henry Bonsu follows the many steps of this charm offensive.
First there is a need to gain public support by showing that those in power are listening. People such as Lagos’ Governor Fashola, known locally as “Nigeria’s Obama”, a man who is planning a sustainable capital city 25 years into the future. Changes he has made have already been felt across the city: infrastructure has been improved, abandonned schools and hospitals are being reopened.”
Last night the BBC’s panorama programme showed a documentary regarding the extraordinary risks that Africans take to travel to Europe in search of a better life. You can watch the show at the URL below:
See the links below for details of the programme and a slideshow showing some shocking images:
Some of the would be migrants trek across dangerous desert terrain in search of European “paradise”. This is a trailer from the programme….