Sony Sci-Fi Film “District 9” Upsets Nigerian Government


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8264180.stm

Interesting story from the BBC. Apparently the government is upset about the science fiction film “District 9” which it says portrays Nigeria in a negative light.  The Information Minister Dora Akunyili has asked the film makers (Sony) for an apology.  Akunyili also said that the film portrays Nigerians as cannibals, criminals and prostitutes.  The film also features a gang leader character called “Obasanjo”.

I’m sure this is part of Dora’s “rebranding Nigeria” remit as ordinarily this is not the sort of thing that would even register on the government’s radar.  Clearly her department is keeping a close eye on portrayals of Nigeria emanating from the Western media.

Full story at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8264180.stm

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