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Johnny Mad Dog


One of the most emotional and harrowing films about child soldiers and the civil war in Liberia. The film’s “actors” include actual child soldiers. For those who want a realistic depiction of the brutality of Liberia’s civil war – watch this emotive film.

Sesame Street Comes to Nigeria


Some of you might have grown up watching the US kids’ show Sesame Street. Well, Sesame Street is coming to Nigerian television screens. A locally produced version with Nigerian version called “Sesame Square” will be broadcast in Nigeria. It will feature Nigerian characters and voices, including “Zobi, a yam-eating taxi driver, and Kami, a talkative five-year-old living with HIV”.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE68G1V620100920

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/sesame-street-nigerian-style/

http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/staytuned/tag/sesame-street-nigeria/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100824/ap_on_re_af/af_nigeria_sesame_street;_ylt=As34zGDuJMjCZtbcF78GBD696Q8F;_ylu=
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http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68G1V620100917

Education in Nigeria: “8 Million” Children out of School


http://education.guardian.co.uk/slideshow/page/0,,2069068,00.html

More doom and gloom. This UK Guardian photo essay/video takes a look at education in Nigeria. Startling stats like “Nigeria has more children out of school than any other country in the world”.  The stat continues by saying that Nigeria has 8 million children out of school.

Apart from my skepticism at the stat, for balance, it might help if it also mentioned that over half of Nigeria’s population are children!  So if 8 million out of 75-80 odd million children are out of school, the stats suddenly don’t seem so depressing as that equates to just over 1 out of every 10 children out of school (10%).

The article also fails to mention that with over 150 million people, Nigeria is the 7th most populous country on Earth!  Having 8 million out of over 150 million out of school doesn’t seem as apocalyptic as the Guardian makes it seem.

Also I find it hard to believe that Nigeria has more kids out of school than billion people + India. Another half baked Western media article of the type that drives me insane.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/may/01/internationalaidanddevelopment.schoolsworldwide

Senator Yerima Defends his Marriage to a 13 Year Old Egyptian Girl


Great report on Senator Ahmed Yerima’s marriage to a 13 year old Egyptian girl. This has been generating much controversy in Nigeria. Apparently the girl is the daughter of Yerima’s driver. Yerima is 50 years old and is a former Governor of Zamfara State.

This is a very touchy issue pitting religious law/conviction against Nigeria’s secular law. It is illegal in Egypt and Nigeria to marry anyone aged under 18. However many northern states (including Yerima’s state of Zamfara) rejected the prohibition on marrying under 18s.

Yerima said he rejects the law, “my people rejected it so also other states in the North because it is against their religion.” Watch the video above to see Yerima defend his marriage to the girl.

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