Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Naija in the News

The BBC reported today that Nigeria have called up Carlton Cole to the next World Cup qualification match in September even though he is not eligible to play. Read the full story here (Who knew his full name is  Carlton Cole Okirie?)

Also Man Utd have reported that Wayne Rooney will miss the first match of the new season due to a Virus he picked up in Nigeria where the team played Portsmouth (Rooney didn't even play!). Read the full story here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Still a Styl-Plus fan...

I just got the new Styl-Plus album "Back and Better". So far my best tracks are the opening track "Four Years" - which tracks the development of the group from when the guys met, the departure of one their previous members, through to present day (very similar in style to P-Square's "Story") - and track 2, "I no wan trouble".

Click here to download the track "Four Years". Go and buy the album guys!

Monday, April 14, 2008

More tales of British Airways disrespecting Nigerians

Email received in my in box today

My peeps, abeg make una no fly BA again O! What the Nigerian passengers may, or may not have done is a secondary matter. What you need to think about is this - would BA have "emptied" a trans-atlantic flight if a similar thing had happened......I don't think so! Yes, Nigerians can be rude but I mean this is simply ridiculous!

culled from the Mirror

A British Airways captain ordered 136 passengers off his plane in chaotic scenes after they all started complaining to cabin crew.

As the flight waited to take off at Heathrow the row was sparked by the restraint of a man being forcibly deported.

Many were distressed by his pitiful cries of "I go die" and one passenger, Ayodeji Omotade, 39, spoke up on his behalf.

The deportee was taken off the Lagos-bound jet by immigration staff and police.

But five officers returned and arrested Mr Omotade. This outraged the other 135 passengers in the economy class section and they complained to cabin crew.
Amid riotous scenes in the aisles, 20 police officers boarded to calm everything down.
Then the BA pilot took the extraordinary decision to boot off everyone who had witnessed the arrest of Mr Omotade, an IT consultant from Chatham, Kent.

The captain took the view they were all guilty of disturbing the flight, although no more passengers were arrested.

After the economy class section was virtually cleared, the deportee, aged about 30, was brought back on and the flight left.

The passengers were booked on to later flights but Mr Omotade was told by BA staff he was banned by the airline for life.

English-born Mr Omotade, married with a daughter aged four, was handcuffed and kept in police custody for eight hours after his arrest. He has not been charged and is seeking an apology from BA.

He was traveling from Heathrow's Terminal 4 to Lagos for his brother's marriage and had in his luggage the groom's wedding ring, shirt and suit. He missed the ceremony.
He told the Mirror: "There were agonizing noises from an individual being restrained. It went on for 20 minutes.

"I pleaded with the officers and my exact words were, 'Please don't kill him.'
"I was not swearing or threatening. BA staff said the officers were doing their jobs and nothing was going to happen. When he was removed we thought it was the end of the matter.
"But police officers came back and I was handcuffed and dragged off the plane."

He claims his luggage has been lost and £1,600 cash he had for relatives has been taken and not returned.

Scotland Yard confirmed: "A man was arrested for affray and causing a disturbance and was bailed."

Ba said: "Police were called to the BA75 service to Lagos on March 27 after a large number of passengers became disruptive.
Many were removed.

"We take any threats against our crew or passengers very seriously and this kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

I think this one is gathering pace (story also on Chxta and Ijebuman's blogs) and hopefully even if it doesn't cause BA to reform their attitude towards Nigerians at least a boycott will reduce the demand of BA tickets on their Lagos flights (thus leading to lower prices)?

Pls Sign This Petition & Boycott British Airways!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Naija makes American Idol top 24

Viewers of American Idol will remember Jasmine Trias who made it third place in Season Three of the show based on the vote from Hawaii. This week Chikezie Eze (of Nigerian Heritage) made it to the Top 24 on American idol. From this point the public vote will dictate who stays in the competition and who goes home. I guess its time to really find out how many Nigerians there really are in America. But that being said, just like Obama, Chikezie might be so talented he doesn't need to depend on the black vote at all...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Funny Naijas on Youtube.

Blak Jesus

Crank Dat Naija Boy


Friday, August 24, 2007

Madeleine McCann, Rhys Jones and the British Media

First off let me offer my condolences to the Parents of Rhys Jones and my deepest sympathies to Madeleine McCann's Parents. I pray that God comforts them at their time of loss and pain. No caring parent deserves to have a child taken away from them in the circumstances of either of these cases. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with both sets of parents.

Do Missing, Stabbed or Shot Children need to be white to make Page One news?
I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone of the media circus that surrounded the Madeleine McCann case. David Beckham went on TV urging for information, a £2.5 million reward fund was launched and the parents were granted an audience with the Pope.

The Rhys Jones case is barely 36 hours old and it is all over the newspapers and TV and one can sense the momentum building. I would like to reiterate the statement of Sir Ian Blair, and accuse the british media of institutional racism in their reporting. The media choose which stories they would like to be front page and then they launch blanket publicity of certain cases which sometimes leads to mass public hysteria. Is it a coincidence that the children in both these cases are photogenic white children?

Does no one remember the black kids shot dead over the last 6 months; Kamilah Peniston, 12; Michael Dosunmu, 15; Adam Regis, 15; or stabbed to death Paul Erhahon, 14; or the missing Elizabeth Ogungbayibi, 6 or Dorothy Powell, 9? What do we need to do for these cases to gain more attention?