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The Nigerian Information Minister has made a statement about District 9. She’s called for Sony to apologize and that the Nigerian federal government is going to ban the movie.
 
I just got back from home a couple weeks ago. District 9 opened the Friday before I left.
 
 
I went to the theater to see it with my brother and friend (also a male). The theater audience was comprised entirely of males that evening. I forgot about the Nigerian gang in the movie. I’d talked up the movie so my brother was eager to see it. When the part about the gang came, I suddenly realized I was at ground zero to witness audience reaction.
 
When the narrator started about the Nigerian gang, first there were howls of surprise. Then as the scenes played out there were cries of “Na lie!”, which is the equivalent of “I call foul!” Then it was mostly, “It’s South Africans who eat aliens!”, then “They’re jealous because it’s Nigerian men all their women want!”.
 
Then came the name of the gang leader, the name of our former president, which brought the house down with laughter and people throwing popcorn at the screen, elicited more howling, and cries of “Chay!” which is, “Oh, fuck!” meaning, “ouch.” Then, “See yabbing!” (yabbing meaning “to insult in a witty manner”), concluding with one lone voice chuckling, “I no blame you,” to the director, which means, “Touche.”
 
My aim is to relate this hilarious experience almost word for word. This is because, especially after what our federal government has done in banning the movie, I wanted the voice of ordinary, everyday Nigerians to be heard.
 
The corruption, economic, social, political and macro-psychological problems in Nigeria are too profound to be explained in a nutshell. Or even in a PhD program. But those problems, according to how our government wants to play it, are the disease and not the symptoms. 
 
So when the universities are constantly on strike and students aren’t taught anything, and the salaries of civil servants are paid 10 cents on the dollar while 90 cents are collected by appointed government officials, while roads are nonexistent and cause massive, needless body counts year in year out, when citizens have to dig their own bore holes just to get clean running water in a country gushing crude oil, and when the Coca-Cola bottling company just two days ago, along with over 800 manufacturing companies so far, packed up and left Nigeria BECAUSE WE HAVE NO ELECTRICITY, what is more important to our federal government to send our Information Minister out to do?
 
To go talk about ritualistic crap in a movie.
 
While she was at it she also talked about how Nigerian producers also need to portray Nigerians in a better light in our movies. That is, to likewise stop showing what Neill Blomkamp showed in his movie. 
 
Interestingly, she didn’t ask the federal government to ban any of the Nigerian movies that portray - in worse detail - those disgusting ritualistic acts.
 
Even more interestingly, she didn’t feel the need to ask the federal government TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE RITUAL FUCKING MURDERS TAKING PLACE EVERYFUCKINGDAY IN THE COUNTRY.
 
Instead we speak Orwellian. And the beat goes on.
 
At the end of the day what’s the moral of the story? Well, I’ll tell you.
 
Hypocrisy, and especially while exercising the most profound and consistent disregard, exploitation, injustice and indifference to the misery and lack of basic welfare of your fellow human being to be seen perhaps anywhere on the planet, disqualifies you from ever saying ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, IN THE UNIVERSE.
 
Nigerians inside the country COULDN’T CARE LESS about A FUCKING MOVIE. Nor about esoteric apologies from movie studios in the fabled kingdom of America, when the reality of Nigeria is so. fucking. traumatic for no decent human reason except pure corruption in free reign.
 
So STOP. Stop pretending like you have the privilege to make these statements. You fucking. DONT.
 
Okay. I’m done now. I’m done.
 
Please, understand that I say none of these things out of anything but a severe hatred for the animal farm. 
 
The Nigerian problem is a terrible, terrible one (and it’s a testament to the human spirit that it has nothing to do with our 500 languages [not dialects]). But it’s one we can only solve internally.
 
I would never willingly inflict this subject on an external audience as this movie has forced so many people to do, and I never plan to again. Just had to get this shit off my chest so I can move on to the fucking porn.

Oh, and Barka da Sallah to all my Muslim country people. Ever since I was a little girl, the end of Ramadan has always marked a wonderland time of wandering through friends houses gorging on kebabs. Sucks to have missed out on all that feasting.

on 2009-09-22 08:25 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] frogglez.livejournal.com
Hello

I'm not sure what I want to say in this comment, except to acknowledge and recognise your view on a profound and distressing problem.

I'm in no position to comment really. I haven't seen District 9, I'm a white Australian sitting in a world of privilege. A world away from Nigeria.

May I just say that it's you and those like you that strenghtens my faith in humanity?

on 2009-09-24 04:55 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] 2-perseph.livejournal.com
Thank you both so much. And I ♥ both your icons to pieces.

on 2009-09-23 01:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymalen.livejournal.com
You're not inflicting anything. Far from it, my dear. I'd no nothing about this, about what is going on in Nigeria, nor about the conditions of its people if you kept silent. So rant on, lovely, we don't mind.

on 2009-09-24 04:58 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] 2-perseph.livejournal.com
*crawls into your lap* Thank you.

on 2009-10-04 01:11 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymalen.livejournal.com
*Snuggles you bunches*

You should know by now, not to mention have enough faith in yourself by now, to know you are not surrounded by people who only want to hide in their own sanitized bubbles.

Without your comments, posts and rants, I'd have NO clue about what is really going on in Nigeria. It quite simply does not make news here--for whatever socio-politicial-economic reasons. So please don't feel like we don't care, or are incapable of caring. We do.

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