Friday, November 10, 2006

Nigeria's first female governor

With all the dust around IBB's entrance into the Big Throne race, comparatively little has appeared internationally about Nigeria's first ever female Governor, newly 'elected' Virgina Etiaba, in troubled Anambra State. The BBC's local journalist Sola Odunfa describes her as 'tall and matronly in carriage.' This is sexist - its surprising the Beeb's editorial filters let it pass. Would they notice if he described a Nigerian male politician as portly and stiff in carriage? I smell the sifting dust of a thousand fading files in Bush House's basement..


Anonymous,  2:21 pm  

I also read it, thinking it was iffy. This isn't Bush. This has probably gone via the Africa Service to newsonline. I lay the blame with newsonline.

My Talking Beginnings 2:42 pm  

that's cos the BEEB is just as sexist...pairing sexy young things with ugly old "professionals"...susannah reid and bill turnbull; kate silverton+dermot monaghan..and so on.
that said, shame IBB has been allowed to steal thunder once again!the bitch is always stealing things...

Anonymous,  3:40 pm  

The BBC has no filters, whatever are you thinking?

Dami 5:08 pm  

natasha kaplinsky* hmmmmmmm haaaaaa

Anonymous,  5:45 pm  

Fred, the BBC does have filters. Many, in fact. But you'd still be amazed at how many things slip through the net regardless of checks. This is probably one of those things that wasn't vetted before going online.

Through these eyes 6:00 pm  

I think I heard her name before but didn't know she was our first.

houstonmacbro 11:43 am  

if you think the coverage got scant coverage on bbc, it was practically non-existent here in the states.

your blog, actually, is the first i heard of this milestone in nigerian politics.


Akin 2:39 pm  

Errr! Your comment about the BBC being sexist is not helped with your getting the name of the lady wrong.

Surely, it is Virginia and not Virgina.

Looks like a Freudian slip, definitely not deliberate :-)

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