Wednesday, July 09, 2008

This Day celebrates African culture

Nigeria's premier newspaper This Day is hosting a series of celebrations of African culture, starting in Abuja this Friday. Jay-Z and Naomi Campbell will be here, as will Usher and Youssou N'Dour and a host of other glamourpusses. Tickets for the Abuja and Lagos events are on sale for N60,000 - just under 260 pounds or 520 dollars for a night's entertainment - a real bargain considering the stars who will be gracing the country with their presence. The world's attention will inevitably pass from Japan and the G8 to Nigeria for a few shimmering days. The foreign investments are sure to start flowing in immediately the festival finishes. It's all good.

22 comments:

Anonymous,  8:28 pm  

£260??? You would not even pay that for a concert in USA, UK and Timbuktu!!! Is it a concert or a fund raiser? Only in naija...exploitation. When will we learn?

Anonymous,  8:33 pm  

LOL! Is that sarcasm i detect jeremy?

Kody 2:30 am  

Kai -that Nduka is a clever guy. A Nigerian we should all be proud of. He has cleverly deduced that if he gives millions to Jay -Z, Usher, Naomi and co, they will spread the word to their friends and encourage them to pay a visit to the motherland. Before long, all the celebs will visit and think fondly of Africa when flying in their private jets or buying their bling watches or multi million dollar cribs. Imagine the huge investments this will lead to in Africa. Soon, we will all be rich.

Kody 2:36 am  

Kai -that Nduka is a well rounded intelletual. A Nigerian we should all be proud of. He has cleverly deduced that if he gives millions to Jay -Z, Usher, Naomi and co, they will spread the word to their friends and encourage them to pay a visit to the motherland. Before long, all the celebs will visit and think fondly of Africa when flying in their private jets or buying their bling watches or multi million dollar cribs. Imagine the huge investments this will lead to in Africa. Soon,we will all be rich.

Kody 6:04 am  

Kai -that Nduka is a clever guy. A Nigerian we should all be proud of. He has cleverly deduced that if he gives millions to Jay -Z, Usher, Naomi and co, they will spread the word to their friends and encourage them to pay a visit to the motherland. Before long, all the celebs will visit and think fondly of Africa when flying in their private jets or buying their bling watches or multi million dollar cribs. Imagine the huge investments this will lead to in Africa. Soon, we will all be rich.

Adaure 8:27 am  

Lol @ Jeremy. No spoil market for some people by pointing out the obvious. (anyone got any tickets to 'give away'...look at it as a charity donation)

Mr C 9:37 am  

If it cost 260pounds to see Jay-Z, how much will it cost to see Nelson Mandela?
Men, thats some rip off!!
J, I guess u were being ironic when u said "a real bargain".

Anonymous,  11:01 am  

When I saw the title: 'Thisday Celebrates African Culture' i thought Jeremy';s working on that project!

And then i saw: 'The world's attention will inevitably pass from Japan and the G8 to Nigeria for a few shimmering days. The foreign investments are sure to start flowing in immediately the festival finishes. It's all good.'

Aha, Jeremy's still got his senses!!lol

Kody 11:15 am  

Ahem?! My post is listed three times. I didn't think the first two went through.I guess I am just in love with ThisDay

Anengiyefa 2:02 pm  

Is this really a celebration of African culture? I saw this post while at the office, and raised my voice in protest. My colleague who thinks, (as Jeremy apparently does), that Naomi Campbell, Jay-Z and Usher are representative of African culture, started an argument with me, but from where I am sitting, I can see no connection whatsoever between these three individuals and African culture. So perhaps, a "celebration of African culture" is not what the THIS DAY Music and Fashion Festival is about!

I see that the festival is tagged "Africa Rising: To Celebrate the Best and Brightest of Emerging New Africa". But hey, maybe its because I'm old and unimaginative. Can someone please explain to me how I am to make a connection between Naomi Campbell, Usher, Jay-Z and the best and brightest of emerging new Africa?

Controversial Anon,  3:35 pm  

I can safely conclude now that more than half the people who read this blog are THICK!

Work out where you belong. lol.






Was it sarcasm? Was it not? Is his cock pink? is it not? Is Jesus nuts? Is he not?

hahaha.

kandy,  4:51 pm  

@anengiyefa... I sort of agree with you on this one but i guess they needed a theme that they could easily promote. I believe its a good initiative given all the bad press this country is getting. Obviously the bottom line here is money but it gives me a sense of pride when I have to tell my sissy friends that Nigeria is not as bad as they think it is.

Im not particularly crazy abt the artistes coming... I think they needed guys like Bono and a couple of other artistes whose voices are taken very seriously whenever they speak out on issues but then different strokes for different folks!

Kody 10:12 am  

@ Contoversial anon, its not a case of people being thick (though sometimes I really wonder about Jeremy's blog readers sometimes). In this case I think its just because sarcasm is not a common form of expression amongst most Nigerians. Many of us tend to take things literally. Is funny though.

Anengiyefa 1:28 pm  

Some people on here take themselves too seriously...oh, am sure the person in particular who my finger is pointed at, knows who he is...

Sarcasm, maybe. But does this obfuscate the ridiculous and absurdly preposterous notion that a festival supposedly to celebrate the best of Africa, is primarily touted with the presence of Americans and Europeans?

Kody 8:36 pm  

On a serious note though, my beef with This Day is that the organization patronizes Nigerians. Its a overpriced concert plain and simple- call it what it is. Don't try and dress it up as some kind of altuistic endeavour to improve the lot of Nigerians or Africans in general.

I work in the entertainment industry and I know how much a concert of this kind costs to put together -it runs ino millions of Dollars not even Naira.

What we all should be asking is -how is this project being financed? It certainly isn't through the sale of newspapers.

Anonymous,  7:00 pm  

@kody, "I think its just because sarcasm is not a common form of expression amongst most Nigerians"


You must be talking about certain Nigerians - because I am Yoruba, and in my part of Yorubaland (Oyo), sarcasm is a big part of our speech.


I hate it when Nigerians make these sweeping statements about Nigeria based on their own limited experience. Unless you have visited all or most places in Nigeria, you speak about the people you know. Jesu Krisit Olugbala! Gba wa lowo obo!

Kody 7:12 pm  

Which part of 'most Nigerians' was difficult for you to comprehend. I see the unintelligent insults have started. Is funny how people can be can be so crass under the cloak of anonimity..

Anonymous,  7:35 pm  

Anon 7.00

I see you have cornered the market of Jesu Olugbala insults. You might want to shoot off to your dung heap and concentrate on a joke book . Am sure it will be a great success. A Booker prize will follow surely.

Anonymous,  11:19 am  

kody, you are quick to throw punches at anonymous because he chooses to remain anonymous. I see your name is kody, but are you really any less anonymous than anonymous is? And while I am at it, let me make it clear that I agree with Anengiyefa who said that this concert had nothing to do with Africa whatsoever, except perhaps the fact that some Africans enriched themselves thereby somewhat. We Nigerians enjoy fooling ourselves it seems.

Anonymous,  3:17 pm  

By the way, my name is kody (and no its not short for anything). Is not a Nigerian name but parents liked it and so do i.

Anonymous,  11:38 pm  

the point is that if you click on kody's name, the profile is not available, making him/her just as anonymous as I am!

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