Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Nigerian Complaint

BBC News today reported that the Nigerian government is asking cinemas to stop showing the sci-fi film, District 9, that they say denigrates the country's image. Their Information Minister Dora Akunyili has expressed unhappiness that the film portrayed Nigerians as cannibals, criminals and prostitutes. The film is about alien refugees who set up home in a South African shanty town called District 9. It is a loose allegory about apartheid and recent violence by South Africans against foreigners. But Akunyili insisted that it clearly took aim at Nigerians. Please lah, let’s not forget that this is after all, a work of fiction – so there is really no need to be overly sensitive.

In the EPL, Arsenal produced an incisive, attacking display to cruise to a comfortable 4-0 victory against a lackluster Wigan Athletic. Center-back Thomas Vermaelen rose to head the Gunners into the lead from a corner (25th minute) before curling in his second from the edge of the box (49). Arsenal's third came when a shot by Eduardo found the net (59), courtesy of a deflection from Emmanuel Eboue, who may well ultimately claim it. A back-heel finish by Cesc Fabregas in injury time (90) crowned a superb win. Good game.


ayesha said...

Wasn't the show set in Johannesburg? Is Johannesburg in Nigeria? Wow, i'm confused.

Glam said...

Yes, the movie was set in Johannesburg, S.A. but the criminal elements operating in the "District 9" shanty town were Nigerian gangs.