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Nigerian cannibals

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Message of District 9: Nigerians are Redundant

Now that District 9 is out on DVD and given the fact that it was on a lot of people’s ‘Best Films of 2009″ lists, is a good excuse to talk about its depiction of its Nigerian villains as unrepentant cannibals again. Recently I reread Ato Quayson’s take on “District 9,” especially the portrayal how

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Is District 9 being censored in Nigeria?

This news: Information Minister Dora Akunyili has asked movie houses in the capital of Abuja to stop screening District 9 because the South Africa-based sci-fi movie about aliens and discrimination makes Nigerians look bad. “We have...

Monday, September 21st, 2009

“District 9″ and the Nigerians

Online comment to New York Press on a film review of “District 9,” the sci-fi movie about aliens landing in Johannesburg: As a young Afrikaans South African with a fondness for interspecies-conflict-based fiction, I enjoyed D9, and...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...