Sunday, May 09, 2010


I thought I had a lot to say about Nigeria until I sat in front of the Camera and then realize my knowledge of Nigeria history is quite incompetent. Did I just hear you say “You are not a historian, so that is quite understandable”? Oh, I hope not. Learning more about Nigeria history has become a priority for me.

The filmmaker, Terence of Afro Legacy: aims to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of African and African American people in the diaspora and all cultures that comprise the human race. He is a historian- and this didn’t make the video-shoot easy because he knew a lot about Nigeria, more than I did.

“People who know nothing about your country make movies and music that portray your country in the wrong light—“ he said. So his passion is to create a platform for people to right the wrong of the Western Media. As a child, Terence watched movies that portrayed African from pathetic perspective, and like so many people in the West, he grew up thinking “poor Africans live in the wild”.
Does the Western World really have a ploy to deliberately bastardize the greatest black Nation and its people, in an attempt to appear invincible and thereby maintain false purity? Dr. Agboaye, the author of Wakaman Politiks, a political satire written in pidgin English, also sees the need to re-orientate the world and create a paradigm shift on how Africans are perceived.
Dr Agboaye’s new book “Is it well with Nigeria?” is described in the synopsis as a “masterpiece on Nigeria! Audacious, insightful, authorative, fearless and objective analysis of Nigeria’s checkered politics.” Utilizing indisputable historical facts and figures to boldly demystify long-held political beliefs. Dr Agboaye challenges the global community, boldly defend our motherland’s negative image and in the process rebrand, repackage and re-launch Nigerians to the world.”
The Professor of government and political science at Tarrant County College, Arlington, Texas wrote to me via Facebook “Jenny! This book is a comprehensive and up-to-date political account of Nigeria”

Why will I read this book? “There's the saying that those who don't master their history are bound to repeat the past. If we follow a methodical approach in learning about our past, there is no way we can make the same mistakes the second time around. The “wahala” there is that we continue to muddle around our mountain like the Israelites because we refuse to learn from our past. My book addresses where we came from; how we got where we are; and how to get out of our present stalemate. If Nigerians read this book, and are serious about changing our country, the sky will be the limit.”

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