The Lane Train

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Africa Now Gravely Misunderstood Even By Insiders

Posted by thelanetrain on July 10, 2008

Let’s say you’re a third world African nation with the most poorly planned urban infrastructure and rampant crime and poverty.  What on earth would you do to help improve your standing?  You could almost feed orphans, or build things, but Nduka Obaigbena, a Nigerian media mogul, has some other ideas.  As Gawker reported this morning, Obaigbena plans to hold annual parties, organize a huge music festival, and dress up like a dapper dan.  Critics argue that Obaigbena’s plans do nothing to help improve the lives of rural Nigerians, who are the most affected by the nation’s widespread poverty and misfortune, but Obaigbena points out that Nigeria is in its longest period of democracy ever and by having these huge social functions, it will hope to improve the city of Lagos’ standing and give recognition to the country as a whole.

Hmmm…organize a huge overpriced music festival with all sorts of problems afoot?  Didn’t this happen already?  Well, at least it’s better than their current method of raising international awareness…


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