What Crime did Mariah Carey Commit

Posted: December 20, 2013 in Crime, Entertainment, In Da Music, Metro, Naija Scene, Opinion
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Recently, a popular US website Radaronline blasted Pop star Mariah Carey for “performing in Nigeria,” describing the country as the “world’s centre of bank fraud and human trafficking”.

Carey recently performed at Access Bank’s annual Christmas gig on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The night was also dedicated to the bank’s outgoing managing director, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.

Well, a writer (who clearly failed to include his/her name, preferring to use the pseudo ‘Radar Staff’) at Radaronline feels Carey’s trip to the West African country was unwarranted, alleging that “Nigeria is well-known as the centre of the world’s email financial crimes” and is a “country well known for terror, death and fraud”.

The writer even went on to write that the United Nations has described Nigeria as the “hub of human trafficking; a source, destination and transit country”, that there are “mass killings going on in two Nigerian states right now and, according to the Human Rights Watch, the violence is being ignored by federal authorities”.

Well, galling as this may be, the website is not the only one that has attacked Nigeria. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey did toe the same line some years ago, calling the country a “scammer’s haven”. With all these negative reviews Nigeria is getting, one is forced to ask himself/herself whether these things are happening in the country we know or some fictitious Nigeria.

Is there no good thing about Nigeria that the foreign media can talk about? What about our burgeoning music industry? What about our soldiers who act as peacekeepers the world over? What about our senior football team The Super Eagles who have recently woken up from their slumber to win the African Cup of Nations and qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup? There are many other positive things about this great nation.

One cannot blame them, though. While some may think the website went too far, others think it’s a good thing. At least, they say, our leaders will do the right thing and fix Nigeria!

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