Friday, October 28, 2005

More Nigerian sadness...

Sad to learn that the body of the missing Indiana university student, Olamide Adeyooye had been found in Mississippi....I hadbeen one of those who sent e mails to major networks in the US encouraging them to focus more attention on her disappearance having been encouraged to do so by a Nigerian message board. Her friends had mounted a massive internet awareness raising effort to help find her, especially in the face of the alleged US media obsession with "blonde and blue eyed victims" and it's really sad it ended this way..........Of all the messages people posted on various sites I really liked this one-No one can hurt her now!

And then to hear that Ezenwa Ohaeto, one of Nigeria's best known literary figures who only a few weeks ago won the NLNG Nigeria Literature Prize for his poetry collection, Chants of a Minstrel died earlier this week at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. He will probably be best remembered for his biography of Chinua Achebe. My thoughts go out to his family and friends....

It really hasn't been a good week for Nigeria. Let's hope next week will be better.....

1 comment:

sanjay said...

I'm sorry about the bad news. I don't know the author who passed but I read on of Achebe's essays in which he claimed that The Heart of Darkness was racist and I really enjoyed it. ...About your question before regarding the Joss and Gold text, yes, I do in fact believe what I wrote for that particular post. I'll try to expand on posts in the future.