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from Africa News blog:

Nigeria’s image problem

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For anyone who has seen the hit film District 9, it’s no surprise a Nigerian minister would be upset by it.

The science fiction film, set in South Africa, is an allegory on segregation and xenophobia, with alien life forms cooped up in a township of the type that grew up under apartheid and victimised and despised by humans of all descriptions.

No section of human society comes across particularly well, but the Nigerians are crudely caricatured as gangsters, cannibals, pimps, prostitutes and dealers in guns and addictive drugs (in this case cat food). The gang leader’s name sounds exactly like the surname of Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

It’s just a film of course and the slurs needn’t overly detract from the entertainment. (They didn’t for the Nigerian half of my family anyway).

Kiss’ Gene Simmons on “Ladies of the Night”

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simmons.jpgIt’s probably hard to believe — and is also pretty funny – that Gene Simmons, the front man for rock band Kiss (the one with the long tongue who spits blood and fire) has become an author. But it’s easier to fathom when you hear what the book is about: the history of prostitution. 

 Simmons, 58, talked up his “coffee table” book, titled “Ladies of the Night,” on Thursday on the U.S. chat program “The Early Show” on CBS, calling the world’s oldest profession a delicious subject that should not be taboo. But he was quick to note that he was not one to hire the ladies of the night — or day, for that matter. 

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