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Lagos Comic Con – 7th Edition

LAGOS COMIC CON 2018

Last week marked the 7th edition of Lagos Comic Con. The event featured both African and international comics, games, animations films, and books. (As well as countless Black Panther Cosplays).

indexFor many of us in the diaspora, this may be the first time hearing of a Nigerian based Comic convention. Events like the Lagos Comic Con gives African creatives an opportunity to showcase their talent and work. It also serves to inspire and connect like-minded people.

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN ENUGU

ENUGU, NIGERIA

Thinking of traveling to Nigeria this season? Perhaps you want to visit relatives back home, reconnect with your heritage or find out what the country has to offer. Why not take a detour into the jewel of the South East? Popularly known as the Coal City or 042 (the area code), Enugu boasts of a combination of small-town charm and big-city class. And it’s got something for everyone!

Here are the top five things to do when in Enugu:

1. LEARN:

History buffs will enjoy exploring Enugu’s rich heritage, art and civil war memorabilia at the National Museum of Unity, Abakaliki Road. Alternatively check out the new Centre for Memories at Independence Layout for book readings, films shows and other activities touching on Igbo history and culture.

 

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2. EXPERIENCE NATURE:

Enugu is home to some of the most amazing nature spots in Nigeria. Hill climbing is very popular; be sure to visit Milliken Hills for an exhilarating hike. If you’re more aquatically inclined, check out all the different lakes from the evergreen Nike Lake with its own five-star resort, to Ani Ozalla Lake where the crocodiles are regarded as goddesses. Remember to bring along a sacrifice for them! (Biko ! It’s a JOKE o) 😊

 

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LEARN IGBO: Simple sentences and verb conjugation #9

FORMING SIMPLE SENTENCES IN IGBO

Similar to English, Igbo present tense word order is typically:

verbs

SVO

  • SUBJECT (I/He/They…etc)
  • VERB (to go/to be/…etc)
  • OBJECT (happiness(adjective)/park…etc)

 

So if I wanted to say I am a nice person. I would say:

A(I) bu m(am) ezigbo(a good) mmadu(person).

Below are some examples of Igbo verb conjugation using the verb (to be)

IGBO ENGLISH
ỊMARA MMA – TO BE GOOD LOOKING
Amara m mma I am good looking
Ị mara mma You are good looking
Ọ mara mma He/she/it is good looking
Anyị mara mma We are (group) good looking
Anyị machara mma We are (individually) good looking

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FALZ – THIS IS NIGERIA – Symbolism, meanings and breakdown

Analysis and Breakdown

Nigerian Afrobeats artist, Falz, creates rendition of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” with a Nigerian twist.

Entitled ‘This is Nigeria’, the song and video depict the harsh realities of Nigerian society in 2018.

Unlike the original ‘This is America’ video, which seemed to have many obscurities to be deciphered. The issues portrayed in Falz’s interpretation are much more blatant.
This may be because in most cases Nigeria’s corruption is transparent.

Below are some of the issues we’ve managed to spot.

To see the full video, see here:

 

The video starts with Falz holding a boombox which could be taken as a symbol of just how loud the corruption in Nigeria is/ himself trying to get a message across.

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The camera then pans out as we hear a voiceover of his father, the lawyer and human rights activist Femi Falana, with the words:

“They’re extremely poor. The medical facilities are poor, we operate a predatory, neo-colonial capitalist system, which is founded on fraud and exploitation. And therefore, we are bound to have corruption institutionalised. – Many criminal cases are settled in police stations, albeit, illegally.”

Differing from ‘This is America’, the video begins with carnage which everyone seems to either take part in or do nothing about. This is shown by the okada(motorbike) driver causally driving pass the fight he sees.

This could also represent Nigeria’s assumed chaos/lawlessness. Falz adheres to this within the lyrics by mentioning “everybody be criminal”.

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FULANI HERDSMAN

CNN also reports: ‘That’s why the first man, dressed in traditional Fulani attire would switch from being a happy musician minding his business, to a murderer in an instant. He abandons his Goje (popularly known as the ‘Hausa Guitar) for a machete, and instantly moves towards another helpless citizen who he kills without mercy.’ (see image above).

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