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Happy 50th Birthday to Nigeria

Happy birthday to Nigeria! We are celebrating our 50th year of independence today. Nigeria became independent on 1st October 1960, and the country has been on a rollercoaster of fortunes ever since. I lived in Nigeria from 1987 to 1994, and I had a great time while I was there.

Today’s celebrations were marred by two bombs blasts in the capital city Abuja, and the BBC reports that at least 8 people were killed in the explosions. MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) have claimed responsibility for these heinous terrorist attacks.

I do not want to spend today talking about Nigeria’s many problems, but I intend to do so in the future. I hope that we successful solve the majority of our problems over the next 10 years (another 50 years would be way too long).

Most of our problems are man-made ones (e.g the corruption of government ministers, the destruction of the Niger Delta, the religious conflicts in Jos, the lack of constant electricity…)

Blog editor: I thought you weren’t going to talk about Nigeria’s problems today.

Moja: Oh yeah, you’re right. I just can’t help myself!

Happy birthday Nigeria! I hope our current president Dr Goodluck Jonathan (aka “the Facebook President”) wins next year’s general election; we need intelligent leaders like him to lead our country to a future of peace and prosperity. God bless Nigeria.

Global decline in new HIV cases

From the BBC News website:

“Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said. UNAids said 22 countries in the world’s worst affected region had seen a drop in new cases of more than 25%. The fall was because of greater awareness and better use of preventative measures, it said.”

Check out the rest of the story here.

I’m glad to hear it because at one point it seemed as if HIV/AIDS was going to wipe out generations of Africans. Many people either denied it existed, or used crude and ineffective methods (such as having a shower after sleeping with an HIV victim) to avoid catching it.

Preventative measures such as using condoms were discouraged by misguided religious leaders. Even the ex-president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, questioned the link between HIV and AIDS, preferring to link AIDS with poverty instead.

I found an interesting website which talks about the history of HIV/AIDS in Africa. It’s very long, but it explains in great detail how the HIV virus spread throughout Africa. It also talks about the steps that countries are taking to combat the disease. I think this kind of good news is long overdue!

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