From the BBC News website:
“Teenage Nigerian weightlifter Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo has won the first gold medal of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi in the women’s 48kg division. The 17-year-old set a new Games record of 175kg after lifting 77kg in the snatch and 98kg in the clean and jerk to upset home favourite Soniya Chanu.”
Check out the rest of the story here.
Well done Augustina! It’s nice to see a positive story involving Nigeria, and I’m sure all Nigerians are very proud of your achievement. I hope you go on to have a long and successful career in weightlifting.
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.
England have just qualified for another world cup. This time it was the England Women’s team that defeated the Swiss Women’s team in a play-off match to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Germany. I’m talking about football by the way! 😀
The first game was played in Shrewsbury on the 12 September, and England won it 2-0. Tonight’s match was played in Wohlen, Switzerland, and England came away with a 3-2 victory. It was a good game, and England were leading 2-0 and 3-1 at different points of the match, so I didn’t doubt that we’d get through.
The main talking point was the outrageous dive by one of the Swiss strikers inside the England goal. Romana Bachmann had just scored for Switzerland to take the scores back to 2-1. She tried to retrieve the ball from the back of the net and England’s goalkeeper, Rachel Brown tried to get the ball too. Bachmann then went down like she’d been shot, but you could see from the replays that there was barely any contact.
Unfortunately, her ‘gamesmanship’ worked, and Brown was wrongly shown the red card. I hope the FA can successful appeal against it because it was a clear case of deceiving the referee. I’m now hoping that Nigeria can qualify from the African group so I can have two teams to support next summer. 🙂
Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi says Nigeria should be divided into several states along ethnic lines – comments which are bound to anger Nigeria’s government.
Personally, I think Gaddafi should mind his own business!!! Most of the problems in Nigeria are caused by poverty and corruption, not religion! Also, lots of Nigerian families have both Christian and Muslim members. Which ‘new country’ are they supposed to move to??? Idiot!