Friday, February 24, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - "...focus should be placed on global fake news which Africa has suffered mostly from" ( S. Kadiri)

Ogbeni Kadiri,

"I never tell you finish" (Fela)

Re - your words, "focus should be placed on global fake news which Africa has suffered mostly from"

Could you please expand on his theme a little more, bearing in mind that your words are also history (the gospel according to Salimonou Kadiri alias "ogunlakaiye")

We know that in absence of precise /correct facts/ information, like a bush-fire in the harmattan the rumour mill-spins into overdrive with speculation.

Right now the news houses and social media gossips are grappling with " the mystery of the missing president of Nigeria"; yeterday's BBC   - one of the most reliable news houses in the universe ( and even with the new discovery of other planets that is no exaggeration)  - the BBC, as concerned as you and me was asking, Why is Nigeria's President Buhari still in London?

I understand that fake news includes malicious exaggerations , under-reporting and no reporting at all. Yesterday, between 1800-1930 hrs. I was at the ABF seminar about the greatest humanitarian disaster that is today's Yemen and the matter of under-reporting/ no reporting on Yemen was taken up. Apparently, about Yemen too there are interest groups that can pay to ensure that some news is suppressed and certain favourable/ unfavourable opinions expressed and widely propagated.

Of concern to us, that some of the unfiltered / uncritically accepted fake news could and more than occasionally does serve as source material for some historians, inevitably leading to what it already is: the falsification of history. Take this item for instance : 10 Facts About The Arab Enslavement Of Black People Not Taught...

True or false or exaggerated ?

You don't have to answer the question...

Best Regards,


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