Friday, July 27, 2007

Oprah- Narrow Minded ?

A friend buzzed me and said "did you hear what Oprah said on her show about Nigerans"?
She actually said America should sever diplomatic relationship with Nigeria because aacording to her "all Nigerians – regardless of their level of education – are corrupt.” There is an article published in the Punch of 26th July on this, please check it out by clicking this link: Punch

How would a respected human being say something like that about a whole people? What sort of general statement is that?

Can i say, "because some teenage americans do drugs, all teenage americans are drug addicts?" I think that would be the words of a mad woman.

How would she because of the evil acts of a minute segment of the Nigerian population which is over 120 million generalise and say we are all bad. That would mean all notable Nigerians who have made differences in their chosen fields of endeavour are corrupt,right? How can?

We have so many people who have made a lot of difference around the world and have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour, I'm sure some people come to mind as you read. Would Oprah refuse treatment from a Nigerian doctor if she had an emergency and she was taken to a hospital? I doubt that.

The most painful part for me is that i mentioned it to a colleague and he said "is it not true?" we almost fought, and i made a point to him that i am not correct and i am aware of several other Nigerians who are innocent and hardowking people, maybe he is? . What do we say about our country? Do we have faith in Nigeria?

This is an insult on Nigeria as a country and on honest hard working citizens of our beloved country. We need to rise up as a people and speak against injustice or any ill spoken word to our country.

I admired Oprah but i have lost every iota of respect for her today. I am not watching her show anymore and i am spreading this word to everyone i know. Americans defend their country with everything they have, let's do so for ours.
I rest my case!

9 comments:

Tayo said...

I'm yet to get the full picture of this. I keep hearing different versions - all with proof.

aloted said...

I don't want to believe Oprah said that on her show but if she did, then she is a very very silly and stupid woman.

Friend of God said...

i have always had my doubts about Oprah.
There was a show when a man was saying that homosexual relationships are not right hence thats why God made Adam and Eve..on mentioning that biblical reference, Oprah freaked out and asked the man, "And u believe in that?"

She cannot hide what she really is for very long

Friend of God said...

i have always had my doubts about Oprah.
There was a show when a man was saying that homosexual relationships are not right hence thats why God made Adam and Eve..on mentioning that biblical reference, Oprah freaked out and asked the man, "And u believe in that?"

She cannot hide what she really is for very long

Omo Alagbede said...

The mistake we make is to assume that because she is Almighty Oprah, she will always talk sense. Success does not innoculate people against bullshit. If she truly said so, then, it's sad. Especially because she's so influential. Btw, how can see say that,sef? Hasn't she heard of Chimamanda Adichie, for example? Or Ngozi Okonjo Iweala? Or Wole Soyinka? or are they not nigerians nomore?

Pink-satin said...

i wish i could watch the show where she said that....if she did that pretty messed up!but we need to clarify it!

For the love of me said...

America should sever their relationship with Naija, no so e easy, that statement alone goes to show her ignorance. America needs naija, like they need iraq. Kolomental people.

laspapi said...

I'm fairly certain she didn't say that. I heard the rumours too. Remember when they said Ebony Magazine stated I.B.Babangida was the 7th richest man in the world? I haven't met a single person yet who saw that episode of Oprah.

femme said...

well said!
we do not condone fraud and corruption and are deeply ashamed but nigerians are hardworking decent people generally.
why people think oprah is a god is beyond me.