Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tourist Attraction?

After reading Jackie Kay's nightmare account of meeting her father, I wished for some good news about Nigeria. And hey presto! I found one. Now, don't take Francis Gilbert's words seriously, he's a dodgy bloke. I heard him on Radio 4's Start the Week flogging his new book, during which he slagged off the Nigerian media. The man said our media was "underdeveloped" (listen to the clip from 40mins). The phrase comes to mind: he might be a sonofabitch, but he's our sonofabitch. Okay, he has a point, but what gives him the right to diss our sonofabitch? Anyhoo, rant over. He actually recommends Nigeria as a tourist destination. Pah! To quote Norman Kember, "foolhardy or rational", you'd have to be foolhardy to take his advice. Going by his account of watch Nigeria vs Gabon in Port Harcourt, he was in Nigeria in March 2005.


culturalmiscellany said...

Hey mate,

It's better than you think as a tourist destination!!

I did a trip there and I enjoyed it. I haven't been to Lagos but the rest of the country is picturesque. You just need to get some hotels in some more remote landscape areas and you'd have tourists over in no time.

The Cape Verde islands [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2098-2021043.html] have emerged as the latest cool location for purchasing property overseas, maybe Nigeria is next!!

Nkem said...

"I did a trip there and I enjoyed it." Yes, but you're not normal and I mean that in the nicest possible way:)