Thursday, July 05, 2007

Police in Amsterdam target Nigerians

Nigerian blogger Akin lives in Amsterdam and narrates here the events of June 15th in which Nollywood singer and actor Nkem Owoh (Osuofia) was arrested along with over 200 other Nigerians in the middle of his performance at the Grand Café, a Nigerian nightclub in South-East Amsterdam.

Not only has the mainstream media neglected to cover this story, the wider blogosphere has also ignored this reckless conduct by the Amsterdam police as we have also done with the recent killings of
Osamuyia Aikpitanyhi and Eugene Obiora. Akin has been pushing the story forward, though, following up his original post with an editor's pick on African Loft and then yesterday's probing analysis of Owoh's hit song "I Go Chop Your Dollar."

The Dutch authorities seem to have mistakenly connected the singer and actor with the criminal underworld because of his personification of a "419" scammer in film and song. The mistake is ironically perpetuated in the the British IT rag The Register. In the comments below the story, some observant Nigerians do take on their slanted portrayal by western journalists. Owoh's arrest has also been reported on NigeriaMovies.

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5 Comments:

At 10:22 AM , Anonymous imnakoya said...

Thanks for amplifying the message Don!

 
At 3:33 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

You are welcome. We do have our own problems with mistreatment of immigrants here in the United States, but these events seem to show a frightening new pattern in Europe with respect to Nigerians.

 
At 7:21 PM , Blogger pamelastitch said...

you got that right Don!!! I see a striking similarity between the movie, "catch me if you can" and " I go chop your dollar" in terms of the content of both movies but it is interesting to note that one group of people get targetted while others done. Could it be because one group is viewed as being economically inferior to the other? or from a third world country? or could it be a form of racism in that "how dare this
people who do not look like us, act like us or think like us dupe us"

pammy

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Pamela: I somehow missed Catch Me As You Can, which was actually directed by Steven Spielberg. You are a treasure trove of information on entertainment - film, music, etc... - and not only from Nigeria!

 
At 11:54 AM , Blogger pamelastitch said...

LOL!! Thank you!!!

:)

pammy

 

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