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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Washington Post Calls This Day "Africa Rising" a Failure

Washington Post article by J. Freedom du Lac titled,"Jay-Z Rising" echoes some of the issues we initially raised in the prior "Africa Rising" events that took place in Nigeria
Click here to read our article. In pertinent part, du Lac's lengthy article states,
"To that end, Friday's event - the third of four Africa Rising festivals scheduled around the world this year -was a failure, as the messaging was horribly ineffective,offering little beyond platitudes, including a few scripted comments from co-hosts Paula Zahn (late of CNN) and Gene Robinson (of The Washington Post). At least hip-hop singer 2Face Ibidia and Afropop artist D'banj are from Nigeria. Alas, while performances from both were promised, they never materialized during a show that ran more than an hour behind schedule and was filled with long periods of inactivity and dead air."

"There were no powerful pronouncements from the concert's organizer, Nigerian media mogul Nduka Obaigbena, who simply thanked attendees for coming to "share this historic moment with Africa." He didn't explain how it was historic, nor why he was doing it - and neither did the Kennedy Center Playbills that were handed out at the door, where security guards used metal-detecting wands to check for weapons."
Read the rest of du Lac's article
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