Russian and Nigerian gas companies combine to form new venture called ..... Nigaz!

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Russian and Nigerian gas companies combine to form new venture called ..... Nigaz!

Russian Energy giant Gazprom has inadvertently walked into a racism row with the announcement of its joint venture in Nigeria - Nigaz. What could possibly go wrong with calling a Nigerian business that name :)

When a $2.5billion international venture is being planned you might expect there to be hours of debate over what to call it.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Nigerian counterpart Umaru Yar'Adua last week agreed the deal to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Africa's most populous nation.

The name is meant to be an amalgamation of 'Nigeria' and 'Gazprom', pronounced 'nye-gaz', but it can be read phonetically as an offensive term for those of black African origin.

'How more derogatory can it be. Let's join forces in making our government rename this,' said the creator of 'Nigerians No Nigaz', a group on Facebook.

Many comments on the blunder were from white bloggers.

But others mocked the mistake - one African-American suggested a playlist of songs from U.S. hip-hop artists for the Nigaz launch party.

One Nigerian in Lagos said: 'White people are making too much of this.

'As long as the Russians pay us, they can call it what they like.'

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...
By netchicken: posted on 3-7-2009

Too true, I think that white people perpetuate racism more than they realize by trying to stop it. I had never been more aware of racism than during black history month, (where's white history month), and many of today's racist issues stem from favors that the government hand out to minorities, which is racist.
By peregrine: posted on 4-7-2009

Well, not really affirmative action is a good idea, to get people up to the level of others. Just as along as the exit exams are the same. Without seeing successful minority figures how can others be inspired?

Obama's success will start to change the psyche of America I predict. Thats a good thing. Its the white southern republicans who are running scared, and thats a good thing as well.
By netchicken: posted on 4-7-2009








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