Angry Nigerians blast CNN over ‘Zuckerberg visits Sub-Sahara Africa’ headline

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International broadcaster, the Cable News Network (CNN), has angered Nigerians for omitting the country’s name in the headline of a report announcing the visit of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to Africa’s most populous country.

The headline mentioned Sub-Saharan Africa as Mr. Zuckerberg’s destination.

The Facebook founder visited Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, on Tuesday, and interacted with Nigerian tech entrepreneurs at Yaba, regarded as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria.

“Mark Zuckerberg makes first-ever visit to Sub-Saharan Africa,” read the headline, published by CNN Africa and shared on its Facebook page and Twitter late Tuesday.

That headline promptly sparked anger in one of the world’s largest oil producers, with citizens taking to Facebook and Twitter to attack the broadcaster for omitting ‘Nigeria’ and creating the impression that Africa was a country.

Nigerians who commented on the matter expressed strong views, and sought to salvage their national pride.

“CNN it’s NIGERIA!!!” Facebook user, Iloh Andrew, said. “I know you are shy to say it is Nigeria…safe, sound and happy to be here…not the Nigeria you propagate as a drop bomb zone.” Screenshot_2016-08-31-02-48-13

Another Facebook user, Bola Aduwo, said, “CNN please what is Sub-Saharan Africa? An area of over 20 countries. Why can’t you be specific? What will it cost to say Nigeria?”

Mr. Aduwo said Nigeria had the largest Facebook community in Africa with over 16 million users, and, therefore, deserved respect.

“We can no longer be ignored,” he added. “Receive sense please.”

“If Mr. Mark had gone to a European country, will you tweet this way: ‘Mark makes first ever visit to Europe’ — CNN Africa?”Twitter user @oluwatimilehino asked.

“Ewo ni Sub-Saharan Africa (which one is Sub-Saharan Africa)?” Twitter user @fireofola queried. “Nigeria is too much to mention?”

And again on Facebook, there was one user questioning the news organisation’s understanding of maps.

“Just say he came to Nigeria. If you don’t know where that one is, check your map, don’t be shy,” said a user, Winnie Coco.”

There were also blatantly insulting comments, as were ones just expressing delight at the visit.

In a statement, Andela’s director, Seni Sulyman, said, “Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they ‘ve caught the attention of the tech world and thatvthey are capable of succeeding on a truly global level.”

Andela, with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, trains software developers across Africa.

Mr. Zuckerberg was at its Lagos office.

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  • zimuzor

    What is this noise about? The young man’s visit is not limited to Nigeria hence the term “sub-sahara Africa”which was not coined by the CNN but has been in use for years. If the President is to pay a visit to Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi, it is acceptable to cast the headline to read that the President will visit the South East

    • ASK

      Little mind !!!

    • thusspokez

      What is this noise about? The young man’s visit is not limited to Nigeria hence the term “sub-sahara Africa”which was not coined by the CNN

      I was looking for ‘Enemies-within-Africa’ (EwA) comments and I found one here. I was certain that I would find a few such ‘dumb-and-Stµpid’ comments in defence of those attacking Africa, because only Africans are capable of defending those who attack or belittle them.

      • Linda

        …it is part of the problem. The complex in the African will make him defend even those who despise and belittle them…making up excuses for the errant snub. Shame! Truly slaves who love their chains remain slaves in perpetuity.

      • udemeobong

        The guy lives in foreign country and has lost touch with Africa, hence…

      • Henry_Itopa

        Why not simply refute what he has just said with a counter argument rather than your insult which is normally a sign of lack of an intelligent response.

        • thusspokez

          What is there to refute? Cry baby, you complain about other people’s insult, and then issues your own insult too — “which is normally a sign of lack of an intelligent response”, there!

    • Otile

      Get real, boy. When will Imam Buhari visit such places? It is easier for Queen Elizabeth II to visit East Central State than Imam Buhari to do so. Put another way, it is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich Alhaji to go to heaven.

  • kiziking

    Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. If you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way is to tell their story as it starts with “secondly”. Tell the American story before the arrival of the British and you have a different story. Tell the Nigerian story before the era of colonialism, and you have a totally different story (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:The danger of a single story:).
    This is exactly what the west is doing to Africa with the power of the press: giving you a name you cannot and can never be proud of. Unfortunately, in our world whoever controls the power of information and communication determines the other peoples’ story and history. So, we Africans should learn to tell our story, to publicize it, to beautify the ugly ones as the westerners do. Otherwise, nobody will do it for us. They will continue to give us a name we can’t be proud of. The first thing to do is economic empowerment. In our world today, you are not considered as an authoritative voice, the citizens of your country are not easily accepted in other countries if you are not an economic power. Our country cannot grow economically without investing in education; it cannot be an economic power when funds meant for capital projects that will drive home national development are consumed by few individuals and their cronies under the guise of law makers, governors and ministers. It is on record that these individuals and their cronies do not have any serious business investment in the country despite the huge amount they collect monthly; rather, they choose to spend these loots abroad through expensive holidays and other frivolities. Consequently, they kill and subtract wealth rather than create and add to it.

    • udemeobong

      This is what I have been saying my true brother. You are right!!!

    • udemeobong

      Can we exchange contact? I which to know you more please?
      Mine: udemil@gmail.com
      For security reason only email first. Will be happy to read from you.

  • Watch man

    CNN is owned by a satanist. Satan feeds on blood and his agents also drink blood. Since Zuckerberg”s visit did not result in the throwing of bombs and spilling of blood, Criminal News Network (CNN) has no business mentioning Nigeria in the visit. It would have been surprising if they did otherwise. This is because all their news starts and ends in pain, grief, misery and heart-ache. Useless and irresponsible New World Order network indeed!

    • udemeobong

      But many Nigeria patronise CNN, waste millions doing advert there, but CNN don´t patronice Nigeria and Nigrians. The question is: who is wiser? Of course CNN. We never want to be matured that is why any country, organisation, concern (MTN) individual will take us for a ride.

      • Watch man

        You are not wrong. The complex in many of us has made it look as if the cradle of humanity (Africa) is inferior. Personally I have no business advertising in CNN and I hope others do so.

        • udemeobong

          They will not, cause of inferiority complex syndrom they are suffering. When I look at Nigeria Chennels TV from abraod where I reside, I wonder what our leaders and business men are doing running to foreign TV stations? As the saying goes: A prophet does not have respect in his home country.

          • Watch man

            I don’t know where you live but if you come to U.S.A. you will discover that the news CNN dishes out to Americans is totally different from the one they are dishing out to Africa. I was shocked to discover that the rate at which they were projecting HIV/AIDS news to Africans is far higher than what obtains in US. In US, they don’t even show much of such report as they do in Africa thereby moulding the minds of viewers differently. It is a Criminal News Network indeed!

  • vagabonds in power

    sAME OLD ECUSES -BY THE WAY WHERE WAS LIAR MOHAMED–OF THE APES IN APC? AGAIN—-WHAT DID THE APES IN APC DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VISIT————————–RUBBISH-CNN IS RIGHT TO HAVE TAKEN NIAGARA FALLS IN KENYA F0R NIGERIA

  • vagabonds in power

    SAME OLD DIRTY SMELLY APC SPONSORED EXCUSES -BY THE WAY WHERE WAS LIAR MOHAMED–OF THE APES IN APC? AGAIN—WHICH GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL FROM THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS WAS THERE–EVEN EDUCATION———————BESIDES -WHAT DID THE APES IN APC DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VISIT————————–RUBBISH-CNN IS RIGHT TO HAVE TAKEN NIAGARA FALLS IN KENYA F0R NIGERIA–ANIMALS

    • udemeobong

      IT IS PRIVATE!! Muss govt. involved in everything? You lack the sense of the 21st. century of doing things.

  • Burning Spear

    Na una pay the man flight ticket to Nigeria—–i begi!!!!!!!—-?————–Besides—————why was Alhaji BINGO buhari ati Asiha Bingo Buhari and Oluwole TINUBU not at the airport to receive him with the Rdeemed church pastor Osibanzo-!!!!!!! according by my people from the niaza delta———The man had to hide his head for fear of Boko haram——period—Them say them no want western education AND na them DEY cry say Nigeria no dey for map———————of facebook———–AGAIN—animals

    • udemeobong

      Is this the topic or just as usual politicising anything that comes your way? You show lack of enlightment and lack the logic of principled discussion. What has Zuckerberg got to do politics in Nigeria, Buhari, Osibanjo and the likes? People like you will simply hate without reason. Whether Buhari or whoever sits in Aso Rock, what has Mark Zuckerberg got to do with that? Instead of being proud that a young man of his kind visited us, which is something to be recognised, praised and cherrish, you are here destroying it with ignorance of wisdom. Have you ever imagine how old Zuckerberg is, that we have many of them? But due to wicked people in people, who lack wisdom, will to serve, full of egoism, hatred, tribalism (like you of course), that Nigeria is what it is today? Positive thinking and action build nations, but negative, and hatred minds destroy!!! Even if your brother becomes the next president, there will still be no 2Hrs electricity, functioning hospitals, good roads, high speed and functioning telecommunication, no tourism development, infrastructure, security, JOBS JOBS JOBS and technology advancement, but as usual…waste, hatred, religious war and brain washing, backward development, delapidating universities and a theatre house type judicial system as well as political, financial, economical and information terrorism through the ruling class.
      BE WISE MY FRIEND!!!

    • thusspokez

      You are bringing about your own demise on this and other Nigerian websites. And I understand that you use multiple aliases [aka ‘@vagabonds in power’] and pretending to be differently posters, but we all know that!

      You are always injecting a combination of politics, tribalism and religion into every discussion and making your comments monotonous and very predictable. Eventually, time will come when most people, when they see your comments, will simple guess what is in them and not read them, there!

      • Höly Wähala

        That is @Deri Redeem for you… doing exactly same thing he was banned for at SaharaReporters, Punch, Vanguard, and other sensible news outlets, I wonder why these guys here allow his nonsense. Ignore biko!

        • Otile

          Most of the time he makes sense, though. The reason many people persecute him is that he often preaches the doctrine of separating the sheep from the goat. I guess one day the Yorubas will poison him for his views. You know what I am talking about.

          • Höly Wähala

            I know, I damn sure get your drift, I sincerely hope they stick a stick on dynamite into his anus and strike a match… poison is a long process. Lol!

  • _In Support_Of_CNN

    CNN is right and all of you (complaining Nigerians) are WRONG! The reasons are below:

    1. When the one you call your president goes to UN he reads from a paper and cannot stand to make a speech for 15 minutes else he will forget the name of the Venue of the meeting and her Head of state/President

    2. When the one you call your president goes to UN meetings he speaks English and not his local Nigerian language (This is why some of us advised Dr Jonathan to be addressing UN meetings in Ijaw so that other countries can take Africa serious…By the way, it would create employment – Interpreters will be needed.)

    3. When your country still relies on Shell, Chevron, Exxonmobil and other useless economic scavenging immigrant oil companies to explore and refine the oil over 50 years after discovery of oil, then you are not qualified to be a country. When will these oil companies be driven out of my Niger Delta? Or will they hold us to ransom forever?

    4. When your Senators and other state law makers scramble for positions to go to Europe and US for legislative tutorials and public speaking skills (When in actual fact Diploma holders conduct the training sessions…but you accept them because of their white skin)

    5. When your Senators earn $1.7m per year plus including the stealings and thiefings going on by edeorts and hardened criminals like house speaker Dogs-and-Rams and his repentant accomplice Mallam Jujubrins.

    6. When you as a people refuse to hit the streets in protest as your legisla.thieves are exposed in their broad day light stealing of billions of naira.

    7. Etc, etc, etc

    CNN is right. Besides, when you have a Buhari who does not care when people are beheaded every month all around the country or killed by Cattle Herdsmen but about the deaths in other European countries, then CNN is justified to assume or conclude that you are not a country. Let’s be honest about ourselves. The amalgamation of 1914 was a grave mistake and quite unnatural. A reversal is needed to place emergent countries on the world map.

    • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

      qUITE SENSIBLE submissions but i disagree a divided Nigeria is the solution. A united Nigeria should be better (imo). But one has to weep for this entity called Nigeria, an entrapment that bound goat, yam, tiger and snakes together. It is sad. However, the fact remains that the structure of this world really do not change over time….. It is often a case of the oppressed and the oppressor…..maybe people do alternate roles but mankind is entrapped in an unjustly skewed schema. Consider this on a micro scale (say Nigeria: ruling class and the masses). When people are oppressed, we see them as of the masses but when one of the masses alternate role (joins the ruling mules) he becomes an oppressor, defending and fighting for everything oppressive, or deemed oppressive before his role changed. (Ask Abati, Oshomole and co); meanwhile people like Fela, Fawehinmi, refused to alternate role and they remain know as “one for the masses”
      Or on a macro scale (the world: the West and the African, Asian and South American nations). We can surely point out that Britain and America were once colonised but as soon as they become world powers (alternate roles) they became colonisers too. America may cite incidences of oppression by then coloniser but America has gone on to become the world most oppressive coloniser. Ask the people of Iraq what the year 2003 means to them and if they would ever live above the grave implication of American led incasion….. WHEN roles alternate!

      Even on a mini-micro scale of “A capitalist and his enslaved herds labour). The private school teacher whining about ill-treatment by the school owner only needs little sapce and fund to starts his own school…..and he becomes worse ill-treater. The labour leader carrying placards only need some fun to open his factory before all the oppressive laws he is protesting against become the only legislation that move his nation forward….. WHEN ROLES ALTERNATE.
      THIS IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD. WHOSE FAULT? LET US FIND OUT TOGETHER.

      • ANALYST

        Can you please tell me the kind of progress you envision were Germany, French, Portugal and Spain be lumped together as one Country? Where will the President come from? Will there be peace? Will elections be fare? Would the German (Niger Delta) vote the Spanish (Oduduwa Country) or will the Portuguese (Arewa Republic) vote the French(Biafran Republic) and vice versa?

        Your guess is as good as mine…the situation will be exactly like Nigeria. So absolute separation/secession is the ONLY solution.

        • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

          i MERELY exercise my right to possess my thought. I did not say you were wrong or right, i simply disagree and stated my own opinion.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          Remember that Switzerland, U.K., U.S., and India are multi-ethnic or multi-national states also.

    • Ade

      Blessed ya!!!!!!

      The problem is not amalgamation both north and south is the creation of colonial master. ethnic nationalities is the solution. let every tribe/ethnic group be a country! 250 nations!!!!

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      So is it really Nigeria that is the problem with your submissions, or is it the people/foundation that sustains Nigeria? I think you should pause and ask yourself that question.

  • Okeysons

    Next time elect a man who is intelligent as President and recognition will come your way. No one could ever make the mistake of not remembering Nigeria as a country under President Goodluck Jonathan (PhD) ………….but under Muhammadu/Mohammed Bokohari (No WAEC Certificate), even the Elephants with their impressive memory will forget that Nigeria is a country.

    • Henry_Itopa

      Lol. Always Buhari’s fault, those without short memories remember Nigeria as a joke under Jona (PhD, lmao). Please be careful, your pregnant wife might be because of Buhari.

      • thusspokez

        “Why not simply refute what he has just said with a counter argument rather than your insult which is normally a sign of lack of an intelligent response.”

        Written by Henry_itopa [aka ‘ Cry Baby’]

    • Otile

      The only reason they can’t remember Nigeria as a country now is because Buhari and his lying cabal have mismanaged our fortune.

  • Ashibogu

    Stopped watching CNN in 1960! Are they still on air?

    • vagabonds in power

      Who cares————————–was CNN on in 1956 when we discovered the black gold-in D NIGER DELTA—–SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER NOT THE RULE OF THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS

      • Höly Wähala

        Deri, shut up dia… did your drunken papas have enough consiousness in them to know what was beneath their feet? Who funded the expedition that discovered and developed your so-called, “black gold”, and with who but the Tripod ran your lives? Quit drinking!

  • Jimmy

    If we break-up Nigeria into real countries then these insults will stop.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      No it won’t nor will real countries emerge from Nigeria.

  • Watch man

    1. Anytime you want to know about the latest violence in town or bloodshed or news of what is not really happening tune to the Criminal News Network.
    2. Anytime you want to watch the underdeveloped and developing countries being humiliated and presented as monkeys tune to the criminal News Network.
    3. Are you interested in terrorist news (both real and imagined), tune to Criminal News Network.
    CNN is a network at the forefront of telling Africa what it is not. Africa must arise and tell the world what they are; Criminal News Network must not do it for Africans.

  • wode

    Still struggling to grasp what all this hullabaloo is all about… A lot of idle minds. That’s all I can see!

    • Watch man

      If you respond to what “idle minds” are doing you have joined them. It would perhaps helped by just ignoring them. Or don’t you think so?

  • BUTCHERS From the NORTH

    The butchers from the north are better known as the Fulani militants and herdsmen. They have unleashed horror and levied war against the people of Nigeria over the last one year. The saints are the Christians that they have slaughtered all over the country in that same period of time.

    1. Catholic seminarian butchered, pregnant woman’s stomach cut open….as Fulani herdsmen continue killing in Enugu

    2. There was a pregnant woman whose stomach had been slit open right down the middle and whose unborn foetus and guts were hanging out for all to see.

    3. Many other bodies were strewn all over the burnt out fields and compounds of the village and some were so badly mutilated and chopped up that it would have been difficult to convince anyone that they once belonged to human beings. Not even babies were spared.

    4. Another 8 persons burnt alive in Zamfara(Northern Nigeria) by Muslims over blasphemy charges.

    5. Other similar attacks by the same fanatics and jihadists have taken place in the last few weeks in southern Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, Delta and various other parts of the country.
    If the truth be told this carnage and butchery has now become a daily occurence in our country and it is always the same people, namely the butchers from the north, that perpetrate them.

    The worst aspect of it all is that no-one has ever been arrested, prosecuted or brought to justice by the government for these hideous crimes mainly because President Buhari himself is a Fulani and consequently the authorities seem to have cultivated a soft-spot for them…

    …Indeed Buhari is actually the life Patron and “protector-in-chief” of the umbrella organisation of all the Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria which is known as Miyetti Allah.

    —— Dr Fani Kayode (August 30, 2016)
    …………………………………
    Can you then Blame CNN? Does the above and the response of the government fit the profile of a country?

  • FineBoy

    Lazy Dudes. Celebrating facebook founder’s visit instead of building your own chat engine and blaming CNN you tuned to, to know news of your own land. Slavery mentality

    • Rosemary

      But when the Niger Deltans brainstorm and invent local refinery technology to refine their own oil even in non conducive terrains like in the forests…the useless morons in the Nigerian Army called JTF mobilize and storm the technology centers in the forests and destroy the technology claiming that they are ILLEGAL refineries …and people like you leap in the air in support of this weird African mentality of destroying local inventions to favour foreign technology. How then do you come here to peak from both sides of your mouth? This is why we want separation. We demand our own country- Deltan republic!

      • FineBoy

        Welcome Pseudonym Rosemary.

        Well, I struggle not 4 ur oil. U can hold it 150%.

        Just don’t polute the environment. The illegal refineries didn’t have due process approval.

        I always warn presumptive people like u sha, Lot in quest for freedom chose Sodom and we know the balance

      • Otile

        Don’t talk about separation now. Do you want envious Yorubas to destroy Igboland? Don’t you know that they want to use the pretext of separation to attack and destroy Igbo people. The next thing you will hear from them is – there is no Igbo in Niger Delta, Igbo ko si, Igbo ko ni. Shine you eyes, sister.

      • design

        You kid yourself when you can not even clean your street and your house. See the big log yet in your eyes?

  • vagabonds in power

    These same old docile unthinking Hired Hail Hitlers———(HHH) of Bingo Buhari, have started shaming themselves here again—Who are the alleged Nigerians insulting CNN—-for the Fulanis from Mali and Yorubas- from Togo–ati the Ibos from Haiti in APC who own the socalled-Silcon Valley in Lagos?——–‘ Are they OK upstairs——————–at all or are just working for the money paid to them by the Apes in APC–?———–So think they can insult global media outfits like CNN–because of a monster who sent——a man to prison for naming his dog Bingo Buhari—Oten shaming 9ja–while the Hail Buhari Hitlers-possesed by the demonic spirit of Fulani boko haram–fighters from Mali-dance naked b4 the world————-The same Buhari who arranged with the Inspector General of Police–IGP to order the illegal Fulani refugee from Niger Republic—and Mali- resident in the South West——————to kill the dog—-called Bingo Buhari?—–Maybe—-it is because the global media outlet have not taken Bingo Buhari to the cleaners that is why the Apes in APC are sponsoring this childish story to disturb our peace————? Was it NOT this same imperialist controlled CNN, that Buhari used via interviews with Christian Amapour to insult and demonize Jonathan————b4 and after last years elections-?—————Methinks Nigerians are in a trance under a Fulani ati Yoruba voodoo spell —–that is why they hardly ever think—————-Where was Liar Mohamed—————————in Kenya——-abi—-?———–Again-where was the Minister of Communication in Hospital maybe-Separation is the only way out–we cannot continue to be moving in circles for another 100 years with the rule of the Fulani lying tongue–Now that CNN—says there is no country called Nigeria on the global MAP————–9ja is no more—————in existence—-gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!————-what are we then waiting for to split————-The spirit of Abacha———that Buhari served with all his heart?——–Animals

    • Höly Wähala

      Deri… Quit ogogoro biko, your own don do. Lol!

    • adetunberu sunday

      Please go for psychic check up before it’s too late ; Alhaji Buhari and not PMB, do a thorough research before passing judgment

  • blueeyedkitten

    storm in a tea cup.

  • persona

    The facebook post from Mark also said its his first time in sub sahara Africa but he delved further to say in Yaba, Nigeria.
    CNN in any case should know better. I am not sure if he will be traversing other countries within the continent, CNN may not be entirely wrong. It is interesting seeing even those that castigate this country rising up in her defense…amazing people indeed.

  • August SALARIES???

    Hello NYSC members living in Katsina state, Have you received your allowances? I have not been paid. Have you received your salary for the month? What is going on? The Month has ended? It is criminal not to pay a worker after work done.

    • Otile

      Don’t deny it, you have been paid. You have been paid with promises, remember.

  • Lanre

    Why would CNN recognize Yorubaland? When all they know about Nigeria is Boko Haram and Islamic Terrorism. The English have England, French, France, Germans, Germany, Italians, Italy. But No. The indigenous ethnic groups in Africa MUST NOT DEMAND FOR SELF-DETERMINATION. This visit is instructive. While Kerry visits Hausa-Fulani people to urge them to embrace peace, Zuckerberg, the leader of the future visits Yorubaland. The difference and contrast is clear. Yorubaland will be Free!

    • Otile

      My brother, don’t start a war this morning. Don’t say that Yorubaland will be free, it seems you are indirectly saying Hail Biafra. By suggesting self-determination for Yoruba or Igbo people you will automatically draw the ire of most Yoruba slaves. Slaves like maria, julius, Burbank, Kay Soyemi, Rommel are every ready to protect the interest of their Fulani masters. They will attack you, attack the Igbo race to make sure that Yoruba and Igbo people remain in bondage as long as they breathe. Be careful what you say, my brother.

      • Lanre

        Thank you. We have to tell ourselves the Truth. The Truth sets you free.

    • Henry_Itopa

      Sick human beings. Your lives are consistently about trying to sow hate and divisions among Nigerians. You need to reevaluate at your lives and seek a more positive and Godly cause.

      • Höly Wähala

        Useless, tribalistic and very senseless things not human beings, the Yoros are definitely from out of this planet. Disgusting bigots!

      • thusspokez

        Sick human beings.

        Tut tut tut !!! Henry_itopa [aka ‘ Cry Baby’], but why now? Was it not you who wrote the following comment:

        “Why not simply refute what he has just said with a counter argument rather than your insult which is normally a sign of lack of an intelligent response.”

        What got into you or are you just another first-class hypocrite?

    • Tanko Zubaidu

      You are a confused coward.
      Why insult Yoruba at the beginning of your comment thus “Why would CNN recognize Yorubaland? When all they know about Nigeria is Boko Haram and Islamic Terrorism.” and cowardly/mischievously writing this “Zuckerberg, the leader of the future visits Yorubaland. The difference and contrast is clear. Yorubaland will be Free!”

    • manny

      Why do you want mark to recognize the ethnic yorubaland in Nigeria and not the Nigeria as a nation?

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Remember that there is Switzerland with four ethnic groups, India with up to 100, and the U.S. with many more. Also, there are secessionist movements in France and Italy even though everybody is supposed to be French or Italian.

      • Lanre

        Go and educate yourself. In 2016, tell me the ethnic and religious composition of Switzerland, India and the United States. Did you know that Bangladesh and Pakistan were also once part of India? Yorubas are 50 million people. Go and research the populations of countries in the world and tell me one reason why Yorubas cannot have their own country?

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          India does not report its actual ethnic groups, but there are over 100 and India has a Hindu majority but significant numbers of Muslims and Shiks. There are also Buddhists and Christians. Switzerland has four major ethnic groups, namely the Germans, French, Italian, and Romansh. They had the ethnic violence Nigeria had and had an ethnic based civil war in 1847-48 before a new Switzerland emerged. They harnessed their diversity to build one of the great capitalist engines in the world today. The India you also mention, Pakistan came out of it and Pakistan broke up in 1971 to form Bangladesh. Following that, there are secessionist agitations in Pakistan today. Bangladesh has the same problem. Secessionism leads to more secessions. Believe me sir, I am pretty well educated on these matters and I responded to you for a reason. Also, there are divisions in Yorubaland among various subgroups (for instance the Ijebu wants to break away from the Egba in Ogun). The groups that later became the Yoruba fought wars against each other. This does not quite go away just because you become an ethnic unit (in my own ethnic group, this is also a problem and believe it or not, the Fulanis have the same division within themselves). You will look for other enemies within Oduduwa, I guarantee that. It may sound outrageous to you, but you can look at secessionist tendencies in Italy now (and it is a one ethnic group nation with a developed economy).

          • Lanre

            Nothing sounds outrageous to me. You are fine with Status Quo Nigeria, I am not. End of discussion. Have a nice weekend.

          • Chukwuka Okoroafor

            No, you got that wrong my friend. I do not support the status quo by any means. The status quo is causing a lot of our problems today. It is just that there are points you made that I had to challenge. Also, I just see that it is a case of the people running Nigeria and its foundation rather than the existence of Nigeria itself.

  • Domingos

    Nigerians are cowards. What you are supposed to do is set up your own media outfit and when your own technology giant or comedy giant like Mr Ibu visits Santa Barbara report it that he has visited the Americas or when he visits Liverpool report it that he has visited Europe.

    It is just like Mr Liar Mohammed and that in-cognitive Shehu who were busy attacking the US for issuing travel warning to its citizens about Nigerian states …whereas, what a sensible non timid and educated official ought to have done was to also declare all those states when mass shootings and killing of blacks have taken place in the US as unsafe to visit. Simple!
    But in Nigeria mumudity has become pervasive since May 29, 2015.

    • Say the truth

      Completely in agreement with this statement.

    • Watch man

      Good point!

    • manny

      There you go!!!!!!

  • Hard Fact

    @ANALYST

    Can you please tell me the kind of progress you envision were Germany, France, Portugal and Greece to be lumped together as one Country? …
    1. Where will the President come from?
    2. Will there be peace?
    3. Will elections be faire?
    4. Would the German (Niger Deltan) vote the Portuguese (Oduduwa Country)?
    5. Will the Greek (Arewa Republic) vote the French (Biafran Republic) and vice versa?

    Your guess is as good as mine…the situation will be exactly like Nigeria. So absolute separation/secession is the ONLY solution.

  • Tori Osa

    The man will visit other places(cities) in Sub-Saharan (our continent), so what’s wrong with the headline????

    • manny

      Simply because you still very naive that is why you do not know what happens to the headline .

      • Tori Osa

        You can’t even write in English. The word “happened” you intended to write (but you wrote “happens” doesn’t even fit in appropriately. You just want to call names. I will not abuse you. I just need to teach you some English. Don’t be a shame. Read the post by SR, and read what i wrote. That’s if you can read well though.

  • asuevie

    Why are they angry? After all it is not GEJ govt and he does not visit Niger Delta to meet some of his country people working i SPDC, Exxon Mobil, etc.
    What a clownish people. At least NTA and AIT will report it….
    Buhari govt is working, economy doing well,employment everywhere, Mark Zuckerberge has approved Buhari ratings/performnce, he will be visiting Aso rock soon, bla, bla…lol

  • UOU

    These Nigerians are deceiving themselves or is nigeria not any more sub saharan, with boko haram, 97/5% etc? Anyway these commentators are even lucky CNN tried to place them somewhere, Nigerians in US/Europe and Asia will tell you the truth, most of the citizens in these continets do not know anything about Nigeria as a country, rather as africa, some even think that africa is inside nigeria and that nigeria inside a kind of safarai which to them is zoo or jungle. Its not peculiar to nigeria though even south africa still confuses them because they have no need for that knowledge, everything is ok and available for them so what are they thinking or going to africa to do in the first except maybe voyage. Those who come to africa for businesses are extremely insignificant in numbers and sincerely they cant compete nor succeed over there, most of them in africa are rogues. The facebook man in africa is going their perhaps to promote his business. Nigerians should stop their hypocrisy and face the fact, they should in fact thank CNN for reporting it at all after all, the Americans, Eu/Asia, Aussies do not watch our local channels or news so if CNN decides not to report, it would not even be heard that anyone visited Nigeria or sub saharan africa

    • manny

      which world are you living in my friend?

      • UOU

        Ask CNN or have you heard any of your TV/Media reporting that Dangote, Leo Stan Ekeh or Soyinka visiting USA or Europe? Tell yourself the truth kid, must someone need to call you monkey for you to know that you are monkey and what is bad about calling you monkey after all, what is heinous in calling nigeria sub saharan or do you prefer they refer to nigeria as boko haram enclave. Small brain, lets leave all these inconsequential things and address the real issue, name is nothing, people have moved on

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    When they kill Igbo youths peacefully agitating for Biafra and suppress the news,that is exactly how it feels. Zuckerberg is an American asset, they would rather not associate him with an enclave where 300-1000 people can be extra-judicially killed by the Army in less than 48 hours and secretly buried without consequences.

    • ANALYST

      UGANDA
      Oil has been discovered in Uganda. And the bad news is that Uganda has already given all 5 of the oil exploration licenses to France (2) and USA(3). That is not all, to make matters worse, Uganda has only sent its citizens to train on spare parts maintenance and oil rig “shut down “ and “power up” operations. So basically, Ugandans have not begun or are not even interested in acquiring the technology for oil exploration so that it can by itself DRILL, and REFINE and then EXPORT its own resources 100%…While Ugandans leap in the air to celebrate with parties all over the cities and towns, and perhaps Yoweri Mumuseveni begins to eye some single ladies so as to take a new wife since more money is available, the French and Americans make fun of the Africans who are never a thinking and smart people.

      NIGERIA
      Since 1957 when Shell BP started prospecting for oil and since September 25, 1968 when the first export Ship left the Niger Delta, there has been no effort by any Nigerian government (17 Presidents) to acquire the technology to take 109% control of our oil drilling, refining and export. It is now over 5oyrs. So what is the problem?

      1. Is this because Nigerians are dull and Dunces or
      2. Is it that we have been so blighted by adverse colonial inferiority complex?
      3. Or are we simply slaves who love our chains?

      When you hear Buhari speak about development and vision for Nigeria, you will not be able to help but weep for Nigeria and for Africa. Bunch of myopic leaders!…and you want CNN to remember that you are a country. Nonsense!

      • Otile

        Don’t ask us, ask the Youruba, they are the ones colluding with Buhari to set us backward.

        • Julius Joel

          When you are crazy it shows as in your comment here

          • Otile

            Whoever supports Buhari supports backwardness, you know what I am talking about.

          • Mufu Ola

            Jonathan brought us back 27 years. And sorry for losing your free lunch!

          • Otile

            Try to write reasonably all the time. Writing frivolous comments like: …and sorry for losing your free lunch… makes you look like a Yoruba tout.

    • Mufu Ola

      Americans too do that routinely. In case of your Biafra when you elevate unruliness as a big career you must expect trouble.

    • Burbank

      So brags the gay bigot.

  • ANALYST



    UGANDA
    Oil has been discovered in Uganda. And the bad news is that Uganda has already given all 5 of the oil exploration licenses to France (2) and USA(3). That is not all, to make matters worse, Uganda has only sent its citizens to train on spare parts maintenance and oil rig “shut down “ and “power up” operations. So basically, Ugandans have not begun or are not even interested in acquiring the technology for oil exploration so that it can by itself DRILL, and REFINE and then EXPORT its own resources 100%…While Ugandans leap in the air to celebrate with parties all over the cities and towns, and perhaps Yoweri Mumuseveni begins to eye some single ladies so as to take a new wife since more money is available, the French and Americans make fun of the Africans who are never a thinking and smart people.

    NIGERIA
    Since 1957 when Shell BP started prospecting for oil and since September 25, 1968 when the first export Ship left the Niger Delta, there has been no effort by any Nigerian government (17 Presidents) to acquire the technology to take 109% control of our oil drilling, refining and export. It is now over 5oyrs. So what is the problem?

    1. Is this because Nigerians are dull and Dunces or
    2. Is it that we have been so blighted by adverse colonial inferiority complex?
    3. Or are we simply slaves who love our chains?

    When you hear Buhari speak about development and vision for Nigeria, you will not be able to help but weep for Nigeria and for Africa. Bunch of myopic leaders!…and you want CNN to remember that you are a country. Nonsense!

    • vagabonds in power

      What is the difference between————what is happening in Uganda and the Oil Bearing communities South south——————-I mean those indigenous people resident in the creeks of the Niger delta————————————————–whom Buhari has ordered soldiers to wipe out from the surface of the earth-?–How many of them are being hired by the oil firms operating in the oil bearing communities in the creeks of the Niger delta——-? That is why the war in the SS–WILL NEVER END——until they gain their freedom——————–Today—-The Northern Petroleum Company———–NNPC is owned and headed by the Fulanis—-ati Yorubas—————–Even the PRO of such an organisation like NNPC, is Fulani who does not know how the creeks look like—————–It is only when our oil wells under the full control–are concerned that we see the Tripod raise the flag of one Nigeria—The Yorubas are the ones in charge of the oil wells found in Lagos—Badagry–it is Falawiyo that is prospecting for oil–not Ijawiyo-But when it comes to the SS—————————–the Fulanis use oil companies from the USA and Britain——–to destroy the rivers and farmlands of the Ijaw Nation–Again—what is the difference between Uganda and Nigeria –Ghana has just signed the Petroleum Industry Bill————-which Bingo Buhari has refused to encourage the Fulanis in the Senate and House to endorse——————————–Yet we have Nigerians trouble their selfish–dirty regional souls over a country–in far away Uganda—BROTHER-ME YOUR OWN COUNTRY NKO?

  • Olanike

    What country with 198 million people will be importing ordinary match boxes from Sweden (a country of 9m people)? CNN was right in every way. If you believe Nigeria is a country then you need to seek medical attention asap!

    • Julius Joel

      Your poor opinion about yourself and deficit tendency would make you think CNN is correct. When there is good news about Nigeria CNN would not mention the name but when there is bad news CNN knows which country as opposed to Sub-Saharan Africa.

      • design

        Stop calling him names. He pointed out facts. You are even importing tooth pick. Go bury yourself in shame for thinking that the sky is not falling. Nigerians are a disgrace in the global arena. They can pretend all they want.

  • vagabonds in power

    These same old docile unthinking Hired Hail Hitlers———(HHH) of Bingo Buhari, have started shaming themselves here again—Who are the alleged Nigerians insulting CNN—-for the Fulanis from Mali and Yorubas- from Togo–ati the Ibos from Haiti in APC who own the socalled-Silcon Valley in Lagos?——–‘ Are they OK upstairs——————–at all or are just working for the money paid to them by the Apes in APC–?———–So think they can insult global media outfits like CNN–because of a monster who sent——a man to prison for naming his dog Bingo Buhari—Often shaming 9ja–while the Hail Buhari Hitlers-possessed by the demonic spirit of Fulani boko haram–fighters from Mali-dance naked b4 the world————-The same Buhari who arranged with the Inspector General of Police–IGP to order the illegal Fulani refugee from Niger Republic—and Mali- resident in the South West——————to kill the dog—-called Bingo Buhari?—–Maybe—-it is because the global media outlet have not taken Bingo Buhari to the cleaners that is why the Apes in APC are sponsoring this childish story to disturb our peace————? Was it NOT this same imperialist controlled CNN, that Buhari used via interviews with Christian Amapour to insult and demonize Jonathan————b4 and after last years elections-?—————Methinks Nigerians are in a trance under a Fulani ati Yoruba voodoo spell —–that is why they hardly ever think—————-Where was Liar Mohamed—————————in Kenya——-abi—-?———–Again-where was the Minister of Communication in Hospital maybe-Separation is the only way out–we cannot continue to be moving in circles for another 100 years with the rule of the Fulani lying tongue–Now that CNN—says there is no country called Nigeria on the global MAP————–9ja is no more—————in existence—-gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!————-what are we then waiting for to split————-The spirit of Abacha———that Buhari served with all his heart?——–Animals

    • aisha ani

      What?

    • Mufu Ola

      U’re a just rambling like a lunatic.

      • George

        Ola you are confused

  • Babrutus

    There are more comments on this story than there are countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. On that basis, CNN is right.

  • Tunsj

    People must understand that CNN is a tabloid cable network and they lack credibility. Even, CNN has no credibility in the US.

    • Mufu Ola

      CNN is still far ahead of silly Fox in international news.

  • design

    Rubbish! Psychotic self grandiose. Big mouth always and nothing to show. Stop whining and clean up that filth called nigeria

  • ike

    Yes it is sub saharan Africa. There was once a country but not anymore. Do u feel any love from your country?

  • My Nigerian friends– this is CNN. Their journalistic standards have been in question for a long time now.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    I for one are proud of the youth for standing up for themselves and our country. This should tell us how much they respect us and to also demand respect when it is due. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and our people.

  • George

    CNN is very correct who associate with country animals bingos rules.

    Sub-Sahara even good it could have be Sub-nigeria

  • Onyebuchy Hookz

    Where in the hell is nigeria? Is it a motor pack or game reserve?