Nigerian Literature Review Database – can we collect 419?
One thing that Nigeria is quite known for is corruption and internet scams. In fact, internet scams have come to be called 419s throughout much of the world – referring to the Nigerian criminal code! Clearly the bad press is getting to be a little much, so a project was started where people are asked to submit their list of 419 reasons that they like Nigeria. (You can see more history about it here at NigeriansTalk.)
eta: 419Postive.org which NigeriansTalk links to is apparently not a part of this new project, it is an existing project to collect positive things about Nigeria. So while related, it seems there are two separate projects ongoing. Either way, there is a push to gather lists of positives as NigeriansTalk mentions.
My small contribution to the project is something that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. I’ve created a form where you can link up any and all reviews of Nigerian literature from your site. This will create a database that I’ll maintain so that people can easily find new authors to try and can easily spread the word about their reviews.
The question is… can we ever hit 419? I’ve got around 50 myself, so I think we should be able to!
ALSO don’t forget that October 1st I’m hosting a Nigerian Reading Project. Share a review of Nigerian literature that day, Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day, and you’ll be eligible for one of a host of really fantastic books that have been donated as prizes. I’ll post more details later, but believe me, you don’t want to miss it
Please do share your links! See list here!