Sunday, February 04, 2007

Nduka Obaigbena at Kimora Lee Simmons's After Party for the Joint Baby Phat Fashions Show, “From Russia With Love.”

Nduka Obaigbena and Lil Kim
Nduka Obaigbena and Lil Kim posing for the cameras in NYC last night.
Ola Joshua, Nduka Obaigbena and Janice Combs
Ola Joshua, Nduka Obaigbena and Janice Combs

Coco, Ice T and Nduka Obaigbena
Coco, Ice T and Nduka Obaigbena
Quick Facts about Nduka:
He is THISDAY founding Editor-in-Chief and Chairman.

Attended prestigious Edo College, Benin City, Nigeria.

He had a brief stint with Newsweek Magazine in 1984 as a Special Section Representative.

In 1994, he was elected a member of the Constitutional Conference, which drafted the current Nigerian Constitution.
THISDAY Online is the 'famous' Nigerian publication that printed hateful things about the nation of Islam in regards to the Miss World Pagent. (It's one thing to have an opinion and it's another to use your opinion to say hateful things.)
Mike Chinedu Anekwe of Nigeriaworld described the historical event as follows:
'Again, on Saturday, November 16, 2002, the newspaper published a story on the Miss World Beauty Pageant. It was titled “The World at their Feet”. Some Muslims considered some part of the article “offensive and blasphemous” and denigrating to the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW). Miss Isioma Daniel, the article’s author, had written : “The Muslims thought it was immoral to bring ninety-two women to Nigeria and ask them to revel in vanity. What would Muhammad think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from among them”.

Hence, on Wednesday, November 20, 2002, riots broke out in Kaduna and the Thisday office in Kaduna was set on fire by some Muslim youths. The day’s paper was also burnt at its Circulation Annex office. The Muslim youths, chanting anti-Miss World slogan went round the city, brandishing dangerous weapons and shouting Allah Akbar (God is Greatest). The protest continued even on Thursday and Friday, even spreading to the Federal Capital Territory. Not only that, a Fatwa (Death Sentence) was said to have been passed on the publisher, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena and Editor, Eniola Bello (Eni-B), courtesy of the protesters. More than a hundred lives is said to have been lost in the incident, with the burning of houses, churches and mosques.

For more information on Nduka, visit This Day Online here.


Miss Chi Chi said...

Glad to FINALLY put a face to the name.

Kemishow said...

Glad to finally find this page, I have been trying to get in touch with Mr. Nduka Obaigbena. Hope he will read this. Kemi Here, Nadia's friend. the presenter of "All Eyes On Africa" a 30 minutes tv magazine on LTV8 we met at Hilton Abuja last year. I have added some of the suggested ideas to the show hope to see or talk to you soon. email: or