• REPORTER'S DIARY: 'Who Did You Come To See?' — A Visit To The 'Racist' Shi Shi Chinese Restaurant In Lagos
    by siteadmin on March 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    What better place to have lunch than a restaurant accused of racism? SaharaReporters visited Shi Shi Chinese restaurant on Thursday due to multiple allegations of racism towards Nigerian visitors to the restaurant, located at 21B, Emina Crescent, off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. Our Experience On arriving Shi Shi, tucked away in a residential area in Ikeja, we approached the gate. "Good afternoon," we called out to the grumpy and irritated-looking security guard. "Who did you come to see?" he queried. Taken aback by the question, the SaharaReporters correspondent asked: "Is this not a restaurant?" The security guard looked as if he was contemplating a response, but seemed to think twice about it and stepped back. The team proceeded (we came disguised as a company of people who had come to hang out). The entrance smelt of something funny, but the source of the smell was not readily visible. There was a show glass displaying what looked like bags made of real leather. We made our way into the dimly-lit restaurant. Inside, we approached the front desk, which had a stern-looking female Chinese national at the register (probably trying to reconcile the books). She barely looked up, save for the Nigerian attendants/waiters who looked completely bewildered and almost shocked that we were standing there. In the sitting area, two Asian men were seated, looking on at us. A member of the team turned back and requested with an assertive voice: "Can I see your menu?" The announcement was to deflect from our main mission there. We were ushered to a seat, five of us on a round table overlooking a transparent glass and an outdoor sitting area. As the menu arrived, so did about three waiters, circling for no reason, with one making as if she wanted to serve tea, all the while peeking into our phones. The Wait As we awaited our moderately-priced fried rice and spaghetti, we made small talk, sipping the tea. By now, apart from the waiters who looked aloof and were now stationed at strategic points in the restaurant, the stern-looking Chinese lady behind the counter was now sitting close by in the restaurant. She beckoned to another lady (Chinese) and spoke something to her in their language, while motioning at us. The new lady in the most inconspicuous manner (even for an amateur) started taking photos of us and recording. I caught her glance and she tried to look away while concealing her phone. Sigh. We continued to have conversations and our food began to arrive, the Chinese fried rice first. In a bid to what I perceive as remedying our awkward ‘glance lock’, ‘Camera lady’ approached our table and offered to teach us how to use chopsticks. Please note: while I was preoccupied with documenting our experience with a secret recorder, the team noticed that the two Asian men who were seated and had made their orders "looked disgusted, got up and made their way into one of the many rooms" in the restaurant. The Show Must Go On And so it began, the overly choreographed friendliness, niceness, half-smiles and forced response to questions. Ya ya (camera lady) was now tutoring us on how to use the chopsticks. A member of the team quickly requested a selfie and with concealed reluctance, she proceeded and everyone was obliged, including me. I wondered if they took selfies with all their guests or if it was a curated PR move? Soon after, we had to leave and requested takeaway packs for what was left off our spaghetti and fried rice (God forbid it wastes). As we were about to leave, a woman clad in black (Chinese) appeared from one of the many doors. She walked up to us and said "hello" and stayed there. A member of the team asked for her name and she said Si Si and introduced herself as the manager of the place. One member of the team queried if "everyone is welcome here?" to which she simply said "yes". She then proceeded to accompanying us out the front door (again, what establishment has its manager see customers to the door?). As we exited the building, I noticed the security guard (seemed like a Nigerian from his looks) looked jittery. I couldn't let it go, so I went back to take a photo in front of the building. How else would we prove we came to eat racist spaghetti? It turned out the manager was watching from the glass window I described earlier; she hadn't anticipated our abrupt return for a photo. More suspicious was the security guard, who suggested I use a wall with some flower pots for the photo as opposed to standing by the entrance which had the name of the establishment carved into it. In the End From our findings, interaction with staff and management, we couln't help thinking that Shi Shi resturant is indeed racist, hence the security guard’s inquiry about who we were looking for in a place listed as a public restaurant even on Google. There was also the issue of the staff recording a video of us, the policing while in the restaurant and the manager accompanying us out. Would they have done all that if we were Chinese? In the restaurant's bid to gloss this over, it ended us awarding us an exaggerated reception. Free Speech Human Rights Lifestyle News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • NGOs, Catholic Women Partner To Tackle The LGBT Threat To African Family Values
    by siteadmin on February 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Nigeria is said to have a 'youth bulge', with over 6O per cent of its population between ages 15 and 35 years. This implies that the country has huge human resources, which, if properly harnessed, are capable of restoring its pride of place among the comity of nations. Unfortunately, young people are confronted with various challenges that continually hinder them from reaching their maximum potential. These include increased rate of drug abuse and addiction, pornography, prostitution, unemployment, promiscuity, eroding societal values among other issues have left a good number of youths devastated. These have made it imperative for the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), a Non-profit Governmental Organisation (NGO), to collaborate with the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) in changing the narrative by sensitising, informing and guarding the youth against external influences from some international organisations, most especially those that promulgate LGBT agenda in contradiction of the African Cultural and religious beliefs, thereby contributing to the collapse of family values. Through a two-day conference tagged 'Responding to the Challenges of Youth, family and society: The Millennial's Response', various speakers drawn from within and outside the country, including Catholic Bishops of Enugu, Awka and Nsukka, urged parents to embrace the challenge of training their children in line with the principles of the church, as bad parenting and neglect is bedevilling the future of young people.  President, Catholic Women Organisation, Nigeria, Barrister Nwanneka Okolo; President, World Youth Alliance, Anna Halpine and Director, Quality Assurance And Research Development Agency, Dr Tessy Okafor, raised concerns about teaching "comprehensive sexuality education" in primary and secondary schools, which they say exposes children to the use of contraceptives at an early age. They warned that bizarre and wrong sexual orientation encourages abuse of their sexuality and in the long run are harmful to the development of the children, thereby promoting LGBT agenda alien to African culture. The conference exposed participants to tactics employed by these International Donor Agencies in funding distribution contraceptives and condoms in schools and among young people. Examples of how they penetrate lawmaking arm of government were cited during the conference.  Legislators in the country were advised to be on the alert and acquire adequate knowledge on the terminologies and words that suggest LGBT rights, as found in some bills brought before national and state assemblies. Other pro-life advocates, including directors of FACH, Dr Nkechi Asogwa, Dr Regina Akosa and member Mrs Ifeyinwa Agwu, among others, highlighted the importance of upholding "human dignity", which they described as the basis for "human rights". Participants were enlightened by experts on health and psychological problems associated with using contraceptives for family planning and IVF. They were encouraged to embrace and spread the message of natural and safe methods of conception and child spacing to safeguard the health of African women. These international organisations were urged to assist the country in fixing its infrastructural deficit as against funding initiatives detrimental to population growth and maternal health. Despite the misconceptions by today's society about abstinence, which is often considered archaic, youth are being advised at the to embrace chastity as the pathway to happy marriage.Youths were also encouraged to imbibe virtues that will strengthen their personalities and self-confidence such as volunteering. They were told to implore the effective and active use of social media to promote values and evangelise the message of Christ. Lifestyle AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • Two Dead In Lagos Building Collapse
    by siteadmin on February 3, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Two people have been confirmed dead in a three-storey building that collapsed in Lagos on Saturday. The building, located at Number 9, Amosun Street, Ijora Badia, was said to have been an uncompleted building with nobody residing in it. Confirming the accident, Adesina Tiamiyu, General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), stated that those who died were illegal residents, as they were in the building when it partially collapsed from the back. He added that two of the residents were brought out dead from the debris, while the third person sustained some injuries. LASEMA and other rescue agencies in Lagos were on ground to contain the situation. Lifestyle News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • Gospel Singer Funmi Aragbaye Loses Husband
    by siteadmin on January 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Funmi Aragbaye, a popular gospel musician and National President of the Gospel Musicians’ Association of Nigeria, has lost her husband, Elder Bola Aragbaye. Elder Aragbaye died at about 2:30pm on Wednesday, aged 77, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. During his lifetime, he worked at the Nigerian Tribune as a journalist under the supervision of ex-Governor of Lagos State Lateef Jakande, after which he left in 1967 to join The Sketch Press Limited, where he rose to become Editor. He was appointed Chief Press Secretary to the late Chief Adekunle Ajasin, a former Governor of Ondo State, in 1981. He clocked 77 on November 10, 2018, and is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and other family members. Entertainment Lifestyle News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

  • Aiteo Founder Benedict Peters Named 2018 FIN African Icon Of The Year
    by siteadmin on January 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Benedict Peters, international business leader and founder of Aiteo Group, has been awarded the African Icon of the Year. The award was presented at the Foreign Investment Network (FIN) and Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources Honorary Patrons Dinner and Awards Night, which held at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, Abuja on Monday. The award was presented as an “acknowledgement of Peters’ significant contribution to the oil and gas development in Africa, his visionary leadership, distinguished service and transformational disruption of a sector dominated by international oil companies”. The award also acknowledged that “Aiteo Group’s 20-year evolution through Africa’s oil and gas sector has been exemplary as well as revolutionary — going from a downstream start-up to becoming a leading integrated energy conglomerate with strategic investments in hydrocarbon (or commodities) exploration and production. Speaking at the award ceremony, Michael Dragoyevich, Chief Executive Officer of FIN, said: “Mr Peters has earned a unique honour to stand out among his peers as winner of the coveted FIN African Icon of the Year Award.” Dedicating the award to all Aiteo employees worldwide, Peters said: “The award by FIN as its African Icon of the Year is awe-inspiring. It’s an honour to receive this type of recognition. Our modest efforts to provide Africa’s market places with top-quality energy solutions while being a reference point for indigenous capacity in oil and gas have clearly paid off, and we are proud of the fact that we continue to receive such prestigious distinction.” Peters ventured into the oil and gas sector as an entrepreneur in 1999 and initially traded mainly in the downstream sector. In 2015, his company, Aiteo won the bid for the largest onshore oil block in sub-Saharan Africa.  Beyond oil, Peter’s group has investments in mining, agriculture, infrastructure development, electricity generation and distribution,  with a fast-developing retail distribution network.    Lifestyle News AddThis :  Featured Image :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :&nbs […]

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