Kim Kardashian’s visit to Nigeria might have just opened a can of worms that won’t be gotten rid of anytime soon, a situation which may decide the political future of Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan.
Kim Kardashian was in Nigeria recently supposedly to co-host Darey’s show ‘Love Like A Movie’, but her Cameo appearance made some inquisitive Nigerians ask questions on how much the US reality TV star was paid for her 45 minute appearance at the show-for a co-host, she spoke on stage for only about 45 seconds. Rumours followed her departure about how much her fee could have been, and what seemed like the closest to the truth, or the truth was that Kim Kardashian was paid $500,000.
For a country where a larger percentage lives below the poverty line, the fee was too outrageous. The good thing about it was it brought to light a document indicating that a million dollars of Bayelsa State’s poverty alleviation fund was spent by then Governor Goodluck Jonathan on bringing American entertainers Beyonce and Jay Z to Nigeria in 2006. The document was uncovered by New York-based Nigerian news outfit, Sahara Reporters.
In a letter stamped and signed by Bayelsa officials, N150 million (approximately a million dollars in 2006) was released from the state’s poverty alleviation fund for the first ThisDay Music Festival in Lagos. The report was published by Sahara Reporters on February 20, 2013. Read story here. Three days later, Nigeria’s dirty linen had been washed in public, as UK’s Daily Mail published the same report quoting Sahara Reporters on February 23, 2013 with the headline, “Nigerian president ‘spent $1million of aid money meant for poverty-stricken country on star-studded festival featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z’” Read Daily Mail’s report here.
The last time I checked, Daily Mail had 213 comments on the article, comments that could make you feel shameful as a Nigerian.
“And this is why I NEVER give to Third World charities, or vote for mainstream parties,” Algernon Wheatear from Up North, United Kingdom wrote.
MailiaMiddx wrote, “Shame on him for wasting aid money in this way and shame on them for accepting such a large fee to perform in a poverty stricken country.”
The rest is there for you to read if you care.
What this means for Nigeria, our government, or our future; your guess is as good/bad as mine.
See the document uncovered by Sahara Reporters below.