Katie Hopkins Mocks Nigerian Firefighters as Lola Shoneyin slams back
English media personality and controversial commentator, Katie Hopkins, is in the news again; and for no less reason than for stoking fire.
She has reacted to the viral video of what seems to be a ‘Nigerian firefighter’ attempting to quench a raging fire with bowls of water. The fire which engulfed the popular Balogun market in Lagos, despite several attempts by Nigerian firefighters in putting out the raging inferno.
The video which was posted on Tuesday by News Central TV got the attention of Katie and she summarily took to Twitter to make what the Nigerian twitter community has described as an offensive and condescending statement.
See her tweet below.
Lola Shoneyin, convener of both the Ake Books and Arts Festival and the Kaduna Books festival, reacted strongly to Katie Hopkins tweet, provoking a horde of hate tweets directed at the controversial media personality.
But offensive reactions are not alien to Katie Hopkins. She has been known to peddle inflamed opinions about everything, from Palestinian occupation of Israel to gender stereotyping. She takes the resultant attack in stride, riding controversies without missing a beat or untangling a hair strand.
See Lola Shoneyin’s reaction below.
Meanwhile the fire raging at Balogun Market is at the last stages of being extunguished as Nigerian firefighters ( not the man in the viral video, he was just a concerned citizen.) have worked tirelessly to put out the inferno.
New Crime Series, ‘Tracker’ Makes Debut on DStv MultiChoice
The pilot episode of Deon Meyer’s thrilling new crime series will also be available to DStv Family, Compact and Compact Plus customers.
The much-anticipated adaptation of Deon Meyer’s international bestselling crime thriller, Trackers, which will take top-notch African storytelling to the world, hit our screens last week Sunday at 09:00 PM. Not only was the five-part series – a co-production between M-Net, HBO’s sister channel Cinemax, and the German broadcaster ZDF – made its worldwide debut across Africa in the prime-time slot usually allocated to Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies on M-Net 101, it will also immediately be available on the MultiChoice video-on-demand service, ShowMax.
To add to the excitement, MultiChoice decided to make the DStv Premium channel, M-Net 101, available on the decoders of its DStv Family, Compact and Compact Plus customers as well – for one night only, between 05:00 PM and 09:10 PM last week Sunday.
“Trackers shines the spotlight on the incredible talent working in the African film and television industry,” says John Ugbe, MultiChoice Nigeria CEO. “We are immensely proud of this milestone production. It’s one of the biggest ventures in the history of M-Net and we trust that it will be the first of many enticing and authentic stories from our continent to reach global audiences. Last week Sunday, was a big night for MultiChoice, and we shared the pilot episode, which has the feel of a movie, with more of our customers.”
The pilot episode of the exhilarating five-part series – loaded with heart-thumping action scenes, multi-layered characters, and chilling plot twists – is 90 minutes long. The rest of the story will unfold in four hour-long episodes. With each episode scheduled for 07:00 PM on M-Net 101, the weekly blockbuster movie premiere will be screened an hour later than usual, at 21:00, on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November.
Set against uniquely Southern African landscapes – from the Karoo to Khayelitsha and Limpopo to the Bo-Kaap – Trackers spins a web of intrigue that involves conspiracy, corruption, diamonds and rhinos, smugglers and smooth operators. The characters oscillate between good and evil, daring and dangerous and are portrayed by a stellar cast, including Thapelo Mokoena, Rolanda Marais, Brendan Daniels, Sandi Schultz, James Gracie, Sisanda Henna and Ed Stoppard.
For more info about the cast and characters, go to mnet.tv/trackers.
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún unpacks new book, ‘EDWARDSVILLE BY HEART’
“Edwardsville by Heart” is the first full collection of poetry by Nigerian writer and linguist Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún.
This weekend, join Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún for an evening of intimate chat/reading of his new book, “Edwardsville by Heart”, a unique blend of poetry, travelogue and memoir. He will also be in conversation with Precious Arinze, a Nigerian poet and writer.
“Edwardsville by Heart” is the first full collection of poetry by Nigerian writer and linguist Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún; memoir of three years (2009-2012) in which he lived in a Southern Illinois town as a Fulbright scholar and student.