Just arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, a few hours ago.

I’m anxious to learn about the people and culture, and to move beyond the stereotype of Internet fraudsters. In researching the country and culture, I came across a fantastic YouTube video of a speech by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, one of Nigeria’s most profound and mesmerizing literary voices. In it, she warned of the dangers in hearing a single story about a people, a country, a thing In Adichie’s words, “The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.” It is really worth watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg

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      Hi, Larry — actually I talked often about how these email scams have come to shape the national reputation of the country. To a person they were surprised and appalled. Most were vaguely aware of it but had n1 idea of its extent and the degree to which the conduct of a very small few has created a durable negative stereotype. I hope you read my piece on stereotypes a few days ago (just scroll down). Anyway I made several suggestions on how they might respond.

  1. I’m so excited that you are in Nigeria, I’ve been trying to see how I could bring ‘Character Counts’ out here. I work with about a thousand youths per week. I’m consultant to about 10 schools and I also sit on the board of an International school. Our company handles training for coporate organisations and also for teachers. We need ‘Character Counts’ because it sure does. How can we link up with you now that you are here?

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      Kemi, tell us more about your organization. Could you also help us by encouraging more Nigerians to subscribe to this blog and our Character counts Face book?

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