THE NIGERIAN VOICE NEWSPAPER November 2013 Edition Issue 13

The city of Bahia in Brazil is said to be the biggest city of Nigeria outside of Nigeria according to Mr. Franklin Martins, producer of African President Television Series and former Brazilian Minister of Social Communications on 7th of November at Sandton, Johannesburg in a recent interview with the Nigerian Voice newspaper. M r. F r a n k l i n M a r t i n s expressed that Brazil and Nigeria have a lot of things in common, speci?cally the province of Bahia, and the state of Bahia “People believe that 80% to 85% of the Yoruba and Hausa people located in Nigeria went to Brazil.”The other parts of Brazil have people from Congo, Angola, and Gabon”, he noted. E x p l a i n i n g f u r t h e r, h e informed that Bahia is the city with the largest number of black people in Brazil. “The people, perhaps 80% to 85% is black and they are very proud of being black and of their history.” Mr. Franklin mentioned that his motivation for doing his television program; interviewing African Presidents around Africa is that Brazil is a country with a huge population and half of this population of Brazil Mr Franklin Martins the producer of African Presidents and former Brazilian Minister of Social Communications during an interview with Nigerian President His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa Abuja comes from Nigeria, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Benin, Togo and Mozambique. As half of these Africans were slaves in America, they were slaves too in Brazil historically. Also, he added that the television production was necessary because Brazilian black population do not know very much about Africa. “There is a de?cit of information about Africa in Brazil and people Olaniyi Thevoice Abodedele want to know about Africa, but there is no one to tell them about Africa. So, the gap in information is that de?cit that moved me to try and make this serious, to give more information about Africa, and information without prejudice.” Re?ecting on his interview with Nigerian President, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, he stated that he found it very interesting to know that a country with so many ethnic groups has its president from a small ethnic group, “he is not Yoruba, he is not Hausa, he is not an Igbo, he is from Niger Delta. The fact that he had been elected in Nigeria being from a small ethnicity makes a kind of balance in politics. I think to people it's something new, I think people are looking more not for the ethnic but for the leadership, for what he wants to do, what he says , what should be done and you believe he would possibly do it.” He made it known that ethnicity is healthy in politics. “Ethnicity is something that appeal not for something that unites the people but appeal for something that divide the people and this is very bad, but in Nigeria ethnicity is not so, it's part of democracy”. The former Brazilian Minister believed that a lot of Nigerians especially the Yorubas and Hausas are moving to Brazil and that is very interesting. He said he has visited a lot of major places in Nigeria, “I went to different regions of Nigeria and especially I went to visit Ife, that is the heart of Yoruba land and it's very interesting to deal with the people there. I interviewed one of the kings there, it was interesting to travel to Lagos, and it is a very big city. I was very impressed with Abuja because Abuja is like Brazil's capital city of Brazilia. It is a modern city that has been built 50 years ago. In the hotel I was, I ate a lot of things and I didn't know exactly what it is but when I tasted them, it's the same thing I eat in Brazil. A little bit of spicy.” He narrated his experience of eating a muf?n-like food in Nigeria called Akara (Beans Cake) by the Yoruba, but same food is known and called AKARAJE in Brazil. Also, he mentioned that there is a kind of soup made of Okro in Brazil that is also eaten by the Nigerian people. “All the time I feel at home. I eat things I eat in Brazil. I feel at home and it's very important. Continue on page 2