|Eddie Murphy as Doctor Doolittle|
Didja ever read the children's book Doctor Doolittle? Remember, the magic man who could speak to animals? It's also been made into movies as well. Anyhow, not only could Dr. Doolittle speak with animals...he also lived with them. Lions lounged in his living room. Parrots perched in the parlor. Snakes slithered on the sofa. Kids loved the concept of a zoo and house rolled into one...what fun!
Well...guess what? Every one's favorite children's book came to life in Central Nigeria last week. The rainy season is from April to October, and it smashed records this year, surpassing the previous high set in 1948. This resulted in the Benue River spilling its banks and flooding dozens of cities and hundreds of towns built near the important waterway. While it's true...floods occur everywhere...however, in Central Africa they are particularly dangerous. Because along with the dirty water comes hippos and gators!
|The mighty Benue River has burst its banks.|
All toll, some 140,000 people have been displaced in Nigeria. The death toll currently stands at 148...but it will undoubtedly rise. See, along with the dangerous animals, torrential waters carry deadly diseases as well...all of which are difficult to clean up afterwards. The dire situation is putting pressure on the government in the capital, Lagos. President GOODLUCK JONATHAN (his real name) and his CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) coalition government want to help... but they have been cautious allocating funds to agencies wrought with corruption and graft.
Here's the DUNER BLOG'S solution: Have Nollywood TV producers in Lagos make a reality TV show about the disaster. We'll call it SNAKES ON A SOFA, and then everyone could see firsthand the differences between Africa and the rest of the world. Are you listening RYAN SEACREST?