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Nigeria has "cancelled" Valentines Day.

By Angelo Izama

Added 11th February 2015 05:31 PM

Or rather the election that would have been held on the universal day of affection- the 14th of February. Many who will have heard about the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission will have received a text message from a friend or

Or rather the election that would have been held on the universal day of affection- the 14th of February. Many who will have heard about the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission will have received a text message from a friend or

By Angelo Izama

NIGERIA has “cancelled” Valentines Day.
 
Or rather the election that would have been held on the universal day of affection- the 14th of February. Many who will have heard about the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission will have received a text message from a friend or seen the news- delivered on Saturday evening, on Facebook or Twitter.
 
The official reason is that the security situation in the country is tenuous- brought on by the mindlessly violent, education hating- but YouTube loving armed Islamist fighters of Boko Haram.  Affection and disaffection- of whatever variety are nowadays shaped by technology. So how can technology remain a force for “good”?
 
Is this a design problem?
 
Since technology is not designed with choice of its own its employment for iniquitous ends is essentially a human glitch. Then there are leading technology minds like Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and the physicist Stephen Hawking who think that designing intelligent attributes into technology may be worse.
 
Just before Valentines Day last year [2014], the Pew Research Center released its global survey showing how commonplace cellphone technology has become and with it – how interconnected communities are. In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country more than half [62%] said they used social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and a lot of its use was to learn about another’s politics and share one’s own.
 
The survey also revealed some other interesting goings-on in East Africa- where the big technology news this week is about the decision by a leading US bank specializing in remittances to Somalia to end them forthwith. 
 
 

Or rather the election that would have been held on the universal day of affection- the 14th of February. Many who will have heard about the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission will have received a text message from a friend or

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