Every now and then my aggregator brings me an especially surreal juxtaposition. First this:
from: Mr Muhamed Hassan to: email@example.com reply-to: subject: Good day First=2C I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction... [MailBucket.org]
So after one day, it's time to unsub the clever feed. That was no surprise. But then, eerily, here was the next item in my queue, from Kingsley Idehen:
I am a Nigerian reminiscing as my country turns 43 today. October the 1st is an emotional day for many Nigerians, especially those of us in the Diaspora. Our country remains a paradox as the excerpts below attest. [Kingsley Idehen's Blog]
Kingsley cites Ars Technica's achingly funny spoof:
I AM MR. DARL MCBRIDE CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SCO GROUP, FORMERLY KNOWN AS CALDERA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, IN LINDON, UTAH, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I KNOW THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOUR BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS OR BUSINESS DEALINGS BEFORE NOW.
MY ASSOCIATES HAVE RECENTLY MADE CLAIM TO COMPUTER SOFTWARES WORTH AN ESTIMATED $1 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS. I AM WRITING TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE BECAUSE WE URGENTLY REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THESE FUNDS.
[Ars Technica: The Nigerian SCO Connection]
On the flip side, Kingsley reminds us that he's not the only notable Nigerian technical innovator. Being an XML geek, I am of course well aware of Dare Obasanjo and Uche Ogjubi. I'm embarrassed to say, though, that Philip Emeagwali's backstory was unknown to me.
Strange juxtapositions. But...happy birthday, Nigeria!
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