Africa exclusive: Isioma Daniel has no regrets
Isioma Daniel, who is at the centre of a fatwa in Nigeria, told
BBC World Service in an exclusive interview broadcast on Wednesday
12 March, that she did not regret her actions and blamed the government
for the carnage which followed her controversial article.
on the BBC African Service's Talkabout Africa programme,
she said she feels "let down" by her former newspaper
and unfairly blamed for the crisis.
Obayiwana interviewed Isioma Daniel at a secret location. She spoke
about the events leading up to her article, which is blamed for
over 220 deaths following clashes between Muslims and Christians
in the city of Kaduna. Isioma says she thought her article was a
tongue-in-cheek piece about fashion.
interview covered various aspects of the story:
particular sentence I added in as a last minute thing actually.
I thought it was funny, light hearted and I didn't see it as anything
anybody should take seriously or cause much fuss.
I'd written the piece, the whole tone turned out to be breezy and
sarcastic, light hearted, kind of tongue-in-cheek humour, I wasn't
completely sure if the tone was right. Not for a Nigerian audience
but for my editor because he had briefed me on what he wanted and
I was more worried about whether I had been able to produce the
disappointed me was they seemed to be doing their best to dismiss
all the previous work I had done for the newspaper. (They were)
saying things that I was on the style desk and basically trying
to paint a picture that I was a frivolous and young journalist unable
to handle serious and intelligent issues, she had been writing about
handbags and shoes, obvious issues without knowing what she was
doing. They had to do what they did, I suppose to save the newspaper."
sensible person would realise that no matter how offended you are,
you completely lose your right to protest and your right to disagree
by being violent, by killing people because that is the greatest
wrong you can do.
should have taken a stand, we should have said, Nigeria is a civilised
society and what these people were doing was wrong, completely unjustified.
That would have been a stronger legacy for the newspaper if we had
been brave enough to do that."
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