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Nigeria demands apology from Sony over PS3 price-cut adverts

Wednesday, 9th September 2009 16:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked that Sony pull adverts for its PS3 price-cut and issue an apology for describing the country as” a home of fraud where its citizens hardly do genuine business”.

“Nigeria remains a major investment destination and a country where most businesses thrive in trust, good faith, competence and integrity,” said Prof Dora Akunyili, minister of information and communication. “Nigeria also demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation.

“The apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the unfortunate adverts were aired. In the light of the above, the Federal Government of Nigeria requests Sony Corporation to immediately withdraw that advertisement from circulation.”

Apparently, the country was insulted by the “Nigerian millionaire” comment making fun of the scam emails sent to people all over the globe.

Right.

Via Vanguard.

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26 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    Any links to the actual ad?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    They ask for an apology then tell how they want the apology.

    I guess they don’t have a saying. Beggers can’t be choosers.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @ Gek http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL1xTcQwu-8

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Lutz

    Considering Sony is probably more powerful than Nigeria I see a healthy “fuck you” appearing.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4 Forgot to say has more money than Nigeria

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    Oh that ad. Well to be fair its sort of true isnt it.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. TastyAcidMilkk

    @6 thier is alot of truth it too, theres alot of nigerians who do fraud then again so are alot of other people but that aint the matter at hand, whenever its brought up thiers allways denial, yet its prooven and its still denial, hence why so many ebay sellers have in thier auctions will not ship to nigeria etc

    #7 5 years ago
  8. phatb0y

    Sony should offer their hand in friendship.

    …But check their watch is still there afterwards.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Komond_Deckard

    Why the hell saying “I would be a Nigerian Millionaire” means: ”a home of fraud where its citizens hardly do genuine business”.

    Read in “Time”: With a population of 55 million and an economy that grows 4% each year, the number of Nigerian millionaires is growing almost as fast as the country itself.

    Is that an offense, saying Nigerian economy is growing fast and comparing yourself with that?

    I don’t get it, has no sense.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Komond_Deckard

    7: “hence why so many ebay sellers have in thier acutions will not ship to nigeria etc”

    Yeah that’s true. I always thought it should be a big problem and I read the reason. Anyway, I don’t think that has anything to do with the “Nigerian Millionaire”, they could have said any other country, “Chinese Millionaire” or “Spanish Millionaire”. I’m Spanish and I would find strange hearing that, but I wouldn’t think: “yeah, they only said that because they are callin us thieves!”.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. El_MUERkO

    “The apology must be given the same measure of publicity by Sony Corporation in all channels where the unfortunate adverts were aired. The Apology must contain the following…

    YOU HAVE WON MEXICO LOTTO BAJILLION, YOU WIN BIG, $100,000,000,000.67 TRANSFER SMALL CASH DEPOSIT TO CLAIM NOW NOW NOW!”

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    Imma side with Sony on this one.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Syrok

    :D @ El_Muerko

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Roybott

    It’s a classic internet joke, I’m sure Sony meant no offence but I guess Nigeria needs to look like it’s trying to do something about it.

    I expect Sony will either ignore it, or make a small scale ‘nod of the head’ apology and move on.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Sony will probably apologise in the end, they’re sort of pushovers like that.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Yoshi

    They will most likely give an apology and just say they didnt mean anythin by it. SIMPLES :)
    Not do all that other bollocks they requestin lol

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Artheval_Pe

    Sony should offer their hand in friendship.
    …But check their watch is still there afterwards.

    Your xenophobic joke stinks like something coming out of the XIXth century.

    Now let’s take an exemple. Imagine a french ad saying “You can’t believe everything the church says, otherwise you’d be a stupid american”

    What would have been the reaction of the US ?

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Syrok

    They wouldn’t have understood it. :P

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    lol
    And even then, the US gouverment wouldnt say anything, the flak would come from other groups.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Komond_Deckard

    17: stupid is an insult, millionaire is not.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @17 hmm that doesn’t offend me in the slightest and I am an athesist. But even so your remark wasn’t even as funny as the sony commericial.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Uncontested

    Lol Sony as a corporation is worth probably 10x what the entire country of nigeria is. I’m guessing Sony will laugh at them as the only Sony equipment in that sh!t hole is 15 years out dated or the result of credit card / identity theft.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. wz

    Sony revenue: $80 billion
    Nigeria GDP: $220 billion

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    Bah. :D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Artheval_Pe

    17: stupid is an insult, millionaire is not.
    Technicly, indeed. But you know as well as me what the subtext implied and what it was referring to.

    the US gouverment wouldnt say anything, the flak would come from other groups.
    Yes, I guess we’d see a lot of french wine being wasted like what happened in 2003.

    @21 : It wasn’t meant to be funny but to give a clear idea of what Nigerians could have felt.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight

    Whatever it didn’t “hurt” the same. Nigerians have buildings full of people sending out those scams with military officials watching over them. Yeah and when Sony didn’t necessarily go in that direction, the Government of Nigeria just assumes what they meant by it.

    If Everyone had to be “politically correct” no one would say a thing.

    #26 5 years ago

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