We’re used to forming our opinions about countries that are based on films, news, and friends’ stories. But we usually don’t even pay attention to the fact that films are fiction, news is biased, and your friends’ one-week trip isn’t enough to build an objective opinion about a foreign country.
This is why many things we think we know about other countries are either false or exaggerated. Mobonews is ready to bust some popular myths about other countries.
Common Chinese landscape
Most of people in the world live in China, but it’s not the most densely populated country. For example, Germany and Italy are more densely populated.
The thing is, apart from its huge population, the Republic of China possesses one of the biggest territories in the world. But approximately 2/3 of these territories are mountains and deserts.
Myth #11. Sumo is the most popular sport in Japan.
In recent years, this traditional sport has become more popular again. Still, sumo is less common than baseball. Half of all people there, who take up sports, like baseball the most.
Myth #10. India is a country of Buddhists.
More than 80% of the religious people in India practice Hinduism. The second most common religion is Islam. Less than 1% of people are Buddhists, and most of them live in Northern areas, which are close to Tibet.
Myth #9. Italians eat as much as they want and don’t get fat.
Of course, this is not the most burning issue in Italy, but it’s not true that all Italians eat a huge bowl of pasta and drink a bottle of wine a day, and still remain slim.
According to the statistics, every 5th Italian suffers from obesity. And childhood obesity is a real problem in the Apennines, compared to the other parts of Europe.
Myth #8. Great Britain is the country of rains.
Great Britain isn’t the driest place, but the situation with rain is pretty exaggerated. Though in some areas, the climate is really humid, in London, the rainfall amount per year is less than in Moscow.
Myth #7. All UAE citizens are incredibly wealthy.
As a rule, native people are, in fact, rather wealthy. But approximately 85% of people there are immigrants. Even around 2/3 of Arabs who live in the UAE are from neighboring countries.
Of course, IT specialists and top managers can afford a good quality of life, but ordinary blue and white collar workers live in really poor conditions in this very expensive country.
Myth #6. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro was the capital for almost 200 years, but in 1960, the capital was moved to Brasília, a city that was founded for this purpose. Today, Rio isn’t even the biggest city, São Paulo is way bigger.
Myth #5. In Germany, people are very punctual and everything works according to a schedule.
Punctuality is a part of German culture, but just like in the rest of the world, cultural boundaries and old traditions vanish. Many projects fail to meet deadlines and, according to the data, approximately 1/3 of all trains in Germany are late.
Myth #4. Bull fighting is the most popular entertainment in Spain.
Bull fighting is still held in many cities in Spain, but its popularity isn’t that high. Most people who visit the shows are tourists. Under pressure from activists, the Parliament of Catalonia banned bull fighting in the area, including Barcelona.
Myth #3. Australia is the country of eternal summer.
Most people live in Southern areas, in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Adelaide. For example, in winter, the temperature is 32°F in Canberra. What’s more, a big part of the continent is mountains, which are covered in snow in the winter.
Myth #2. Romania is a country of Gypsies.
Some people think that most people in Romania are Gypsies. Others are sure that Romanians and Gypsies are kindred people. But neither of them are right.
First, Romanians and Gypsies have different origins and speak absolutely different languages. Romanians are European people, and their language is close to Italian and Spanish. Gypsies are the descendants of Indian natives. Second, there are only 3% of Gypsies in Romania.
Myth #1. The chili pepper was named in honor of the South American country.
The ancient Aztecs who lived in the territory of modern Mexico gave the name to this hot pepper. The state of Chile is located far away from Mexico and was inhabited by different people who used to speak a different language.
In many modern languages, the name of this plant and the country are also spelled differently.
Do you know of any other stereotypes about other countries? Have you ever heard any myths about your own country?
#EndSARS Protests: I Have No Dime, No Kobo Investment In The Tollgate – Tinubu
Former governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu says he has no dime in the funds generated at the Lekki Tollgate.
Tinubu follows claims and reports that his interest and involvement in the shooting that took place on Tuesday is based on the fact that he was making money of the tollgate, a source of income that was crippled following days of the #EndSARS protest.
In a telephone interview with Channels Television, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart said, ““I have no dime, no kobo investment in the tollgate”.
He also denied having any investment in the Lekki Concession Company, the firm which manages the tollgate.
Tinubu further denied being the one who gave the orders for the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate saying “I will never, never be part of any carnage. I will never be part of that.”
Tinubu questioned the logic behind the use of live arms on protesters who were unarmed.
The APC chieftain said he was accused and reported to the presidency that he was behind the protests.
He said their are still claims that it was him who sponsor of the protesters.
According to Tinubu, it was his intervention that that spurred Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to respond to the demands of the protesters.
“That was why he (Sanwo-Olu) set up the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The governor has gone to the home of one of the victims to appeal to them.
“He has put N200m together as part of restitution and compensation for those attacked.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Tinubu cautioned protesters against giving the impression that they wanted to cause anarchy.
He warned that “any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order” if it is convinced that chaos is the purpose of any protest organized.
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– Vice President Osinbajo has reacted to the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos state – Osinbajo expressed sadness over the deaths so far recorded while pledging that the FG will get justice for all of them – The vice president noted that he has spoken with some survivors of the ugly incident
Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed sadness over the killing of some #EndSARS protesting youths at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20. In a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, on Wednesday night, October 21, the vice president also registered his condolence over the deaths of some policemen and other Nigerians in different parts of Lagos and other states. Noting that he has spoken to some survivors in the hospital, Professor Osinbajo admitted that some losses so far recorded can not be replaced.
Lekki shooting: Some losses are irreplaceable, we’ll get justice for all, Osinbajo speaks. Photo credit: Professor Yemi Osinbajo Source: Facebook He, however, pledged that the Nigerian government will get justice for all of them. He said: “I spoke to some of those in hospital. The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them. I stand with Lagos & all other affected states in these trying times.” The vice president also prayed that the nation will never see a repeat of such tragedies again.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations. The monarch requested all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.
EndSARS: Obaseki gives escaped inmates 3-days ultimate to return
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has given the inmates who escaped from the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre, Sapele Road and the Oko Medium Security Correctional Centre up till Friday, October 23 to return voluntarily or face the wrath of the law.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the governor gave the three-day ultimatum in Benin on Wednesday, October 21, while on an assessment tour of the facilities in company of the the Controller of Correction, Edo State Command, Babayo Maisanda, who announced that six out of the 1,993 inmates who escaped during the jail breaks had voluntarily returned.
It would be recalled that some hoodlums who highjacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest in the state had on Monday attacked the two Correctional Centres and freed the inmates after unleashing terror on the facilities, its personnel and their properties, mostly, vehicles. [Swipe]
‘History Will Remember You’: Ighalo Slams Govt Over Lekki #EndSARS Protest Shooting
Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo has slammed Nigerian authorities over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
He condemned the shooting by the security operatives which led to the death and injury of several protesters on Tuesday evening at the Lekki toll gate.
“I am sad and heartbroken; I don’t know where to start from,” the Manchester United striker said in a Twitter video after the English Premier League side won their Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
He added, “Today, October 20, 2020, you people will be remembered in history as the first government that sent the military to the city to start killing their own citizens.”
Ighalo, who says he is not the type that gets involved in politics, believes it will be a disservice for him to keep quiet on the shooting.
He took a swipe at the government for the incident, stressing that the people were tired of them and could not condone such a reckless act any longer.
The 31-year-old said, “I can’t keep quiet anymore on what is going on back home in Nigeria. I will say Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens; sending the military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters, it is uncalled for.
“I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys, and we can’t take this anymore.”
He, therefore, called on the United Nations and the United Kingdom among others to intervene in the crisis in Nigeria.
Ighalo also urged them to help the poor Nigerians and caution the local authorities against “killing their own citizens”.
He appealed to the youths to, as much as they could, stay safe and steer clear of activities that could lead to a recurrence of the ugly incident.
UN Condemns Shooting Of Lekki Protesters, Calls For End To Police Brutality In Nigeria
The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, condemning violent clashes that claimed multiple lives and caused many injuries.
This position was contained in a communiqué by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General has been following recent developments in Nigeria and has called for an end to police brutality and abuses.
Mr Guterres condemned the shooting of protesters on Tuesday at Lekki in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.
He expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary-General called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The UN chief urged the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.
The Secretary-General encouraged the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation.
He reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to support national efforts towards finding a solution.
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Laycon: Biography, Networth And All You Need To Know
Olamilekan Agbeleshie popularly known as Laycon is BBNaija’s housemate for this year’s Lockdown Edition. Laycon before joining the house is a singer and a rapper who hails from Lagos.
The 26 year old was born in 1996 to Mr & Mrs Agbeleshe.
Laycon started his music journey at an early age. Many have tagged Laycon as the new school of rap music in Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University Of Lagos with philosophy.
Laycon also describes himself as being versatile and able to coin words together to soothe scenarios and moods.
According to Laycon he said during the lockdown, he developed the ability of singing and reading my bible.
His song ‘Fierce’ featuring rapper Reminisce and Chinko Ekun making it to MTV BASE Top ten charts for six months is one of his biggest achievements.
After his inclusion, Laycon has gotten numerous endorsements from most celebrities just for him being a rapper.
Laycon Social Media Handle
You can follow Laycon on his instagram account @itslaycon and on twitter @itsLaycoon
According to reports, Laycon is networth is estimated to be around $7,000