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This Video of Nigeria's Inspector General Stumbling Through His Speech Will Make You Laugh & Cry at the Same Time

"I mean, transmission—I mean...efforts at the transmission completion to transmission."

Ibrahim Idris, Nigeria's inspector general of police, inaugurated the Technical Intelligence Unit in Kano State Monday, as a renewed effort to contain crimes in the country, The Eagle Online reports.

"We are going to train our officers in the area of technical intelligence to enhance their capacity to address the intelligence challenges we are having in the country," he said during his address.

However, video clips of Idris' speech has surfaced via the Voice of Liberty newspaper's Twitter page, showing the inspector general do everything but communicate the purpose of the unit effectively.

Watch them below.



Clips of this debacle have already gone viral as you read this—and we can't help but simultaneously laugh and cry. We laugh because this is reminiscent of 2013's viral moment from NSCDC's Obafaiye Shem referring to his boss as his "oga at the top" when attempting to share the institution's website in an interview.

We cry (metaphorically, of course) because this is beyond an embarrassment for Nigeria and it's also not a good look for those who hold high positions in all branches of the government. Idris was still unable to get it together despite a colleague standing next to him to help him through the speech.

Nigerians' reactions to this embarrassment are just as funny. Take a look at some below.









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Uganda Has Lost Millions of Internet Users as a Result of Its Controversial Social Media Tax

The infamous tax is effectually driving Ugandans off the internet.

The number of internet users in Uganda has declined significantly since the implementation of the highly-criticized tax on social media, which went into effect in July of last year.

While the government claimed that the tax would assist in raising government revenue and help "maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently," said Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the time. President Museveni also suggested that the tax would help "curb gossip" online.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

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Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister the Serial Killer' Is the Lagos-Set Novel Rocking the Crime Thriller Genre

We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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