über Isioma Daniel
Everything about Isioma Daniel
is an Igbo
name and means "Good
luck". In Igboland, as in other
parts of Nigeria and Africa, naming a baby is a very important
event. When in 1981 the Daniel family celebrated the birth of
their newly born child who 21 years later became a journalist
with the ThisDay
in Lagos they were confident their daughter will be their
"Good Luck" in life. She in fact did fine, she was
good in school and with twenty she went to London to learn the
profession of journalism.
After only three months
with the ThisDay
in Lagos her fate took a sharp turn: Her article about the
beauty pagent that was supposed to take place in Nigeria
resulted in a fatwa against her. The Islamist rulers in
northern Nigeria felt being offended by her remark that
Mohammed, the Islamic prophet, probably might have
married one of the contestants. Every Muslim was called upon
to take her life.
Daniel took no further risk and fled the country. Today
she lives in Norway. This internet project is dedicated to
people like her and their cause, to progressive,
rationalistic, pro working people, and feminist topics. May her name provide us all with
what we most need: Good Luck and Happiness.
Isioma ist ein Name aus der
Sprache der Ibos
und bedeutet "Viel
Glück". Im Land der Ibos, als auch in anderen Teilen
Nigerias und Afrikas, ist die Namensgebung eines Babys ein
sehr wichtiges Ereignis. Als 1981 die Daniel Familie die
Geburt ihres neugeborenen Kindes, das 21 Jahre später
Journalistin bei der ThisDay
in Lagos wurde, feierte, waren sie voller Zuversicht, ihre
Tochter würde viel Glück in ihrem Leben bedeuten.
Tatsächlich erreichte sie viel, sie war gut in der Schule und
mit zwanzig erlernte sie den Beruf einer Journalistin in
Aber nach nur drei Monaten bei der ThisDay
in Lagos brachte ihr Schicksal eine scharfe Wende. Ihr
Artikel über die in Nigeria vorgesehene Wahl der Miss World
brachte ihr eine Fatwa gegen sie ein. Ein islamistischer
Gouverneur im nördlichen Nigerien fühlte sich durch ihre
Bemerkung beleidigt, dass der islamische Prophet Mohammed
vielleicht eine der im Wettbewerb teilnehmenden Schönheiten
geheiratet hätte. Jeder Muslim war fortan aufgerufen, sie zu
Isioma Daniel vermied das Risiko und flüchtete ins Ausland.
Sie lebt heute in Norwegen.
Dieses Internet-Projekt ist Menschen wie ihr und ihrem
progressiven und rationalistischen Anliegen gewidmet, der
Arbeiterbewegung und feministischen Themen. Möge ihr Name uns das bringen, was
er bedeutet: Viel Glück.
The World at their Feet...
By Isioma Daniel
for one -
"How do I choose a
lit the match'
Tactics Stymie Oil Grant
with Isioma Daniel
18 January, 2003, 10:19 GMT
Transcript (13 Feb. 03)
Isioma gives answers to readers of Ms.
|in Norway 2004 and 2005
Isioma's Journal from Exile
Trues av oppsigelser. Dagens
|Scroll down for the context of Miss
||Siehe unten für den Miss World 2002
Isioma Daniel in front of her computer in Stavanger
Aftenblad. In 2002 religious groups in Nigeria subjected her to a fatwa
because of an article about Prophet Mohammed in the newspaper ThisDay.
Photo: Lars Idar Waage/Stavanger Aftenblad
See: Fatal Commentary
"- I received e-mails from friends who told me to not take it seriously,
but they never said what “it” was. I wondered if there had been any
development in the situation, and when I googled my own name, I found
out about the fatwa," Daniel tells. When hearing about the fatwa, she
found herself truly scared for the first time. "- Up until then I
thought about the possibility of going back, and wondered if I could
ever continue to work as a journalist in Nigeria. But after the fatwa, I
had no idea what to do." She was granted asylum in Norway, and says that
she has a normal life. She also claims her life is not affected by the
fatwa today. But she still takes precautions. When a documentary about
her was set to be shown on Norwegian TV, Isioma had talks with the
security department of the Norwegian police. As a journalist in
Norwegian regional newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, she is now in a very
different working environment from in Nigeria. "- I didn’t get any
support from my colleagues when this happened, and my editor did nothing
to back me up either. He asked me why I hadn’t written “properly”, but
he hadn’t even read through the whole article before printing it. "I
clearly felt that they needed a scapegoat in this situation," she says.
Samadzai, 25, afghanische Studentin in
will ihr von Kriegen geschundenes Land beim Schönheitswettbewerb
Earth" in Manila am 9. November 2003 vertreten.
queen swaps burka for bikini - Miss Afghanistan, Vida
Karzai's minister for women, Habiba Surabi,
bikini-clad Miss Afghanistan:
"In the name of women's freedom, what this Afghan girl
has done is not
freedom but is lascivious."
Afghans angry at beauty queen's bikini appearance
for 2002's Miss World
beauty pageant arrived in Abuja, Nigeria, as the reign of the
current Miss World, Nigerian Agbani Darego, draws to a close.
Some contestants boycotted the pageant in protest of the Sharia
court's decision that Amina Lawal should be stoned to death. more>>
to death like
is a pre-Islamic
by the Islamic religion.
was safed from being stoned to death See:
The World at their Feet...
By Isioma Daniel
Nigeria's Agbani Darego smiles
after winning the crown
last year in Sun City, South Africa.
The Miss World competition
has run for 52 years
deputy governor of Zamfara state in northern Nigeria,
Mahamoud Shinkafi, has urged
Muslims to kill the woman who wrote an article which he claimed insulted the
Prophet Mohammed, sparking religious riots, causing more
than 200 deaths.
|The website for This
Day newspaper seems to have removed profiles of all its
journalists - including Ms Isioma Daniel - from the pages.
Ms Daniel, who is not a Muslim, has now fled
Nigeria. She took refuge abroad.
Fashion writer Isioma Daniel resigned after writing in
Day newspaper that the Prophet Mohammed may have approved of the
Miss World contest and possibly wished to marry one of the beauty
Miss World 2002
Azra Akin, Turkey
A Miss World contestant
Sommer? from Estonia) in Abuja, Nigeria,
Saturday Nov. 23, 2002
as she waits to depart for London.
Would Prophet Mohammed have married her?