Tuesday, 11 November 2008

chidi opara reports; One Year After.

chidi opara reports will be one year old on the 9th of December, 2008, having posted our first report on the 9th of December, 2007.

If this sounds like an editorial, which will be a violation of our policy of non presentations of editorials, e.t.c, to "avoid a preponderance of personal opinions and prejudices", we apologise for the infraction. If on the other hand, this write sounds like a self praise, we crave your indulgence to praise ourself this once in a year.

The main reason for this information coming earlier is the recent clampdown on news media, especially, news blogs going on in Nigeria, where we are based. When information about men suspected to be security operatives, making enquiries about the location of our operation base, keeps reaching us, we have no other option than to tell our story earlier. This we think is better than not telling it at all.

The journey to this destination started according to our Publisher/Editor-In-Chief, Mr. Chidi Anthony Opara, in July 2007 when on a rainy Saturday afternoon, a group of Nigerian news reporters and editors, on Mr. Opara's invitation met in "a back street hotel room in Owerri", to discuss how to actulize "a unique concept of credible internet based public information project". That meeting and follow up ones gave birth to chidi opara reports.

It has no doubt been a year of trying to cope with the difficulties of internet news publishing, bearing in mind that Nigeria is a country with very poor internet infrastructure. Another major problem have been finance. Even though network members work as volunteers, money is still needed to execute assignments. When donors show up, they give conditions which if accepted, will compromise set goals. These conditions are always and will always be rejected.

We will like to use this opportunity to first thank the Almighty God for his guidiance so far. Our gratitude also go to network members whose only motivation for taking this tedious and dangerous job is the desire to see that credible news information that do not get published for obvious reasons are published.

We will like to also use this opportunity to thank our ever increasing readers, especially, those who have taken time either to praise or condemn us. To our admirers, we promise to do better and to those who do not like what we are doing and/or how we are doing it, we promise tolerance, that is if we survive the onslaught by the Umaru Yar'Adua Administration.