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The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the this-app-may-come-as-a-surprise-to-you dept.

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zacharye writes "With 100 million mobile subscribers, Nigeria stands among leading mobile markets in the world. Its mobile content sector is quite fascinating — this is a market where $100 apps can debut at the No.3 position on Apple's list of top iOS apps. Bible and Quran apps are a major feature of the Nigerian mobile content market. The evergreen 'Message Bible' was launched globally in December 2009 at almost the same time as 'Angry Birds.' While the raging avians achieved greater global success, 'Message Bible' was a smash in Nigeria, recently returning again to No.15 among the top grossing iPhone apps. In the United States, the app didn't even crack the top 600 at its peak."

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419 Scam? (3, Insightful)

ApplePy (2703131) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007275)

None conned so easily as the con man, they say.

Re:419 Scam? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007353)

And there is no greater con than God, which explains these Bible and Qur'an apps.

Re:419 Scam? (2, Troll)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007607)

Before C20, I'd agree.

Today, there is no greater con than capitalism.

Which is why anyone feels the need for an iPhone and its apps at all.

Re:419 Scam? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007747)

Well Sir, when was is a Nigerian Prince one does have an reputation to maintain and all that.

Toddle Pip.

Re:419 Scam? (3, Insightful)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007797)

Nope. Religion stills takes the cake.

When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/Carlin_on_religion.htm [godlessgeeks.com]

Re:419 Scam? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008217)

And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

...., and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!

This is absolutely not what the bible teaches.
Educate yourself: http://download.jw.org/files/media_books/bh_E.pdf

Re:419 Scam? (4, Informative)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008473)

I (and Carlin) said Religion, not the Bible. If you think that churches are teaching the Bible, you're sorely mistaken.

More than four-in-ten Catholics in the United States (45%) do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion do not merely symbolize but actually become the body and blood of Christ. About half of Protestants (53%) cannot correctly identify Martin Luther as the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation, which made their religion a separate branch of Christianity. Roughly four-in-ten Jews (43%) do not recognize that Maimonides, one of the most venerated rabbis in history, was Jewish.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/28/130191248/atheists-and-agnostics-know-more-about-bible-than-religious [npr.org]

Re:419 Scam? (2)

donscarletti (569232) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008653)

Martin Luther is not mentioned in the bible. Nor is Augustine of Hippo, Jan Hus, John Calvin, Karl Barth for that matter. Maimonides was not mentioned in the Tanakh or Talemud.

What is your point exactly? Are you trying to point out that Atheists don't understand the concept of "sola scriptura" or what?

Re:419 Scam? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008779)

As a confirmed Agnostic (normally leaning heavily towards Atheist) Also having never attended church, I know more about the bible then 95% of the "religious" leaders out there. Of course they spend almost all their time in pursuit of profits and twisting or out lying about the bible to further their goals...

Re:419 Scam? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008981)

Do you have a link to the specific studies you've conducted to come to that 95% statistic?

Because without any evidence, I don't believe you.

Re:419 Scam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41009043)

Also as an agnostic (with gut instincts leaning toward atheism), I think your generalizations are BS. Maybe it had to do with attending various churches when younger, and not seeing rabid exceptions that make their way into news ... or maybe it has to do with not liking anyone that tries to twist or make up facts to further their goal and apparent authority, whether about the Bible or about other people.

Re:419 Scam? (2)

bigtrike (904535) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008947)

Wouldn't that only apply to sects that believe in sola scriptura? I've only been educated in one of the religions mentioned, and the basic education had to do a lot more with tradition, ritual, and culture more than purely biblical studies.

Re:419 Scam? (1)

alexgieg (948359) | about a year and a half ago | (#41009513)

Are you trying to point out that Atheists don't understand the concept of "sola scriptura" or what?

Which, incidentally, doesn't make sense. For you to accept the principle of "sola scriptura" you have to accept an extra-scriptural tradition saying, as its first extra-scriptural commandment: "you shall use this scriptura". And if you accepted one extra-scriptural commandment which by its very nature is clearly superior to the whole of that scriptura, well, why not others?

Re:419 Scam? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41013669)

Maybe you could try reading the whole report. I just posted the summary.

And no, I (not "Atheists", we're not a club) didn't know the concept of "sola scriptura". I'm from a Catholic country, where such concept isn't well known. That said, I wasn't trying to claim that all those lines refered to the Bible.

Re:419 Scam? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41009623)

The Bible teaches slavery is okay, it is alright to beat your wife, you can force your daughters to have sex with other men, a raped woman can regain her honor by marrying the rapist, and that homosexuality is immoral. What else do I need to know about its Bronze Age wisdom?

Re:419 Scam? (3, Informative)

alexgieg (948359) | about a year and a half ago | (#41009723)

And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

Actually, the Christian Hell is the Greek Hades, in which the Greek religion said everyone went no matter what. You had some slight better places within Hades for good people, such as the Elysium Fields, but it was commonly accepted that going to anywhere in Hades wasn't good, and that staying alive was way better, thank you very much. (Olympus, by the way, was the realm of the gods and demigods, not of dead humans.) So, early Christian apologetics at the time went more or less like this:

Christian: "Hey, bro! Do you have a minute?"
Greek: "Yeah, sure. What is it?"
Christian: "I'd like to talk to you about a hot new Eastern religion I follow. But before, please tell me: where do you go after you're die?"
Greek: "Well, to Hades. Everyone knows that."
Christian: "And what if I told you you can actually go to Olympus instead?"
Greek: "What? How come!? That's unpossible!!!11!1!!!"
Christian: "Ah, but it's very possible! Let me tell you about this god of mine..."

PS.: By the way, the Christians don't think certain specific things lead to Hell/Hades. Keeping in line with the Greek religion, it's all of them. Do anything or nothing at all, and you go to Hades anyway. It's merely the standard human afterlife, no strings attached. Heaven/Olympus is an optional alternative.

Re:419 Scam? (3)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41011017)

You're confusing the Christian doctrine to what Christians believe. I can tell you that they're extremely different for the most part.

Re:419 Scam? (1)

alexgieg (948359) | about a year and a half ago | (#41011619)

You're confusing the Christian doctrine to what Christians believe. I can tell you that they're extremely different for the most part.

Ah, yes, true enough.

Re:419 Scam? (0)

Urthas (2349644) | about a year and a half ago | (#41010771)

It's too bad Carlin's extreme cynicism turned whatever wits he had to idiocy. Yes, I said it. Carlin was an idiot.

With this app, you dont have to write this anymore (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007279)

Dear sir,

I write to you because you are a decent person, and I need your help. My father was the minister of agriculture before the civil war broke out. In the civil war, jihadists where after the money my father had secured for building a dam. This money...

No surprise there (5, Informative)

Wizard052 (1003511) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007281)

As Africa's most populous country, it's got millions of mobile subscribers. This is one prime market that's often overlooked as the West focuses on the BRIC markets...

Re:No surprise there (5, Informative)

William Robinson (875390) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007405)

Just checked and surprised to see India has [indiatimes.com] 929 million mobile subscribers. That is huge market.

Re:No surprise there (1)

Mr. White (22990) | about a year and a half ago | (#41012387)

Since we are talking about mobile apps, we need to compare smartphone prevalence, not number of mobile subscribers.

In poor countries, mobile phones are very popular for a number of reasons. But most of those phones are not smartphones and won't be unless someone designs a $100 smartphone. (without contract price.)

Re:No surprise there (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007579)

Africa is a freaking CONTINENT, not a country, and it's not even most populous continent.

Re:No surprise there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007627)

No one said it was a country.

Re:No surprise there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007755)

Learn to read?

Re:No surprise there (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007727)

Brazil 192,787,000 GDP per capita $12,788
Russia 141,927,297 GDP per capita $12,993
India 1,210,193,422 GDP per capita $1,389
China 1,336,970,000 GDP per capita $5,430

Nigeria 162,470,737 GDP per capita $1,452

hell, Indonesia 237,424,363 GDP per capita $3,508

Nigeria is a /market/ sure, but "prime" indicates First to me. It's more middle-pack.

Re:No surprise there (4, Interesting)

Sqr(twg) (2126054) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007931)

And with a GDP per capita of approximately USD 2 600 (a twentieth of the US) very few of those can afford to pay for apps. The fact that the “CFA Exam Audio Series: Level II 2013 priced at $100 placed #3 gives a hint as to how many Nigerians are buying apps.

Elitism (3, Interesting)

mr100percent (57156) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007285)

You're talking about a country with a per capita income of only $2,600. Clearly only the top 1% buy these phones and thus the expensive apps.

Re:Elitism (1)

ccguy (1116865) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007301)

You're talking about a country with a per capita income of only $2,600. Clearly only the top 1% buy these phones and thus the expensive apps.

You'd be surprised at the profiles of the 'letter from a prince generator' buyers...

Re:Elitism (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007691)

You're talking about a country with a per capita income of only $2,600. Clearly only the top 1% buy these phones and thus the expensive apps.

A phone doesn't cost what you pay for it. You can expect that the price is adjusted to increase the customer base.
In general Africa also have very few landlines (I cannot speak for Nigeria in particular.) and this leads to a situation where a cellphone is pretty darn important. A Nigerian is probably willing to spend a lot more of their income on a cellphone than you would.

Re:Elitism (3, Interesting)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about a year and a half ago | (#41013525)

I can speak for Nigeria - it has very few landlines, and most of those don't work. Many Nigerians have relatives in Europe who send their old phone to them when the contract expires (American phones are, of course, even more useless outside America than inside).

The income distribution in Nigeria is radically different from Europe or America, and a great many Nigerians are outside the monetary economy, and quite a few are reasonably well off, In any case, no one in Nigeria believes statistical data, especially if it originates with the private sector or the government, or anyone else.

Aint no fool (5, Funny)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007287)

How do I know this article isn't a Nigerian scam? I aint clickin' on that link, no sir I aint.

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008283)

It is high time people stopped this negative and obviously racially motivated stereotype of associating scam with Nigeria. Facts:

(1) 99% of all email scams/spams originate from the US and not Nigeria.
(2) Bernie Madoff who defrauded his clients of $50 Billion is American and not Nigerian.
(3) Wall Street stole trillions of $$ from the world and caused the current global financial crisis. Wall street is not Nigerian.
(4) The word 'scam' is an english word hence it must have originated from England and other english-speaking countries
(5) No more than 5% of every nation is corrupt. The Mafia is prevalent in Italy, yet we don't call all Italians Mafiosos and criminals
(6) Politicians in every nation are corrupt e.g. British MPs expense frauds, Berlusconi, Chirac, US lobbying etc. Yet we don't call their people as scammers.

There is no excuse for ignorance in the information age.

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008437)

(4) The word 'scam' is an english word hence it must have originated from England and other english-speaking countries

An amazing piece of logic. Kudos to you, AC.

Re:Aint no fool (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008553)

Surprise. Surprise. According to Wiki [wikipedia.org],

For example, in 2006, 61% of Internet criminals were traced to locations in the United States, while 16% were traced to the United Kingdom and 6% to locations in Nigeria.

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008687)

Yes. Now, do you honestly think that this caused by the fact that the word 'scam' is an English word?

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41010251)

well clearly going by the original AC's logic the word "word" is an english word and therefore it must have originated from england and other english-speaking countries, and so all words in all languages must have also come from there as well.

Re:Aint no fool (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008627)

(4) The word 'scam' is an english word hence it must have originated from England and other english-speaking countries

The logic of this point defies me, however it's probably worth pointing out that English is the official language of Nigeria!

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41012403)

Think...The word 'scam' was clearly invented in England many moons ago to address a problem that existed way back then.

Re:Aint no fool (1)

NixieBunny (859050) | about a year and a half ago | (#41010527)

Fact: over half of the advance fee fraud email solicitations that show up in my spam folder self-identify as Nigerian.

Curiously, the only spam I get is this sort of thing, punctuated by a very infrequent resending of exactly the same Chinese programming outfit's solicitation.

Re:Aint no fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41012513)

"over half of the advance fee fraud email solicitations that show up in my spam folder self-identify as Nigerian."

Hmmn, does the source IP address in the email IP header confirm it was sent from nigeria or does your subconscious just translate spam=nigeria? ;-)

9 out of the 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in Am (3, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007335)

"9 out of the 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in America are free."

it's clear that americans go for nigerian scams easier than nigerians who like to pay up front.

Africa (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007399)

It's also interesting to see how Africa in general seems to be steadily rising towards a more developed continent. China too is making investments there, and Renault recently launched the continent's largest automotive factory.

Re:Africa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007495)

They are much, much for intelligent than any other creature in the universe.

Re:Africa (4, Funny)

quenda (644621) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007513)

It's also interesting to see how Africa in general seems to be steadily rising towards a more developed continent.

Surely you must be talking about plate tectonics there.

Re:Africa (3, Informative)

Adam Jorgensen (1302989) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007855)

Nope, we're basically still being raided for raw resources by the rest of the world.

Re:Africa (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008503)

Quit being a bunch of niggers.

Yeah, developed (-1, Troll)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007927)

I am probably extremely racist but all I thought reading this "what a bunch of n******".

This just shows that we should stop all aid to Africa, if the natives can buy 100 dollar iPhone apps, then all the starving need to do is rise up and redistribute the wealth. It also shows that the natives have absolute zero solidarity with their own people, so why should the rest of the world?

Make the world a better place? How about the Nigerians start with themselves.

Re:Yeah, developed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008147)

Yes, you are extremely racist. Congratulation on admitting it.

Just guessing that you're American, so would you suggest that the poor of America rise up and take the wealth of the rich? Or that one person with expensive trainers in an American ghetto means that welfare should be denied to the rest?

failzo8s (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007413)

The acYcoun7ing

Religious make-believe! (0, Troll)

xenobyte (446878) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007415)

With all that interest in the make-believe of religions, it's no wonder the country is filled with make-believe princes with make-believe fortunes needing help...

Drugs? (2)

KreAture (105311) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007481)

1. Buy the dealers app or in-app purchase of insanely priced virtual wares
2. Display as proof
3. Recieve drugs

This market needs better control!

Re:Drugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007811)

With 30% going to Apple? No way...

Re:Drugs? (1)

KreAture (105311) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007853)

30% is actually very cheap for drug money laundring.

Re:Drugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007921)

30% is actually very cheap for drug money laundring.

apps are also great because nobody is questioning millions in app revenue, but it's really hard to fool anyone you "washed cars" for 1 million.

Obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007493)

The apps are being paid for with stolen credit cards.

As another commenter said the average income is $2600

good news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007543)

my neighbor's step-mother makes $83 every hour on the laptop. She has been without work for eight months but last month her check was $14904 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site http://q.gs/1dwsz

Angry Birds and Quran? Hmm.... (1, Funny)

KrazyDave (2559307) | about a year and a half ago | (#41007699)

Angry Birds - Jihad Suicide Bomber Edition! I smell a mega-smash hit in Nigeria!

Re:Angry Birds and Quran? Hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007815)

Angry Birds - Jihad Suicide Bomber Edition! I smell a mega-smash hit in Nigeria!

Ummh...Ignorance.

Re:Angry Birds and Quran? Hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008353)

Angry Birds - Jihad Suicide Bomber Edition! I smell a mega-smash hit in Nigeria!

Ummh...Ignorance.

Ummh...Denial.

Re:Angry Birds and Quran? Hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41009769)

No. That's in Egypt, not Nigeria.

Faith of Nigeria (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41007883)

40% of population are Christian and 50% muslin. No surprises as to the fervor of their faith.

Re:Faith of Nigeria (4, Funny)

pr0nbot (313417) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008213)

Those non-Christians aren't going to last long in hell... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslin [wikipedia.org]

Re:Faith of Nigeria (1)

bigtrike (904535) | about a year and a half ago | (#41009145)

If they mix with other fabrics, they'll definitely end up in hell.

"Deuteronomy 22:11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together."

Re:Faith of Nigeria (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41010789)

That's part of the Old Covenant, which was overruled when Christ came

Re:Faith of Nigeria (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41013703)

Matthew 5:18:
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Re:Faith of Nigeria (2)

echucker (570962) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008665)

Hmm, some folks might cotton on to those numbers not matching the fabric of the religious structure there.

Re:Faith of Nigeria (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41009189)

I would think that the central character of any faith in Nigeria would be some sort of con man with a super human ability to bore people to death with idiotic scams. One wonders why the government of Nigeria tolerates this nonsense as it simply destroys any respect that anyone might have for their nation.

Re:Faith of Nigeria (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about a year and a half ago | (#41013643)

Perhaps it has not occured to you that:

a) The government of Nigeria itself is a boring, idiotic scam

b) The government of Nigeria is completely irrelevant to most Nigerians, and incapable of enforcing anything significant

Unlike America where:

a) The government of America is a boring, idiotic scam

b) The government of America controls the lives of most Americans, and is capable of enforcing anything it likes.

Message bible? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008131)

Would that be 'The Message' bible? That piece of crap doesn't even deserve to be called a 'translation.' I'm an atheist, and even I find it offensive that someone had so little respect for the historical text as to produce The Message. Some people try to defend it by calling it a 'paraphrase' instead, but that is simply excusing the terrible inaccuracies and even entire verses outright rewritten.

Re:Message bible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008307)

Just wait 2000 years,

Re:Message bible? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008313)

Some people try to defend it by calling it a 'paraphrase' instead, but that is simply excusing the terrible inaccuracies and even entire verses outright rewritten.

Where exactly do you think The Bible comes from? During the Council of Nicaea, whole sections of the "Bible" (at the time) were discarded or re-written to match the prejudices of the attendees.

Re:Message bible? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008435)

That is not correct, though that's a common misconception. The Council of Nicaea did not address the question of which books would be included in the Biblical canon. Rather, it concerned the nature of the relationship between God the Father and his son Jesus--it was a dispute between the followers of Athanasius who finally won out, who asserted that they were different persons, and the followers of Arius, who believed that God and the Son were separate entities. It was, of course, a political struggle, and that particular council was not the final word on the matter. There were messy struggles between the two factions (and several others that cropped up over the years) until the Emperor Theodosius I settled the question essentially by fiat near the end of the 4th century. (It was officially settled by council--but strangely enough, the results of the later councils always seemed to match the theological opinion of the reigning Augustus.)

The books that were taken to be part of the canon were largely settled somewhat earlier by consensus between the "orthodox" Christians--the ones that finally won out. Groups of Christians that disagreed were disenfranchised and exiled before the Council of Nicaea, as a result of the legal battles that ensued after the Edict of Milan legalized Christianity. At that time, the courts had to settle which groups were the actual Christians, and thus officially tolerated, and which were the churches of the false Christians that did not fall under the Edict's orders to restore seized property.

There were no Ecumenical Councils that took a position on the canon until the Council of Trent asserted the canonicity of the so-called "deuterocanonical" books--books in the Old Testament which the new Protestants rejected. The Protestants, of course, continued to reject those books, and so most Protestant Bibles fail to include books like Tobit and 1 and 2 Maccabees.

Re:Message bible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41008567)

The above reminds me somewhat of a story line in Red Dwarf, where factions of cats wage war - "the cause of the cat civil war is whether their god was named Cloister or Clister".

Given how little we could deduce about any god, it seems daft to fight over such trivial detail.

Re:Message bible? (1)

Vintermann (400722) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008909)

It wasn't. It was about the color of the silly hats they were supposed to wear in the restaurant at Fuschal (Fiji). Don't get into a Red Dwarf fan war with me, I dare you.

Re:Message bible? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41009109)

You dare me to don't get into a war with you?

I dare you to not don't English war go to with me.

Re:Message bible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41012333)

noted

Re:Message bible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41010829)

There are near-complete manuscripts of the Bible from before that council and those manuscripts are used in modern translations, so the re-writing claim is irrelevant.

Re:Message bible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41011537)

All four of the great uncial codices were written after the First Council of Nicaea.

Nigerians need apps? (1)

macraig (621737) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008297)

What, like Farmville, Oil Tycoon, Poacher Paradise, Sim 419, and Love(...Not) Connection?

subject (3, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008333)

"Bible and Quran apps are a major feature of the Nigerian mobile content market."

Worst casual games ever.

What a major blow to religion (2)

MisterPuddles (1090583) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008451)

Easy access to the Bible? You don't want people reading that thing. They'll start to see how wacky it is.

Re:What a major blow to religion (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year and a half ago | (#41008961)

Judging by Mein Kampf, universal access to a book does not mean it is universally read beyond the first few pages. The book (or app) becomes a sort of status symbol, while its true purpose is mostly ignored.

"Status symbol" (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41010423)

As in, if you lived in Nazi Germany and didn't have a copy of Mein Kampf displayed prominently in the drawing room, pretty soon you would have no status?

Re:"Status symbol" (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year and a half ago | (#41011165)

Perhaps, or perhaps something along the lines of carrying a crucifix - replace crucifix with bible app. In either case, the real meaning can easily be ignored or avoided and the object becomes a status symbol, devoid of any true meaning.

Re:What a major blow to religion (1)

doesnothingwell (945891) | about a year and a half ago | (#41010883)

It warms my heart to know that trapped in the midwest usa, I'm not in the biggest podunk religious shithole anymore. Thanks Nigeria for raising the bar.

Re:What a major blow to religion (1)

couchslug (175151) | about a year and a half ago | (#41009583)

"You don't want people reading that thing. They'll start to see how wacky it is."

Sophisticated atheists would question it, but ignorant tribesmen in mud huts aren't different from its original audience.

Religion sells to the ignorant and the desperately self-deluding. The Third World is infested with it.

So is California (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about a year and a half ago | (#41010491)

Sorry, you don't have to travel to the tiers monde to find ignorant and desperately self-deluding people. Just look at the churchgoing percentage in the USA versus Western Europe. (And just look, for that matter, at gamblers, especially the ones in hedge funds and banks).

about the same content (1)

kenorland (2691677) | about a year and a half ago | (#41009289)

Bible and Quran apps are a major feature of the Nigerian mobile content market. The evergreen 'Message Bible' was launched globally in December 2009 at almost the same time as 'Angry Birds.'

And all three apps feature about the same kind of content.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41011431)

Why do we keep seeing iBGR stories on the front page? They struggle mightily to be relevant to the tech world, but fail.

Lmfao (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41012201)

And people actually download this shit for $100 or whatever amount from sand niggers in nigeria that are well known for all kinds of scams? Talk about fucking gullable.

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