March 13, 2007
@ 04:33 PM

One of the links referenced in my recent posting about Wikipedia led me to reread the Wikipedia entry for "Dare Obasanjo". It seems there is still an outstanding issue with my entry according to folks on the Talk page because there isn't a non-blog source (i.e. mainstream media) that verifies that my dad is Olusegun Obasanjo.

For some reason it irritates me that I have a Wikipedia entry with a giant banner that claims I'm lying about my parenthood.Given that I'll be back home in a few weeks to belatedly celebrate my dad's seventieth birthday, I wonder if any Wikipedia savvy folks can point out what kind of "evidence" usually satisfies the bureaucrats on that site. Will a photograph of us together do the trick (if so I already have a few at home I can scan and upload to Flickr)? Will it have to be a photograph printed in a newspaper? Or is the only way that banner comes off is if there is a Nigerian newspaper webpage on the Internet that says he's my dad.

I need to see what strings I have to pull to get my name cleared.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007 5:12:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Well, let me be the first to say I believe you. :)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 5:33:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
The funny thing is, I was going to jokingly post that you should take a picture of you and him together with his arms around you in a bear hug (so people can't say it was photoshopped) while in his palm he holds a sign that says "This is my Son Dare"

Then I thought...

Nope, that won't do it. Because then you'd have to find a non-blog web source to prove that the picture of you was in fact you (which I guess would involve another picture from some other source).

So basically, I personally have no idea. But good luck with that.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:53:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I have a different problem with your entry. I would rather expect proof for your - son of the president of Nigeria's - rather prepostorous claim that you work for Microsoft and share the soap with Don Box. An independently verified copy of your badge would be ok with me.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:18:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Wikipedia is getting more and more absurd...
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:36:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Here's a reference:
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:53:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Don't give them the link Phil gave you. They might get confused and decide that George W. Bush is the true son of President Obasanjo
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:59:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I see you have to prove that Baba is your Dad. While I do not know who wrote the crap on the talk page, it is a case of bad belle. words like eze(u), ego, have some local connotations which should give you some idea as to motivations. As noted, even a picture of you with Baba could be said to be photoshopped. Just live your life.
Ire o.
Baba F
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:07:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
If your dad is who you say he is, where is your security detail?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:09:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Didn't BillG meet with your dad? Have him vouch for you. That'll shut them Wikipedia people up.

I agree with the earlier entry, that place is getting absurd.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:00:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Be modern: make a video with your dad affirming it and stick it on You Tube :). then -give him a wikipedia login and get him to update the entry himself.
Steve Loughran
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:22:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Wow Dare. You must've really pissed someone off over there. I found this comment in the discussion page funny:

> article lacks relevance: other than being one of a president's many children,
> what sets this programmer apart from others?

Might as well start deleting these entries:
Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:54:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
First off, I do believe you as well :-), but I think you should have a thicker skin regarding this.

If there is no reference in the web nor in a book provided, why should be kept it in your wikipedia article? The article was kept on wikipedia because of your XML contributions and rssbandit, right?

I agree that you being the son of the president of Nigeria is interesting personal information about you, but checking sources should be a good habit in wikipedia. That is not always done is another question.

And overall, that external references are requested doesn't mean you are liar. Why should?

(and well... that external reference ( that magically appeared on the wiki talk page the next day this post was published is a little too suspicious. In an article relating all the public life of your father, suddenly, without even a full stop, comes: "Obasanjo's son, Dare Obasanjo (aka "Carnage4Life") works on XML at Microsoft and authors a weblog." Man, I suppose only good intentions there, but...)

Well, too long comment... nice blog Dare.
Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:26:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I'd contact the nigerian press and make this into a big story about the big, bad, American-centric Wikipedia not acknowleding screechingly obvious facts.
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