The Nigerian Official And The $13 Million He Sent Into Outer Space

Robert Borrofice, an ex-biology teacher in Nigeria, won’t be found in an internet cafe conversing with the gullible to get any more millions though.

After acquiring an advanced fee of $13 million, he then promptly blasted it into space, never to be seen again.

Why?

Because Borrofice is the leader of Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), a burgeoning organisation in the African nation that is utilising computers and other technology for means less criminal than those the country has typically been associated with.

To many, the thought of Nigeria having a space program sounds like a scam, or an hoax at best. However, the ambitious Borrofice sees their fledgling efforts as a means to aid medical and agricultural plans and even hopes that the nation will one day build an international spaceport.

In a country with far more pressing and significant problems, Borrofice has funded his space program on an amazingly tight budget. In 2003 the NASRDA spent a mere $13 million on launching an imaging satellite, NigeriaSat-1, that compares favourably to American satellites of the 1990s that cost $300 million. The satellite collects data which is then used to educate farmers so they can choose locations and times for planting rice and other crops.

With Nigeria’s equatorial location, Borrofice believes that the construction of a spaceport could attract international investment for the launching of rockets and satellites, thereby allowing his dream to become self-sufficient.

One just hopes that any communications satellites they launch are put to their intended and beneficial purposes!

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  1. My wife and I also cannot get enough of 24.

    We typically join up with a group of friends to watch at someone’s house.

    The essential party food item is Pepper Jack (Bauer) Cheese

    Also, one of the guys that comes is a composer for some TV shows, and is friends with Kiefer, so we often joke about seeing if we can get Jack to come to one of our parties!

    It seems like it would be wierd though, as we always yell at Jack… things like, “shoot him in the leg” – and “he’s hiding under the car”!!

    It could be a little embarassing!!

    :)

    • Haha, my kids and I yell at the show too – we’ve watched all 6 series and can preidict some of what is going to happen now… last season one of my boys guessed Milo would get shot when he stood up and when we watched series one on dvd a few weeks back my other son guessed after episode 3 that Nina Myers was bad news!

      • I love it when you can really throw yourself into a show! These days, it is so hard to forget that you are watching a bunch of actors that are following a script.

        Very refreshing to be able to enjoy being immersed in a show like this!

        Say hi to your GF and get off the CPU!!!

        jb

  2. My ambition would still be to visit the US of A!!!

    • It’s been 20 years since I visited Florida and I had 2 flights from hell to get there and back. I’d still do it again though as it was the experience of a lifetime.

      My kids want to go to but I told them not until after we’s all been to Egypt which, fortunately, they are as interested in as I am.

      • You are both more than welcome to come and visit Los Angeles!

        With the beach, mountains, dessert, and forrests ALL within 30 min drive, I am sure that I can show you a fantastic, memorable time.

        I love the city I live in, and I love to show it off! If you ever think of coming, let me know!

        jb

        • I’ll only come if Jack Bauer is in town because we all know that LA gets attacked by terrorists every 24 hours!

        • I am not a big fan of name-dropping, but I can’t pass this up!!

          Last year I took a job as a driver for a limo company (for about 3 months – August-October ’06)

          By far my most memorable fare was Kiefer Sutherland! Very nice guy!

          It gets better.

          In LA we have a radio station (93.1) that is known as Jack FM. They don’t take requests, and are famous for their line, “playing what we want to play”

          Most of the clients I had in my car never asked me to turn on the radio (maybe 3 or 4 in the entire 3 months I drove) they were all interested in their blackberries or whatever important business they HAD to do. Company policy was to not turn on the radio unless it was requested.

          Kiefer was one of the few to request music, and he asked for 93.1!!!

          I have not told many people about this (mainly because I am not sure who would care), but I think it is great fun that Jack Bauer listens to Jack FM!!!

          *disclaimer
          Just because I have been in the same car as Jack, been to Jack’s house, been in Jack’s garage, seen Jack’s Land Rover, DOES NOT mean that I KNOW JACK.

        • I was never a fan of Kiefer Sutherland before 24 but now that programme has become one of only two things I make a point of watching (the other is the new Battlestar Galactica).

          I think he has done a fantastic job of the characterisation of Jack.

        • Spoken like a true American Jon! Warm and friendly

  3. Let’s hope that really happens…Nigeria could give hope to other developing countries,like my own

    • I believe the Asian countries will become the next world superpowers as countries in the West, such as American, are already beginning to show signs of economic decline.

    • I have been REALLY curious for a while, Aruna, what country are you from?

      I don’t hide that I am from the US, I know Scam is from the UK, I gather that you are from an Asian country, but which one? If you don’t mind me asking… :)

      It is always great to see developing countries attain higher standards of life/living and create a place for themselves on the world stage. I try to never take for granted that I was priveleged enough to be born in this country and feel dismayed when I see/hear people (from this country or others like it) that seem to think they somehow DESERVE what they have. As though if they were born into squalor they would have simply “gotten out of it” with their incredible skills and natural charm.

      I hope that this project has long and far reaching positive implications in the lives of many people!

      • My name is a Hindu name so it is quite obvious that I am from India. If I wanted to hide my place of birth I wouldn’t be mentioning my name! I think everybody loves their country simply because they were born there, but most of us do have gripes about the socio-political scenario. I am sure Jon will agree on this!

  4. But will it help the starving AID stricken lot? Health issues and illiteracy are a perennial problems in developing countries. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.Tech advancements are just an eyewash

    • “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” < you could say the same about Britain, let alone poorer countries. The satellite the Nigerian's are using is collating data used in agriculture so it could well go some way to reducing starvation.

  5. This is a very hot topic…hotter than Galilea should I say?!!
    Is technological development important to developing countries?
    Yes, because knowledge and development is for all to enjoy.
    No, if corruption is plaguing the country.

    • The logic employed by Borrofice is that the investment in space technology now will pay dividends in the longer term for Nigeria and that the space program could actually be hugely profitable if they develop the international spaceport.

      Currently satellites, etc are launched from Russia and China but Nigeria has a better geographical position so he may well be right..

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