Streetwise Professor

July 1, 2009

Nigaz With Attitude

Filed under: Economics,Energy,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 7:14 am

Nigeria’s NNPC and Gazprom have entered into a joint venture in refining, transportation, and power in Nigeria.   The venture is to be called Nigaz.   Words fail me.   I strongly suggest a name change in the event that the venture contemplates expansion into North America.  Or in the event it doesn’t.

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  1. Nigaz going to lay pipe.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — July 1, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

  2. Actually, if you base the name on translation of pronunciation from the Russian, it sort of sounds like “No Gahz”

    On the other hand, the pronunciation could also be “Nye-Gahz.” That has been suggested elsewhere.

    At any rate, this is not the first time I’ve seen the suggestion as to changing the name.

    Or maybe it was deliberate tongue in cheek, given a certain Russian attitude towards Africa.

    A little bit of a diversion here.

    Comment by elmer — July 1, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  3. S/O–Knowing Gazprom, there is considerable doubt as to whether any pipe will ever be laid.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — July 1, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

  4. Watch your tongue, OG, or Nigaz will come and sue your ass.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — July 1, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  5. Well, taking into account the pronunciation of Nigeria (from which “Ni” comes) there could be anothr pronunciation of the whole shortening. In order to qualify for what you try to make it sound, there must be double “g” in the word.

    Comment by andyash — July 6, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  6. Well yes, of course.

    It isn’t pronounced anywhere close to how non-Russian speakers might think it would be.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — July 6, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  7. And besides, the shortening has a stress on the “gaz” (which should of course be “gas”), while “niggaz” has a stress on “ni”. )) So I wonder how English-speakers even saw resemblance.

    Comment by andyash — July 6, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

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