Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria

By Omolade Adunbi | Go to book overview

4 CONTESTING LANDSCAPES
OF WEALTH
OIL PLATFORMS OF POSSIBILITIES
AND PIPELINES OF CONFLICT

IN OCTOBER 2010, Chevron launched a new global campaign titled “We Agree,” aimed at highlighting what the corporation considers to be “the common ground Chevron shares with people around the world on key energy issues” and “the actions the company takes in producing energy responsibly and in supporting the communities where it operates.” The campaign focused on Chevron’s commitment and leadership in five key areas: growth and jobs, renewable energy, technology, small business, and community development.1 As part of the campaign, thirty-second advertisements were shown on major television and cable networks in the United States, in Europe, and around the world. One of them focuses on Chevron’s community development initiatives in Angola. The advertisement, featuring an Angolan student and a Chevron engineer also from Angola, claims that oil corporations are making a difference in Angola by providing jobs, schools, and health-related programs in communities where the corporation operates. It concludes with the student and the engineer agreeing that with Chevron, they are hopeful about their country’s future. This advertisement aired often on the ABC and NBC national networks and their local affiliates, CNN and CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, and other television stations in the United States.2 Clips are also posted on YouTube and are sometimes returned by an online search for “oil.”

While these advertisements are aimed at a global audience, specific advertisements are also made for particular places where Chevron operates. An example is the one that airs on Nigerian radio and television stations with the title “We Are Here.” This advertisement defines Chevron Nigeria as a friend of the environment, a friend of communities, and one of Africa’s largest en-

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