January 22, 2007
Afrịkan Influence on the Child Jesus and Christianity
Abstract of Reflections during the celebration of the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt At St. Fortunata’s Church in Brooklyn on January 14, 2007
by Fada Jọn Ọfọegbu Ụkaegbu, Ph.D. -Igbologist- (Brooklyn, New York) ---- While humans deal with time because we are the architects of time, we know that God is eternal and transcends time. Afrịka has played significant roles in the history of the human race. Confirmed results from scientific research on Genetic Anthropology show that modern humans first appeared in Afrịka around 150,000 years ago, and Afrịka has become the patrimony of humanity, that is, the home of the first human beings.
(Cf. The Genographic Project. Human Migration, Population Genetics, Maps, DNA www5.nationalgeographic.com/genographic or www.nationalgeographic.com [Geographic Project]).
November 07, 2006
Driving Nuhu Ribadu out of Town
In Tondu's Naija Chronicles by Aonduna Tondu (New York, USA) --- The EFCC is a good example of a noble idea gone awry. Faced with the rabble-rousing histrionics of its mercurial head called Nuhu Ribadu and the glaring evidence that both the outfit and its chairman have become tools in the service of a dictator and his anti-people fantasies, Nigerian democrats and those who wish our country well must be alarmed at the prospect of letting Ribadu and the contraption he pretends to lead continue to desecrate our democratic spaces with his resort to violent and illegal tactics that clearly are an affront to the sensibilities of decent, law-abiding citizens.
Foleys Bergère: Political Entertainment al’Americain
by Ben Tanosborn (Vancouver, Washington (USA)) --- Yes… come to Washington’s Capitol Cabaret. Whether your preference is for a morality play or a musical, that’s where’s at; running the entire gamut in popular taste from stupidity to prudishness. And now the cabaret is running this pre-election play, a well choreographed Foleys Bergère, with the entire Republican chorus line in drag.
October 16, 2006
Lives on our Roads: In the Hands of our Vulture Class
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Our roads are so bad, they claim so many unreported lives as a result of foreseeable accidents. Even more dreadful are deaths at the hands of robbers and armed forces. There are very few people in Nigeria that has not been accosted by gun flinging policemen or witness a case.
Darfur: Shame on Black Muslims!!
by Nafata Bamaguje (Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria, USA) --- During the recent Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, Muslims here in Nigeria's Islamic North demonstrated in support of the Shiite terror group. Several months ago, Muslims here in northern Nigeria massacred hundreds of non-Muslims in response to the Danish cartoons.
October 15, 2006
I Thank God She Survived
by Jerry Orisakwe (New York, USA) --- It all stated in the early hours of the morning of
30th of July 2005.When the members of massob women
wing protested by means of peaceful rally against the
arrest of some of the members of massob by Nigeria police.
The Resurgence of Ayelala in Benin Kingdom: An Indictment of the Conventional Dispensation of Justice in Nigeria
by Akhilomen Don, Ph.D., LLB. (New York, USA) --- Introduction This topic, in plenitude and depth, is fascinating and perhaps controversial. It is a topic that has held the entire nation of Nigeria and particularly Benin City in Edo State spell-bound and agitated for over some months now. In the early 1980’s, with an apparent revolution in Christian religious activities in the city of Benin, the belief in traditional divinities was seemingly abandoned for the Christian faith.
Obasanjo War on Corruption: Real or Fiction
by Collins Emeka Eke, Los Angeles, CA --- Nigerians should not take President Obasanjo serious on his recent war on corruption until he starts from himself. Throughout his political life Obasanjo has never been known as someone interested in ending corruption in Nigeria.
October 11, 2006
Shame!: Nigerian Universities in Shambles
by Oyeyemi Olodo, Esq. (London, England) --- A quick tour around Nigerian universities and one will fully understand why students are no longer students but yahoo boys, advanced prostitutes and home-bred robbers. I was sickened by the state of students living conditions and studying environment during my short visit to Nigeria recently.
September 27, 2006
The Struggle for Nigeria's Soul
by Collins Emeka Eke, Los Angeles, CA --- The religious violence in Nigeria between Christians and Muslims and other potential divisional problems facing the country will never end until we Nigerians come togather to determine whether we are really belong togather as a united country.
Margaret Ekpo: an Agent of Change: 1914 to 2006
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- She was born to Okoroafor Obiasulor family a native of Agulu-Uzo-Igbo, close to Awka Anambra State—and, Inyang Eyo Aniemewue of King Eyo dynasty of Creek Town in today’s Cross Rivers State.
An Open Letter to a Fellow Nigerian
by Collins Emeka Eke, Los Angeles, CA ---
I generally agree with you on your critique of President Obasanjo's Adminstration except on the first two paragraphs where you appeared to give him some credits. Well, I for one can not possibly think of any where I credit him for work well done.
September 24, 2006
“Shock and Awe” Diplomacy Confronts American Exceptionalism
by Ben Tanosborn (Vancouver, Washington (USA)) --- Forcing American media to give front page coverage to what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez had to say this week from the podium at the United Nations – a very appropriate political closing to the summer – could be described as “shock and awe.” Truth was dispensed via a large syringe instead of an eyedropper and to many people that represents shock and awe.
This King is Stark Naked
In Tondu's Naija Chronicles by Aonduna Tondu (New York, USA) --- That the persona of the current tyrant at Aso Rock has been one big lie is no longer in doubt. As a matter of fact, amongst members of the intellectual class at least, only those who chose to ignore the ample and incontrovertible evidence as to the profoundly corrupt identity of Kabiyesi and his sinister regime can now express surprise regarding the latest revelations about the immoral and criminal activities associated with the doomed Nigerian presidency of Matthew Okikiolakan Olusegun Obasanjo and his confederates.
Separation of Religion and Politics
by Collins Emeka Eke, Los Angeles, CA --- Recently the federal government of Nigerian sponsored a Christian Pilgrimage to Jerusalem a very dangerous precedent and possibly unconstitutional if any Nigerian care to follow the constitution. President Obajanjo Adminstration decided without pressure from any Christian Organization to officially pay for all the expenses for 12,000 Christians to visit Jerusalem.
Impeaching Atiku and Obasanjo: The Constitutional Immunity Clauses
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- In the past recent weeks, the nation-state, Nigeria, has witnessed not surprisingly, reports full of inconsistencies, inaccuracies, illogicalities, and funds moving criminally from one bank to another operated by the duo: Atiku and Obasanjo and their cronies. With EFCC, dwindling each passing day, there is increase in credibility crisis at its peak at the nation’s presidency in Abuja, Aso-Rock.
How Dare you Criticize Nigerian EFCC?
by Collins Emeka Eke, Los Angeles, CA --- Recently several leading Nigerian politicians have being criticizing the methods Economic and Financial Crime commission (EFCC) is using to investigate and prosecute suspects in Nigeria. These so political imposters for whatever reason have being traveling around the country acussing this fine organization of violecting Human Rights of some Nigerians.
September 19, 2006
Justice According to the Vindictive Witch of Aso Rock
by SpinCity Spinoza --- The amala scientists are at it again. Their drums of injustice are again beating mercilessly against Atiku Abubaka, the Vice President of Nigeria. A few months ago, the same drums sounded furiously with Yoruba fists of fury, invoking all kinds and patterns of iambic voodoologies to effect their trance possession on anybody who disagreed with their blatant injustice on the Constitution of Nigeria.
September 16, 2006
Oprah’s Heart Glows for Girls in South Africa
by Odo Akaji (United Kingdom) --- Recently, Oprah Winfrey visited South Africa. The talk show legend and philanthropist was in South Africa to personally interview the first intake of a Leadership Academy for Girls she helped build in Soweto at a whopping cost of USD40, 000,000. According to informed sources, this huge gesture was in fulfillment of a promise she made to the revered former President of South Africa, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, on her first visit to South Africa in December 2002.
Losing Weight while Gaining Fatso
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- I love to eat and I get jealous when I see people who love to eat more than I do put on no weight whatsoever. Every little food I overeat shows up on me so I have to watch everything I eat. There are so many enticing foods that I used to eat, but as I get older, those ones, I can not even eat anymore.
September 15, 2006
Support for International Protection Force for the Niger Delta Basin: Letter to Kofi Anan and Linda Greenfield
by Prof. Chudi Ikwueze, Ph.D (New Yourk, USA) ---
Mr. Kofi Anan
New York, NY
The Making of a Nation or Disintegration of a Nation
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- There are lots of ramifications, courage, conditionalities, sacrifices, etc, involved in crafting a nation off of this situational landscape—Nigeria, for her to become a true-nation.
An Illogical Trajectory: Kettle Call Pot Black
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- This paper will review; analyze the implications of immaterialism, and materialism that is facilitated, and predicated on human greed and emptiness. Perhaps this writer will attempt were possible to offer solutions on the present national-shame motivated by the rumbling at Aso-Rock, which, houses nation’s Presidency. Remember the upcoming 2007 elections and beyond.
Nuhu Ribadu: Let he who is without Sin Cast the First Stone
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- We all like to meet people who are all the things this society defines as perfect. Beautiful, brilliant, compassionate with a liberal dose of humbleness. When we meet this concept of perfection and over time reality dawns, what do we come up with? Damn! Not all the things I envisioned.
September 11, 2006
Is there any Reason why a Biafrian can't be President?
by Fabian K. Ekeanyanwu (Pennsylvania, USA) --- The answer to this question I am afraid to say is a resounding yes. Did any one ask for the reason? The reason is simple..... us. History has shown that the Igbo man is his own worst enemy. Starting from the time we were involved in the civil war with Nigeria till the present dispensation.
September 03, 2006
Is Oil Worth a Drop of Blood? - Part 2
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibri in Bayelsa State. But this was not the beginning of the challenges that bedevil the Niger Delta. However, the oil factor has significantly greased a situation rooted in political quagmires exacerbated by ethnicity, negative inter group relations, and a heartless petro-capitalist system.
September 01, 2006
All Roads Lead to World Igbo Congress (WIC) Boston, Massachussettes
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- As the International community Awake to a new dawn at the turn of this century, World Igbo Congress [WIC] delegates will converge in Boston, Massachusetts, for an unprecedented annual summit starting this month—August 31st 2006. In this summit, delegates are expected to deliberate on critical issues of concern including security and other technical matters, strengthen its ranks and files to improve the lives of Igbo-nation and Nigeria as a whole.
August 31, 2006
Torn Between EFCC and Due Process
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has come under fire lately for the rough but Nigerian ways of dealing with looters. Of course, I am concerned about due process. I am even more concerned about those who think they can get rid of Nuhu Ribadu and would like to give a dog a bad name before they hang him.
August 29, 2006
There is No Such Thing as Niger-Delta
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- Recently, there had been socio-economic-political upheavals over resource producing states. This economic hostility is obvious at the national, regional and at the local level. The said national summit focused particularly on revenue allocations with respect, and peculiarity to resource producing states, what the derivational percentages [%] should be or, not be. During these debates, the feds, have always [since after the civil war 1967-1970] played politics with this important topic.
August 28, 2006
Nigeria-Biafra War still Ongoing
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- The shooting war may have ended, but the civil war has continued albeit by other means. A lot
of Nigerians have continued to bury their head in the sand and pretend that all is well; some have even queried the Igbo cry of marginalisation, while some others have continued to live in denial, the obvious fact notwithstanding.
August 24, 2006
Creating Level Playing Field: Role of Media
by Prof. Edward Oparaoji, (Philadelpia, PA) --- Gentlemen of the Press,
Hope this write up meets you well. I want to first of all commed you for the noble role you played in ladmark events of our time, which I have been honored to play a role. The most recent are the June 12 struggle and opposition to elengotation of term of office of the current Obasanjo administration. The lesson here, is that when the press takes a stand for the people and for change, they prevail.
Letter to NASS on Bakassi
by Dr. Baba Adam and Mr. Clement Ikpatt, --- August 21, 2006
Hon. Senators and
Hon. Members of the House of Representatives
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone
August 21, 2006
Obasanjo’s Economic Program Failed: Analysis of the 2006 Index of Economic Freedom Report
Delivered at Solon Institiute’s Lecture Series Sponsored by the Peoples Mandate Party USA, August 20, 2006 by Prof. Chudi Ikwueze, Ph.D (New Yourk, USA) --- One of the indisputable lessons of economic growth and prosperity in the Twentieth Century especially coming from the way the Cold War era ended was that, to maintain long-term economic growth and prosperity, a country must embrace economic freedom. And there were ample of empirical evidence behind such a conclusion.
Ndigbo / 2007 and Echoes of the Civil War
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- In an article titled “Igbo and the presidential seat” written by Mobolaji Sanusi and published in the vanguard of the 30th of June.Mr Mobolaji did a very honest analysis of the current political quagmire vis-avis the current struggle by different ethnic groups to succeed President Olusegun Obasanjo.
August 16, 2006
How Arrogance of Power Predicts the End of the World
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Those religious fellows who are predicting apocalypse forget that the world is so old; the number of years the world exits compared to our time here is less than a fraction of a second. If politicians who create moral vacuum were smart, they could have learned from Oyo Mesi cabinet that showed the Alafin, who misbehaves, the calabash or could have learned from the Ogiso brutality which resulted in the invitation of Oba into Benin from Ife or learned from the rise and fall of Genghis Khan dynasty or Napoleon or the demise of British Empire or the miscalculation of the Communist.
Baseless Optimism will not Change Nigeria
by John Iteshi (London, UK) --- The dominant reasoning of the majority of those who commented on the article, ˜Pat Utomi for Which Nigeria?" caused me great worries about the mindset of some educated Nigerians. All that was said was that Nigerian electoral system is too fraudulent and that Pat Utomi stands no imaginable chance of manipulating his way.
August 15, 2006
Israel Rather than Accept United Nations Cease-Fire Deal, is....
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- Israel Rather than Accept United Nations Cease-Fire Deal, is Better Off Expanding its Offensive Against Hezbollah and its Patrons…
August 14, 2006
Semitic Domestic Aggression: A Poem
by CID Oguagha (New York, USA) ---
The laundry line will dance
And the rooster will dance
When another roosts on one
One is for neatness
Another is meat
And both belong to god
August 09, 2006
Signs of Happy Days are Here Again
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There was a story of a happy camper who found a little fortune and bought some expensive dishes and ornaments with it. He then planned that after selling all the ornaments and dishes, he would invest in houses, gold, silver etc. The turn over from all the real estate might even turn into mega businesses.
August 08, 2006
The Bakassi Case and Greentree Deal: Who will Uravel the Scandals?
by Stephen Joseph --- (Southern Cameroons IG)
Members of the Nigerian Press,
Yesterday, Monday, August 7th, the BBC reported that the people of Bakassi have declared an independent "Democratic Republic of Bakassi."
Pat Utomi: for which Nigeria?
by John Iteshi (London, UK) --- The candidature of Professor Pat Utomi should ideally elicit great joy and hopes among Nigerians because he appears genuine and credible. Though, it may not be easily ascertained whether he is completely untainted by the stinking mud of Nigerian corruption (just like most prominent young and very rich Nigerians), he appears to have clear visions about what to do to improve Nigeria.
Declaration of Intent
by Kayode Opeifa (Agege, Lagos) --- Friends and Fellow Nigerians,
In the last twenty years, since I left college, I have watched with keen interest the Socio-Economic, Political and Psychological development of Lagos State and our country Nigeria. I have also dedicated a good part of my time to continuously thinking, pondering and reasoning on WHY it has not been as our forefathers dreamt of.
August 07, 2006
A Confidential Letter to Governor Achike Udenwa of Imo State, Nigeria
by Okechukwu E. Asia ---
The egomaniacs who have welded power in Nigeria over the years, have failed in the mission to serve the people of Nigeria. Such is clear when you consider the infrastructure, which begins with condition of the roads. In many places in Owerri and indeed the entire Imo State, we had to drive six miles to travel five, simply because of all the twists and turns one had to make to avoid the potholes in many of the streets and roads. ~~~ Prof. George Moss of the University of Michigan (Thisday Newspaper July 22, 2006)
August 05, 2006
Middle East Crisis: Solutions and a Quick Synopsis et al
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- A Friendly Relationship with Jerusalem has a Practical Relevance, Regionally and Internationally: Belligerent Postures by its Surrounding Neighbors, Threatens its Existence, the Entire Gulf-Peninsula, and World Peace.
August 01, 2006
Re: Thomas Osuji's "Revisiting Chinua Achebe's Okonkwo Character"
by Odo Akaji (United Kingdom) ---
What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. ~~~ Bertrand Russell
July 31, 2006
Igbo Diaspora Most Wanted Man
The Ambrose Ehirim Files by Ambrose Ehirim (Los Angeles, California) --- Yes, I have been chastised uncountable times about my critique of a particularly confused Igbo bunch who would rather not get anything done to help the Igbo Nation. I have been called all kinds of names. Just for exercising my right to free speech, I have, like NBA basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal, been called the “Big Felon.” I have been called “Maradona” after the wizard dribbler in FIFA World Cup Finals. Also, like Hollywood script writers and movie makers, I have been called a “copy cat.” Wow!
Plight of Bakassi: Local and International Conspiracy?
by Dr. Paul O. Nwaogu (Gaborone, Botswana) --- That Bakassi is to be ceded to the Cameroon territory is a continuation of an ugly policy of governments-imperial and indigenous, meant to reduce the land mass of the former Eastern Region. After independence there was a plebiscite conducted by the United Nations to ascertain whether Southern Cameroon then part of the Eastern Region will remain in Nigeria or opt for unification with French Cameroon.
Nigerian Women and Indecent Dressing: The other Side of the Coin
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- Recently, sentinels of religion, morality and culture in Nigeria have taken up cudgels to compel our female folk to dress decently. Activists in this campaign include dons, priests and government officials.
July 28, 2006
Funso Williams Left Politics to the Dogs
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Political assassination in Nigeria has become so common regardless of party affiliation; it makes one wonders who in his or her right mind would dare into such a dangerous game. There are “nest of killers” alright, but not in Lagos as if it is not part of Nigeria. They got Funso the same way they assassinated others.
Attorney Mike Ozulumba: Another Bostonian Declares for Nigerian House of Representatives
by Emenike Anigbogu, Esq. (Boston, Massachussettes) --- As the news making rounds in Boston and USA regarding Chief Victor Okoye’s announcement that he is running for the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007, another formidable Nigerian-American businessman and legal stalwart, Atty./Barr. Mike Ozulumba recently announced his readiness, and, in fact, has launched his campaign for the coveted seat of the Federal House of Representatives, IHIALA Federal Constituency in Anambra State for the same 2007 general elections.
July 26, 2006
Soccer Like Life: Only the Number of Goals Counts
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Nice guys finish last as the saying goes. It is so true, it hurts. I watched Ghana teach Brazil the game of football, as we call it. In the first half I felt real g-o-o-d! As it turned out, Ghana lost by three goals. How could that be? Yeah, find all kinds of excuses – weak shots etc. We were thought that the slow and steady horse wins the race. Ghana was steady but by no means slow.
July 20, 2006
War Against Terror: PM Tony Blair Speaks on Terrorism in Africa
by Oyeyemi Olodo, Esq. (London, England) --- As the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta of Nigeria continues to worsen, Nigerian Government is under pressure to put its house in order or risk regional military intervention. The attacks on Offshore and Onshore oil facilities which the militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claim responsibility for have cut Nigeria’s daily exports of 2.5 million barrels by 500 million barrels.
Bush’s “wimpification” of the UN (or, St. Petersburg’s G-8 summer outing)
by Ben Tanosborn (Vancouver, Washington (USA)) --- It’s both remarkable and incredible how Bush treats and demeans the United Nations. Of course, things wouldn’t have to be that way if the head honcho there – Kofi Anan – consented to have the United States call all the shots. It would certainly make things more pleasant and bearable for Mr. Anan.
Mourning, Culture, and the Individual
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- I recently endured and I continue to endure, a traumatic heartbreak; the passing away of my kid sister Clara. The bereavement is belated, but it was news to me. My mother and my brother conspired to conceal my kid sister’s passing from me, as a favor to me.
July 17, 2006
Two Sides of a Coin: A Private Soldier Lectures Nigerian Commander-in-Chief, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Nigerian Military History
by Oyeyemi Olodo, Esq. (London, England) --- Nigerian Army Day celebration was as colourful as America Army recent celebration of its 231st Birthday in existence which reflected on U.S soldiers’ contribution to making the world a safer place to live. However, far away from the continent of Africa, another event was unfolding, which was of a different kind.
July 14, 2006
Of Nku Ukwa, Chibuzor Onwuchekwa, and World Igbo Congress’ card-carrying Members
The Ambrose Ehirim Files by Ambrose Ehirim (Los Angeles, California) --- Can Ichie Chibuzor Onwuchekwa deliver Nd’Igbo from problems grand and small? Forget it! That will never happen, and you would be better off looking elsewhere for such leadership. Alas! upon his return from a psycophantic trip to Aso Rock, Chibuzor Onwuchekwa announced that his will be the Nku Ukwa era in WIC; nku ukwa is of course a crude version of trickle down economics, which calls on Nd'Igbo to set aside their suffering or political aspirations and instead support the enrichment of certain corrupt Igbo men in Abuja, who, it is hoped, would repatriate some of the loot to Igboland or to Nd'Igbo.
Whose Eulogy Next, Armed Robbers?
Godson's Common Sense: by Ndubụeze Godson III (Chicago, IL)--- If some things as they say never change, must we then succumb and let bad things thrive? Once more you are invited to my essays which admittedly can be copious but today I hope to not get too carried away. My knack for details may be blamed on horror of ambiguity a quick jot that may not go far enough might entail. My preference usually is to cover deeply in one fell swoop for the purpose of reducing or utterly eliminating the labor and time associated with writing.
July 11, 2006
Even if Ebonyi has no Male Child
by John Iteshi (London, UK) --- Most Nigerians would readily lavish praises on the governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu of Ebonyi state because of the glowing pictures often presented by the Nigerian media about his administration. He has been named various glorious names and given innumerable number of awards both within Nigeria and beyond. Just search the internet and news archives and see one governor in Nigeria that seems to have no stain on his name, courtesy of the disgustingly corrupt Nigerian media.
July 07, 2006
Distinguished Igbo Among the New Crop of Leaders
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There are many behavioral patterns that continue to amaze me. As life long professional student, I have always wanted to know more. Alas, the more we learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn and how little we know about one another. Many of us have given up on Nigerian leaders especially the hypocrites that shout at the top of their lungs only to change when in power.
July 06, 2006
Why Africa Performed Dismally at Soccer World Cup 2006
by Chido Makunike (Dakar, Senegal) --- It is not difficult to understand why soccer is such a popular sport the world over. It is a simple game, with easy to understand rules. The kit it requires is simple and relatively affordable compared to other games. It does not require elaborate infrastructure to play it well. Raw skill, natural or acquired through training, is much more a determinant of success than in other sports.
July 05, 2006
Ijaw Nation and South-South / South-East Politics
by Ossie Ezeaku (Antwerp, Belgium) --- In Igbo parlance, It is said that someone's neighbour could be more of a brother. The saying is hinged on the fact that the proximity associated with neighbourliness promotes mutual understanding and empathy. The Ijaw and her neighbours, including the Igbo, have known one another for thousands of years pre-dating the famous Hausa-Fulani relationship.
July 04, 2006
Yoruba/Fulani Protectorates and Us
by CID Oguagha (New York, USA) --- Plumbing our revamping solidarity, Igbo patriotism undoubtedly resumes in earnest. At last, thirty-some years after, we are poised to captain this second momentum to replace, once and for all times, our wrongheaded Nazirian zealotry with Igbo cum Biafra nationalism. Shall we despair midway like before? Shouldn't we be adamant now to discontinue our association with the same union that scheme our ruin?
June 29, 2006
An African Wife, an African Husband, without African Values
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- No Nigerian woman or man deserves an argumentative and cantankerous relationship or marriage! Nobody, Nigerian or not, deserves such. If recent debate patterns, is anything to go by, it suggests that matters have now reached a point for Nigerian women and men in the Diaspora, to avoid each other like a plague, in intimate personal relationships and marriage. Will Diaspora Nigerian women and men, be better to just marry Chinese, Japanese, Jews, German, Americans and Europeans instead of fellow Nigerians?
June 27, 2006
Nigeria is a Time Bomb
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- It is important to state here and now that Nigeria state, its agents and their current deployment of troops in Onitsha, Anambra State, and other illegitimate actions against Ala-Igbo and, Nigerians in general is totally irresponsible. Their actions are irresponsible because of their inability, under—coordinateness of this administration and other regimes before her, to respond to massive unemployment, corrosive lawlessness, and, massive corruption across the land.
Mischievous Words Used Against Ndigbo, and the Igbo Question
by Ejiofor Alisigwe (London, England) ---
June 23, 2006
A Poem: by Ejiofor Alisigwe (London, England) ---
Is it CNN, BBC or Nigerians? Part II
Godson's Common Sense: by Ndubụeze Godson III (Chicago, IL)--- While a few dramatized that CNN factually loaded coverage of their fellow compatriots’ crime in action, it completely skipped their attention that at no time did the Nigerian ambassador to the U.S. made any hoopla about how the image of their country is being negatively portrayed by the western media.
Is it CNN, BBC or Nigerians? Part I
Godson's Common Sense: by Ndubụeze Godson III (Chicago, IL)--- The latest brouhaha about CNN, BBC and whatever is all smoke to divert attention away from the steady decent into abyss of a crawling nation at forty something. Let us try to imagine what these empty showy patriots would say regarding a person at forty-six who nonetheless acts with the mental mind of a toddler. What is this call to arms for?
HIV Prevalence in Africa Distorted by Statistics
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- I almost hit the roof when I saw a recent study presented in Durban, South Africa that 20 percent of the richest Africans have higher prevalence rate of HIV than the poorest 20 percent. This conclusion on its face may seem right because of the number of people interviewed and the amount of blood samples taken.
A Man of the People
A Poem: by Ejiofor Alisigwe (London, England) ---
June 21, 2006
Igbos of Shame
by Jackson O. Ude (New York, USA) --- Call them saboteurs, betrayers, boot-lickers and sycophants; you might not be far from the truth. The crops of today’s so called Igbo leaders should bury their heads in shame for plunging the Igbo nation into the deepest pit of miseries.
June 20, 2006
Message to Igbo Youths
by Chris Chike Nsoedo (Canada) --- Chris Chike Nsoedo, the Sec-General for the Igbo Canadian Community Association and one of the coordinators of the First World Igbo Youth Conference points the way forward.
June 19, 2006
Stop Ducking NAZIria, Oh Biafrans!
by CID Oguagha (New York, USA) --- It’s about time Igbos and their cognate neighbors started referring to long misconstrued Nigeria by its actual name, Naziria.
Nigerians are Objective & Brutally Honest!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- There have been various reactions to CNN's sloppy, shoddy and lopsided documentary on some Nigerians in Houston. Some Nigerians were ebullient and pugnacious in their justification and defense of CNN, but why? Shouldn't the default position of Nigerians be to defend Nigeria? Why the sorts of auto-response to rally in support of CNN's denigration and disparagement of Nigeria?
June 16, 2006
All Hail Biafra @ 39!
Ekechukwu Straight Up by James Ekechukwu (United Kingdom) ---
Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~~~ Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Waiting for the Messiah
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- Looking back at the era of slavery and the continuing predicament of the Negro African, I have come to understand why it was possible for the Negro, of all the races to be enslaved en masse.
The Most Intelligent People on Earth cannot Elect a Skillful Manager?
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- We may prove many people right or wrong by Election 2007. Others are the ones saying that Nigerians are smart, intelligent and arrogant, not us. This is not self aggrandizement or chest beating, though I have heard Nigerians talk about Hausa humility, Igbo creativity and Yoruba civility.
June 11, 2006
The Month our Hope Lived
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- Dear readers, I apologize for delaying the continuation of the article ‘Is oil worth a drop of blood?’ Since the first part was written and published many interesting developments, both in my country, and elsewhere, have captured my attention. Be assured that, God willing, the next installment will appear in subsequent editions of our delightful BNW magazine.
The Quest Among the Igbo
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- Since 1999 something has been happening among the people of the former Eastern Region of Nigeria, especially the Igbo. Against the background of marginalization by the superstructure of the Nigerian State, the homegrown and external enemies of my people’s legitimate aspirations and the difficulties of going the extra mile to keep body and soul together just because of whom we are in contemporary Nigeria, there is a persistent and growing quest for Igbo self-identity and self-actualization.
The Great State of Biafra is Strong and Alive
by Carlisle U.O. Umunnah (New York, USA) --- When I read some writers, detractors and enemies of peoples’ survival and existence write tirelessly and meaninglessly with venoms, with embellished concocted explanations of what they understand, and see as Biafra/Biafrans, I laugh. This groups and individuals regardless of their ages, their pedigrees in interdisciplinary orthodoxies introspectively found within the four walls of intellectual establishments, yet unlettered on many matters, especially when it comes to the idea, Biafra.
June 07, 2006
Words and Consequences
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- When I come across written words, especially aptly chosen and astutely used words? I become fascinated! I am frequently captivated by any writer’s accurate descriptions and presentations embedded in those words, whether the matter being described is alive or an abstract. Words, usually key me into whether the material is effervescent or dull as drudgery.
Old Faces from the North will Help South-South-East Win
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Old faces are no longer popular in the North or South, but as money bags and their guns. There is a dictum laid down by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe that Nigeria can only be ruled by a permutation of North and South.
CNN Attacks On Nigerians in Houston & Why Nigeria's Image Matters
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Houston-Texas, United States generated two very dramatic events in the last days of May 2006. A trial court in Houston, through its jury announced the convictions of Enron founder Mr. Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, the former chairman and chief executive respectively, of the now defunct Enron Energy Corporation, that was in its heydays, headquartered in Houston, and Enron was a Houston renowned institution, I might add. But then, Enron engaged in fuzzy math and it landed in legal hot waters!
June 03, 2006
Nigerians: Vote to Live or to Perish
by Obed I. Onwuegbu, Ph.D. --- Are you a Nigerian? Are you as angry as I am at the enemies of Nigeria? Do you even know them? Are you concerned and tired of a corrupt police force, politicians, senior civil servants who steal and ship Nigerian wealth to other nations and impoverish Nigeria?
May 31, 2006
115 Blunders By Nigeria’s National Assembly: A Throwaway of Baby, Bathwater & Basin
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- On May 16th 2006 the senate in Nigeria voted to reject 116 proposed amendments. These 116 amendments however, included the controversial and vexed third term.
May 30, 2006
NAZIria, Not Nigeria
by CID Oguagha (New York, USA) --- Saturday May 27, the Association of Biafran Christians (ABC) and all Biafrans present honored Biafran heroes past, present and future with a mobilization conference in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the discourse was the rebirth of Biafra, which went limbo since January 15 1970.
May 27, 2006
Nigeria: Let us Look to the Past and Weep....
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This was said by John Acton, the famous historian. He did not go on to suggest that the opposite is also true. Absolute powerless is no guarantee of absolute impeccability.
How not to Tackle the Da Vinci Code
by Okumephuna Chukwunwike (Rome, Italy) ---- After much expectation and of course anxiety over the effect it will have on the faith, belief and thinking of its viewers, the controversial film The Da Vinci Code finally debuted at the commencement of the 59th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Obasanjo is Not that Desperate Afterall
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Some people do not know when to stop chasing a snake until it turns back and strike with venom. By Nigerian standard, leaders who were desperate for power sacked democratic houses with all their Federal might, slaughtering students and anyone in their way until Heaven took its course.
The Theology of Condom and the Choice of Life and Death
by Okumephuna Chukwunwike (Rome, Italy) ---- As a Roman Catholic and an African, am already worried about what would be the outcome of the instruction being prepared by the Pontifical Council for Health on the use of condom by married couples in the fight against HIV and AIDS which are already causing havoc in different parts of the world but especially in Africa which unfortunately is bearing the highest brunt of these epidemics today.
Nnamdi Azikiwe and M. L. King: As Dreamers, Doers or Builders
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- A controversial leader once renounced the tag of prophet. The days of dreams and prophecies are long gone. The time for action is now. The Ikemba of Nnewi, an eloquent and intelligent orator of our time called Zik a dreamer compared to Dr. M. I. Opara. I do not question the good intention of Ojukwu but to erase any aorta of doubts in the minds of opportunists and the younger ones, this poor little soul has to set some records straight.
How Nigeria will Collapse: Some Thoughts on the Yugoslav Model
by Kevin Ani --- A new small state is about to be born in Europe. It is less than 1 million inhabitants, 616,258 (2003) to be precise. It is called Montenegro. Indeed, with the discussions now holding in Vienna, Kosovo, a mere province of Serbia will soon be independent as well, leaving Serbia alone as the big and sore loser in a failed bid to force a state on the unwilling.
May 23, 2006
Two tales of Zen Wisdom, and, Reflections of the Warrior of the Light IX
The Alchemists's Universe, by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) --- 1. The gift of insults
2007 Presidency: South-East, South-South, Using one Stone to Kill two Birds
(An analysis of how the collective South can present a formidable front to retain the Presidency) by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- There is no denying the fact that Nigeria was founded most naturally on a tripod.
Once Upon a Land, Nigeria to be Exact!
Godson's Common Sense: by Ndubụeze Godson III --- Trying to explain to the one-Nigeria at all unsavoury cost ideologues, I mean those without a hint how that nation turned sour, is like trying to explain quantum physics to a gorilla. Not happening. But try, I shall and hopefully through these little illustrations, they too will gain from knowing that:
Sweet Riddance to more Terms Rubbish!!
Godson's Common Sense: by Ndubụeze Godson III --- Nigerians will through this medium be called to cut through their cant and talkwando bunk as they wont and vigorously begin pursuit of agendas that are action packed.
May 18, 2006
Beyond 2007: Shaky Future Awaits Nigeria
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- While we celebrate the defeat of the obnoxious 3rd term amendment that sought to give President Olusegun Obasanjo an extra term in office, we must pause and reflect on the short and long term consequences of the total dumping of the amendment of the 1999 constitution.
3rd Term Funeral: Give us Step by Step Middle Class Revival Plan
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Third Term Pall Bearers are back again fighting for who is going to be the President. There are more of them to go and more work ahead of us as celebration is too early. Keep your eyes on the prize which is our middle class. These politicians do not have to learn from their misdeeds since we hardly hold them responsible.
The Curse of Oil
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- Nigeria’s demise began from the very day crude oil was discovered in Oloibiri in the old Rivers state. Crude oil has only served in every practical way to further drive Nigerians deeper and deeper into the poverty trap.
May 17, 2006
The Ndigbo Attitude
by Uche Nnadi --- In Professor Chinua Achebe’s “The Trouble with Nigeria”, the conclusion was reached as to the unenviable perception of Ndigbo by the rest of the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
The Lawyer: A Platform for Regeneration
by Aigbokhan Prest (Ekpoma, Nigeria) --- To begin a journey without a destination is the beginning of frustration and distraction. It makes every bus-stop look attractive. It makes focus impossible because there is no projected end to focus on. It is in fact a sign of mental illness to leave a point without a destination in mind.
Biafra Remains a Last, Viable, and Realisable Resort
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) ---
If the price of nationhood is constant bloodletting, then let us not be a nation ~~~ Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
May 09, 2006
Ogbanje in Sanskrit
A Poem: by Ejiofor Alisigwe (London, England) ---
Nigeria can only get Worse, Not Better
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- The madness that is currently going on in Nigeria, should not be a surprise, it is the direct implication of operating a very strong centre, where the “winner takes all”. A Nigerian President is the equivalent of a “God”.
Gender Equality Agenda and Obasanjo’s Presidency
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Women Empowerment: An Exemplary Record!” Was one of the first titles or headers which I had considered, as, aptly adequate to describe the giant strides attained within the President Obasanjo’s administration since its inception on May 29, 1999.
April 30, 2006
Why the North Must Not Return to Power
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (Dundalk, Republic of Ireland) --- There has been a consistent pattern of policies and demonstrated intentions by the Caliphate North since the pre-independence era, that has sufficiently exposed their domineering and unprogressive agenda. Consequently the prospect of their return to power is at best a nightmare, and is something that must be prevented at all cost, by any means necessary.
Bleeding Heart: Bahamas
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- There is always this feeling that hits me every time I meet peoples of African descent. These rather unique feelings of mine wells-up, each time that I meet Africans, other than, continental Africans.
How to become any Ethnic Africana
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Ethnicity is the word we used today to delineate ourselves into local groups, regions, tribes, sometimes into countries and races with little meaning, just that others can be grouped as aliens from space for immigration purposes.
April 17, 2006
Otunba Nicholas Tofowomo Interview: On INEC, EVM, Third Term Agenda
by Otunba Nicholas Tofowomo (London, UK) --- Otunba Nicholas Tofowomo is the Director of Publicity and Organisation AD Europe, Ondo State Chapter and the current Chairman of Isedale Yoruba in the Diaspora. In this interview on the Internet with Prince Olu Adegboro of Oodua Voice an Akure, Ondo State based weekly newspaper; he speaks on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the controversial Electronic Voting Machine (EMV) and Third Term Agenda (TTA).
April 15, 2006
A Celebration of Life's Beauties
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- For once, dear readers, I decided to momentarily put behind me the troubles of our world. Actually, we can never forget them – they are always there till we get rid of them or they get rid of us – but there are certain beauties of life which we tend to overlook.
Atiku Must Stop Dining with Snake Charmers and Pharisees
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- When one thing starts to go wrong, it soon appears as if everything is problematic. We start finding fault with situation we have previously been quite happy about.
This Amala State Must Die!
by SpinCity Spinoza --- There isn’t an amala intellectual or scientist who does not know the meaning of the current ‘problem’ in Nigeria and how we can rid ourselves of it.
General Obasanjo: You are an Autocrat, not a Democrat
by SpinCity Spinoza --- In two separate media interviews in the United States, General Obasanjo told Americans and the world that he is not a manipulator, but a democrat.
Nigeria may Become Somalia, Ivory Coast, then Iraq
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Several centrifugal forces are pulling at Nigeria to different directions of precipices. The political opposition and opponents of President Obasanjo have ratcheted up their do or die battle for power, in order to end their political orphanages;
April 10, 2006
Where are Candidates, Manifestoes, or Alternatives to President Obasanjo?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Nigeria is just about one year away from a presidential and general elections in 2007. As an optimist, I will have to believe that the planned elections will occur and there will presidential inauguration come May 29, 2007.
A Brief Glance at Illegal Immigration
by Chuma Okeke (USA) --- It looks as if the US congress is finally ready to do something about illegal immigration. On one end of the discursive spectrum are people advocating for more stringent measures against illegal immigration. This side of the debate—populated by republican, traditionalist, values-vaunting, white Christians—would make it a criminal offence to be discovered in the US as an illegal alien.
April 09, 2006
Conversation with the Master: The Personal Legend
Notes on Conversations with J., 1982 to 1990. by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) --- (Here I continue to reproduce excerpts from talks with my master, from 1982 to 1990)
Nigerian African Policy Needs Revisions-Reassessments
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- African is the centerpiece of Nigeria’s foreign policy and this is rightly so. This philosophy and disposition accepts in wholesale manner, the mantra, to the effect that charity begins at home; what is the value, benefit or point in being very benevolent to strangers as your family suffers unforgivable neglect? Africa as centerpiece made sense.
March 30, 2006
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Sadly, Charles Taylor saga overshadowed US press questions on third term after Bush meeting with Obasanjo. The silence by Obasanjo versus the return of Babangida while the sudden death of any of the Ethnic militia leaders still loom are back on our lap.
March 29, 2006
Globalization, Free Trade & Xenophobia?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- We have all heard the positive advantages and benefits of globalization and free trade. It endear all humans in the proverbial global village to one another and all humans will live happily ever after in a strengthened global economy.
My Mother in-law is in the Trunk: A Response to Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- An undiscerning reader of Mrs. Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde’s article, titled “African Mothers-In-Law And The Cycle Of Abuse” will be forgiven if such a reader comes away with the impression, albeit false, the impression created by Folasayo, that, African women are monsters!
Open Letter to the Management of Federal Polytechnic Bida Niger State: What a Candidate?
by Gimba A. Bida (Bangbara Bida, Niger State, Nigeria) --- Ordinarily one will not be interested in who occupies a position in an establishment, except of course if such a position has an over bearing effect, not only on the day to day running of the institution but also on the product of such an Institution, more so if such product happens to be human resources, that have a long time and multiplier effect on a developing nation like ours that is already be deviled with corruption.
March 27, 2006
A Vote of Thanks by Paul I. Adujie
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- For Seminar/Workshop Organized by American Jewish Committee (umbrella for Jewish Organizations) for the benefit of Nigerian Community Leaders in North America Under the Auspices of Nigerian In Diaspora Organization (NIDO)
Obasanjo's Earth-Shattering Achievements: 1999-2006
by SpinCity Spinoza --- If you want to know the health of an entire nation, you do not go to the nation's psychiatric wards or to its hospitals. Instead, you count the number of babies born in a particular period, usually in one year. Then you count the number of those babies that die within the same year.
Census 2006 Counts some out of Lagos, Again
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- On my way back to Nigeria some years ago, I was advised by a lady that I would not find a civilized person living in Lagos. Since I was hired by the Federal Government, I might not have a choice over my station. Luckily, I was stationed in Lagos.
President Obasanjo might not Attain the Outright Victory that he Hopes for
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- It's so easy to be strong when other people are giving us their support. When everyone agrees with our point of view, when we are being praised and applauded for our actions, when we feel sure that our course of action is correct, we can march bravely ahead in spirit of determination.
Our Hedonist Leaders Lack Local Voters' Desired Qualities
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Nigeria has been blessed with local populist leaders displaying impeccable qualities that can rule any country in the world but they have failed to win national elections. We end up with National leaders in variance with our desire who sometimes appoint our local leaders.
Two Nigerians Apart Naturally
by Peter Opara (Boston, Massachussettes)--- The following articles caught my attention recently - Farouk Martins’ – “No Single Ethnic Group Can and Will Carry Nigeria,” and Babayola Toungo’s - “Confederation Is It!”
Why Must we Kill Ourselves?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- I received with deep sorrow, the sad news of sectarian strife which occurred in Nigeria last week. It began inauspiciously, in Maiduguri, a city dear to my heart. The serene Maiduguri that was my home for many years, Maiduguri was suddenly dragged into the sordid tale of murderous riots. Riots that sought its victims solely based on the victims ethnicity and mode of worship.
Nigerian Unity on Earth, Not in Heaven
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There are so many events lately that have given ammunition or might vindicate those who pledge for the break up of Nigeria. One of the new friends I made urged me to join them in the break up of my beloved Country. The sad part of these events is that it is not new.
Nigeria's Version of the Muslim anti-Cartoon Riots: Matters Arising
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- As I write this I recollect an interfaith seminar organized by Muslim youth corp members in Awka, Anambra State, in which I participated as a representative of the association of Catholic Corps members some five years ago. It was a frank exchange of ideas.
America/Europe, Israel, Palestine, Hamas & Democracy
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Shock and amusement are the words that best sum up my feelings regarding the reactions generated in America, Europe and Israel to the electoral victory secured by Hamas in the recent Palestinian elections.
There are Three Investment Ratings for Nigeria
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Investment ratings are the best way to attract money to a Country, a project, or a cause. The way to grow out of poverty is through substantive investment, not promises. In an environment of relative peace and secured life, we may fit into these three investments: Paris Club ratings, Niger Delta Club ratings and Western Union Money transfer ratings.
Is a Drop of Oil Worth a Drop of Blood?- Part 1
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- The wave of kidnappings of foreign oil companies workers by Niger Delta guerillas in the past two months have once more focused the world’s attention on the oil-producing but impoverished region of Nigeria.
President Obasanjo is "a Dog in a Manger" for Ndi Igbo
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- It is odd how President Obasanjo is using the Igbo to play on the Igbo – all for money. Are these Ndi Igbo that he uses trying to live up to the proverbial Igbo whose death is tested and confirmed only when he does not awaken to the sound of a few pieces of coins in a tin-can, shaken at his ears? Almost all of Obasanjo’s chorus boys are or have been Igbo – Ojo Maduekwe, Paul Udujie, Okey Ndibe, Frank Nweke Jr., Chris Uba, Governor Chimaraoke Nnamani, etc inspite of all the atrocities Obasanjo has committed against Ndi Igbo, and continues to commit on daily basis.
Are You Winning the Deceptiion Game? Not Necessarily!
by SpinCity Spinoza --- If only the current administration and its champions are interested in justice and in developing Nigeria, or in keeping the nation united as one Nigeria, then those who defend their actions and inactions would have a leg to stand on; they could point out what the present administration has done to forestall the present mayhems in Nigeria; how and when Femi-Kayode came out in his usual combative mode to criticize and caricature the use of violence and murder as the only means of political protest.
March 26, 2006
Obasanjo's Three Administrations and the Rights of Women in Nigeria
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- Nigerian women have been suffering under all sorts of disabilities of the denial of their human rights under the three administrations of President Obasanjo: 1986 – 1979; 1999 – 2003; 2003 – to the present. For instance, there are the disabilities of Childhood Marriage; Female Circumcision; Illiteracy; Not Enough Political Participation; Punitive Widowhood Practices; Trafficking of the Girl-child and male child; Etc.
March 09, 2006
Remembering the Bravest of them All
by Peter Opara (Boston, Massachussettes)---
He challenged them to try; they knew he meant business and did not venture out. For us in the violence zone, it was a good respite from fear.
Nigerian Governments can Achieve Most Things Now if it Really Tries
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- It is perfectly possible for a person to be highly intelligent yet wildly out of touch with his own intuition. Conversely, there are some folk who have impressive powers, yet we wouldn't want their help if we were trying to solve a crossword puzzle.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #14 of 52: Our Addictions to Mood Altering Agents
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Addiction is a human issue. Unfortunately, many Africans tend to see addiction as a Western issue. It is not only a Western issue, it is our African issue. Many of us, Africans, are addicted to mood altering substances but we just do not know it. I doubt that there is a human being out there who does not have some sort of addiction?
To your Tents Oh Nigeria!
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- While being an ardent supporter and advocate of one united Nigeria, I will not fail to register my displeasure for the recent unprovoked killings of my people by the Muslim Northerners. What exactly did these Nigerians being killed in Katsina and Maiduguri do to deserve these attacks?
March 07, 2006
Arise Biafra: A Poem
by CID Oguagha (New York, USA) --- Fulani and Hausa whopper scythe whet in the bloods of our heroes
It is Islamic trophy in all Northern homes
It is priceless among their Yoruba allies
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #13 of 52: The Correlation of Idealism and Paranoid Thinking
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Idealistic thinking is wishing that things be different from the way they are. The idealist sees reality as it is, but wishes that it were different from what it is. In paranoid thinking the individual sees himself as he is, imperfect, and wishes that he were different, perfect. No amount of wishing makes the earthly self perfect.
Un-sung Hero of Africa: Robert Mugabe
by Dharma L. Appavoo --- Hail to the Chief ! It is the moral obligation of every major city in sub-Saharan Africa to erect a statue to Robert Mugabe.
March 05, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #7 of 54: Cameroon
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- 7. CAMEROON
No Single Ethnic Group can and will Carry Nigeria
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- A tree can not make a forest. Nigeria has to be carried by each and every Ethnic group in our Country for the sake of Africa, for the sake of blacks in this world. I pride myself as a dedicated Nigerian but sometimes I find it easier to be an African.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #12 of 52: Nigerians and Domestic Violence
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- I will begin this essay by making the following assertion: there is absolutely no difference between men and women except the obvious anatomical ones. Men and women are the same and are equal. In fact, in standardized tests, such as IQ tests, on the average, women tend to do better than men. Any college professor knows that, on the average, women tend to do better than men in his course works.
Buhari and Kalu: Do not be Deceived; OBJ is in Free-fall to Illegal Third Term
by SpinCity Spinoza --- Obasanjo is in free-fall to his third term ambition if you allow yourselves to be deceived by his thugs. Every object under the influence of free-fall is not necessarily free of its own will. Instead, there are forces at work, propelling the object to some destination. General Obasanjo’s destination is his third term ambition, and the forces being used to propel him there are the current instability, violence, and mayhem in Nigeria.
March 02, 2006
Whites in Africa or white Africans?
by Chido Makunike (Dakar, Senegal) --- I couldn’t help laughing at the over-eager tone of the Daily Telegraph’s stories in recent days about a claimed about-turn by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s government in regards to the role of white commercial farmers. No doubt we will soon found out if indeed there has been a significant reversal of the last several years’ aggressive moves to remove white farmers.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #11 of 52: Children's Mental Health Issues
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Some time ago, I visited a Nigerian in a different state from the one that I live at. This man and his wife are rich; I mean rich. They are probably millionaires? They have several houses in the city they live at and have at least six luxurious cars. They live in a six bedroom mansion. By all accounts this couple has made it, they have arrived.
Population Control: Target Africa
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- IF AIDS IS NOT DEACTIVATED, WITHIN 66 YEARS THERE WILL BE NO BLACKS IN AFRICA
Although the "Special Virus" (SVCP) 'Flow Chart' is seemingly structured in such a manner that the world would not immediately recognize the real purpose of this officially sanctioned U.S. Federal Program, one has to ask oneself: WHY was the flow chart ever structured in the first instances??? If AIDS is not deactivated, within 66 years there will be no blacks in Africa. comments ~~~ Dr. Basil E. Wainright, Physicist & Three Time Nobel Nominee, Nairobi, Kenya November 2, 1999.
March 01, 2006
Nigeria and the End of Humanity?
Njoku's Review: by Uzochukwu J. Njoku, Ph.D. (Leuven, Belgium) --- The title of this essay has the capability of causing consternation. It may direct the reader’s mind to the apocalyptic catastrophism, which some fundamentalist Christian groups propagate (the rapture or the end of the world). This essay is not about the end of the world or the annihilation of the human race.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #10 of 52: Igbo Culture and Paranoia
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- SYNOPSIS OF IGBO CULTURE: Igbo culture is characterized by individualism and competition. The culture is not ascriptive and does not recognize status as inherent in persons. It is achievement oriented; it encourages people to do their best. People are socially rewarded on the bases of their individual achievements.
President Clinton and the Movie “Hotel Rwanda”: Why the Change of Mind after Supporting Genocide in Rwanda 1993-94?
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- After reading former President Bill Clinton's: ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAJOR STEPS IN HIS EFFORTS TO SAVE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH HIV/AIDS AROUND THE WORLD, including Africa, I wondered why he changed his mind about supporting GENOCIDE in Africa? I felt just the way I felt after watching the Movie "Hotel Rwanda".
February 27, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #6 of 54: Burundi
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- 6. BURUNDI
February 24, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #9 of 52: What is one's Vocation?
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- The greatest challenge facing any human being is making a decision regarding what to do with his life. Until a person discovers a vocation that he is really interested in, a vocation that suits his nature and whole-heartedly throws himself into it, he is seldom peaceful, happy and contented.
February 23, 2006
Nigeria Set to Plunge the World into Utter Darkness
by Charles Onyebuchi Onyenwe --- Nigeria is indeed set to throw the whole world into great darkness, because Nigeria has been persecuting the sons and people of God. She has afflicted and humiliated them; yes Nigeria has touched the apple of God’s eye, and must be destroyed without pity – Zechariah 2:7-13.
We got Hoodwinked Again
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- I can now say with all authenticity that Nigeria is country full of wise people yet stupidity reigns supreme. The most recent magic act that was performed on us should still be fresh on all our minds. Remember the Gbenga Obasanjo interview or non interview? That was the magic act.
There is Not Much to Give Credit for: A Rejoinder to Paul Adujie, Re: President Obasanjo’s Diplomatic Finesse: Unheralded in Nigeria!
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- There is not much diplomatic finesse to herald at home, but a lot to unherald in Obasanjo’s Administrations of Nigeria, with reference to Paul I. Udujie’s write-up entitled "President Obasanjo’s Diplomatic Finesse Unheralded In Nigeria." It is very regrettable that through some persons in Nigeria, for what can be clearly seen as pecuniary reasons, according to Femi Fani-Kayode, President Obasanjo has chosen the path of destruction, rather than of rectitude and survival. The path he has chosen to thread, through some misguided emissaries, has degenerated from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #8 of 52: A Brother's Call for Help is Ones own Call for Love
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- All human beings want to be loved. Why so? They are love and only feel at home in love. In their original home, heaven, they live in love. Heaven is love; love is union.
Why Kill Another Man's Wife
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- I read with bewilderment and utter surprise the article where Abubakar Rimi claims that he knows his wife’s killer. He went further to say that it was some businessman residing in Abuja. My God, is this the state that our country has really degenerated into.
Those 12 Offensive Cartoons-Caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhamad (PBUH)
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- What if I was a Muslim? Would I, have liked this idiotic portrayal of Islam’s Prophet Muhamad? But of course not! So, why is such portrayal acceptable to some?
February 02, 2006
Nigeria: "A Paradise in Hell"
by Peter C. Eze ---
“Give me liberty or give me death”…,May I also add the popular saying that those who make a peaceful revolution impossible make a violent revolution inevitable.“People have right to elect a government to serve its needs according to the rule of law and if that government does not meet the people’s expectation, the people have right to remove that government and elect a new government that will meet its expectation” ~~~ Henry Lock.
The Oil Companies are the Real Terrorists
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- Here we go again Mr. President Obasanjo, opening your loud mouth and again spewing out trash. The Niger Delta Freedom Fighters are terrorists and criminals? Not a chance Mr. Obasanjo. If these were times of Slavery you would qualify for an “Uncle Tom” or maybe a “House Nigger”.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #7 of 52: African-Americans, as I see them
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- PREAMBLE Like all people, African Americans are individually unique and no two of them are the same. It, therefore, seems a mistake to talk about them as if they are all the same. Be that as it may, the fact is that there is such a thing as group character. For example, I am an Igbo African. There is such a thing as an Igbo character type, within which are individual Igbos who are unique in their personality types.
January 31, 2006
President Obasanjo’s Diplomatic Finesse: Unheralded in Nigeria!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- President Obasanjo’s chairmanship of the African Union (AU) came to a close last week, after about two years of his stewardship of AU the new umbrella body for the continent of Africa, after the demise of its progenitor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Ohanaeze and the Igbo Leadership Question
by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu (County Louth, Republic of Ireland) --- A friend of mine once asked me during the 2003 elections, “What does the Igbo want"? I answered by asking him, what he meant by that question? He retorted that the Igbo have been complaining of marginalisation,and have been championing the Igbo presidency project, but that the same Igbo remain the greatest obstacle to achieving a total de-marginalisation of Igbos,and achieving the much talked about Igbo presidency, because of what he called their lack of "fraternity, or unity of purpose".
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #5 of 54: Burkina Faso
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- 5. BURKINA FASO
Formal Name: Republic of Burkina Faso.
Term for Citizens: Burkinabes.
Capital: Ouagadougou. Population: 862,000.
"Godfatherism" in Nigerian Politics
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- The issue of greedy godfathers in the Nigerian political scene has now reached epidemic proportions. Just like bribery, corruption, nepotism, tribalism and fraud, the perpetrators now want to make it a way of making a living. Why is it that social vices and ills easily flourish in Nigeria? Isn’t it time Nigerians woke up and reject these sick and degenerate ways and means that have robbed our country of genuine and real development?
January 29, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #6 of 52: The Benefits of Forgiveness
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- There is no doubt whatsoever that the teachings of Jesus Christ can be summarized as forgiveness for the wrongs done to one. Everything that the man taught had to do with forgiveness. His gospel is the gospel of forgiveness.
When did Nigerian University Fraternities Become Cults?
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- I read the attack by Frank Nweke Jr. “alias Information Minister” on Professor Wole Soyinka on the issue of the so called “Cults” on our University Campuses. First, I would love to ask my dear Frank which of the Nigerian Universities he attended, and what his social life was like.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #5 of 52: People Generally Receive what they Ask for
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- A man generally receives from life what his mind constantly asks for and he works for. However, the manner in which what is asked for is received may not be satisfying.
January 27, 2006
Forgive our Violence to Women our Creators
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Africa values relatives or community support system throughout the onerous miraculous period of child birth in recognition of women unique reproductive power.
January 25, 2006
The Ngige Transparency
by Chibuzo Onubogu (Clayton, NC, USA) --- I just returned from Nigeria on the 20th of January 2006. I did not go for the annual Christmas rush, but I went for my mother’s 81st birthday celebration. It is quite unfortunate that due to certain logistical errors on my part I missed most of the event. I caught the end part of the celebration, and in other to make up for my lateness I decided to make my stay in my hometown Ogidi longer than usual. This yielded some unplanned but very fruitful results.
The Yoruba Nation: What's Up?
by Peter C. Eze --- As a child growing up, I was made to understand that the Yoruba is the most educated, most organized, most intelligent, most united, most sophisticated, best politicians and most everything under the sun. The same was said of the north minus the most educated. In my adult life I am beginning to question whether that notion is a fact or a myth. Whatever it is, Obasanjo and the drama going on in Ibadan have shown that all those notions are a myth.
January 24, 2006
Pax-Americana and the African Worldview
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- You may not like MacDonald’s or Coca-Cola. You may believe that Hollywood spreads illusions, gun-toting and sexual promiscuity faster than Asian chicken spreads bird flu.
January 23, 2006
Mr. Obasanjo: You had a Chance at Greatness.... Even Immortality
by Chibuzo Onubogu (USA) --- I was greatly overjoyed even to the point of euphoria when it was announced that our former Head of State, one of our revered elder statesmen, had won the 1999 election. Obasanjo we heard made it back, this time as our civilian leader. Nigeria, I thought couldn’t have elected a better person than the man who led the forces that ended the war that almost divided the nation. Nigeria was ready for a true nationalist and patriot to forge a new unity for a better country. Our own George Washington!
Obasanjo's Historic Visit to Amichi
by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- Must Ndi Igbo be sycophantic towards those in positions of power, no matter how much they have contributed towards the genocidal activities against Ndi Igbo? Must Ndi Igbo be sycophantic towards the people who have, by their continued negative and oppressive stance in their performances while in the office, have underscored those attitudes directly against Ndi Igbo? These people towards whom Ndi Igbo cower, may actually be inwardly scared stiff and trembling at the mere mention or sight of Ndi Igbo.
January 22, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #4 of 54: Botswana
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- 4. BOTSWANA
Formal Name: Republic of Botswana.
Term for Citizens: Tswana.
Nigerians in Exile
by Chibuzo Onubogu (USA) --- There was a time (for Nigerians) when going abroad (later overseas) was just for studies. Most of these Nigerians ran back as fast as they could to help in the building of their nation. There were those who went on scholarship, those who couldn’t pass Nigeria’s local entrance exams, and those who went because their rich folks could afford it.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Series on Psychology 2006, #4 of 52: The Alienating Nature of Criticalness
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- I grew up with a father who forever was criticizing all those around him. Nothing any one did was ever good enough for the man. He judged everything we did as not good enough and found us imperfect. His criticisms and judgmentalness was so much that our house was literally tense and one could cut the tension with a knife.
January 20, 2006
The Achebe Colloquium: In Celebration of Nigerian Excellence
by The Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Our Elder Statesmen are speaking, and we are listening. In response to their thought provoking insights, we turn now to a younger generation of leaders within Nigeria and the Diaspora, whose life work offer diverse solutions to the worthy prescriptions of our elders for our beloved Nigeria.
January 19, 2006
Three Stories of Iranian Mysticism
by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) ---
Nasrudin appeared at court wearing a magnificent turban and asking for money for charity.
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #3 of 54: Benin
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- 3. BENIN
Formal Name: Republic of Benin.
Terms for Citizens: Béninoise (or Bininese).
January 18, 2006
by Peter C. Eze --- In 1998, the Nigerian military peopled by intellectually delinquent, morally deficient, diplomatically decadent, ethically bankrupt, religious bigots and economic parasites in collaboration with their political sycophants released Olusegun Obasanjo from Yola prison and handed the post of Nigerian president to him on the platter of gold.
January 16, 2006
Don't Give Corruption a Good Name: Emulate the People of Anambra
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- This fight against corruption is now taking a new turn that must be guided against before we throw out the baby with the bath water. The people of Anambra have demonstrated to us that they can tell the difference between goats and sheep. Most Nigerians are very decent people even though we are sometimes misled by the unscrupulous leaders.
January 15, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Psychological Series 2006, #3 of 52: Forgiveness as the True Meaning of Salvation, Peace, and Happiness
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- If you were brought up a Christian, as I was, you probably have had a lot of talk about salvation. I was raised a Catholic and was told that we are born in sin, live in sin and need to be saved. We are told that a Jewish rabbi that lived in Palestine two thousand years ago is our savior and that if we believe in him that we would be saved. We are told that God has only one son and that this man, Jesus Christ, is that one Son of God and that whoever believes in him shall be saved.
January 14, 2006
A Season’s Toast for Bola Tinubu
by Sam Kargbo --- Lagos, the crowded and sleepless city in the West Coast of Africa, made up of Islands and an exhausted mainland is the former capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-the most populous country of the black race. Of course, it has long lost that enviable position to Abuja, but it remains the commercial nerve-centre of Nigeria.
Obasanjo, Nigerian Execu-thieves, and PDP
by Peter C. Eze --- Hausa name was Sani Abacha and his process to transmute himself into life president, there were many Nigerian execu-thieves who were chorusing the process. The choristers were litany which included 5 political parties. The choir masters were the notorious Tony Anenih from the south-south, the confused and boot licking Ojo Maduekwe from the southeast, the violent Adidebu from the southwest, the brukutu (bkt) chauvinistic burr Gemades, the Audu Ogbes and the Gowons, the Jerry Ganas from the north and the list is long and all of them members of AGIP (Any Government In Power).
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Psychological Series 2006, #2 of 52: The External World Mirrors our Thinking
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- (1) There are basically two modes of approaching this world: one that the world is a product of accidental events and, as such, whatever happens to the individual is an accident and not his making; that the individual is a victim of random working of events. The other approach to phenomena is that the individual has effect on his world, that he does make choices that affect what happens to him and that what happens to him is not a function of accident and randomness but a function of his thinking and behaviors.
January 10, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #2 of 54: Angola
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- 2. ANGOLA Formal Name: People’s Republic of Angola.
Term for Citizens: Angolans.
Capital: Luanda. Population: 2,819,000.
January 09, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Psychological Series 2006, #1 of 52
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- (1) HOW I FOUND PEACE IN A WARRING WORLD Are you living in tension and want to experience peace? If so, consider doing what I did to find peace. I have found freedom from tension and would like to share with you the gift of tension free living.
Nigerians are a Lot of Things, But Failure we are Not
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- Many believe in the saying that “perception is reality.” People might end up saying if President Obasanjo’s administration is perceived as a failure, then Nigeria is perceived as a failure. And if Nigeria is perceived as a failure, then President Obasanjo himself is perceived as a failure. Nigeria and we (Nigerians) are a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing we are not is a failure. Great leaders can take mediocre institutions and make them great.
January 05, 2006
Ozodi Osuji Weekly Lectures on African Countries #1 of 54: Algeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- These 54 introductory lectures, each an hour long, offered by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD (UCLA), are meant to give students freshman level acquaintance with African countries. Thereafter, students are encouraged to take the 200 level courses (West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, South Africa, North Africa, five courses).
January 03, 2006
The Sad and Pathetic End of Obasanjo
by Aonduna Tondu (New york, USA) --- Today, only the most cynical or brazenly sycophantic in our society will deny the fact that Nigeria is witnessing a nadir in the welfare of its people. The gloom that one sees everywhere is to a large extent directly attributable to the criminal conduct of perhaps the most callous despot in the history of our nation. It is worth reiterating that Obasanjo’s corrupt and dangerous ways have brought the country to the brink. There is death and destruction everywhere. The catalogue of the Obasanjo regime’s atrocities just keeps expanding : Odi, Zaki-Biam, the 2003 electoral heist, Anambra, Bayelsa, etc.
December 31, 2005
Nigeria Must be Made a Leader of changes in Africa and the World
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- I strongly believe in President Obasanjo’s promise of shocking the world by handing over power to a leader not a ruler. The Most High will surely bless us with his own servant. Right now, our Leaders must concentrate on making their parties, the parties of economic stability and credibility. Also our economy should be at the heart of Nigeria’s next election.
December 30, 2005
Redirecting the Desire to Make Fantasy Real
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- All through my life, I have hated and rejected my body and true self, and by extension, hated and rejected all people’s bodies and real selves. I have hated every thing that is real, such as anything that is in body, in matter, space and time. I preferred the abstract and beautiful to the impure but real. I have tried to replace the material with the mental construct of how the world should be.
America Invades Nigeria to Liberate Nigeria’s Oil!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Ostentatious public pronouncement is the opposite of decorum and diplomatic finesse! But unfortunately, and boisterously, loud public pronouncement has become the mode d'emploi of America’s conduct of relations with Nigeria in recent years.
Blaming the North, while Excusing One Another
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Nigerians have to learn how to accomplish individual tasks before we can move forward as a Country. By blaming someone else, we relinquish responsibilities and render ourselves helpless waiting for heavens to help us. It is a perfect situation for those who are afraid to compete fairly but comfort self by tagging along.
Obasanjo and Third Termism
by Peter C. Eze --- There is a popular saying that evil that men do lives after them.He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. For a brief historical analysis, Obasanjo replaced Col. Benjamin Adekunle at the tail end of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war and became lucky that the war ended in his sectorial command.
Who is afraid of Solarin…eh sorry Soyinka, Fawehinmi, Achebe?
by Chibuzo Onubogu (USA) --- Dear Dr. Femi Osofisan, sorry I had to borrow the title of your book. I did it because I hold it in the very highest esteem. At least I substituted Tai with Wole Gani Chinua; yea I put them together to form a threesome. If I am not mistaken, there is a saying that reminds us that good things come in threes. The calibre of men I used to replace Solarin ought to prove my sincere intentions Dr Osofisan. I really
never read the book but I saw enough of it to believe it’s a good one.
It's a Poor Country: Isn't it?
by Chibuzo Onubogu (USA) --- This was the question I was asked when I was introduced as a Nigerian to a Brazilian that I had a chat with while attending a friend’s party. What began as a very honest and harmless exchange of hellos turned into one person being defensive and the other party trying his utmost best to apologize. Was I shocked? No! But I felt very awkward, betrayed and dumbfounded.
December 27, 2005
Garbage Removal is President Obasanjo’s Job!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Recently, I read a beautiful opinion piece written by Mr. Uche Nworah. This is not a rejoinder to that article of his, but instead, his article constitutes a reference point for this.
Politicians should Write Blueprints of what they Plan to do for Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- I have been pondering the fact that our political leaders seem to seek political offices for personal purposes, to use them to seem important and or steal from the public.
Insanity Results from Searching for Worth, Meaning, and Purpose in the Wrong Places
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- INTRODUCTION: The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (1994) has done an excellent job describing the various mental disorders. However, it did so without describing the causes of those disorders.
December 26, 2005
The Emperor has shown his Nakedness, Again
by Chibuzo Onubogu (USA) --- Haba Obasanjo! what a buffoon you are and will continue to be. In your eternal wisdom or lack of it you summed up the cause of the crash of Sosoliso 1145 as corruption. It’s obvious that you have no inkling about what you are doing as president of Nigeria. What a shame that a country with greatness written all over it continues to wallow in mediocrity due to the fact that we have continued to produce village idiots as our leaders.
My Very First Niece: Adieu Chidera Alexandria Nnaji
by Vincent Ikenna Ogbudibe --- Very few people realize that the death of a child is NOT in accordance to God’s NORMAL scheme of things. It is unnatural. God did not mean for a child to go first. A niece buries the uncle or aunt. Not the uncle or aunt buries the niece.
December 22, 2005
“This Animal Called Man”
by Peter Opara --- The above is the title of a book by Olusegun Obasanjo. I read papers, articles and books on Nigeria, and have written some myself – articles and books on Nigeria. I, however, have not read any books by Obasanjo, including the one with the title above said to have been written soon after his escape from the depth of desolation.
Science and Technology of Thinking and Behavior: Focus on Paranoia (Part 2)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- The goal of this paper, inter alia, is to help heal the brother; I enjoy the flashes of brilliance that his writing exhibits but do not like his underlying paranoia. That underlying disorder makes him quarrel with just about everybody, to the point where he hides from people, thinking that they are out to kill him.
Science and Technology of Thinking and Behavior: Focus on Paranoia (Part 1)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- INTRODUCTION: Psychology began with the noble intention of understanding how human beings think and behave. Unfortunately, it seems to have lost its way. One no longer knows what the business of psychology is.
December 18, 2005
What would Nigerians Change if we had the Freedom to Change Anything? (Part 1)
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- What would we change if we could alter anything we wanted to? I am sure the list is long but here is a list that is longer still. It is the list of factors we would not touch. There are plenty of things that we love, just the way they are. They do not always demand as much of our attention but they make life special and satisfying. Right now, they deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Not only are they noticeable, they represent the tools by which we can bring about the adjustments that we yearn for in our country. The key to greater comfort lies entirely in making more of what we are already grateful for.
Innocent Doctor Found Guilty Because of his Race and Nationality
by Ikechukwu Anakwenze (Los Angeles, California) --- You might have heard of this case by now, but incase you haven't, it is about the Seattle OBGYN Dr Charles Momah. Despite the overwhelming evidence proving Dr Momah's innocence, he was found guilty of rape a month ago. This issue is a matter of race and cultural bias, as opposed to the facts presented in the court case.
December 17, 2005
Baba Iyabo and the Forty Thieves
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Baba Iyabo, excuse me I mean, Ali Baba surely made enemies out of the forty thieves. If it was not for them, he would still be a modest farmer at Ota – siddon dey look. He would still be the philosopher farmer with constructive criticism that got him jailed and almost cost him his life. But for the forty thieves, he would still be in prison. He has since claimed - there is no sacred cow. Even more daring is his statement that if he got concrete evidence and refused to probe one of the forty thieves – no be him papa born am. Kai!
Do American Liberals have a Death Wish?
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Given the current behavior of Liberals, one wonders whether they have developed a death wish. Do they want to marginalize themselves; indeed, do they want an end to liberalism? I do not know. One thing that I do know is that their current stance on many social issues indicates a wish to not be taken seriously as a political party.
December 13, 2005
Nigeria - Wake Up: An Opinion on Recent Plane Crashes
by Emmanuel Egwuagu --- Questions to Nigerians: are you all blind to see what is happening? Within the space of two months, there have been three plane crashes involving airline providers that do not include Virgin Nigeria !!! Ironic!! So, Virgin Local is now the safest airline in Nigeria......Yeah Right!!!!
The Nature of Sanity and Insanity (Part 2)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Come to your creator as he created you, not as you made you. Give up the self you made to replace the self he created you as. Come home to what Buddha called selflessness. (A better name for it is no-separated self, for you still have a self, a unified Christ self.)
The Nature of Sanity and Insanity (Part 1)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- The mentally ill hate what is: hate their real selves and society and replace them with their own self invented ideas of what should be, their ideal selves, ideal other people, ideal social institutions and ideal world. (See Karen Horney’s Neurosis and Human Growth.) They invent alternative selves, alternative society, alternative everything and try very hard to make their alternative reality, mere mental constructs hence fantasies, come into being. Their alternative reality is an illusion and is not going to come into being. Their alternative reality is mentalistic, a product of thinking. Mental constructs cannot be used to replace reality.
December 11, 2005
Be a Miller President Obasanjo, but Grind not the Faces of the Poor
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- If Nigerian government cannot help Nigerians in need, it’s as sure as hell that, they cannot save the few who are rich. You just can’t impose leadership from the top.
Mallam Nuhu Ribadu: Nigeria’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Against Corruption!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- This is to congratulate Mallam Nuhu “WMD” Ribadu and his staff at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the big victory scored in the investigation of the fallen and disgraced former governor of Bayelsa state.
Ijawland’s Early Christmas Gift to Nigeria from Bayelsa State!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Exhilarating! Thrilling! And Invigorating! Are the adjectives that best describes the delightful news of the impeachment of DSP Alamieseigha, the fugitive and former governor of Bayelsa state in Nigeria! Good riddance to bad rubbish!
December 06, 2005
Poem: To Whom it May Concern
by Nick Ifeanyi Malu (New York, New York) ---
To Whom It May Concern
Who are you?
People of color.
People of no color
A faithful name ,fearful and chilling.
Millions born out of wedlock.
In a free world where free air are sold.
Swarming with exiles and refugees
Exiled to the first world ,America this.
The haves and the havenots
From the distant past,Africa.
A stranger to our root,
The second colonization.
Here ,our young smoke pot,crack heads.
Kidnappers let loose
Anarchy in my 'hood.
Factory of crises, gangsters hold sway
Killin' with impunity.
Lil' kids smoke like devil
Living in hellish hole
eyes sunken,brain damaged
heart as hard as the Brooklyn bridge steel.
The center of our bondage.
Who are you?
Nick Ifeanyi Malu
NY, New york
The Role of Fear in the Genesis and Nature of Government: An Essay on Political Philosophy (Part 2)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, washington) ---The balance of this paper would address itself to how to live as Christ self and form social institutions that serve Christ’s purpose of love for all humanity.
The Role of Fear in the Genesis and Nature of Government: An Essay on Political Philosophy (Part 1)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Political science seems non-theoretical. The discipline describes people’s political behaviors without striving to understand why they behave as they do. Apparently, there is a belief that speculation regarding why people do what they do leads to nowhere and, anyhow, is best left to psychologists to worry about?
November 29, 2005
Obasanjo's War on Corruption: Casualties Galore!
by Mike Ozulumba, Esq. (Boston, Massachussettes) --- As Nigerians are treated yet to another case of Executive corruption convulsion in the recent case with the Executive Governor f Balyelsa State, it has become obvious that no amount of low or allegation can ever compel our public leaders to take an honorable step and resign from their office.
Why the Paris Club Relishes the Pound of African Flesh
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- One may wonder about the benefit of 12 billion dollars to developed countries from an African Continent that is well endowed but rife with famine, poverty, corruption, lacking the basic structural necessities to provide a fraction of comfortable life others enjoy and take for granted.
Man of the Year 2005
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- It’s nearing that time of the year, when major news networks and organisations select their man of the year, woman of the year, person of the year and any other appropriate title as dictated by political correctness. They roll out the drums and pour out accolades to honour these men and women who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, also people who have impacted one way or the other the life of their people are considered.
Why President Obasanjo Must Choose a Route he can be Proud of
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (Great Britain) --- WHY OUR LEADERS NEGATIVE THOUGHT’S CAN DO THEM FAR MORE HARM THAN ANY POISON “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” So goes the classic song. Yet no matter how sincerely the words are intoned, the request never seems to be granted. That’s hardly surprising. Given our many languages, nuances and subtleties, the real wonder is why we aren’t all misunderstood a lot more.
November 27, 2005
Negative Uses of Body and Personality
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. --- THE GOAL OF SELF CREATION, SUPERIORITY: To separate is a verb, not a noun. We separate for a purpose. We separate from God and other people for a reason. What is that reason? We separate from God and from other people so as to go feel like we are superior to God, to other people. Separation has a purpose; its goal is superiority.
November 22, 2005
The Key to Progress in Nigeria Lies in Sincerity, Not Cynicism
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson --- There's not enough kindness in this world. People are far too quick to criticise and complain. Where is their compassion, their tolerance and their patience? There's not enough kindness in our own country Nigeria, either. We can't do anything about anyone else's harsh attitude, but we can at least resolve not to reply in kind.
Fugitives as Governors in Nigeria? Dariye & Alamie!: The Tragedy of Looting Governor Alamieyesegha of Bayelsa
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Shocked and agitated are words that best describe my feeling on learning that Alamie has escaped the claws and jaws of justice in London, as he is reported to have jumped bail in England. He has returned to Yenagoa where he lives to pretend that he is a cat with nine lives. I hope Nigeria’s democracy is not undone. This could be the harbinger of anarchy.
Self Concept and its Problems
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- One of the tragedies of contemporary Nigerian society is that people are so busy with the struggle for physical survival that few have the time to think about the higher issues of existence. Everywhere you turn to, the talk you hear is how to make money and become a socially important person.
Intelligent Design by an Insane God
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- One has followed the attempt by some Christians to get American schools to teach what they call intelligent design. Apparently, these Christians do not like the implication of Charles Darwin’ (Origin of Species) doctrine that human beings, like other biological organisms, evolved gradually on planet earth, and that chance determined how they evolved.
The Abacha in Obasanjo
by Jackson O. Ude (New York, USA) --- In every move he makes, he shows the trappings that characterized the dark- goggle wearing late General Sani Abacha, who ruled Nigeria with iron fist and bowed to death in a manner yet unknown to Nigerians. General Olusegun Obasanjo, a glorified democrat and current Nigeria President is a dictator, an absolutist, a despot whose legendary quest to perpetuate himself in power has continued to dominate headlines in recent times.
Why do Human Beings Tolerate Slavery? and other Little Essays
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Hitherto, I had a dismissive attitude towards African Americans. I saw them as cowards. Why? I believed that they were so afraid of dying and wanted to live so badly that they permitted white folks to enslave them.
November 16, 2005
A Mother Like Lady Stella!
by Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye ---
Death is … the absence of presence… the endless time of never coming back … a gap you can’t see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes no sound.
~~~ Tom Stoppard Czech-born, English playwright.
Chukwuma Nzeogwu: The Saint or Devil of January 15, 1966?
by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria) --- I must begin this article by stating that any attempt to discuss the place of Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu in Nigeria’s politics is a difficult one. Many factors are responsible for this. First, the coup of January 15, 1966 continues to reverberate among segments of Nigeria’s ruling elite till date, and is subject to various interpretations.
Role Model of a New Generation: Mohammed B. Bulama
by Ali Alhaji Ibrahim (Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria) ---
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincered effort, intelligent direction and careful execution ~~~ Willa A. Foster.
Tribute to Late Alhaji Wada Nas
by Ali Alhali Ibrahim (Maiduguri, Nigeria) ---
The death of of Alhaji Wada Nas would have been too much to bear if not for the Qur’anic injunction that; “We are from Allah and to him is our return”The Almighty Allah Gave life for a term and when completed took it back. Life is given on a loan that must be paid back ~~~ Late. Wada Nas
Donate To Nigerian Schools and Institutions
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- $100 Million dollars was donated by an American last week. I read the story about an anonymous donor who donated the one hundred million dollars to Yale University, the donor instructed that the money be disbursed entirely to Yale University music programs, this, means that the donor only intended to benefit the music department and faculty, of Yale University.
Salvation: Where does it Come from, Inside or out?
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- All human beings are seeking salvation. They want to be saved. The question is: what are they being saved from?
November 15, 2005
Prayers for Bịafra and Nigeria
Prayers for Bịafra an Nigeria
by Fada Jọn Ọfọegbu Ụkaegbu, Ph.D. -Igbologist- (Brooklyn, New York) ---- Preamble: Religion and spirituality are cultural universals in so far as they are present in all world cultures. Because of different approaches to religion and spirituality, they also serve as cultural variables. Prayer is one of the basic elements of religion and there are approaches to prayer as there are religious groups and sects.
November 14, 2005
Man: The Thinker
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Man is a thinker; he is not his thoughts; he can change his thoughts but cannot make himself atop thinking; all he can do is think different thoughts. If man is not his thoughts, who is he? Matter that produced thinking or spirit that thinks through matter?
Who Burnt Zik's House?
by Ngorom Peterside --- Though I do not condone violence as a means of settling disputes or differences, however, the family of Azikiwe deserve what they got. Perhaps, most Ibos have forgotten the role Zik played during the Nigeria Biafra war. It could be recalled that it was Zik's dubious role in the war that led to the losses Biafra suffered in the Egbema campaign.
Do Nigerian Politicians Inherit Criminal Genes?
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Politicians, all over the world, tend to be realistic persons. They tend to accept themselves as they are, to accept other people as they are and accept reality as it is. The human self is always imperfect. Realistic persons accept themselves as imperfect human beings and live with that fact.
by Odi Moghalu (Los Angeles, California) --- The Igbo and Biafran experience as it was between 1966 - 1970 was a traumatic one well documented and rehearsed in a resurgent spirit of nostalgia these days in the vast array of information channels across Nigeria and myriad Internet sites. Indeed it’s important to remember particularly with the increasing victimizing onslaught of the Nigerian government against the nation’s peoples.
Neurotic Idealism and Unhappiness
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. --- Some human beings are idealistic. They use their thinking and imagination to conceive how the things they see in the empirical world ought to become. Perceiving an imperfect world, idealists use their thinking, aka minds, to imagine how it ought to become perfect. They invent perfections and ideals in their minds. In fact, their minds are always inventing ideals: how things ought to become perfect.
Where is our National Pride: Bill Clinton and Abuja Airport
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- I have nothing against William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States of America and the Damansani Ushaffa (title for someone who has distinguished himself intellectually and contributed to the welfare of his people, given to him during his visit to Ushaffa village in Nigeria), if anything; i admire his zest, ageless youth, intelligence and rhetorical abilities.
November 09, 2005
I want to find God, and, Reflections of the Warrior of the Light VIII
by Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) --- I WANT TO FIND GOD The man arrived at the monastery exhausted: - I have been looking for God for so long – he said. – Perhaps you can teach me the right way of finding Him.
Gani Fawehinmi: His Crass & Poor Taste “Criticism”
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- According to the book of Ecclesiastes, there is season and time for everything. So, there is a time to for joy, there is time for sadness, there is time to laugh and time to cry.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #30: Introduction to Customer Care and E-Commerce
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- In a capitalist economy, businesses are suppliers of goods and services. They read the market and see what the people demand, what the people desire and undertake to produce and supply them to the people. If the supplier reads the market well, his goods and or services sell to the people and he makes profits and stays in business.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #29: Introduction to Labor Relations
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- In the work force are two types of people, the owners of business (and their agents called professional managers) and the workers.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #28: Introduction to Organizational Behavior
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- The field of organizational behavior is also called organizational psychology. Psychology studies how people think and behave. In this case, how people in organizations think and behave.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #27: Introduction to Management and Supervision
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- The study of management is actually a new phenomenon. This is very astonishing considering how long people have talked about leadership and management. There was actually no sustained study of management until the twentieth century.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #26: Introduction to Human Resources
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Human resources management is generally considered the easiest part of management. Indeed, until recently it was considered a clerical and not a managerial function. Owners of business, especially factories used to stand by the door to their factories and said, you, you and you and that was all there was to hiring people. Just as they hired whoever they wanted they fired whomever they wanted to fire, no questions asked.
To Professor Akpan with Thanks
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- I still believe that our encounter with Prof. Emmanuel David Akpan was pre-destined, that God had placed him at the University of Uyo to bless us with his wisdom, and to give hope and pride back to us. I remember vividly our first lectures with him, in the Communication Arts studio it must have been.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #25: Introduction to Business Operations
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- So far, we have talked about the types of businesses, how businesses are financed and how the products of businesses are marketed (sold). Now let us focus on what most people call the most technical aspect of business, the operations of business on a day to day basis.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #24: Introduction to Marketing
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- A business produces something (goods and or services) and must sell it to make profit hence remain in business.
November 04, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #23: Introduction to Accounting
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Those who consider themselves as intellectuals generally find accounting uninteresting. I can speak for myself, I found the subject boring. In fact, I often fell asleep in accounting classes. The subject is simply too realistic and detailed to appeal to my way of thinking. I like to deal with ideas and, more importantly, to engage in idealizations. I am a walking, talking Plato (see Republic).
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #22: Introduction to Corporate Finance
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- In our over view of business (lecture 19) we talked about the various forms of business organizations, including sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. We talked about the advantages and disadvantages of each of these forms of organizing for business activities.
November 03, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #21: Introduction to Public Finance
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- In the preceding twenty lectures on politics I established why human beings need political systems. A political system has to be managed. People make demands on their political system. The political system translates demands made on it into public choices and public policies. Public policies must be financed. The money to finance public policies must come from somewhere. Where is that money going to come from?
November 02, 2005
Science and Technology: Active Filters (Lab Report)
by Jude C. Ezedike --- Objective: To demonstrate the use of operational amplifiers in active filters and to design active low- and high-pass filters using table.
Why President Obasanjo Must Listen to the Voice of Wisdom
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson --- SOMEWHERE IN NIGERIA, THERE’S A FLOOR THAT NEED’S SCRUBBING. Some people live in fear of making a mistake. They feel they just couldn’t face the shame. Ironically, such people are mistaken. If we don’t get it wrong, we’ll never learn anything. We just become a kind of “one trick pony” ambling through life, repeating the same old safe, tried and tested tricks.
November 01, 2005
The Ibori Clan: Their Game Plan
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- Late Wednesday afternoon on October 19th, we were working the phones as we put the finishing touches to our story, "Ibori in Oil Deals?" It came out the following day. During one of our numerous conversations with sources at the Delta State Governor's
Fantasy (Idealism), Physics (Realism), and Metaphysics (Escape): Physics vs. Metaphysics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- There are three ways of operating in this world: idealistic/fantasy, realistic/science and metaphysical/escape from the world. They are not to be mixed and cannot be mixed, anyway. You have to understand them and know what mode you operate in.
Nigerians are the only way out for Nigeria: Not Leaders without any Passion for the Nation
by Ojewale Caleb (Mushin, Lagos) --- Many of us Nigerians have given up on our leaders, our nation, and worse of all, on ourselves. We no longer believe in the entity called Nigeria, a nation which our few past heroes fought to unite, that entity which some unknown Nigerian(s) have died for the cause of upholding her unity and true independence.
A Life in our Short Days: In loving memory of the Bellview 117 and Mrs. Stella Obasanjo
by Uche Nworah (London, England) ---
"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne (1572-1631)
October 28, 2005
AIT Deserved Some Sanctions, Not A Shutdown!
by Paul I. Adujie, ((New York, United States) --- I write with a heavy heart, the twin tragic incident in Nigeria, the crash of Bellview Airlines Flight 210 which led to the premature death of 117 persons. Tragic, also best describes the sudden death of Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, wife of our number one citizen.
The Five Modes of Thinking: Studies in Science and Thinking
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- INTRODUCTION In this paper, I will describe the five modes of thinking known to man, or, at least, known to me. The five are: (1) God/Christ, unified mode of thinking; (2) Ego, separated mode of thinking; (3) Ego, separated and idealistic mode of thinking; (4) Holy Spirit directed ego, separated mode of thinking: this has two levels, absolute Holy Spirit directed mode of thinking, in which case the individual is not in this world (5) and the lesser level of it where the individual is ego driven but occasionally listens to the Holy Spirit and does as the Holy Spirit directs him to do; this is where most people are.
October 25, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #20: Training for Leadership in Nigeria (Continued)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) ---Are you are a leader, as we have properly defined it here, and, if not, why are you calling yourself a chief, and why are you in politics?
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #20: Training for Leadership in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- When Nigerians gather, a likely topic for conversation is: the trouble with Nigeria, and what to do about it. Invariably, they identify corruption and lack of political leadership as among the problems with Nigeria and Africa. In this essay, I will explore how to train for leadership and management in Nigeria and Africa.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #19: Nigeria and the Business World (Continued)
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) ---The on-going function of personnel mangers involves recruiting applicants for vacant positions (from either inside the organization or from outside it), and with line managers, interviewing and selecting some of these, and training them. Generally, line supervisors perform actual job evaluations on employees, but the personnel department keeps records of such evaluations on employees.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #19: Nigeria and the Business World
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- In this lecture, we shall, in a rudimentary manner, summarize the nature of capitalist economics and business organizations. This chapter is not meant to replace studying economics and business, but to give the reader a bird’s eye view of the real world, that he must deal with, in his efforts to earn a living for himself and his family.
October 21, 2005
The 2005 MBNG UK Pageant
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- It was a night of fun, thrills and laughs at Kensington Town Hall, in the swanky South West area of London in early October when 11 Nigerian women took each other to the wire in a bid to become the maiden Most Beautiful Nigerian Girl in the UK.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #18: Extra-legal Governments in Nigeria:: the Military, Religious Groups, and Transnational Corporations
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- In the modern polity, there is a designated government, usually elected by the people. But whereas the government formally rules the county other social forces participate in governing the country. These informal rulers of the country are often very useful in maintaining law and order.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #17: Nigeria and International Organizations
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- In this lecture, I will review some international organization and then see how Nigeria participates in them. I will begin the review with the United Nations Organization.
America’s National Security & Nigeria's National Security: Free Market, Forces of Demand & Supply Are Now Irrelevant?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- A major economic transaction of monumental proportions occurred in the first ten days of August, 2005; $18 billions dollars worth! And it was between the Americans and the Chinese; it was botched by pressures emanating from the Americans against the Chinese. The Chinese company is CNOOC and the American company is Unocal Corporation.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #16: Nigeria and International Relations
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- International relations are the study of how nations relate to one another. First of all, we must appreciate that the concept of nation-state has not always been around. In the past, there were no boundaries and human beings, like all animals, moved around.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #14: State and Local Governments in Nigeria's Politics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Why do State and local governments exist in the first place? Generally, they exist where there is federation and or confederation. To begin our discourse, therefore, we have to pause and understand the various forms of government and why we have them.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #15: the Bureaucracy in Nigeria's Politics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (seatle, Washington) --- DEFINITION The bureaucracy is an instrument for implementing the policies and laws made by the political decision makers in a polity. Legislators, executives and judges make decisions as to what needs done in the human polity. Those decisions have to be implemented otherwise they might as well not have been made. Laws and policies must be applied or they are no good.
The Wabaras: Felicia & Senator Adolphous Wabara; Suddenly Rich?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, USA) --- Felicia Wabara, the wife of the former Nigerian Senate President, Senator Aldolphous Wabara, purchased a house in New York a few months ago for one million dollars cash! This was reported two months ago by Sowore Omoyele and Jonathan Elendu both of www.ElenduReports.com
Avian Flu Pandemic Prevention Among Africans after the AIDS/HIV Blow
by Farouk Martins, Omoaresa --- The number of people the bird flu virus that is ranging from Asia to Turkey, Romania and Greece in Europe, may kill has been estimated from two million to 150 million. Every country is preparing on how to prevent this by head-on preparation. How many African people are prepared before it becomes another “African disease”?
October 17, 2005
The King and his Mighty Libido
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- The story of the mighty libido King Mswati 111 of Swaziland may just be the last evidence we need to show that maybe we are being a bit too harsh on our leaders in Nigeria, you know who they are, the ones that lord it over us, the ones of which we are supposed to say how high your Excellency whenever they say jump!
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #13: the Judiciary in Nigeria's Politics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Parliaments make laws. Presidents execute them. Some one must adjudicate them. Someone must be an impartial umpire that settles disputes between citizens (civil laws) and between citizens and their government (criminal laws).
Gen. Yakubu Gowon in Conversation with Pini Jason, Part I
by Pini Jason (Chinua Achebe Foundation) --- Gen. Yakubu Gowon had a conversation with Pini Jason a columnist for Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Associate Editor of New African, London (1987-2004), author of A Familiar Road, and publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Examiner newspaper. Mr. Jason has several years of experience in major Nigerian newspapers as well as international publications. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to continue reading Gen. Yakubu Gowon in Conversation with Pini Jason, Part I.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #12: the Executive in Nigeria's Politics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- As we saw yesterday, laws and policies are made by legislatures. These laws have to be implemented or they might as well not have been made.
October 16, 2005
Potomac Mansions: Finance Minister Explodes
by Jonathan Elendu --- On the afternoon of October 14, 2005, I got a call from one Chi-Chi Okonjo. I didn’t know anybody by that name but I took the call anyway. Chi-Chi told me he called to express his displeasure with our story entitled, “Bayelsa Governor’s Modest Mansion in Potomac.” He is upset particularly because we published the Potomac home address of his sister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Finance Minister.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #11: the Legislative Process in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- It is difficult to ascertain when legislatures came into being. I suppose that the difficulty lies in defining what is meant by legislature. In ancient Greece, the people of Athens gathered at the Acropolis, discussed matters affecting Athens and voted on them. Was such behavior legislative? In Igbo land, the entire male citizens above age fifteen gathered at the village square as Oha, Amala and discussed matters affecting the village and voted on what to do. Was such practice legislative? These were probably legislative behaviors except that they are not quite what we mean today when we think of formalized legislative process.
October 15, 2005
Million More Rally Underscores New Orleans Big Contracts Over Aids Mentality
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There is more to demonstration or rally these days than being recognized as a man. Please do not pity Africans to death; we want those big contracts to reflect the rainbow make-up of the areas affected.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #10: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Governments, ah governments, we love them, we hate them, don’t we? We set up governments over us. The very reasons why we set them up and the duties we charge them to perform for us make them very dangerous to our health.
October 13, 2005
What do Ndiigbo want? From Biafra to MASSOB
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- I am a strong advocate of Nigerian Unity and I abhor any action that would lead to the disintegration of Nigeria, as presently constituted.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #9: Public Opinion and Public Policy in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- PUBLIC OPINION In a democracy, public policies are supposed to reflect public opinion. Public opinion is what the public thinks on a variety of issues and, more importantly, it is what the public thinks that their government should do on specific issues facing the polity.
October 12, 2005
Bob Ejike out with "Fiesta"
by Mary M. Ajayi --- The Nigerian music industry receives a boost with the launching of Bob Ejike’s latest album entitled Fiesta. The ten-track CD which is dedicated to Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State, was exquisitely designed and packaged in the Nigerian national colours by legendary album designer Ghariokwu Lemi and is marketed and distributed by Obaino Music, Alaba, Lagos.
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #8: The Media in Nigeria's Politics
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- The word media is plural; it encompasses many outlets of news. The media includes print media, such as newspapers, magazines and journals; electronic media, such as radio, television, internet, faxes and so on. Information and news can be spread through any medium that connects people.
T-Mobile and The Nigerian Call Barring
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- Should T-Mobile, the leading telecommunications firm continue to ignore the desires of over 2 million current and potential customers, and neglect a long established customer base and relationship?
October 11, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #7: Political Parties and Elections in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph. D. (Seatle, Washington) --- This lecture will briefly define the nature of political parties and elections. It will first do so in a generic sense and later look at the phenomenon in Nigeria.
Oliver de Coque’s Bad Vibes at L.A.’s Local 250 Warehouse
by Ambrose Ehirim (Los Angeles, California) --- With no media coverage and a little fanfare, Oliver de Coque’s Local 250 Warehouse concert in Gardena, California, was absolutely a flop and very disappointing. The crowd, many of whom drove down from the San Fernando Valley and Inland Empire to see Coque and his brother, Eugene, were upset and felt it was all a waste of time and money. “Oh, my God, is this a fund-raising ceremony or actually a concert?” asked a curious man who came to watch Coque live in concert.
October 10, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #6: Interest Group Politics in Nigeria
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- As in my earlier lectures, I will first explain the concept of interest group politics and then apply it to Nigeria. My goal, as usual, is to help us understand the idea of interest group politics in general and to see how it operates in Nigeria.
October 09, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures #5: Nigeria and the Capitalist Political Economy
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Politics and economics go together. Because of their intertwined nature, some observers believe that they should be studied as if they are one subject, political economy. Indeed, Karl Marx tended to approach the two subjects as one and wrote about them as one subject. Many socialist thinkers still talk about the subject as their ancient mentor, Marx, did.
October 08, 2005
Ozodi Osuji Lectures on Nigeria's Politics #4: Nigeria and Political Ideologies
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- An ideology is not a science. It is a belief system. An ideology is composed of ideas of how some people think that their world ought to be. It is based on a value system and has no basis in empirical reality. An ideology is like a religion that individuals embrace as true and it enables them to organize and make sense of their world. It is by no means objective in the sense that its postulations can be verified in a controlled scientific experiment.
October 07, 2005
Nigerians Living in Fear in China
by Osita Chiagorom and Richard Offo (Changchun, China) --- I want to comment on the continous detention of Nigerians in China as a result of the prohibition of visa extention on the Nigeria passport. Most of the people detained are innocent Nigerians. Their crime is that they have expired visas because their visas could not be extended like those of other foreigners in China.
Osuji Lectures #3: Nigeria's Political Socialization
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- CULTURE: Yesterday, we talked about political culture. Today, we shall talk about political socialization. The two, culture and socialization tend to go together and, indeed, in some textbooks are often treated as one subject. Human beings are socialized to their groups’ cultures.
October 06, 2005
Osuji Lectures #2: Nigeria's Political Culture
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Wherever human beings are found, they not only live in groups but have collective patterns of behaviors. Human beings everywhere develop collective approaches to phenomena.
Why Nigerian Leaders Need to Learn from the Best
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson --- WHY ARE MANY NIGERIAN OFFICIALS LIGHT YEARS AWAY FROM THE TOP LEVEL LEADERS? People like working for those who are secure in themselves and have nothing to prove – the kind of people who get results through others and give them the credit for it. But please forgive me for being honest by saying such leaders are in the minority. More than half of Nigeria’s government officials, be it governors or ministers fail to demonstrate trust, show respect for their teams or even produce results.
October 05, 2005
Science of Thinking, Page 2
Continued from "Science of Thinking," by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- The human self concept says that one is separated from other people, and is self created. It is the individual, you, me, who invented your/my self concept. George Kelly tells us that personality, aka self concept, is a self construct. The human child, building on his biosocial experiences and the experiences of all human beings around him is responsible for inventing his self concept.
Science of Thinking
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- I had meant to share the attached piece before the series on Nigeria politics. I forgot. Here it is. Do with it as you like; it summarizes my approach to phenomena. In the meantime, I will continue with the planned series on Nigeria’s Politics with political culture on
October 04, 2005
The Ozodi Thomas Osuji Lectures on Nigeria's Politics #1: Introduction, Why Study Politics?
by Ozodi Osuji, Ph.D. --- (1) INTRODUCTION: WHY STUDY POLITICS? I will begin this first of twenty lectures on Nigeria’s politics by focusing on politics in general and not specifically on Nigeria’s politics. I will respond to these questions: what is politics and why do we need to study it?
Independence Day Protest in New York by Nigeria Liberty Forum (NLF)
by Jonathan Elendu --- Nigeria celebrated her 45th Independence anniversary on October 1, 2005. Nigerians resident in the United States were not left out of the celebrations. There were activities in major cities across the United States, including Detroit, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas. The New York City Independence Day activities did not go as planned as Nigerians under the aegis of the Nigeria Liberty Forum (NLF) disrupted a parade organized by the Organization of the Advancement of Nigeria.
October 03, 2005
This Beautiful Land of our Birth
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- This country has birthed us though hope it may not have given us all. As we look around and count each passing day, we sometimes feel that things should indeed be better, that it should be well with us. We can’t but ask why we have to be the way we are, and live the way we do in the midst of abundance, why 45 years after we stopped paying obeisance to the Queen and her people, we are not yet any where near our promised land.
September 30, 2005
Most Wanted: A Brand New President among 130-million Nigerians
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Our Country needs a well cultured African whose exposure to the outside world is subdued, not a source of aggrandizement. I do not know how a Country such as Nigeria could have been ruled for so long by people trained only in the act of tactical warfare, in many cases uncultured and unlettered dominating civilized people, if not by the power of the gun. They have turned many people into images of themselves - Monkey see, monkey do. Is it any wonder that violence and greed pervade in our society and mediocrity rule?
Nigerians in Diaspora: Are you Worried that your Kids do not know Nigeria?
by Simi Abohwo --- I am a 38 year old Nigerian living in the UK and bringing up two sons (aged 10 and 7). My sons were both born in the UK and one of the issues that I am having to deal with is whether my kids will grow up being able to identify with Nigeria and its culture. In other words, will they see themselves as Nigerian first and British second? Will they appreciate Nigerian/African values? Or will they, sadly, become culturally and morally ‘lost’ to Nigeria.
September 29, 2005
Governor Of Bayelsa Can Appoint Ambassadors?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Where there is duty, there is responsibility and obligations. It would appear that too many public office holders in Nigeria are only interested in the benefits conferred on them, by virtue of their public positions and the perquisites they derive as public office holders?
September 28, 2005
Expunge, Excise & Repeal Immunity Clause Now!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- A successful war against corruption in Nigeria is crucial for national development. Corruption has unarguably impeded Nigeria’s development and advancement. The immunity clause in the constitution of Nigeria 1999 has become an impediment and great obstacle in the war against corruption in our nation.
September 26, 2005
Idealism, Realism, and Christianity
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- Broadly speaking, there are two types of persons: realistic and idealistic. The realistic person sees himself as he is, sees other people as they are and sees the world as it is, all imperfect, and has no illusions about them and accepts them as they are. He accepts himself, other people and the world as they are, not as he wants them to be. He adapts himself to what is, not what he wants to come into being. Because he adapts to reality he tends to be at ease in the world and is psychologically normal (not healthy, but normal; very few human beings ever attain mental health). On the other end of the human spectrum is the idealistic person.
September 25, 2005
Obasanjo and Atiku War: Fasawe Arrest - Too Close to Call!
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- The feud between Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Abubakar Atiku is in its final stages. The Titans have marshaled their arsenals in waiting. The first casualty of this phase is Otunba Johnson Oyewole Fasawe, a personal friend of Pres. Obasanjo, up until about four months ago.
September 24, 2005
Governor Igbinedion of Edo State Should Shut Up!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- He Talked About Dignity? What Dignity? He Should Be Ashamed! Governor Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State frequently visits the Americas and Europe and it has been speculated that his visits, usually, coincides with the schedule and time-table of federal allocations of revenue to Edo State; Edo state it must be said, is one of the oil producing states in Nigeria that has jointly, with other such states clamored for increases in the revenues allocated to oil producing states based on the principle of derivation.
September 23, 2005
Infrastructure and Development in the eastern states of Nigeria (Biafra)
by Nnamdi Obodoechi (Greece) --- There is no gainsaying that since the end of the Nigeria-Biafra War, the Eastern part of Nigeria (Biafra) could be defined as the states with no single functioning infrastructure that the indigenes or the citizens past and present or the state governments up to Local Government could beast their chest about. The citizens of eastern Nigeria (Biafrans) cannot say to the(ir “fellow”) Nigerians that “we Biafrans have good roads too, we good drinking water, we have borehole in some Local governments in the states or good electricity supply, or anything financed by any level of government that benefits Biafrans.” Even in the eastern states capitals, there is no Police command, that is to say there is no security of life and property in the East.
September 22, 2005
Bayelsa Governor's son cries out, "It is my father now; it will be Ibori next"
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- “It is my father now. Next it will be Gov. Ibori,” Tonbra Alamieyeseigha told Elendureports.com in a telephone interview last week. Tonbra, who graduated from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington, told Elendureports.com that he was getting ready for graduate school.
Foreign Accounts is where Revenue Allocation Goes: Ask Governor Alamasiegha of Bayelsa State
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, USA) --- Some Nigerians are sprinting and springing to the defense of theiveing Governor Alamiesegha of Bayelsa state, but why are they doing this? Whatever happened to shame and embarrassment? Why do thieves and criminals, now turn instant celebrities in Nigeria? How come scandals no longer shock some Nigerians? Where is the outrage?
September 21, 2005
The Long Cold Winter Again
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- London’s long drawn summer is gradually coming to an end, this eventual transition to the cold winter months will obviously evoke certain feelings amongst folks living in London, most especially Nigerians and other African immigrants who may have grown up in the sunshine continent. These feelings may be those of nostalgia, despair, loneliness and even satisfaction, yes, satisfaction! Especially for those of us that have recently done the 1 +1 = 1 equation, so at least there is a nightly assurance of a second pair of feet to warm one’s cold set under the quilt. This ‘no shaking’ feeling is one that brothers and sisters have long yearned for.
September 20, 2005
Governor Kalu of Abia State Should Shut Up!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, US) --- Governor Kalu of Abia State is PDP enfant terrible! He often speaks before he thinks!
Not long ago, he accused President Obasanjo of corrupt practices, and true to type, the rabble rouser that he is certifiably is, was returning to the scene of his previous crimes of screaming allegations of corruption without specifics and by this, he makes nonsense of real anti corruption efforts by all.
September 19, 2005
Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu in Conversation with Pini Jason
by Pini Jason (Chinua Achebe Foundation) --- Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu had a conversation with Pini Jason a columnist for Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Associate Editor of New African, London (1987-2004), author of A Familiar Road, and publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Examiner newspaper. Mr. Jason has several years of experience in major Nigerian newspapers as well as international publications. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to continue reading Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu in Conversation with Pini Jason.
September 15, 2005
Katrina and Nigeria’s Image
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- Nigeria is currently in the process of re-branding her image, the Nigerian government has given the Federal Ministry of Information the task of doing that, and have also empowered the ministry with an initial sum of N600 million ($4 million) to execute the project.
September 12, 2005
Sadomasochism and America's Future, Part II
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle Washington) --- What does abuse of jailed black youngsters mean? It hardens them, and makes them disenchanted with their country. They become disengaged from their society, and live on the fringes of it. They become potential soldiers, awaiting a strong leader to mobilize, and organize them against the state.
Sadomasochism and America's Future, Part I
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle Washington) --- ABSTRACT: This essay points out the symbiotic relationship between white and black America, with whites playing the dominant role, and expecting blacks to play the subservient role. It claims that the system is based on human fearfulness, with the weak fearing harm by the strong. The relationship of white and black America is sadomasochistic. The essay argues that if this sociopolitical structure is not altered, in favor of equalitarian relationship, that, sooner or later, the oppressed black persons would break free from the fear that makes them tolerate white abuse, and lunch a relentless attack on those that abuse them. At that juncture, America, like past empires based on oppression, would fall.
September 11, 2005
The War against Corruption: Obasanjo Oily hands!
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- A report in Thisday, a Nigerian daily, described the feud between Nigeria's President Obasanjo and his deputy, Vice President Atiku, as mere rumours. The report, which was published on September 9, quoted Olabode George, a former military officer and deputy chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as saying that the feud is, "A creation of the media." Should Nigerians be surprised by this attempt at whitewashing a serious problem concerning the affairs of the Nigerian State by the top echelon of the PDP?
September 10, 2005
Are Nigerians United Against Corruption or is it, You First?
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) --- Are Nigerians agreed on corruption elimination and eradication? Maybe NOT! I have maintained in the past that I abhor corruption because of its consequences. You would think that all reasonable persons, especially Nigerians, are united against the corruption scourge or pandemic, and therefore intently focused in the war against it?
Hurricane Katrina Exposed Endemic Inequality for Africans
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- One guy stood out in my mind, he said Africa looks good to me now. Others white and black who have seen Tsunami in Asia, famine in Africa and war in Europe claimed they have not seen anything like this. That it happened is nobody’s fault, that it took so long to come to peoples’ aid in the most powerful and richest country in the whole world leaves more than an indelible mark on our faces.
September 08, 2005
President of Vice: The War on Corruption and Obasanjo's Complicity
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- Why is Nigeria’s President Obasanjo talking about corruption, and yet people don’t believe him? After all, he is the first President in the history of Nigeria to accuse his inspector-General of Police of corruption. Why is Segun Aina, the former managing director of Fountain Merchant Bank, living in opulence in Atlanta, Georgia and Toronto, Canada, while his friend, Tafa Balogun, is facing tons of charges of corruption? Our investigations reveal that the President’s war on corruption may be just for show.
Vice President Atiku Abubakar Must Resign Now!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, USA) --- Based on long established fine legal principles, anchored on the presumption of innocence, we sought last week, to elicit explanations from Vice President Atiku of Nigeria, regarding his unexplained wealth, particularly, the excessive wealth he controls overseas, more so, since becoming Nigeria’s vice president on May 29, 1999.
The Rot in Aba: An Eye-Witness Account
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- Eziuche Ubani, the former media adviser to Ghali Umar Na-Abba (former speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives) writes a well read back page column every Friday in This Day newspaper, just like me, Mr Ubani is an ‘Aba brought up’ (ABU), a term people born in Aba, the Enyimba (Elephant) city proudly use to describe themselves.
Why we Must Confederate African Countries, Part II
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, washington) --- We do not have to deny some of the inherent problems of confederal governments, but with good effort, confederations can be made to work, after all they work in Switzerland. At any rate, it seems the only alternative that would avert Africans penchant for mutual mayhem.
Why we Must Confederate African Countries, Part I
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, washington) --- HAMLET: What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? ~~~~ Hamlet, II, ii
September 06, 2005
Weep Not for Atiku
by Aliyu Habeeb (Gombe, Nigeria) --- For me, any form of pity for Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in his recent tango with his boss is misplaced. I think Atiku, as the architect of his own woes and as the progenitor of our present problems, got it coming. Rather than sympathise with him, Nigerians who believe that the vice-president is being punished for humiliating President Olusegun Obasanjo in the run up to the 2003 polls should literally pour water on the sand and drink there from in jubilation. Because the man who weaved the whip with which they are being lashed now tastes the rough side of the same whip! We must not have any soft centre for such a person.
September 02, 2005
Vice President Atiku Abubakar Must Explain!
by Paul I. Adujie (New York, United States) ---- Two seconds after he was sworn in as Vice President of Nigeria on May 29, 1999, he ceased to be a private citizen, as it were. And as a Nigerian public official, he is required to abide by and comply with relevant provisions of Nigeria’s Constitution, in conjunction with the Code of Conduct Act, which prescribes specific standard of conduct expected and demanded of public officials in Nigeria.
The World is our Idea: So, let us Make it Better, Part II
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- When you return your thinking, mind, to the condition that God created it (unified), not what you have made of it (separated), you have reconciled the ego and Christ, the earth and heaven. You have resurrected from death (ego is metaphoric death). You are reborn in God.
September 01, 2005
The World is our Idea: So, let us Make it Better, Part I
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Not long ago, I woke up thinking that every thing that I think that I know, or that people, in general, think that they know is an idea. Everything is an idea in my mind and in the minds of other people. The world itself is an idea in my (your) mind.
August 31, 2005
Potomac Mansions: Kalu and Atiku are Neighbours
by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele --- Nigerians love real estate. The acquisition penchant of Nigerians is unmatched. Even in this era of so-called 'economic hardships,' Nigerians continue to buy prime real estate. In the 1980's-1990's, South of France and other parts of Western Europe were veritable play grounds for unscrupulous Nigerian businessmen and politicians.
Addressing Cleavages in Alaigbo
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington) --- If you do not seek the truth, the truth will seek you, for only the truth will make you free. Therefore, there is no use denying the truth. We must state the truth at all times. The truth that we want to state here is the truth that there are divisions in Alaigbo. Other Nigerians may see a homogenous group called Igbos, but within that group there are cleavages. We ought to address those divisions without denying them.
The Nigerian Media as Scapegoats?
by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- Why do I think that this is the season of profession bashing, or better still media bashing? Even from members and non-members of the media constituency. Have things really degenerated to such alarming proportions to warrant the sweeping comments of concerned observers, most especially Seyi Oduyela in his media bashing article The Media in Nigeria 11?
August 28, 2005
Atiku Abubakar and the Mansion at Sorrel
by Renee Bridgeford, Esq. (Centreville, Virginia) --- Atiku's Mansion at Sorrel that was raided by the FBI is located at 9731 Sorrel Avenue, Potomac Maryland, and is listed under the name of Jennifer Douglas. Jennifer Douglas is also known as Jennifer Douglas-Abubakar, and also known as Jemila Abubakar. She is one of the wives of Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
August 26, 2005
Nigerian Democracy Must be Made to be Admired
by D. Akinsanya Juliuson (United Kingdom) --- With years of experience in British politics, public diplomacy and heritage, I still do not see myself as a politician rather a Political Philosopher, but If I didn’t believe in the power of democratic politics to change things for the better, I would have said working against democratic movement in Nigeria is the best. I do understand that many people feel voting in any election in Nigeria nowadays is not important and that politics is not relevant to their lives. Even though I do not believe that low voter turnout in any election means that Nigerian people are apathetic.
August 25, 2005
Ndigbo and the Kubwa Land Crises
by Uche Nworah (London, UK)--- The Nigerian Senate’s ad hoc committee on the demolition of structures in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led by Senator Idris Kuta may have submitted its report to the senate, but the last word has not yet been heard from what is now known in the FCT area as the Kubwa land crises.
Igbo Diaspora, Leadership, and the Igbo Tragedy (2): WIC's Conventions of the Deaf and Dumb
by Ambrose Ehirim (Los Angeles, CA) --- I have been reading the articles, interviews, and varieties of symposiums that have poured into Igbo Excalibur at IgboNet concerning the World Igbo Congress (WIC) house of cards. This year, the debates are dominated by the election of a new WIC chairman at the forth-coming Los Angeles convention and what should be done in correcting the ills of an organization that never lived up to its creed. It’s been quite fascinating considering the “political heavyweights” involved in these debates and so-called dialogue to find a solution.
August 23, 2005
Can Africans Govern Themselves Well?
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- African countries began gaining their independence from their European colonial masters in the 1950s. In effect, Africans have been trying to govern themselves for fifty years. This seems sufficient amount of time to assess how well Africans are doing. Are Africans doing a good job governing themselves?
August 22, 2005
Africans (Nigerians) and Addiction to mood-Altering Drugs
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington)--- Human beings are prone to addictions to mood altering agents like food, alcohol, drugs and sex. Africans are human beings. Therefore, Africans are prone to the addictions that human beings are prone to.
August 20, 2005
A Realistic Educational Policy for African Countries
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. --- (Seatle, Washington) African countries, until recently, were ruled by European countries. By and large, the Europeans did not have the interests of Africans at heart. Europeans came to Africa to make profits. In pursuing their self interested businesses in Africa, the Europeans found it necessary to provide Africans with some sort of education so as to generate cheap source of labor. Thus, they encouraged their Christian missionaries to establish elementary and secondary schools in Africa.
August 18, 2005
Overcoming the Fear that Holds Africans Down, Part 2
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington)---
Overcoming the Fear that Holds Africans Down, Part 1
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji (Seatle, Washington)--- If you are like me, you notice that you are not living fully and that you are not being all that you can be. You wonder what it is that is preventing you from living fully and from being your authentic self. So what is it that prevents you from living fully and from being your real self?
August 16, 2005
Carnage On Nigerian Roads: An Eye-witness Account
by Uche Nworah --- (London, UK) If you have ever heard the saying that the death of one person diminishes us, then you will truly appreciate its deep meaning after seeing these shocking images, and imagine that it could have been you, your friend, or family member lying under this 40-feet petrol tanker.
Paris Club Calling: Ngige / Obi may have just won 18 Billion Dollars
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Before you claim your prize, come up with 12b dollars from your 24b foreign reserve. The people of Anambra know who they voted for - neither Obasanjo nor Chris Uba can anoint a Governor for them. But Ngige and Uba already confessed they rigged election.
August 15, 2005
Africans should Pay Reparations to African Americans, Part 2
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. --- (Seatle, Washington) I believe that Africans are as guilty as white people in causing the suffering of African Americans. As such, both Africans and whites must make reparations to African Americans.
Africans should Pay Reparations to African Americans, Part 1
by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. --- (Seatle, Washington) Recently, there is talk of White Americans making reparations to African Americans. This talk has exercised the minds of the “talking heads”.
July 30, 2005
Home for the Holidays: Uche Nworah gets Hitched
by Uche Nworah --- I try to visit Nigeria at least once every year, and so it was with great excitement that I made my way to Heathrow airport on the Friday afternoon, 2 days after the London bombings to catch my Virgin Atlantic flight to Lagos.
July 28, 2005
No Power can Break Nigeria but Contentious Issues within in Collaboration with Foreign Corporate Interests, Part II
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Part 2 It is not an Ethnic but a Class Thing There was this teacher of mine in the sixties who warned us about the dangers of both capitalism and communism. He described capitalism as the oppression of the poor by the rich, and communism as the oppression of the rich by the poor.
July 26, 2005
No Power can Break Nigeria But Contentious Issues within in Collaboration with Foreign Corporate Interests, Part I
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- The days of direct colonialism are gone. It is now done with the help of those within, by way of neo-colonialism. If any of the contentious issues dividing Nigeria can be exploited by corporate interest, one may wonder how we can survive in peace or in pieces. If it was not Nigeria/Biafra war, Christians versus Muslim or Shiite versus Sunni, it was indigene versus citizen, Fulani/Hausa, Nomads/Farmers, Yoruba versus Hausa versus Igbo interest/militant groups or On/off/in shore or deep water resources.
July 25, 2005
Dictators in Civilian Clothing: Letter to President George W. Bush
by Emmanuel Ukpe --- Silver Spring, MD
Dear President Bush,
When I listened to the second inauguration and state of the union speech, I was totally convinced of your position regarding freedom for the citizens of the world, freedom for the oppressed, freedom from dictators in uniforms and the ones who traded their uniforms with intent to return to power as civilians.
July 23, 2005
Of ‘Hungry’ Politicians and Protesters
by Uche Nworah --- It is that season in the world again, when one theme makes the rounds, and never leaves people’s lips and consciousness. Except for terrorism, he number one chic and buzz word at the moment is poverty; you have to identify with it or be ‘seen’ with it if you want to improve your image or ratings.
July 07, 2005
The Rot in the Nigerian Judiciary
by Prof. Chike Anamdi, New York, --- The recent allegations of the duo of Messers Ephraim Duru, Esq. and Emefor Etudor, Esq. at the Supreme Court have elicited much commentary from stakeholders, mostly in condemnation of the duo. All commentaries have been in condemnation of the impudence and impropriety of the action of the counsels. These commentaries have dealt appropriately with this issue of contempt of the court.. This treatise will look at the structural anomalies that have distorted the Nigerian judiciary as illustrated in the current impasse at the Supreme Court.
July 01, 2005
The CEO of Nigeria, PLC
by Uche Nworah --- As a result of the failure of previous and current systems and models such as parliamentarianism, militarianism and the presidential systems and models, and the need to re-position Nigeria and effectively harness her human and material resources for sustainable growth and for the benefits of her citizens. The opportunity has arisen in this oil rich West African country for the pioneering role and position of a CEO (chief executive officer).
June 30, 2005
Stop Complaining, Start a Revolution: A Chronic Debtor's Request Denied
by Ndubụeze Godson III --- Each time people write about Nigeria as if the damn place is extension of heaven I pinch myself for reassurance I’m not dreaming; after, which the culprits are immediately classified as either corrupt, held hostage by lies or what the politically correct may term clueless. Those suffering afore mentioned should no longer be seen as spitting what are generally known in Caucasian community as “white lies.”
June 28, 2005
Buhari’s Right Moves
by Peter Opara --- July 1, 2005 is yet another opportunity for Nigerians to show the world that they have a judiciary that is beholden to no one, and most important, that something akin to democracy exists in the place called Nigeria……
June 23, 2005
Respect the Dignity of Labor as Mothers and Fathers are the only Heroes left to Emulate
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- African fathers and mothers are not necessarily the ones that gave birth to you. They are the ones you look up to and turn to in time of need, trouble, gratitude and joy. Most of them are not teachers in the classrooms, accountants, administrators, lawyers or doctors. Yet, they are our guides, keeper of our culture and the pillars of our communities, the heroes the children look up to. The debate made popular in American political circle about that African ideology is a case in point – It takes a village to raise a child.
June 21, 2005
Nigeria’s Prestige Project – UN Security Council Seat
by Peter Opara --- It is not unlike what peoples of Nigerian nations are used to about Nigeria, White Elephant Projects. George Orwell might have coined the term – “White Elephant Project”. The term has all of Orwellian socio-political construct or semblance, having to do with obfuscation, deceit and lie by leaders to all and sundry, especially deprived, needy citizens.
June 19, 2005
Reflections of the Warrior of the Light VI: The Correct Vibration, Discipline, Compassion, and Accepting Destiny
by Paulo Coelho --- The Correct Vibration
The warrior of the light knows it is impossible to live in a state of total relaxation.
Obianuju Arinze: A Promising Igbo Woman
by Uche Nworah --- Call her a woman on a mission, and you won’t be far wrong, still in her 20s,Obianuju’s career track record is already amazing and if she carries on in this manner, it won’t be long before we start seeing her face and name tag in the boardrooms of giant corporations. In the countdown to her Harvard graduation, she agreed to open up her life in this e-interview. An inspirational story for Nigerian and African women from one of their own.
June 12 Protest: Gambari not Worried
by Laolu Akande --- New York Just about the time Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari was being named the new United Nations top political affairs chief, some Nigerian activists under the banner of Nigeria Liberty Forum, NLF launched a campaign to protest his participation at yet another forum in New York city-Medger Evers College last Sunday June 12.
June 14, 2005
Buba Marwa’s Appropriate Response to Cowards
by Peter Opara --- A couple of days ago, Nigerian journals reported that a plan to kill retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa had been uncovered.
June 13, 2005
Why Annan Promoted and Named African Gambari as top UN Political Chief: Secretary General moves to advance reform of world body, eyes legacy
by Laolu Akande, New York ---- In a move seen as advancing his bold reform agenda of the United Nations, the world body's Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan over the weekend named distinguished Nigerian diplomat and former External Affairs Minister Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as the Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN's Department of Political Affairs.
June 04, 2005
Health for all the Poor Hard working Nigerians
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There are so many promises – Health for all, Food for all, Water for all, Education for all, House for all, National Health Insurance, Economic Empowerment and Strategy Development, Eradication of Poverty et cetera. It does not mean much anymore, does it? The unpopular question is whether Nigeria can afford ALL. None of these is impossible if done with practical planning, reasonable statistics or estimate, in stages and by priority. Dedicated planners have tried and failed for reasons that went beyond their control.
May 30, 2005
Behold, Goje State!
by Kyallu M. Ashafa --- Common democratic practice the world over is to separate as much as possible public and private life. The state is not treated as if it were a personal property. Unfortunately in Nigeria, public officers hardly distinguish between public and private pockets. That is why we have reprehensible things like the launching of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s library project, which elicited so much deserved criticism. Here we are with public officers behaving as if they were synonymous with the state.
May 29, 2005
Does Obasanjo Really Mean Well for Nigeria or is he just an Obtrusion?
by Peter Eze --- If few Nigerian men and women less than 20 in number or simply put it this way, members of Nigerian Contract Inflation Inc, NCI for short, could put together more than 4 billion naira in less than 4 hours for Obasanjo’s private shrine, which civilized society will ever take Obasanjo seriously with cap in hands, kneels on ground begging for debt forgiveness?
May 25, 2005
Tony Ogiamien: Lurking in Omo Omoruyi’s Shadows
by Okechukwu E. Asia ---
“But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away” and “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:10-11)
I should have ignored Tony Ogiamien’s rejoinder to my article –In search of the Real Professor Omo Omoruyi, (see www.biafranigeriaworld.com and Vanguard newspaper, April 26, 2005) but for many telephone calls and email messages I received from my readers all over the world urging me to respond. And for opening himself up in this manner, the world will know who Tony Ogiamien really is. But I am not going to attack Tony Ogiamien, as he attacked me in his response. I will, however, tell the truth.
May 20, 2005
Francis Kizito Obeya and Biafra
by Peter Opara --- Obeya - Why you are so pissed off about Biafra and those that desire it is beyond me. First, you were astounded to encounter a Biafraland on the Internet, now you know that a great many, Igbo, in particular desire and talk about Biafra, and that enrages you...talking about an entity separate from what you deem a perfect arrangement - Nigeria.
May 17, 2005
Self-Determination of Nations
“All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development….” ~~~ Article 1.1, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966.
May 12, 2005
Operation Declare your Assets or Forfeit your Surplus
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- Please let us stop chasing the ghost, cut the chase and go after the individual surplus. Every Nigerian knows where the money is. We know there is even more money outside the Country, foreign Governments have been sensitized to the source and they are now embarrassed as receiver of stolen properties. The problem is those conspicuous spenders who are spending the money in our face, living it in our face and no one can query them. Actually, Obasanjo had to negotiate with one to keep some stolen millions to avoid lengthened litigation, only to renege on the terms of his release.
May 11, 2005
The Middle-Belt/South-South Alliance and the Spirit of J.S. Tarka
by Aonduna Tondu --- About a year and a half ago, in the light of a nagging suspicion that much of the pro-Middle-Belt advocacy had been hijacked by influences that were more interested in feathering their political nest than in the over-arching interests of the people, I wrote an article to denounce this dangerous trend by, amongst other things, warning of its implications for the polity. The title of my commentary then was “Wither the Middle-Belt?”. In it, I drew the reader’s attention to the fact that some groups and individuals claiming to be fighting for the interests of the so-called minority people of the region had by their curious ways effectively discarded the J.S. Tarkar spirit of impassioned people-based advocacy and had thus invariably become willing tools in a macabre game of political supremacy on the part of power-hungry operators. Tapping into a well of otherwise genuine grievances, some notable figures of minority advocacy have for long sought to exploit the persuasive authority of legitimate contestation for obviously selfish or parochial objectives.
May 09, 2005
The Internet and the Changing Face of Journalism Practice in Nigeria
by Uche Nworah Times and things have indeed changed, globalisation has since become a buzz word, and has brought with it change and competition, people’s lives have been variously affected either for the better or for the worse, depending on the side of the divide one finds himself or herself, although Africa and the rest of the developing world (sounds better than the clichéd 3rd world designation) may argue that they are hard done by, by the avenging and scavenging onslaught of the multinational corporations through their invasion and incursion into their markets with cheap mass produced goods. Another reverse colonialism then? Maybe.
May 02, 2005
Obasanjo’s War Kite – Igbo on the brink
by Peter Opara --- When Matthew Olusegun Okikiolahan Aremu Et Cetera Obasanjo commenced his National Distraction Talk-Shop (not about the illegality of his Three Monkey Regime and his 419 election) a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled – Agarachaa Must Come Back – to Aburi.
April 26, 2005
Life in Nigeria’s 37th State
By Uche Nworah --- As I write this, I so very much desire to read Sam Selvon’s 1956 book aptly titled The Lonely Londoners, a chronicle and account of the lonely and sometimes frustrating life of people of Afro-Caribbean descent living in London.
April 22, 2005
The Father of all Nigerian Ethnic Groups
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa It is very interesting that most of the Ethnic groups claim association to the Nile Valley, somewhere in Sudan, Egypt etc. but no association to one another in Nigeria. On their way from or to Egypt through what we now know as Nigeria, these Ethnic groups never met? Usually, they were each King or Queen, first lady. Who were their subjects? It may remind you of most of our parents who always took first in their classes when they were students. Who came second?
April 20, 2005
Singing the NYSC Blues
by Uche Nworah --- How could he have forgotten so quickly? Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr. I mean. It is not as if it’s been decades since he ‘passed out’ himself. Well if you don’t know who he is, Mr. Nweke is the youthful Honourable Minister for Inter-governmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development (whatever all that means) in the Obasanjo government. I stumbled on his remarks and proposals for NYSC reforms by accident on this government website http://www.nigeriafirst.org/article_3156.shtml.
April 19, 2005
Gbenga Obasanjo: I thought…
…the emperor chased off all his offspring did he not?
Anyway, I was naïve to think that your emperor have no identifiable son he is proud of since in the not so distant past he vehemently denied fathering some kids in Ibadan or somewhere around there. The only exception being the obese broad (daughter) whom I met at a gig in Durham, North Carolina whose former husband used to jumpstart his financial freedom then dumped like a sack of hot Africanized cassava. The euphoric feelings of these children in Ibadan was short lived due to Obasanjo’s outrage when he found out that some loose nuts or so were going about proclaiming him as their father. He never showed any pride towards his children or acknowledged most of them, he denied all or so I thought. So, where did this one sneak from? Who then is Gbenga, how resourceful was he before now?
April 18, 2005
Letter to Wada Nas
by Aonduna Tondu --- Dear Sir,
It has been three and a half months since you left us. How time flies! The inevitable passage of time is of little use when recalled in the abstract. Hindsight is a remarkable human capacity and individuals or groups who fail to learn lessons from those whose lives have been closely associated with the struggles and aspirations of the wider community risk repeating the errors of the past.
The Chinua Achebe Foundation Interview Series: Nigeria: A meeting of the Minds Chief Gani Fawehinmi in conversation with Onyeka Onwenu (Part 1)
ABOUT CHIEF GANI FAWEHINMI (SAN)
Chief Gani Fawehinmi was born in 1938 to Saheed Tugbobo and Alhaja Munirat Fawehinmi, the Seriki and Iya Suna of Ondo Moslems respectively, in Ondo town in Nigeria.
He graduated from Holborn College of Law, University of London in 1954 and was called to the bar in 1955. Gani as he is fondly called by the masses, whose interest he has defended all his working life is Nigeria's foremost Human Rights Lawyer as well as a vocal critic of bad government in the country.
In 2003, Gani Fawehinmi was the presidential flag bearer for the National Conscience Party (NCP). After his unsuccessful bid, he returned to his law practice in Ikeja Lagos from where he has continued to publish the well respected “Nigerian Weekly Law Report”, which he started in 1985.
Biafran Footballers: Mr. Obasanjo’s legacy
by Okechukwu E. Asia --- Mr. Obasanjo’s legacy shows, very sadly, that six years into democracy, nothing really has changed except the deteriorating state of the nation. No water, no electricity. No good roads, no jobs. The only things in abundance are crises, criminality, corruption and executive gangsterism. Every other thing is in short supply including good old fresh air. It has indeed been six troubles in six years. - Kenneth Ugbechie (Champion Newspaper, April 13, 2005)
April 12, 2005
Ngige and Uba stole our Mandate – George Moghalu
Interview by Uche Nworah ---- He is one of the few shining stars of his generation. If Nigeria were a country where ideas and ideals ruled and mediocrity was allowed to languish where it belonged, in the trash can, then George Moghalu may well have been granting this interview from the government House Awka, as the executive governor of Anambra state, having contested for the governorship election of the state in 2003 under the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. Prior to diving into the mad house Anambra state gubernatorial elections, Chief Moghalu was the national secretary of Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the ANPP. This reporter caught up with the Nnewi- born father of five recently in London for a brief chat on Anambra state, Obasanjo, and other national issues.
Of Sleaze and the last Messiah
The widespread misgivings Nigerians have harboured for some time now regarding President Obasanjo's soi-disant anti-corruption war are bound to deepen further with his handling of the scandal at the Housing ministry. The manner of acquisition of public property by the dictator’s allies and relatives of which Ikoyigate is only but the latest example does also call into question the entire reform philosophy of his regime. The curious dismissal of the Housing and Urban Development minister should be seen as a vindication of sorts of the position of those who have all along suspected that less-than-honourable intentions form the basis of Obasanjo’s anti-sleaze crusade.
April 11, 2005
In Defence of Arinze's Candidacy
by Okumephuna Chukwunwike, Abuja ----- My first personal contact with him was in the Jubilee Year, 2000. I was then doing my one year mandatory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme programme with the Trinitas Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha having finished my Ordinary National Diploma from the Federal Polytechnic at Oko, Anambra State. I was then 21 and you could imagine my excitement to meet him where he normally stays during his yearly leave in Nigeria which comes up every September.
April 04, 2005
In search of the real Professor Omo Omoruyi
In search of the real Professor Omo Omoruyi
April 02, 2005
Save the Igbo Language
by Fr. Charles A. Ebelebe CSSp ---- You probably have heard it before just as I have that the Igbo Language is endangered. However only recently has the truth and the implications of this statement dawned on me. Maybe these words have never registered with you, as it didn’t with me for a long time. I am hoping and praying that it will this time. The Igbo Language is indeed in danger of going extinct unless you and I do something about it today and tomorrow.
April 01, 2005
Impeachment and Mere Allegation of Looting in Nigeria
by Farouk Martins, Omo Aresa --- There was a time in Lagos and might be in other parts of Nigeria, when you shouted OLE, most passerby wanted a piece of him with at least a slap. Some OLE got smart, as people ran after them, one would manage to step back and push an innocent soul forward shouting OLE, OLE with the rest of the crowd.
March 29, 2005
Nigeria’s War on Corruption and Prevailing Ontologies
by Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh Olusegun Obasanjo; GCFR, Command-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, woke up one morning; after perusing through the reports tendered to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Chairman; on the Investigations of the allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds, levelled against some principal officers of his government: instead of coughing emasculatedly, like was native to his public comportment; garnered courage and rose to address his fellow country men.
What are all the complaints about Ibrahim Babangida?
by Okechukwu Asia ---- When you put together Diego Maradona, Christian Chukwu, Segun Odegbami, Muda Lawal, Adokie Amasiemeka and four stars, you get General Ibrahim Babangida, Nigeria’s former president.
March 28, 2005
Corruption: the Bane of Nigerian Polity
by Ifeanyi Geoffrey Ekenasi ---- The removal of the minister of education Professor Fabian Osuji and others of Igbo extraction has raised some dust in Igbo circles with the serious allegations that the action of the Federal government on this matter is tantamount to conspiracy and selective punishment against the corrupt.
March 24, 2005
The PDP and the Ventriloquist from Minna
by Aonduna Tondu ---- The attempt by the former military dictator from Minna to sneak back into the arena of national political relevance, it would appear, is getting more and more brazen with every passing day. There are those who would even readily attest that bravura is a key element at work in what is fast assuming the contours of sick humour and provocation directed against the numbed psyche of a nation on its knees.
March 23, 2005
Obasanjo, the Greatest Hypocrite, and Deceptive President
by Chidi Peter Eze ------ “I have been under pressure to go for the (fourth) third term”. ----------- President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The recent revelation by Obasanjo in Germany that he is or has been under pressure to stay on power until he dies gives truth to the avalanche of insinuations that he has a hidden agenda.
March 21, 2005
A critic [al] self-evaluation
by Ndubueze Godson It has become very important to breach my self-imposed sabbatical to lend voice once again on issue that I know I’m guilty of in the Nigerian context, critiquing as I wont to, with aura of honesty nonetheless. Just for the removal of any doubt, this essay is strictly about me and my method of showing disapproval over certain things that daily occur in Nigeria with occasional reference to things or authors for reinforcement sake.
March 18, 2005
The Exclusion of Ojukwu: A Nigerian Affair
by Geoffrey Ifeanyi Ekenasi The regret expressed by former SSG of Imo state Mr. Enoch Anyanwu on the exclusion of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu demands further discussion given the mundane and backward nature of the philosophy behind this exclusionary policy, and the potential consequences of such a policy on our newly recreated democracy.
March 16, 2005
Hats off for Maryam Babangida
by Okechukwu E. Asia --- It began with a Saturday morning telephone call from a very dear friend in Boston, Massachusetts, USA Mr. Ndamati Timothy inviting me to accompany him to a reception organized by the National Chairman of The Nigerian Project, USA Dr. Lawrence Egbuchilam at his Boonton, New Jersey mansion to honor Nigeria’s former first lady Madam Maryam Babangida. I quickly accepted. I have not seen Maryam in person before. I am, however, one of her greatest admirers having witnessed the wonders of her “Better Life for Rural Women” program did and continues to do for women in my Local Government Area. I have been praying for this day to just shake her hands, and I will be happy.
March 14, 2005
Feminism and the man
Uche Nworah You must have read or heard by now that writers have peculiar styles and are also influenced by political and philosophical thinking and ideologies, hence it is easy to read Edwin Madunagu and identify that he is a Marxist, also Ndaeyo Uko is easily exposed as a satirist in his writings, Ama Ogan in her days at the Guardian was an avowed and unmistakable feminist, and so was the late May Ellen-Ezekiel (Richard Mofe-Damijo’s late wife), based on their writings and views.
March 08, 2005
The Second Amalgamation of Nigeria under Obasanjo: PRONACO is why the Federalists always win
By: Attorney Aloy Ejimakor (Washington, DC USA). Time is nigh for Nigerians to take a bipartisan stand and make bold to express their profound dismay with this crass and impolitic posturing, and all the annoying moral superiority bandied around by some eminent persons on the whys and wherefores of Obasanjo’s National Political Reform Conference.
February 25, 2005
Controversial Adisa Dies in London Hospital After Auto Crash in Nigeria
LAOLU AKANDE Former Oyo State Military Governor and one- time Works and Housing Minister, rtd Major General Abdulkarim Adisa is now confirmed dead. He died Friday morning New York time in a London hospital where he had undergone a surgical operation after an auto crash last weekend in Kwara State.
February 24, 2005
An Open Letter to Baroness Lynda Chalker
by Uche Nworah Dear Baroness Chalker
I hope this letter meets you well. How was your recent trip to Nigeria? I believe Uncle Sege (the president) rolled out the red carpet for you as usual as an old ally; you must have been treated to the best of African hospitality of which Nigeria is known for, if so, Glory be to God.
February 23, 2005
As Nigeria turns
Okechukwu E. Asia The so-called National Dialogue has the potential to create more problems than Nigerians bargained for. The Dialogue, which was hurriedly, put together by the President in response to the pressure exerted on him by the Ethnic Nationalities groups, the United States and Britain.
February 17, 2005
Agarachaa Must Come Back – to Aburi
Peter Opara: A famed English/Igbo (engligbo) saying goes this way – Agarachaa must come back. Back then in Aburi, Ghana, in 1967, young, very young Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukuwu took care of business, Nigeria’s business that is.
February 15, 2005
Where do we go from here?
Chinua Achebe: Not long ago, my attention was caught by a radio news item about Africa. As I had come to expect, it was not good news, and it was not presented with, nor did it deserve respect.
February 08, 2005
Banks, Women, and Corporate Irresponsibility
Uche Nworah: In Nigeria, they are all over the place, in their skimpy and plaid knee length skirt suits, their smiles are whiter and brighter than that of the Macleans’ man, their faces glow from the thick layers of mascara cosmetics which is not enough to conceal their pain and frustration.
January 25, 2005
Open Letter to Obasanjo: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
To the President, His Excellency, Chief Mathew Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I want to draw your attention to what is happennings to Nigerians in China PR. (Nigerians in Diaspora). As a Citizen and full blooded Nigerian, I watched in utmost dismay our Citizens being treated like people that have no country, hope or future.
December 21, 2004
The Udumeze, Ruler of Ohafia, the Mighty Warriors of Igboland, Reigns High in America
CULLED FROM African Sun Times
THE HILTON HOTEL, New York, Nov. 15, 2004 - The Udumeze of Ohafia, His Royal Majesty Eze Onuoha Uma, ruler of the acclaimed mighty warriors of Igboland, today extended his reign to America, where two great Americans he had conferred with chieftaincy titles were ceremoniously presented with all the accountrements of their office. The ceremony was a most spectacular event.