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Ezeilo Uncensored

A Footnote to Self-Promotion and Self-Authentication:
the Abuse of Cyber pseudo-Anonymity:

Part II
"Father of the Internet"

Chioma K. Ezeilo, M.Sc.

Understandably, there was a lot of controversy generated by my article regarding one Philip Emeagwali and his purported fatherhood of the Internet.   In particular, the article elicited some strange outbursts from Philip Emeagwali himself. Controversy or not, I will continue to express my opinion if and when I encounter his particular brand of abusive self-promotion and self-authentication.

Thanks to some friends, I am well aware of Philip Emeagwali's dubious "rebuttal" to my original piece. It did not deserve a full response from me at that time because Mr. Emeagwali failed to submit the so-called "rebuttal" to BNW for publication. In his tirade, he accused me of being paid by some phantom white supremacist group. This was followed by a weak attempt by Philip Emeagwali to drag others into the gutter with him by suggesting that other people were the authors of MY article. Philip
Emeagwali is free to cry racism for all that it is worth.  It will not change a thing.

In either case, this footnote to my article about
Philip Emeagwali is rather significant.  It so happens that today, December 31, 2003, BBC News reported that “[t]he inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded a knighthood for his pioneering work.”

Never mind that Philip Emeagwali may soon begin to innundate us with unsolicited details about the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. Don't be fooled. The way Emeagwali states his megalomeniacal claims of Internet fatherhood leaves no doubt that he fully intends such fatherhood to encompass the World Wide Web. Apparently, Mr. Berners-Lee is very well-known for his work, and as is tradition in giving honors for work of such distinction, he did not need to submit an application before he was recognized for his work.  Tim Berners-Lee: Father of the World Wide WebOn the front page of the article on BBC, he is standing next to none other than one of the darkest black men in the world - the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in front of a background which reads “where the web was born.”  Perhaps like myself, Annan is also a paid agent of racists (after all, he married a white woman), or perhaps like me, Kofi Annan has been paid by Emeagwali’s white supremacist enemies. That must be the reason why Annan is honoring Berners-Lee and not Emeagwali.

But to give Annan the benefit of the doubt, I can only say at this point that I am sure
Philip Emeagwali’s invitation to address the United Nations regarding his fathering of the Internet is in the mail, just as I am equally certain that it is just a matter of time before he is called to England to be knighted by the Queen.  Only time will tell.  Unlike Maazi Philip Emeagwali who calls himself Africa's "super brain," Berners-Lee calls himself "ordinary people." What a contrast! Meanwhile, ordinary people such as Berners-Lee, who are known to be “famously modest”, will continue to be honored even when they don't apply for the honors.  The sooner Emeagwali learns honesty followed by modesty, the sooner he will start having some real inventions for which accolades from UN Secretaries General and queens will come.

In the meantime, I have confirmed that Philip Emeagwali's claim that he owns a patent for inventing a "hyperball computer" is false. To quote an expert in the field of patent and intellectual property law (name withheld), "Philip Emeagwali does not own any patent of any kind in the US or anywhere else in the world where there is a developed patent system." Thus, the allegedly "patented hyperball computer" exists only at and in Philip Emeagwali's deluded imaginations; it is, as we say in Nigeria, 419.

Finally, BiafraNigeriaWorld forwarded some mail to me from concerned Igbo people who wanted to know why I did not simply ignore what I read at My answer is simple:

We as Igbo people are a great people. Nd'Igbo throughout the world are highly accomplished. There are many Igbo sons and daughters who have actually attained much of the feat that Philip Emeagwali is aspiring to. Therefore, it is not in our interest as a nation to become a part of the scam that Philip Emeagwali is attempting to perpetrate, especially on Nd'Igbo. I say especially Nd'Igbo because, aside from a few clueless victims of, we, as Nd'Igbo, are the only ones who seem to be fooled by Philip Emeagwali's delusions and puffery. It will be a grave mistake for us as a nation to risk our reputation on what is so clearly an idiotic hoax.




Chioma K. Ezeilo, M.Sc.

Salt Lake City, Utah
Footnote to Self-Promotion and Self-Authentication: the Abuse of Cyber pseudo-Anonymity:
Part II
"Father of the Internet"


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