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  • Only God can give us meaning
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    People are meaning and purpose seeking creatures. This is demonstrated by the fact that no human group has existed where its members were not motivated to find meaning to their lives. Religion and philosophy are, among other things, motivated by desire to find meaning and purpose in people's lives. However,…
  • Celebrating Professor Sam Aluko On What Should Have Been His 86th Birthday?
    Professor Aluko was already a celebrity when I met him for the time in December 1962. Believe it or not, he was the distant Uncle I never met before. I had what could have been called my own "Obama moment" in Kenya when Obama met his family on the father…
  • A dying breed: Tribute to Emma Ezeazu!
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    Emma Ezeazu who was buried in Onitsha, southeast Nigeria, on July 4 was one the staunchest activists of the radical student and civil society movements in Nigeria. His death came as a shock not just to me and many of his comrades, friends and colleagues but to people who knew…
  • Isn't Lagos a No-Man's Land
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    Is Lagos a no-man land? I have asked several Nigerians this question as a joke and also in all seriousness. Was Lagos ever a no-man’s land? Is Lagos becoming a no-man’s land? Many Nigerians have weighed in on this controversy. Some have done so angrily. Others are hiding their emotions.…
  • CBN Gov. Emefiele got caught up in a economic policy reverie?
    I have great respect for Gov. Emefiele the Central Bank Governor and some of us actually supported his appointment but today given all his fire brigade approaches and quick fixes with various unilateral policies bedeviling the struggling Nigeria economy on his watch has questioned curious school of macroeconomic minds and…
  • Special and Holy Relationships
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    A couple of days ago, I posted here a talk I gave at a church on July 26, 2015, titled “an overview of a course in miracles”. I assumed that the members of the church were familiar with the book and therefore did not emphasize certain topics in it; no…
  • Transcending body based self
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    A human child is born in body. It sees itself as body. Body is vulnerable and fragile and can be hurt, feel pain and die. Something in the child (and animals) wants to live in body. The child believes that it is its body and must live in body or…

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  • We can only obtain worth from God
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    Human beings are those animal creatures that are eternally motivated to seek worth and value; they are driven to see themselves as important and powerful. One of their most dreaded fears is to be seen by other persons as unimportant, as nothing. Clearly, people must seek importance and worth but…
  • Will Igbos lead the next civilization?
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    One of the great mysteries of existence is how people get to be convinced about what they are convinced about their selves. Igbos, a people who live in south Eastern Nigeria, in West Africa are convinced that they are a special people. They consider themselves a tribe of Jews lost…
  • Special and Holy Relationships
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    A couple of days ago, I posted here a talk I gave at a church on July 26, 2015, titled “an overview of a course in miracles”. I assumed that the members of the church were familiar with the book and therefore did not emphasize certain topics in it; no…
  • I am scared to death about the safety of Buhari
    I don't know about you. I care enough about Nigeria and our new sheriff in town to sound this alarm before it is too little too late. Not everybody you speak to in Nigeria loves or appreciates the change agenda Buhari has been preaching. The great majority of Nigerians, myself…

Book Review

  • To Negotiate Nigeria- Book Review by Nnimmo Bassey
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    To Negotiate Nigeria- Book Review by Nnimmo Bassey Book Title: Nigeria is Negotiable – Essays on Nigeria’s Tortuous Road to Democracy and Nationhood Author: Chido Onumah Publishers: African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Abuja Pages: 460 Date of Publication: July 2013 Reviewer: Nnimmo Bassey Chido Onumah warns…

Book Club

  • The Origin of Species : by Charles Darwin
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    The Origin of Species : by Charles Darwin The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work of evolutionary biology, "The Origin of Species" introduces the scientific theory of evolution, which posits that…