African Affairs

Languages are interesting phenomenon; some have millions of people speaking them whereas some have a few hundred people speaking them. Generally, when languages with a few people speaking them encounter world conquering people and their languages tend to die out. For example, in Britain, before the coming of the Romans in 27 BC, there were many Celtic tribes speaking hundreds of languages. With the fall of the Roman Empire in 450 AD came the Germans (Angles, Saxons and Jutes) and thereafter the Scandinavians and then the French conquest in1066 AD. The smaller languages were subsumed in the emergent creole language…
Most African countries under the Sahara did not develop writing and had no written documents of their past activities. Yet, as human beings they had activities. It just happened that those activities were not written down. So, can we ascertain what transpired in preliterate societies or is all we can say about them mere conjectures? Archeologists can date certain artifacts and from them infer the nature of a peoples life styles but that is not the same thing as having a peoples past behaviors written down on paper or on other materials. Specifically, Igbos did not have writing. Today, some…
Please answer some questions for me! JOSEF BEN YOCHANNAN, JOHN HENRIK CLARKE AND IVAN VAN SERTIMA Ozodi Osuji I spent most of June 6, 2017 watching YouTube videos on the giants of African studies: Josef Ben Yochannan, John Henrik Clarke and Ivan Van Sertima. My mind is filled with their perspectives on history, especially Africa's role in history. They all say that Africa is the origin of everything. Essentially, they refuted the notion that Europeans and Arabs and other peoples are responsible for the modern world; to them Africans are responsible for whatever is good in the world. What shall…
Benevolent Dictatorship Is The Best Form Of Government For Contemporary Africans An essay on political philosophy Ozodi Thomas Osuji There is an elephant in the Africa room that many Africans do not want to talk about. That elephant is the concept of democracy. Western Europeans sold Africans the idea that democracy is the best way to govern their countries and thus Africans are chasing democracy. The question that Africans have not paused to ask is this: is democracy the best way that they can govern themselves at this time in their history? Indeed, is democracy itself even a good form…
Chinasor Onianwah: When I first read your write ups at Facebook two things struck me: I saw you as bright and also as an angry person. I wondered why you are full of rage, for, clearly, without your underlying anger you would produce good writing (you have the writers and artists flair for using the right turns of speech, phrases and sentences...I am not a writer; I am a social scientist and public manager who uses words to articulate my thoughts; I do not have the ability to use fancy words to say what I want to say). Now I…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal AFRICANS HAVE ANOTHER ONE HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE THEY ENTER THE MODERN WORLD Ozodi Osuji If you look at people closely you find that they are the same; however, their cultures differ. Western European and African cultures are different. Western culture is infused with science and technology and is modern whereas African cultures are not infused with science and technology; if we equate modernity with science and technology, since African cultures lack those then it follows that African cultures are primitive. The question is how do we get Africans to become scientific and technological? We cannot…
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 18:10

The Iron-Fisted Ethiopian State

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A political crisis of longstanding duration has been brought to the world’s attention by the actions of a competitor at the recently concluded Olympic Games. Marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture of raising his arms aloft in the form of a cross as he was about to confirm his silver-medal position was a politically-motivated one intended to highlight the plight of the Oromo people of Ethiopia who vehemently claim to be perpetually marginalised by the country’s central government. The Oromo also claim to be the primary victims of an escalating crackdown on public dissent. But while the Ethiopian government strenuously contests…
The purpose of this essay it to sprinkle (nay, to pour) aspersion on an evil done in the name of religion and to focus spotlight on perpetrators of such evil. Aspersion is defined as a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism directed at evil doers. Thanks go to several persons including this writer’s close friends who are responsible for forcing this writer to think a little deeper into the root cause of some of the problems facing my country Nigeria and for encouraging me to post this essay which was completed on December 7, 2013, but which wasn’t posted until…
TO HAVE AN EGO SELF CONCEPT IS TO BE IN HELL TO HAVE NO EGO IS TO BE IN HEAVEN Ozodi Osuji To have a separated self-concept, the ego is to be in hell; since this world is designed for us to have separated self-concepts it follows that to be in this world is to be in hell. The self-concept is made possible by body; the body makes the ego possible and where there is problematic body there is big ego self-concepts. To have no ego separated self-concept is to be in heaven (in heaven there is no separated self-concept,…
I have been watching Europe's response to ISIS' terrorism in Europe. Each time ISIS terrorists killed people in Europe I expected Europeans to take action to end ISIS' terrorism. We know what it will take to end ISIS' terrorism: amass an army and go to Raqqa and destroy ISIS' headquarters and reclaim other parts of Iraq and Syria occupied by ISIS and stay there and make sure that ISIS does not have territory and then launch an ideological war against Islam. Islam has a long term goal of transforming the entire world into an Islamic caliphate ruled from Mecca. Islam…
As a foreigner from far away distant land, perhaps, one should better harken to that timeworn diplomatese that expressly speaks about respect and non-interference in matters involving another country. But if one may take the liberty to offer an opinion strictly as a concerned fellow African with an abiding interest in the democratic and electoral consolidation on the continent, my humble advice, for all that it is worth, would simply be that we do not always have to throw away the baby with the bath water. Sadly, that has often been the practice with our numerous Elections Management Bodies (EMBs)…
Someone ought to tell China to take time, that is, to desist from adding insult to an injury. The worst insult we have seen a world leader haul at a group of 54 African nations comes from President Xi Jinping of China. Jinping has the effrontery and crass impudence to announce at the United Nations on Saturday September 26, 2015 that China would pledge 2billion dollars as initial investment for development assistance to the poorest countries. That insult was directed at African nations, and it was obtuse, imperceptive, tactless, shiege, ridiculous, gross, insensitive, dull-witted, or stupid. What should rub us…
To many people, including you and this writer, one of the most troubling aspects of religion is its belief in religion and not in God. The church or mosque is more concerned with organization and indoctrination than it is interested in providing training leading to the understanding of God and our purpose on earth. A city is more likely to be engulfed in a terrorist attack and the entire population destroyed and houses firebombed when the Quran is burnt or Prophet Mohammed depicted on paper than when you throw my Christian Bible into my fireplace. More people are likely to…
The Self Is A Social-Psychological Construct Maintained With Defenses A call for Africans to love and respect each other! Ozodi Osuji If somebody asked you to point to you, you probably would point to your body. Are you your body? Most people separate the self from the body; they do not see themselves as their bodies. The self is the I that talks about the body. But what is that I? If you say that the self is your body, well, let me remind you that your body is a compendium of twenty six elements, mainly carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen,…
Sunday, 12 June 2016 05:39

Africans need psychoanalysis

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I tend to believe that all Africans need psychoanalysis. Why? It is because Psychoanalysis enables one to understand ones inner psychodynamics. Each of us has unconscious ideas, some irrational, driving our conscious thinking and behaviors. The idea behind analysis is for one to dredge out what is in one's unconscious mind and have the analyst analyze it for one. Sigmund Freud believed that all of us, particularly the educated person, those he called neurotics, are driven by irrational forces, from the interplay of Id, Ego and Superego forces in our minds. The Id is the animal drives in us, such…
This paper is about leadership. Those who talk about leaders must first establish their leadership bona fide. In that light, it is right to ask if I am a leader. The answer is no. However, I know what leadership is all about. If I have not been a leader what makes me believe that I know what leadership is all about? This is another good question. Leaders are human beings. Human beings are creatures with separated selves, egos. All of us are ego, separated selves. Each of us is essentially invested in the survival and preservation of his ego self…
Recently, a secondary school classmate texted: "Arising from the death of our first principal ODW on 27/04/16, we are sending a delegation to the funeral". I asked: "How old was ODW when he died? The response came back: "ODW died at the age of 101 yrs." My next question was: "How many of us in our class of 30 are still living?" The classmate texted: "I don't know the accurate information regarding our classmates because I have not established contact with mates like E and B." This writer remembers the deaths of classmates like Adamu, John, Jonah, Ossa, Isaac, Yohanna,…
The First Generation Of Western Educated Africans Denied Responsibility For Their Issues And Blamed The White Man Hence Was Unable To Govern Themselves Well Ozodi Osuji The first generation western educated Africans looked around and realized that they are, at least, five hundred years behind the white man and they could not understand how come they are so backward; they looked for explanation and found a scapegoat. They blamed their backwardness on the White man. They talked about how slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism underdeveloped Africa. Western liberals who are prone to guilt feeling accepted the guilt Africans gave to them…
Monday, 25 April 2016 04:07

In what way can I help Africans?

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The African condition makes me sad. The level of poverty and suffering I see in Africa breaks my heart. I cannot be happy seeing Africans in the malnourished physical condition they are in. Clearly, Africans need material help; they need money. Africa needs something like the US Marshal Plan after the Second World War to build it up. But who is going to pony up the money? The rest of the world? But the rest of the world sees African leaders as criminals; folks believe that if contemporary African leaders are given money to help their people that they would…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:25

To know you you have to know your parents

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Africans Must Study Their Parents And Not Gloss Over Their Character Weaknesses Ozodi Osuji When I do a write up I expect people to take from it what they want. Each person takes from it what resonates with him, what he deems important. Good writing enables the reader to project his own issues into what he read, and that is exactly what folks do to my writing. Some of my readers apparently believe that I hate Igbos and take from my write ups what seems to hate Igbos. Actually, I love Igbos; my goal is to help point Igbos to…
Saturday, 27 February 2016 02:04

Africans are not yet Christians

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Yesterday, I wrote an essay saying that white Americans are not Christians. I explained what it means to be a Christian and showed how judged by that criteria white Americans and Europeans are not Christians. When Christianity went to Europe it was bastardized and turned into something that it is not. What Europeans and white Americans call Christianity is not the Christianity anyone who reads the Bible would infer to be what Christianity is. In this short essay, I add that Africans and African Americans are not Christians, either; they are not Christians because like white folks they do not…
Have you been to Africa, say, to Nigeria? In Nigeria, right from the airport the people begin demanding bribes from you before they do anything for you. You have to bribe the customs and immigration people before they allow you to enter the country. As you drive on the streets every once in a while a dirty looking policeman with an antiquated AK 47 rifle stops you and demands your papers; actually, he is demanding money from you; you give him a couple dollars and he lets you go but if not he keeps you waiting there as he stops…
Dictionary.Com has the following entries for the word culture: "Culture [kuhl-cher]/ˈkʌl tʃər/ 1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. 2. That which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc. 3. A particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture.4. Development or improvement of the mind by education or training. 5. The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.6. Anthropology. The sum total…
Thursday, 10 September 2015 15:27

Is Autumn Finally Here For Robert Mugabe?

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Robert Mugabe, the 91-year old president of Zimbabwe – that beautiful but horribly impoverished country tucked away in the Southern part of Africa – has always managed to emerge colourful in his endless battle of wits with the West. He has over the years been able to retain the admiration and support of a sizable percentage of his people (despite the biting economic hardship in his country) and remained the toast of quite a number of African intellectuals. Even his worst enemies would admit that he is very intelligent, well-informed and articulate. At 91, he is yet to show any…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 17:52

There are no leaders in Africa and other matters

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Ponder These: There Are No Leaders In Africa As I mentally evaluate the people in my kindred, village and town I do not see any of them as a leader; I do not see any one of them that initiate activities and get them done for the kindred, village and town. What I see are chop-chop people who gather to share money given to them by external others or politick to decide who is more important than others( in the kindred, village and town). Is this really all that black men can do, vie for who is more important than…