African Affairs

LESSONS FOR AFRICANS FROM TRUMP'S PERCEPTION OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES AS SHITHOLES Ozodi Thomas Osuji In a meeting at the White House on Thursday, January 11, 2018, to discuss US immigration policy, President Donald J. Trump asked why the US should accept immigrants from the shithole countries in Africa, Haiti and El Salvador and why not just restrict immigration to white countries like Norway. This is clearly a racist comment; it shows that Trump does not like folks from shithole countries in Africa but likes people from white Norway. I doubt that there is a human being out there who already…
The question asked whether Nigeria is among Republican Trump's list of shithole nations. The answer is this: If Buhari and his governing team continue to do what drives Nigerians out to seek refuge in Libya and Trump's America, then Nigeria indeed is a shithole nation that needs massive help to turn this around . By publicly rejecting immigrants from "shit nations" and welcoming Norwegians, Republican Trump is saying something Nigerians need to hear. You don't want someone to hang a sign outside his house , announcing "Not Welcome." What if someone hangs a Nigerian white and green flat just a…
The news has it that President Buhari of Nigeria has set up a 17-man Fact Finding Mission to bring back Nigerians stranded in Libya. The Mission, which is expected to have gone to Libya to observe the scene, has been given 38 days to complete its work. It is further reported that "fewer than 5,037" Nigerians have volunteered to return to the country and "about 6,091" have been brought back from Libya through the efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The purpose of this essay is not to claim we are…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: YOU CANNOT BE CREATIVE UNLESS YOU LISTEN TO YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND This afternoon, after church service, I went to a bookstore and bought a book on European mythologies. David Leeming, From Olympus to Camelot, The World of European Mythology. (Oxford University Press, 2003). Dr. Lemming was a professor of Literature at the University of Connecticut, at Storrs. He has written several books on mythologies. I have been reading about Greek, Roman, and Celtic, Germanic (and Norse) mythologies, their stories of birth (creation) and death and the afterlife. I find the whole thing interesting; it gives…
Sunday, 10 December 2017 14:54

Respect and Abuse!!!

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In today's Nigerian (and most African) society with everything going, from politics to terrorism to religious and ethnic intolerance and corruption of epidemic proportions, it is very helpful if we as a people learn to start respecting other people's opinions, views, position, outlook, and rights, etc. Oftentimes disagreements and heated debates start between people because they have differences of opinions toward a certain subject. In my years in this world, and with my upbringing, education, and life’s experience, I have learnt that just because someone has a different opinion from your own do not mean that their opinion is wrong.…
Friday, 08 December 2017 23:22

When Man Says: "I'm God"

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The purpose of this essay is to warn, to tell my countrymen and women to stop seeking a god on a white horse to rescue their nation. There isn't a single god in Nigeria or anywhere in the whole wide world (www). The Nigerians' prayers for a Savior have gone unanswered. What we see are men and women seeking opportunities to exploit and lay to waste. The U S President Donald Trump is an example of persons seeking to sit on God's throne. I support respecting and honoring ourselves and others, and I will give honor where honor is due.…
We have been writing on enslavement of dark-skinned Africans by the Arabs. Check out our Feature Article of December 16, 2013, entitled "Aren't Racist Muslims Enslaving Uneducated Africans?" Read more at jamesagazies.blogspot.com. The CNN reports this month that slave trade is alive and well in Libya. No one knows how long the selling of Nigerian and other African slaves has been going on. I told a friend in Abuja and he says: "is not only Nigeria but also Ghana." The world knows of the nefarious trade in human beings but keeps silent because "it is a problem of black folks,…
AFRICANS DESERVE TO BE ENSLAVED OR FREE Ozodi Thomas Osuji My philosophy is that we live in a just universe and, as such, nothing can happen to us, good or bad, against our wishes. As I see it, there are no accidents in our lives; we are where we need to be and are experiencing what we need to be experiencing. Everything that we experience we want to experience and did not happen to us against our will. In that light, I have been trying to understand the report that Africans are, as we speak, being enslaved in Libya and…
LIFE IS ABOUT TO CURE BLACK FOLKS OF THEIR COMPLACENCY Ozodi Thomas Osuji My 1970s college generation fought for black equality but today young black kids take freedom for granted and are into drugs, sex, homosexuality and other stupidities; they do not care to fight for justice. Well, white nationalists like Donald Trump are on the march; they want to prevent black folks from coming to America and Europe; they want to take what they call their country back from those they call niggers. Camel humping Arabs have started enslaving Africans in Libya. Arabs have been enslaving Africans since about…
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 06:43

Resignation as an African Abomination

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“African leaders do not resign, that’s cowardice and the fact that UK Prime Minister-David Cameron has just resigned confirms everything I have said about him—he is weak and a coward.”President (now Ex) Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 2016. The recent confusion about what is happening in Zimbabwe, with President Robert Mugabe refusing to resign, (now he has finally resigned, 21 November 2017) even when pressured and being pampered has again brought to the fore the obstinacy that exists in Africa when it comes to resigning or relinquishing power voluntarily. In Mugabe’s case, as a friend from Kenya wrote to me,…
HOW TO CHANGE AFRICANS HEART OF DARKNESS TO HEART OF LIGHT Ozodi Thomas Osuji HERE IS A BIT OF METAPHYSICS In eternity, heaven, unified state, God and his son share one self. This is non-dualism; it teaches that there two selves in one self with one mind. The term son of God is employed to mean the creations of God; there are infinite sons of God but all of them share one son of God status. All sons of God are in God and in each other; one son of God contains all sons of God and God. There is…
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,…