African Affairs

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…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:47

Why Slavery

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Are There Reasons Why Africans Were Enslaved? Ozodi Osuji Many Africans ask why their people, of all people, were enslaved. They begin with the premise that there must be a reason for this dreadful thing that happened to them to happen. But are there reasons why things happen to us or is our lives merely the product of accidents, chance and randomness? The below is an interesting discussion I had with an Igbo man, a Dr. Olumba on this subject. Olumba says that there are no accidents in our lives; as he sees it, there is always a reason why…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:04

The World of the Unmarried Females

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It seems they are taking over the entire planet with little kids in tow. Who are they? They are unmarried females. I see a bunch of American women at Wal-Mart, gas stations, and even on the streets struggling with little kids with no man in sight. Because I am a writer and must gather my information by hook or crook, meaning "by any means necessary", suggesting that I need not be concerned with morality or other considerations when accomplishing some goal. The only exception was never to go through with any temptation, but I could ask any question I chose.…
President Obama hasn't done much for Africa. In fact, his performance in Africa is poor, slow, lackadaisical , and obviously unremarkable. I am extremely disappointed. That President Obama's relationship with Africa is sorry is an understatement; it is lackluster, dull, dreary, uninspiring, jaded, or lacking brightness; and my disappointment has me in excruciating pain and devastating frame of mind. It is agonizing. I consider the vote I cast for him in the 2012 election as "sowing wild oats". Can you imagine the plight of a woman who had a baby at Utonkon railway station, and the baby grew up hating…
We live in the age of political correctness; in this age no one wants to say what his eyes show him about people that are not positive lest he is accused of hatred of people. Everybody says nice things about people even though they know that they are saying lies. Well, I am going to risk been seen as politically incorrect and called a hater. What I will not do is say what my physical eyes show me to be not there. One of the things that my physical eyes show me to be there is that Africans are the…
It is both shocking and pathetic that so many of my African brothers are being killed on the streets of these United States. A homeless man, who had no name for a long time and who was finally identified as Mr. Keunang a Cameroonian on skid row, was shot and killed on the streets of Los Angeles while allegedly attempting to grab a policeman’s gun. That was a tragedy seen on national television. This man was accused of entering America falsely under a Frenchman Charey Saturin Roinet’s stolen identity and had served a prison term under the same false name…
Last Saturday (February 21, 2015), President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the oldest head of state on planet earth, turned 91. He has ruled Zimbabwe for 35 years – since 1980 when the country gained independence from Britain. For many years now, Mugabe’s birthday bash has become a big, lavish event in Zimbabwe – a country where majority of its 14 million people live below the poverty level. This year’s celebrations which will be held a week later on February 28 will, according to reports take place at a “championship golf course at Elephant Hills, a plush hotel resort with spa,…
Adults treat children with understanding; they ignore in them behavior they would not overlook in adults. The idea is that children do not have much experience with reality therefore their misbehaviors can be understood and forgiven. Adults are supposed to have had experience with reality and ought to behave realistically. In the real world if you put your hand into fire you are burned (you receive a consequence) and you are supposed to have learned from that burn, pain not to put your hand into fire, again. Simply stated, adults are supposed to have learned appropriate social behaviors and behave…
When a person has no more contribution to make to society he evaluates his self as useless and unproductive and begins the death and dying process. This evaluation is done both consciously and unconsciously. I have seen Africans in America die in their fifties and ask why. Generally, they come to America as young men full of youthful vigor and with expectations of what they are going to do to improve Africa. They complete their education and obtain jobs and stay. I know a few of them who obtained jobs as professors at American universities and thus on the surface…
I was a teenager when I learned about black-white relationships in the United States. I learned that white people actually enslaved black folks and used their labor for free to develop America. I asked: why did black folks allow white folks to use them as slaves? I knew in me that if a person asked me to do something and I did not want to do it and if he tried to force me to do it I had the option to fight with him, to fight for my freedom and if necessary get killed instead of allowing myself to…
I have observed Igbos, Nigerians and Africans for a very long time. I believe that I understand them. In my judgment, they are to a person motivated by self-interest and seldom by public interest. The typical Igbo, Nigerian and African is egoistic and self-centered; he wants to survive by all means necessary; he works hard for his personal survival and tends to attain what the world calls success. But he does not work for the collectivity, for the group's survival. The Igbo, for example, works hard to build houses but would not work hard to build roads to his houses.…
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:37

How kidnapping underdevelops Alaigbo

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In his book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney (1974), a firebrand scholar argued that slavery had the cumulative effect of under-developing Africa. He pointed out how kidnapping and taking out of Africa the 18-48 age group led to little or no more economic activities in Africa (that group is essentially the most productive in any economy). Taking out of the continent those who ordinarily would have been the engine of its economic activities obviously retarded economic development in the continent. Chinweizu (1975) reiterated this point. The people taken out of Africa were used to develop the Americas (USA, Central…
Monday, 13 October 2014 14:44

Head hunting savages of the lower Niger

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There are several ways of gathering historical material; one is from written documents, the other is through listening to oral history. Igbos did not have written materials until the second half of the twentieth century and, therefore, the only way a person writing Igbo history is to know something about Igbos is for him to read what colonial masters wrote about Igbos and or listen to Igbos talk about their history. I have read just about all there is to be read about Igbos written by colonial masters and emergent Igbo historians (see further reading) and listened to oral history…
The case was open and shut or so the defendant thought. He had been contracted by the plaintiff to renovate her house. And he had enthusiastically embarked on the project along with the plaintiff’s brother who was an electrician. Throughout the renovation, the plaintiff made several changes and was rather precocious. At some point, her brother walked out in anger but the defendant remained, preferring to honor their initial agreement. And so he completed the renovation but the plaintiff refused to pay him claiming the work did not meet her specifications and had reduced the value of her property. For…
Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:01

On Africans Intelligence Matters

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Africans are truly an amazing people. Consider that they seldom talk about the elephant in their room, the fact that they tend to score lower than other races on IQ tests and standardized tests in general. Because they score very low most other people see them as unintelligent. Yet, they go about laughing as if everything is well with them; they do not try to find out why their people do abysmally on these tests. On standard intelligence tests Africans score even lower than African Americans. Typical Asians average IQ is 115, whites 100, African Americans is 85 and Africans…
The world communities constantly plead to God to grant them good leaders that would rock the voyage of progress for their respective communities for the citizens. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been drowning in the sins of their leaders and has not been lucky to have dignified leaders who are committed to the needs of their citizens, besides enriching themselves, to the fullest, until their cups runneth over at the expense of the suffering masses. Their quest in turning their environment into personal empire as if they would take whatever they have acquired on earth to where ever place they go, either…
Looking at the fallen house that is Africa one is tempted to ask whether God is punishing Africans for the sin of selling their people to Romans, Arabs and Europeans. Seriously, has any African asked if God is punishing Africans for their ancestors’ sin of not loving and respecting their people hence capturing and selling them into slavery? I am assuming that there are some Africans who are introverted and introspective and do think or are all Africans happy go lucky extroverts who do not think about why things are the way they are? Africans roamed around their world, hunted…
Some of us making statements and eulogizing Nelson Mandela have a deeper understanding of his value to the world because we shared a similar background with him as Africans born and raised in the values of traditional rulers who were lumped together and stereotyped by the British imperialists and colonial masters as “tribal chiefs” to use their exact words. Among my progenitors in Akure, for instance, was 38th Deji of Akure named Odundun Asodedero who ruled Akure with an iron hand from 1882 to 1890. He was known to have ordered his wife beheaded for innocently sharing a joke with…
Saturday, 30 November 2013 19:44

I Forgive Africans To Forgive Myself

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If you understand this piece you understand my love-hate relationship with Africans. I had total contempt for Africans for selling their people and for being corrupt. I forgive them for I see that what they did and still do (massive corruption) is done in the dream of separation, a dream that has not occurred hence they have not done what they did and are therefore as innocent as God created them. As innocent folks they deserve my love and all peoples love. Africans should love themselves and stop punishing themselves because they thought that they are guilty of separating from…
Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:30

Lampedusa Shipwreck; Africa's Call To Action

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The gory situation at Lampedusa in recent time where hundreds of migrants, all Africans, lost their lives in a boat accident no doubt threw the entire world into panic. International media reports suggest that the boat that set off from Libya was carrying about five hundred (500) migrants who are mostly Somalians, Eritreans, Ghanaians and other African nationals. Although, it was never mentioned in any of the reports accessed whether there were any Nigerians aboard that boat. However, from the posts on different blogs it was very certain many of the passengers never had valid travelling documents, which simply translate…
Abstract: This essay says that all human beings are prone to fear of harm and death and, as such, can be intimidated by terrorists into doing what the terrorists want them to do that they do not want to do. That human fear of death has led most black folks to tolerate white folk’s abuse and African thieving tyrants stealing of their national wealth. It says that the only way black folks condition would change are if some of them develop courage and become willing to fight and if needs be dying for freedom and justice. As long as the…
This article makes the observation that most people who have encountered black folks in Africa and the new world make: they are prone to violence and criminality. The paper does not tell us why this is the case. It calls on scientists to subject the matter to biological studies to find out whether biological factors play a role in it; it further says that it is time we stopped blaming other people for what black folks do. Why Are Africans Prone To Violence And Criminality? Ozodi Osuji Black people in Africa and in the Americas are generally more violent than…
At present Africans mostly live to seem their puffed up egos and as a result know no peace. They have to change. The ego creates interpersonal conflicts. Africans attempt to resolve most of their conflicts through war; they are always fighting and killing each other. They can learn to resolve their problems through other means. That other means includes seeking and finding meaning in their lives. Meaning and purpose can only be found when human beings do what they enjoy doing and through it serve other people. Meaning is not found from pursuing the neurotic or psychotic goal of becoming…
On July 3, the Egyptian military forcefully removed the first democratically elected civilian president in Egypt. Mohammed Morsi was removed after a protracted demonstration against his regime by millions of frustrated Egyptians. The Defense Minister, General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi had warned Morsi of the impending action if he does not find a timely and satisfactory solution to the differences with his opponents. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood rode to power on the back of a popular revolution that overthrew Egypt's long time tyrant, Hosni Mubarak. Since Morsi and the brotherhood came to power under the Freedom and Justice Party platform,…
“How do we begin to help our people to get out of this incapacitation and apathy that have held us from acting and in so doing, have allowed our leaders to use us for a ride? How do we help an average Nigerian child learn to ask and demand from his leader versus asking from God or voodoo priest for something humans have the wherewithal to provide?” Joseph Onuora My dear brother in the search for the truth let me take a crack at answering your question. I have given the fate of black folks’ considerable thinking and mostly concluded…