African Affairs

Robert Mugabe is being lynched by Britain and her allies. And BBC is drafted into soft-bombing public opinion and public discourse with sleaze against Mugabe; even to the extent of Stephen Sackur using his daily platform Hardtalk of 8th July, 2008, with Fredrick W. der Klerk, as a guest, to openly call for military invasion of Zimbabwe to oust Mugabe and install a lackey of the British on Zimbabwe's corridor of power. This is against all international principles and protocols that made it a law in international relations to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every sovereign country. This…
This paper hypothesizes that the over one thousand years that slavery took place in Africa, the constant capturing and selling of Africans by their fellow Africans to Arabs and Europeans, engendered certain spillover effects on Africans, such as their current corrupt cultures where few persons seem to care for the public good and the psychological pathologies seen in many Africans, such as paranoia and post-traumatic stress disorder. THE ENDURING EFFECTS OF AFRICANS KIDNAPPING AND SELLING AFRICANS TO ARABS AND EUROPEANS ON AFRICANS AND THEIR CULTURE Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD I read Joy Degruy Leary's (2005) book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.…
(This paper is an addendum to my review of Dr. Woodson's, book, the miseducation of the Negro) Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am an existentialist thinker (if you do not know what existentialism mean begin by reading Sartre, Camus, Jasper, Heidegger etc.). Existentialists say that man is that animal creature that is self-aware. Let me personalize this discourse instead of leaving it at the wooly abstract level. I am aware that I am a part of the universe; I am able to study and understand the universe. I am the universe trying to understand itself. Alas, I am also aware that…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 06:49

Still some Africans make no connections

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Folks put on your seat belts, it is going to be very turbulent in Egypt, another Somalia is possibly in the making. You would think Africans are capable of making rational judgements based on history. Many Egyptians are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood whose agenda is largely unknown, what we know for sure is that some radical elements within the Muslim Brotherhood are looking for another Islamist state in Egypt. What would it take for some people to understand that Religion and Government does not work!. Let us go a little deeper into History and learn that governments based on religious…
Have you ever asked this question: how do members of my African ethnic group come across to Americans, especially to African Americans? If you have not asked that question perhaps you ought to do so. You will learn interesting stuff about how you are seen as opposed to how you think that you are seen by other persons. People relate to you as they see you not as you tell them to see you! Each of us is an ambassador of our ethnic group and as we behave folks around us draw conclusions about us and people from our ethnic…
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:40

Making Strides: Women in African Politics

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Happy Women’s History Month! This is a great time to reflect on our accomplishments and to celebrate as African women. The 2000s brought unprecedented political opportunities for African women. Many countries strived to make good on their ratification of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which called for, amongst other things, equal access to women in politics. To level the playing field, some states initiated quotas into their constitutions, others implemented appointments, incentives, or quotas at the party or legislative levels. For example, Kenya’s 2010 Constitutional Article 81b states, “not more than two-thirds of…
Sunday, 19 February 2012 05:49

The Future of Poverty In Africa

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) were declared and made “compulsory” social policy option for third world countries. About the same time the United Nations adopted these goals as a palliative “arrest” option for the third world, the World Bank came up with a huge document on African, entitled “Can Africa Reclaim the Twenty first Century?” Without anybody saying so, both the UN and the World Bank held very pessimistic view about Africa ’s capacity to meet up to its social challenges, to reach or accomplish the limited and tentative targets set for it, but they did say so in too…
In this piece, I interpreted a dream to suggest that my father and the Africans he represents are lazy and lacking in leadership skills; that all they do is talk about their problems but do not go about solving them. The piece says that Africans have to change from being mere whiners about how rotten their world is to those who take initiative to solve the problems they see in their world. A Dream’s Suggestions On The African Character Ozodi Thomas Osuji Generally, when I wake up while having a dream I switch on the lamb by my bed’s side…
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 08:28

The African Child…Divided

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"Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound" (Voltaire). After 25 years of living in the United States a friend of mine finally retuned home. His desire to return has been in the works for almost five years; but as much as he tried, he couldn't bring himself to doing so as he couldn't get past the issue of basic infrastructures like NEPA, clean portable water, waste disposal, and other aspects of human security. To think that what most other societies take for granted -- law and order, abundant food supply, clean environment, first-rate schools, health care…
Monday, 09 January 2012 12:16

Was Olaudah Equiano Igbo?

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While in college, I read The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African (1789) and did not make much of it. Recently, someone told me that Chinua Achebe, the famous Igbo writer, claimed that Olaudah is an Igbo. I asked him how Achebe came to this conclusion and he did not know. I thought about it for a while and thought that Achebe is probably full of it. Why? Though I am an Igbo, I have a love-hate relationship with Igbos; I tend to be suspicious of whatever Igbos say. I had concluded that…
By Onima Institute http://onimainstituteusa.org/OLAUDA.htm Olauda Equiano Was a Son of Etsako in Edo Land : In Today Nigeria, and Yes, He Was Out of Africa A Rebuttal to Claims and Faulty Analyses Made by Two Eminent Scholars Here is an interesting argument about the true birth place of Olauda Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Below is our humble presentation which we believe stands to liquidate the claims that have been made by some eminent scholars which to me seem to amount to academic and intellectual dishonesty in this matter. Olauda Equiano was one of those taken away into slavery…
Saturday, 10 December 2011 21:03

Keep Homosexuality Out Of Africa

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This brief essay is written in response to Dr. Ola Kassim and other Diaspora Nigerians railing against the Nigerian Legislature passing a Bill against homosexuality. The paper agrees with the National Assembly’s proposed Legislation. If on account of what the legislature did the West wants to stop giving Nigeria foreign aid so be it; Nigeria does not need their aid if it is used to blackmail Nigerians into doing what they find horrible. Being open minded does not mean allowing ones brain to fall out! KEEP HOMOSEXUALITY OUT OF AFRICA by Ozodiobi Osuji “Homophobia is a neurotic disorder with worldwide…
Thursday, 08 December 2011 20:10

When will Africa Emerge from the Dark Ages?

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Every continent had its dark ages; Europe had it; it began when the Roman Empire fell and lasted to the renaissance; it is a period when little or no science and technology came out of Europe. The other continents have found a way to get themselves into living in the light (scientific knowledge), whereas Africans continue living in darkness (lack of scientific knowledge). It is now time for Africans to leave darkness behind them and start living in the light and quit making childish excuses for their seeming eternal backwardness. WHEN WILL AFRICA EMERGE FROM THE DARK AGES? Ozodi Thomas…
Thursday, 24 November 2011 22:16

Planned Privation In The Land of Plenty

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“Nearly half of all Americans lack economic security, meaning they live above the federal poverty threshold but still do not have enough money to cover housing, food, healthcare and other basic expenses, according to a survey of government and industry data. The survey, released on Tuesday by the advocacy group Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), found that 45 percent of U.S. residents live in households that struggle to make ends meet. That breaks down to 39 percent of all adults and 55 percent of all children, the group found.” November 23, 2011 Reuters http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29803.htm As we experience another “Thanksgiving Holiday”…
The news is broken that Saif al-Islam, has been arrested in Libya without being brutally killed like other members of his family. The media have published gory and offensive images of the killing of his father and former Libyan leader, Muammar Ghaddafi without warning for discretion. Viewers including children have been treated to disgusting, sickening and barbaric display of how Gaddafi met his untimely death after he was brutalised, slapped, tortured, sodomized with a knife (gay-like) and shot with bullets. His body was later dragged on the road and kicked amid jeering crowd and cheering rebels. Those displays happened in…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:57

Africa’s future is in the palm of its hand

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Africa’s future is exceptionally bright if it can harness the full potential of its people and its natural endowments and palm oil is set to be a big part of that future THOUSANDS of policy makers from around the world will attend the global climate conference in Durban next week. Their stated aim is to promote "sustainable development". This means ensuring countries harness economic growth to raise living standards while preserving a healthy natural environment. Africans must pay close attention, however, as the conference will feature participants hostile to robust growth on the continent. Two areas will be in particular…
Humans are not only prone to being corrupted by power; they can be intoxicated by it as well, as religion serves as the 'opium of the people'. Gaddafi had an opportunity to restore Libya, in a democratic footing, and became a respected statesman among his people, what Babangida failed to do as well in Nigeria. Gaddafi overstayed his 'beauty' pageant. Russell's intoxicants of power led him to think he was an indestructible, ubiquitous Libya leader. His blind ambition of becoming a Dynasty pushed him to his befitting ignominious end. "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson Muammar Muhammad…
I think the majority of Black men whom I speak with on a daily basis are not African American men. I regularly interface, via phone and internet, with Nigerian, Ghanaian, Haitian, and Puerto Rican dark-skinned, thick lipped, and very well educated brothers. This is in addition to the people I speak with on an ongoing basis over writing projects and publishing. I don’t know how this happened that most of my professional male contacts are black but not Black. But it has. It’s probably something to do with me and how I prefer to keep things congenial yet formal and…
There are a number of Eritreans who made their transit through Kenya that fondly remember the country and its people. Indeed to know Kenya well is to fall in love with it. From its wonderful ethnic groups to a dazzlingly beautiful landscape, everything Kenya has to offer is full of superlatives. It is with this as a background that some of us, who consider Kenya as our other home, find Kenya's unfounded accusation against Eritrea shameful and inexcusable. On one hand we empathize with the "wananchi" (ordinary people, the masses) of Kenya whose lives is being threatened by kidnappings, bombings…
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:10

Cemeteries of Childhood

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Her name is insignificance! She was born on the crossroads of fatalism. Her milieu was a stronghold of neo-medieval superstition. She was thrown into life at those junctions, where ignorance copulates with superstition. It was at this Golgotha, where ignorance has always murdered innocence, that this most august of visitors was crucified. We murdered her for crimes that were native to our sick minds. She paid the supreme price for our impious neurosis. She was the scapegoat offered to appease the rotten perversions we dressed in religious robes. She came when our society has decided to cannibalize itself out of…
Preamble: Dr. Ojo and his type are, as John Maynard Keynes, observed, nationalist scoundrels who take refuge in their so-called culture and in so doing inflict enormous damage on mankind. Nationalist demagogues talk about their culture and use that emotional talk to get their people to follow them and in the process attack and kill other people or revert to a more primitive state of being (as the Mullahs of Iran did to Iran and Adolf Hitler and Nazis did to Germany). These people are dangerous men; they are capable of retarding human civilization. Civilization, in its wake, brings pain…
Monday, 31 October 2011 19:34

African Americans or American Africans

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From Niggers (origin meaning Black Gods) to “colored people” gals and boys, to Negroes, Afro-Americans, Black people, to African Americans, is the truth and reality that the peoples who were forcibly brought to America from the continent of Africa are now, just, Americanized Africans? In Dick Gregory’s Kent State address he say, “They look more like us than us!” Interpretation Blacks imitate their oppressors and will denounce any strong Black person in America that speaks truth to power. Was Wright wrong? Or was “Willie” right when he declared that by the application of his philosophy Africans in America would always…
Saturday, 29 October 2011 16:17

The Parallel Fate Of Jews And Africans

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Those of you, who are Christians, or apostate Christians, will remember this story too well. Abraham had a son called Isaac. Isaac had a son called Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons (out of which the twelve tribes of Israel emanated). The sons of Jacob conspired to sell one of their own brethren, Joseph, into slavery. They sold him to Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph found favor with the king, Pharaoh, and rose in the ranks of the king's administrators. He became a lord in his new home. The brick that was rejected has become the pillar of the temple. Subsequently, there…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 01:31

Gaddafi As Metaphor

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Muammar Muammad Abu Minyar al-Gadaffi. That’s his name. Variously nicknamed ‘Brother Leader’, ‘Guard of the Revolution’, ‘King of the kings of Africa’, and ‘the rogue school bully’ among others, Gaddafi was until August 2011 Libya’s leader. A notorious dictator, any hope of reclaiming the seat he’s occupied since 1969 came to a sad end on October 20, 2011 when he was captured and killed by rebels loyal to the National Transition Council. For more than four decades, Libya under Gaddafi was the epicenter of tyranny and oppression. He was god unto himself and those who attempted to question his authority…
Part IV LOVE AS SERVICE TO ALL PEOPLE When people see themselves as separated from other people, that they are not the same and equal with all people, that they have different interests from other people, that their gain are other people’s loss and that what happens to other people does not happen to them, they behave in a self centered manner. Because they have these beliefs and behaviors predicated on them they have self hatred and suffer. As long as people have these beliefs and corresponding behaviors, they are in hell, although they may not know it. They live…