African Affairs

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…
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…