African Affairs

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…
Saturday, 15 June 2013 07:19

The Beauty Of African Time

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A person who is hearing the phrase “African time” for the first time would probably think it has something to do with time difference between countries or continents. But in reality, it has nothing to do with that. African time is more of the time when each guest decides to show up at an occasion. When I was younger and back home in my native country, Nigeria, I did not understand why we could not be at an occasion at the specified time. There was always a preferably unspoken rule about being at the occasion at least two hours after…
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:11

A Talk On African Religions

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Map showing the six traditional language families represented in Africa: Afro-Asiatic (includes Arabic, intrusive from West Asia) Nilo-Saharan (unity uncertain) Niger-Congo A (Niger-Congo's non-Bantu branches) Niger-Congo B (Bantu, Niger-Congo's largest branch) Khoi-San (unity unlikely) Austronesian (Malagasy; intrusive from Southeast Asia) (not shown: Indo-European (Afrikaans), intrusive from Europe) There are over 2100 and by some counts over 3000 languages spoken natively in Africa[1][2] in several major language families: Afro-asiatic (Hamito-Semitic) spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and parts of the Sahel Nilo-Saharan is centered on Sudan and Chad (disputed validity) Niger–Congo (Bantu) covers West, Central, and…
In light of Nigerians, Africans and black folk’s tendency to easy corruptibility and criminality, their apparent lack of commitment to serving public good and their self-centered behaviors, this paper says that their countries are going to become failed states. To avert this looming catastrophe, the paper calls on African people to embark on efforts to become moral in their behaviors, take selfless public service seriously and stop blaming other persons for their self-induced woes. Why I Expect Nigeria And African Countries To Fail Ozodi Osuji I expect Nigeria and most African countries to become failed states because I see most…
On The Passing Of Professor Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) We mourn, as our duty, the passing of our beloved Chinua; but this is certainly overtaken by the compelling celebration of an exemplary life that has positively touched every corner and every culture of this planet and all peoples of the world. Through his literary works, Achebe speaks to us convincingly about Life being really large, while Living itself is really local—an intense personal dynamic relationship with forces and things locally linked, yet building out a web that will eventually not be constrained by any dimensions—there is no contradiction. Like all great…
During the early period of the European adventurism into Africa, (1880s) only small portions of Africa were actually occupied by Europeans. These places were largely restricted to the coastal areas of Africa. The British had occupied Freetown in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Gold Coast Protectorate, Lagos, and Cape Colony in Southern Africa The French were in Dakar in Senegal and was moving inland through the Senegal River, they were also in some regions of Cote d’voire, and Dahomey. Portuguese were present in Angola and Mozambique while the Spaniards had reached North West and the Spanish North Africa. The end of…
This paper’s thesis is that beginning with the dawn of Trans-Sahara slavery Africans learned to go capture their people and sell them to Arabs and later to Europeans. As a result, Africans developed lack of value for their lives and the lives of their fellow Africans. This self-disregard is now part of the African culture and psyche and contemporary Africans are socialized to internalize it. Consequently, Africans do not see their people as those that they ought to work hard or. The paper says that Africans must systematically be taught to love themselves and to work for their fellow Africans…
Appreciating the ridiculous low self-regard in contemporary Africans, manifested in Africans tendency to insult each other and steal from one another, this paper asks whether the over one thousand years Africans spent in slavery is the cause of their obvious low self-esteem? Did The Slave Experience Cause Africans Low Self Esteem? Ozodiobi Osuji For over a thousand years (from about 900 AD when Arabs began buying Africans) to about 1900 when both American and internal African slavery finally ended, Africans roamed around their continent capturing and selling their people to whoever wanted to buy them as slaves. It seems to…
Sunday, 24 February 2013 10:19

Who are the Wolofs?

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The Wolof are a very dark skinned, tall regal looking people who are very ethnocentric. They are found in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. They make up 44% of the population of Senegal, 16% in the Gambia and 8% in Mauritania. Although the Mandinka are 42% of Gambia's population, the Wolof language is spoken by most people, particularly in the capital Banjul. Wolof is the language of the Wolof people and and majority of non Wolof Senegalese speak Wolof. Overall, there are about 10 million Wolof speakers in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. Though still primarily an agrarian society, living in small…
Prior to the advent of Islam and Christianity, most Africans practiced traditional African religion. Christians and Muslims were in the minority. Even after 1900 when Christian and Muslim expansion reached its peak, traditional African religion still maintained relevance. Very much misunderstood, the religion has been called all kinds of derogatory names, from animism to paganism. Traditional African religion is much more than Westerners give it credit for. It is a global framework of life, encompassing every human situation and governing the whole society. Over 100 million Africans or 10% of the population still practice the religion full time. Unlike other…
Friday, 21 December 2012 19:19

Love Will Heal Africans And Their Societies

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This paper points out that Africans greatest problem is their lack of love for themselves and for one another. It says that this lack of love has long roots, including slavery times (those who love their people do not capture and sell them into slavery). It says that Africans contemporary economic and political problems can be explained by lack of love. Africans may postulate complex political, sociological and economic hypotheses to account for the lack of development in Africa, the continent’s inability to join the rest of the world in economic development and those hypotheses probably may have some merits…
As a follow-up to the last article on this subject, it is gratifying to report that three more dictators have lost their grips on power. Two lost their jobs as a result of the uprising in the Arab world, while one as a result of French and United Nations involvement. It is sad to note that amongst these three dictators, Muammar Gaddafi the former strong man of Libya lost his life under very tragic and humiliating circumstances. Laurent Gbagbo the former president of the Ivory Coast who had refused to step down after losing to Alassane Ouattara in the November…
Fear has been defeated in Tunisia and Egypt. Once paralyzed by the fear of challenging the dictators that held a strangle hold on their nations, they can now breathe a sigh of relief after decades of living under totalitarian regimes. Fear has been defeated was the phrase aptly coined by CNN newsman Anderson Cooper in describing the recent revolution in Egypt. Like their counterpart in Tunisia, the people of Egypt are relishing their new found freedom. They woke up on February 12, 2011 to a new dawn, a dawn without Hosni Mubarak, the former strong man who for Egyptians under…
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Why Africans Should Become Buddhists

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Having observed Africans for a considerable period of time, the author says that they are full of their ego selves, that they live mostly from their egos and defend their ego selves and the result is self centered behaviors and the social conflicts and the wars that characterize Africa. He believes that African egos need to be shrunk to reasonable levels if Africans are to have a sense of society and work for the common good. He says that to the best of his knowledge Buddhism and other Oriental religions are the best means for shrinking, even eliminating human sense…
Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:29

Africans, Ego Based Religions And Spirituality

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This essay explicated what is generally meant by spirituality. It says that throughout the world human beings believe that if they lay aside their ego self concepts and empty their minds of all concepts made by the ego that they would tune into a different self and its world, a self generally called spirit. The paper delineated the nature of spirit and its world, as opposed to the material world of space, time and matter. The essay says that traditional African societies had spiritual practices that led Africans to devise their profound religions. Unfortunately, in the extant world, Africans seem…
Sunday, 02 September 2012 15:36

Self Esteem And Africans

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This essay defines what good self-esteem is; it says that in general many Africans do not have good self-esteem and may not even know what constitutes good self-esteem. It says that such Africans take the noisy behavior of those with low self-esteem trying to seem tough as good self-esteem. It says that good health, possession of work competencies, and enough money to live on and, more importantly, love and respect for one’s self and for other people are the makers of positive self-esteem in people. Self Esteem And Africans Ozodi Osuji What exactly constitutes good self-esteem and how do we…