African Affairs

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…
Part 111 THE EXISTENTIAL ROOTS OF MAN’S SELF HATRED In our world folks are over specialized and each specialist tends to look at the world from the parameters of his specialty. Building on his specialty he reaches conclusions about the nature of phenomena. The problem is that the conclusions he reaches are at best partial answers and not the whole answer. Looking at the world from only one angle is like the tale of three blind men and an elephant, each blind man touching the elephant and from where he touches it concludes about the nature of elephants! The universe…
Part 11 AFRICAN POLITICIANS KILL EACH OTHER Nigeria is entering another one of her sham election cycles. As usual, the killing of aspirants to public office has begun. Funsho Williams, Daramola and many others have already been killed. By the time the election is finally rigged and another set of scoundrels ascend political office, hundreds, if not thousands, of Nigerians would have been killed. I submit that Nigerian politicians kill their opponents because they have little or no regard for their lives. I believe that Africans do not love each other, do not respect each other, do not care for…
(A four parts essay on Africans self hatred and behavior) By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Part 1 INTRODUCTION Last year, 2005, after years of absence from African affairs, I wrote a friend and sought information on certain events taking place in Nigeria. She said that she could not help me but referred me to sources that she felt might have answers for me. One of the sources was an outfit called Naijapolitics, an Internet forum where Diasporan Nigerians make commentaries on what is going on in their country. I wrote this outfit and, without knowing what I was getting into, became…
A cursory glance through Africa confronts us with the fact that the pervasive poverty ravaging Africa today represents an affront on social justice, insults the ethical sensibilities and traditions of sensitive consciences, and witnesses to the dearth of solidarity and justice in global socio-economic relations. Social justice screams at the naive hypocrisy that greets the issues raised by African poverty. How can justice not be insulted by a global relational equation, where our world spends over $900 billion Dollars annually manufacturing arms and trading weapons of death and destruction, while a litany of nauseating conferences, insipid summits, musical shows, sloganeering…
Jonathan has declared that no one should rig the April 2011 election for him. In his words he declared in Jos, Plateau State that; "Although I am contesting in the presidential election, I am assuring Nigerians that nobody must manipulate the votes in my favor. No body should rig for me. Our votes must count. We must elect the people we want. We no longer want the situation where people imposed candidates on us. Democracy demands that we vote out persons that are not good." Do or die school should listen to the words of wisdom as Jonathan is crying…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:12

Paradoxical Therapy And Africans

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This paper says that since in the main African leaders refuse to do what common sense tells us that they should be doing to improve their peoples lot that we should encourage them to be idiots, and that perhaps that would finally awaken them to doing that they have to do to develop their countries. Perhaps, African leaders do not know that they come across as idiots so let us call them idiots to help them understand that they are seen as idiots by the rest of the world. We should no longer make excuses for these clowns. PARADOXICAL THERAPY…
1. The Choir Sings Again! The choir of imperialism sings currently in Libya. The overtures in Iraq and Afghanistan are not ended, yet the choir must sings because that is its raison d' etre! The Libyans, like their North African neighbors, wanted to stage their own opera to the deities of self-determination. This was after decades under the fossilized jackboots of a political dinosaur. They were midway in the very first sonatas to freedom, when a foreign orchestra of aristocratic greed hijacked the arena; and has continued to conduct the performance ever since. Here the voice is definitely Jacob's but…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 02:53

Congratulations to Southern Sudan

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Today July 9th marks a new beginning for the new nation of Southern Sudan which becomes African's newest nation, the 54th country in the vast continent of Africa. I want to cease this opportunity as an African to send my warmest greetings and congratulations to the president Salva Kiir Mavardit and people of Southern Sudan on this occasion of the celebration of their independence. For more than two decades, the people of Southern Sudan embarked on a struggle for self determination from their oppressors, the Arabs from the North who migrated to the African continent long time ago. In a…
Someone has to say the uncomfortable truth, the truth that most people are afraid to say. People are afraid to say that truth lest they are seen as racist or hate black folks. Black folks themselves who are aware of this dreadful truth about their people are afraid to say it because they lack the courage to withstand the braying of their fellow blacks against them for saying it; they fear that they may be seen as self-hating blacks! Thus, there is a conspiracy of silence where most people know the truth and no one wants to say it.It is…