James Agazie Ed D

James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment. 

 

After several years at the helm of the government of South Africa, President Zuma finally agreed to resign. While we applaud Zuma for getting out of the picture so that his nation would move forward, we am appalled, horror-struck that it took  this much  argument and prodding for the president to see the light and agree to step aside.

What was Zuma thinking about all along? Did he think South Africans are fools to let him run the nation aground like a pirate's boat? Was he thinking he was accountable to no man but himself?  Was he aware  that South Africa is a democratic republic  rather than an autocratic regime? Did he know that thousands of South Africans  had struggled and bled to death for the nation to materialize?

Has Zuma heard of Steve Biko?  Did he think he was above the laws governing  his nation and did he expect his citizens to obey the laws while he chose to flaunt them? Has he read Achebe's Things Fall Apart or CryThe Beloved Country written by Alan Paton? We wonder.

First of all, Zuma is not South Africa, and South Africa does not belong to Zuma. So long as Zuma recognizes that Zuma and South Africa are two entirely separate entities, the better for all around . I find it unacceptable to imagine that an African president or governor of any country should feel that the nation he is elected or appointed to lead belongs to him and his family, or  that the country cannot exist without the president or governor.

A nation outlives its citizens. A citizen or a leader may belong to a nation, but the nation cannot belong to a citizen or leader. The needs of a nation must supersede those of a leader, and not the other way around. Isn't this the thinking of law-abiding citizenry?

The notion that a leader owns or wants to own is as wrong as wrongness becomes.  It is incorrect, mistaken, and erroneous,  A leader who feels he owns the nation is at a disadvantage in that he does not see the mistakes that are being made, he doesn't have the opportunity or will to make serious efforts necessary to correct his mistakes, and he does not have honest and loyal advisers to steer him right.

All such a leader has is a bevy of ass kissers, ignoble sycophants, bribe takers who want to be in his graces for wrong reasons. African leaders ought to learn from  the mistakes made by Mugabe of Zimbabwe and South Africa's Zuma. They ought to be modest, transparent and blame-free.

IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE  AFRICAN  LEADERS:

As a leader, you ought to realize that Africa is changing from a jungle ruled by lions to enlightened community inhabited by thinking men and women. As such, you the leader  are nobody but a public servant; you have oga (master) over you, and your oga  are the people whose government you are leading.

The people you are leading are all citizens and stakeholders of the nation, not just those you voted for you, not just members of your political party but all of the people. Your citizens include persons you like as well as those you don't like. A leader leads all of his or her people. You are first of all and servant of all.

The nation is your oga (master) that allows you to head the government, you did not come there by force or by any special talent you may think you have, and there are many citizens who have similar talents as you may have  or better skills than you have. To serve your people is a privilege, not a right.

Conduct yourself humbly and circumspectly, meaning cautiously, vigilantly, warily, and suspiciously, knowing that one day you may be called upon to give an account.

Publish your doings in a timely fashion so others may notice and judge for themselves;  be open and transparent, and invite others to verify and correct. Avoid doing things in secrecy. Include private citizens in your administration and committees to provide transparency.

Develop a thick skin to listen to criticisms to gauge your progress ; however, do not allow reactions to criticisms, censures, disapprovals and reprimands from the press or individual citizen to cloud your head or to lead you to seek revenge and strike  out in anger. Encourage criticisms of your work, and invite criticizers to submit alternative plans.

Discourage those who wish to hero worship you and make you into a god. Remind yourself and others that you are but a public servant who does what everyone else can do for the nation.  Treat all and sundry with equal measure of love and care. Your motto shall be: "Ask not what Nigeria can do for you, but ask what you can do for Nigeria."

Resist efforts by outsiders, agents of former colonial masters included, who might want to thwart gains made or to sell your nation's soul or your country out on a platter of questionable and elusive promises. Be true to yourself.

Be careful how you handle public monies. State money does not belong to you. To dip hands into public bag is theft, pure and simple. It could lead to impeachment and earn you a vote of no confidence in you.

Do not be forced to resign. Call it quits when you've done all you can and conditions continue to deteriorate and you've held several consultative councils.  Explain the nation is bigger than an individual. Resign gracefully, and remain an elderly statesman helping younger leaders.

Hand over all books and records at the end of your tenure. Be ready to be called upon to explain discrepancies. Be candid.

Your life and work should be a testimony after you,  a testament, evidence, witness, proof, demonstration, verification, authentication, or proof that modern Africa is advancing to take its rightful place in the committee of civilized nations. Good luck!

Written Saturday and posted  2/17/18

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blodpot.com

ABOUT THE WRITER: Writer is a Nigerian residing in the USA, a retired college professor. He is not a politician, does not support any political party, and does not aspire for any advantage other than to serve as unpaid volunteer to advise and speak the truth. May be reached by text at 678-886-1613.

 

Friday, 16 February 2018 02:22

The First Nigerian Queen of England

This essay talks about a Nigerian woman who sits on throne as Queen of England, and how faith and change can work together to effect the manifestation of what was thought to be an impossibility. You can never say never to certain people. You can never say never to Nigerians. The British tried it and fell flat on their long noses   As the population of Nigerians in England swelled and England grew darker with children born of Nigerians, there was a hue and cry from America.

"Nigerians must be stopped or the world would be ruined", the crowd roared. President Donald Trump went on rampage, in a wild offensive to save England . His backers, the World Anglo Saxon Nationalists, wanted Nigerians out of anything white. They say the Africans must be stopped by any means necessary, even if it means tricking President Mohammed Buhari to vacate, leave  Aso Rock for giant rodents and rule from an office nestled  in Newberry Castle outside Glasgow, UK.

The Congressional Black Caucus in America fought tooth and nail to defeat Bill 1942 before the House which would reverse the gains Blacks have made and perhaps derail Nigerians' emigration to Great Britain. The Bill 1942 in essence provides for a repudiation of Loving v. Virginia.

In America, things changed at the speed of lightning with Supreme Court 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia which told Nigerians and other Black men: "You have a legal right to intermarry with white women of your choice."  Spurred by the court's decision, the number of interracial marriages in America exploded and, with it, the population of multiracial people has bombed out. The population of Nigerians in UK followed similar trends.

According to the 2000 Census,  6.8 million Americans identified as multiracial. By 2010, that number grew to 9 million people. Trump feared.  Determined to reverse everything President Obama did, including healthcare, Trump swore on his mother's gravestone: "never in England at least not with shithole Nigerians in England".

Trump ordered the English and  Norwegian governments to pass a law banning all emigration from shithole nations. England's Nigerians fought back with enyi mba (elephant) dance. Some brave Nigerians,  including Harvard-educated historians and anthropologists, demanded that the position of the Queen of England be open for grabs by any commoner rather the exclusive property of the so-called blue blood Tudor.

To add to the Englishman's confusion, Nigerian Theologian Professor Onovo  preached a sermon: "Is God not a Nigerian?" Things got out of hand nippily, very quickly. In the meantime, Nigerians poured into Britain, Some Nigerian women replaced pills with fertility capsules to fill England's maternity wards with the newborn Nigerians.

In 2017, the pressure to replace octogenarian Queen mounted on the British Isle like a tidal tsunami as more Nigerians invaded Britain in the manner of a swarm of bees. The Nigerians claimed that, as members of the British Commonwealth nations, they were entitled to partake of all that Britain has to offer, including the Oxon (Oxford University degree in classics) and the Brew (British white women eager to marry Africans) .

The British teetered at first on the verge of collapse then settled on quiet acquiescence, submission to pressure from Nigerians. A few stubborn, proud dyed-in-the-wool  Britons refused to capitulate. The majority, with the aid of Donald Trump's frequent tweaks, demanded that Queen Elizabeth abdicate the throne of England because she was weak on immigration. Insulted and humiliated, Elizabeth ordered the Parliament to erect a replica of the Buckingham palace in Norway to which she would retire. That suited  President Trump right as Norway is his Garden of Eden  and  Norwegians his incorruptible people.

A child was born in England of Nigerian parentage. Her name is Latifa Uche Moraso. No one paid attention when at age six, Latifa said in Kindergarten class , "I want one day to be the Queen of the Great Britain." The child grew up in London and overheard the buzz of the abdication of Queen Elizabeth as the rumor overtook the universe as the Black Death, Hitler's advancing armies.

Latifa Ucheako (that was her maiden name) married a Scottish gentleman who suggested she attend Oxford and Harvard to prepare for public service. After a series of minor mayoral stints, Lady Latifa at 33 served as Home Secretary under the Conservative Party chairman Ian Smith an open homosexual whose father left South Africa when apartheid succumbed. Queen Elizabeth prepared to leave for Norway under Trump's onslaught and impending loss of confidence in Parliament. Trump won.

At the beginning of the abdication of Queen Elizabeth, Parliament considered and passed Bill No. 1984, granting any British citizen the right to serve in any capacity, including that of Queen of Great Britain and Wales. The Queen Elizabeth met with Queen Omarosa  briefly to sign documents transferring  residence of the massive Buckingham palace to the new monarch.  The event rubbed Trump the wrong way and he swore to never attend.

The coronation of Queen Latifa  cameas fell on a Monday South African  Archbishop Desmond Tutu and prelates of the Ecumenical Church Movement met in London. Trump's absence was not only inconspicuous, it was cheered by obstinate Nigerians . Trump was becoming unpopular among Nigerians. It's payback.

The Nigerian strongman Mohammad Buhari  grew weary and weaker and retired to a castle outside Glasgow which he had acquired during active military service, a move that was necessary, Aisha agreed, so he could be near the doctors caring for his chronic middle ear infection and forgetfulness.

Today, Queen Latifa Moraso  reigns, sitting on the throne of Kings of England, and she is Nigerian. The influx of Nigerians became an epidemic; they poured into Britain by the millions. When the Nigerians say "go", no one can say stop ; they are like a juggernaut with nuts loose, a foot wedged between the gas and brake  pedals of unstoppable Mercedes 704 travelling erratically at 100mph. No group is as stubborn , unstoppable as Nigerians. They take no No for an answer. Everything is Yes.

When one says Nigerians are unstoppable, one means these people's actions are irresistible, overwhelming, overpowering, persistent, unrelenting, persisting, persevering, inexorable, or ife a adighi agwu agwu (Igbo for "this thing does not have an end").

Aisha Buhari called it quits amidst intolerable confusion. Aisha  Buhari divorced her husband and married  a younger Igbo army general  to whom she wanted to hand over what is left of Nigeria. No one knew what became of Nigeria, except  for a few  phone calls from Hassan, Fulani educated at Oxford.

Hassan had indicated the herdsmen had taken over , overrunning and crisscrossing the length and breadth of the land of Nigeria in search of luxuriant meadows to feed their long horned cattle. Hassan was later executed in the jackass dance of Sambissa Forest in a mercy purge; Hassan was disowned by his family because he had converted to Christianity and preached the Gospel.

Things got to change and change had been on the way, and the change was dramatic when it finally dawned on the scene that things had fallen apart in London and never to be put back together It is melodramatic,  theatrical, histrionic.  The Nigerian Queen of England is dramatic in many ways. She is a commoner, with no royal blue blood, and a Nigerian blood flows in her veins.

Since a Nigerian woman is calling the shots at Buckingham Palace, the experiment the Britons left in West Africa is now ancient history and must be rewritten in an indelible ink. The Queen of England is a Nigerian, and she would rewrite it with a stroke of the gold ballpoint

When a thing is written indelibly, the information is permanent. It cannot be rubbed off with a pencil eraser. It is ineffaceable, as unalterable as the word of eternal life. A Nigerian lives in Buckingham Palace as the Queen of England and Wales. Her name is Queen Latifa, and she is Nigerian.

Didn't the congregation nod in agreement as the vicar said things are made  anew and all things are possible to those who have the courage to believe, not just believe but have confidence in a thing without substantiation, proof, or evidence.

The purpose of this essay is to describe the evidence of strong belief in the materialization of the reign of the first Nigerian Queen of England who now sits on the throne once occupied by the likes as William the Conqueror, Henry v, henry VI, Henry VII, Richard I, Edward I, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. It has taken long in coming, The throne is now occupied by Queen Latifa of Nigeria. Yea Yeaaaaaaa!

The news of the coronation of Her majesty Queen Latifa  Uche Omoraso, broke in England at the time Nigerians were flooding Great Britain. The first thing Queen Omoraso did was reverse the definition of citizenship.  A Nigerian born in any of the British colonies or protectorates is a citizen of England.

As usual, you cannot expect the Nigerians to accept a kindness and stay in their places. They cherish adventure and who doesn't? To a Nigeria, anywhere is home and any job is for grabs, if the job would provide food that keeps body and soul alive and together.

The British imperialists gloried in giving sententious speeches at the Independence Day celebrations of their colonies, extolling the virtues of the Empire which they say would not fall into the hands of a foreign Negro. They boasted: "Never shall the sun set on the British Empire, and never will."

The boast was followed with demands that the colony collect taxes on behalf of the Crown and additionally pay a yearly fee of 150 billion pound sterling into the London branch of the Bank of England. To the British, it didn't mean a thing to ask: "Isn't this  taxation without representation of a Negro who until recently was considered one-quarter human and three-quarters beast?" It meant nothing, and  that explained why Nigerians poured into Britain relentlessly, unremittingly, uncompromisingly.

The Independence Day speech given by outgoing Nigeria's Governor General Douglas McPherson was portentous in that it was threatening and pompous. Nigerians were told what was to take place in order to merit protection by the Royal Air Force and the invincible, indefatigable British Armada in case of a foreign attack. The speech was sententious as it was devoid of deep thought, interest, or content and it was given with excessive demand and pomposity.

The British, by  the very fact that they participated in the scramble for Africa and featured in the Atlantic Slave Trade, made no apologies but went on to secure Nigeria as a source of revenue. They inhumanely arm the boko haram and Fulani herdsmen with automatic weapons  to create havoc when the cost of oil goes up and to cease fighting when oil price is at rock bottom.

The British are brutish, meaning they ruled with cold-heartedness, cold-bloodedness.  They had dug the graves of many Nigerians and stolen from the country. Who would think that one day a former slave would enslave the master?

What happens to Britain is a lesson for those colonialists given to self-indulgence, arrogance, pretentiousness, snobbishness, affectation, or pride. How more can the taste of the pudding of revenge be proved than in its eating? The Queen of England is Latifa Omoraso of Nigeria.

Long Live Her majesty Latifa Uche Omorosa, Queen of England. The kings or queens of former colonial masters run the risk of being replaced by Nigerians. It is predicted that Germany, France, Norway, and the Netherlands shall experience upheavals which will usher in heads of states that are Nigerians.

One should never say never to some people, precisely the Nigerians. Nigerians had learned from Trump of America about the futility of racism and threats of deportations. These don't work against Nigerians. Even steel walls built on top of the Atlantic can scarcely deter a determined  Nigerian who swears to swim from Lagos to London.

Denying Nigerians the conquest of Britain is unfathomable. To Nigerians bent on conquering  England; failure to do so is as impossible as catching with the wind with a trap, particularly as Queen  Latifa, a Nigerian,  sits on the throne of England. The people are overjoyed. What a sweet revenge for Nigerians!

Written Wednesday, January 14, 2018. Posted 2/15/18 @9:18pm

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

On January 29, 2018, we posted an essay titled "What Truth Do We Want the Nigerian Community to Know Right Now in 2018?" In this essay we continue to elaborate on the importance of Truth

Without speaking and living the truth, Nigeria is a failed state. How do we define truth? The truth is fact, certainty, actuality, veracity, verity, accuracy, or no falsehood.

I am convinced there are many truthful persons in Nigeria to save my people. I am also convinced that fear , like a disease, is robbing my people of the power to speak the truth.

What is the purpose of living a long life when long life accomplishes nothing we can be remembered for?

When truth is not spoken, when lies are mistaken for truth, and when one who speaks the truth is fearful of consequences, things fall widely apart and my people suffer in silence.

Fearful people are ignoble sycophants, bribe takers, silent witnesses at the scenes of crimes.

I encourage my people to say the truth, live the truth, and suffer the consequence to demonstrate that truth sets one free while falsehood imprisons, castigates and pillories.

We ought to speak the truth even it means loss of income or loss of life; it's not good to die for nothing.

What is the truth people are scared to spell out? The purpose of this essay is to identify several  truths we want my people to hear and to repeat for all to hear.

TRUTH ONE: Nigeria is an autocracy, not democracy; one man rules by order of a foreign power, namely America, Britain and all countries whose economies depend on oil.

TRUTH TWO: Nigerian leadership has sold Nigeria to a foreign power for oil .

TRUTH THREE: Nigeria is owned by a foreign power(s) supplying weapons to boko and herdsmen killers

TRUTH FOUR: Nigeria's violence goes up when oil price goes up and down when oil price goes down

TRUTH FIVE: The ISIS is foreign powers (America and Britain) whose assassins to protect oil prices.

TRUTH SIX What matters to Nigerian politicians is money, money, money, not my people

TRUTH SEVEN: Nigeria's Constitution is ineffectual; no one knows what is in it, it is a decorative piece of paper.

TRUTH EIGHT: Nigeria has no law and order, anything goes which is bad for my people.

Written Sunday, 2/11/18

Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Names are fictitious but facts are true about real persons.

Stories coming out of Nigeria nowadays concentrate on the high rate of unemployment, particularly among the youth.  Have you ever received a text or email from a relative complaining of hunger and asking for money to pay for a child's education in the university?

Take heart. You are not alone. Many are  being asked to wire some money through the Western Union or those businesses that take your dollars and wire Naira into a Nigerian's bank account, for someone's school fees. You worry that the person you  are paying  the money for might graduate and not have a job.

Like this writer, you've been  sending money  for someone's  education  only to find out later that either the student was not in school  or the money was used for purposes other than school fees.

What do you say to your friend's daughter you has a degree in Food Technology and been unemployed two years in a row? How do you console your nephew who has not been employed after obtaining the BSc degree in mechanical engineering  and not been called for a job interview for dozens of positions he had applied for?

You wonder why college students in Nigeria are often complaining of unemployment after graduating and receiving their diplomas when that shouldn't be the case. Numerous opportunities exist for  graduating students to plan to increase chances of landing a job, if they would listen and follow directions.

Didn't you wash dishes, mop the floor, and clean toilets while you were going to school in America?  And you think your brother's son at Yaba College of Technology or Nnamdi Azikiwe University is too special  and can't do what you did? Perhaps you are part of the problem.

Let's not forget one Nigerian named Dr. Akinkuoye who was mopping the floor at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC while attending medical school  and we ignorant, unemployed  Johnny-come-lately Nigerian  students were laughing , hooping, jeering at him.

We were asking: "How can a doctor be mopping dirty floor?" To hoop is to laugh uncontrollably. It is needless to say that Dr. Akinkuoye   is now a board certified cardiologist

Many college-educated Nigerians are unemployed many years after graduation for various reasons. Poor planning is a reason. When asked why they are not employed, reasons they given are interesting. A few say: "there are no jobs to get."

Some will tell you that "there are millions of other people applying for the same position."  A few seeking to get more money from you would say that prospective employers are asking for exorbitant bribes beyond the ability of candidates to pay.

Our latest essay titled "True Nigerians Can Happily Learn To be happy" is closely tied to employment. The purpose of this essay is to discuss effective ways to overcome unemployment after graduation and to minimize its effects on the man or woman who  spent a number of years pursuing a course of study in college only to graduate without a job.

Unemployment is a painful source of stress and unhappiness. An unemployed person tends to worry and to endure  penury, pennilessness, destitution, indigence, neediness, impecuniosity, impoverishment, or lack of money. Satan has plenty of work for idle hands.

That one is unemployed at the moment does not mean one would be unemployed forever.  Difficulties of life are not meant to make us bitter but better for a higher calling. Things will change for the unemployed if we do not grow weary or give up hope.  We must believe that change is on the way. But we need to change certain habits that might be militating against chances of landing employment.

Procrastination has an effect on or works against employment in that we waste the valuable time we could have used preparing for a career.  Procrastination is defined as deferment, postponement, stalling, delay, adjournment, putting off, or failure to take action at the crucial time. Procrastination is a thief of time.

As we waste time, life passes us by and never to be gotten back. And when time passes there's no time to cry over spilled milk.  For example, if you miss a scheduled flight, you might have to wait for another airplane which may arrive the next day or days after.

I know a young Nigerian, a 35-year-old man named Joachin who had known unemployment for years because he wasted his youth at Lagos trying to make fast money. He followed a group of hooligans, ne'er do well, at Lagos motor parks to sell stolen stuffs. He called himself a used car dealer, and was not prepared for any profession.

Joachin had no secondary school education and no technical or business training. He was just there loafing around. To loaf is to loiter, laze, loll, be idle, be unoccupied, or lie around doing nothing useful. He was an eye sore.  Family was ashamed of him.  In American, a popular saying goes  that a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and it is.

Suddenly, age caught up with him and Joachin  (fictitious) had to marry as he is the oldest son in a family that had lost both father and mother. Luckily, Joachin met and married an elementary school teacher. Have things changed for Joachin?

No, he is still unemployed, begging around for money to pay rent for a N250,000 two bedroom flat in a run-down area of Lagos. He quarrels with wife over her teacher's salary. "Give me money for cigarettes. Give me money for a bottle of beer."

Readers should not misconstrue this writer's statement to mean  the writer is insulting  or looking down on Joachin. This is just to drive a point home about the evils of procrastination or postponement. Time waits for no man.

Being unemployed is usually a function of the choices one makes. Therefore, one has to be careful to prepare for a career while there is still time by making wise choices. A Nigerian proverb says that daylight  is the best period to look for a black goat because nighttime blends with the goat's color, making it impossible to catch the animal.

Another proverb says that the dry season is the best time to gather  the firewood one would cook with during the raining season because... Readers can complete this sentence.

Speaking of unemployed college graduates, the point is that we need to need to emphasize is to not wait till after we have graduated from college to begin thinking about employment. Thoughts about employment should begin the first week we enroll in college.

Begin talking with your parents and grown-ups in the family for suggestions, if you do not plan on going to college. Ask questions about family members in various careers. Contact the family members and seek advice. You may serve on apprenticeship programs under someone in the career that interests you. Ask for a mentor.

If you plan to go to college or are in college already, focus on your professors, department heads, research professors, counselors, and university Vice Chancellors. You say: "These people are too busy to talk with a peon like me." No, you're wrong.

You're not a peon (made-up word used to describe a small, unimportant person). You're bargoon (made-up word to refer to an important personality). Go to the professors and persons mentioned in this paragraph and state your case. Say to them you are seeking directions for a career. Be honest, up front.

These people are paid by the government and placed at the university to assist you the student. You are the focus of attraction, the star of the show, the epicenter of the universe, the center of gravity around which everything that constitutes the university revolves.  You are important. The university or college  was established specifically with you in mind. Use the opportunity.

There is a tremendous power in your hand. You must use it wisely.  Get to know these university personnel and let them know you as well. Useful  information to leave with these college officials should  include your full name, area of study, village, parents, phone number, and special skills you possess.

Begin to market yourself on campus. Run for a position in the student government. Contribute ideas in university governance. Do you type well,? Can you write good grammar and do you spell well? Perhaps, you cook well or can sing a song.

Do you have a driver's license and can chauffeur the professor and his family around town?  You can run errands, can't you? While knowing the university official, find out  if he or she has a relative in State government , trading, building construction, or marketing  of imported products.

Use your vacation time or periods the university is out on strikes, to work for the university official or persons he or she recommends. You must avoid gang activities at all costs. Do not be caught associating with gangs who engage in illegal activities such as armed robbery, kidnapping, or murder for hire.  Use time wisely. Study hard in libraries when not working for someone. Make good rades.

I know one Nigerian man named Isaac (fictiious) who obtained the Master of Science in Political Science while following the idea we have outlined here. His professors helped him through the undergraduate program on part-time employment.

They then sent him to a merchant  who was high-up-there in importations from China and England. Isaac used his numerical ability to keep books for the merchant and his persuasive language to collect debts  from people who owed the merchant. After Isaac graduated, the merchant and the university people galvanized, and used their money and man-know-man (influence) to get Isaac into a Commissioner's position. Isaac is a success story.

CONCLUSIONS: Whether you have a job or not after college will depend upon the "homework" you did  in college before graduation rather than the paper-an-pen application process you endure after graduation. Begin now to plan.  Good luck.

Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazie.blogspot.com

Written Thursday, 2/8/2018

The renowned painting by Nigerian artist Ben Onwenwu will be sold at Bonhams in London on February 28, It is expected to sell for between £200,000 and £300,000. They are calling for bidders in Nigeria, I AM ASKING MY COUNTRY TO GO BUY THAT RARE PIECE OF ART BACK AND STORE CAREFULLY FOR ONCE.

It has been reported that Ben Onwonwu's 1974 painting of Ife Princess Adetutu Ademiluti has been discovered with a family in London. What is shocking is that we Nigerias, big as we are and with knowledgeable and  astute citizens as we have, we do not know the value of art, we haven't the littlest commonsense to understand the  importance of a piece of art by artist as important as Ben Enwonwu. Embarrassment! Disgraceful..

It is said that Ben Enwonwu's 1974 painting of the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, is a national icon in Nigeria. According to The Guardian, the Nigerian novelist Ben Okri said  Ben Onwonwu's  work amounted to the "the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years."

How did we lose such an important possession? What thief gave it or sold it for nothing to a man I like to hate, a former colonial master, a thief from a nation that exploited and is still exploits us?  I don't get it. Will someone explain it to me?  Do we know what museums are for? Do we have a piece of land in Abuja or Lagos and can we find a Nigerian builder  to construct a house to store things? That is a museum, What a wasted chance to create employment for the youth!

What a shame we just throw our arts away and some white man steals it or buys it for free.. We then move on like classical ewu (Igbo for goat) to another piece of art to throw away. It is an open secret that most of our precious carvings in gold, bronze, copper and other metals are all stolen away to London or Europe. Other people know the value and we don't. We are really bunkum. We really have colonial mentality to be running to London like cry babies. Is London my morher?

For the purpose of this essay, artifacts are the relics, objects of art, pieces of work of art written , drawn , or manufactured by Nigerians. These things are very important. And they are almost invaluable in that they show the world who we are as a nation. Our arts are very valuable. The artist is dead and not here to give us authentic copies. Can our art departments at the universities commission students to replicate Enwonwu's feat? It is invaluable.

By invaluable, we mean that these pieces of art are priceless, precious, irreplaceable, vital, helpful, and instrumental, We ought to have the commonsense to collect our rare artifacts and house them in a museum for future generations to enjoy. How more ignorant can we become? Are we rational? Are we coherent, sound, and have with-it-ness? How do we throw away our stuffs like the prodigal son? Do you throw away the  money in your bank account?. Someone, teach me. Biko (please).

Why are we angry when U S President says we are inhabitants of hut that is a shithole country? Are we not? Is a nation that wastes resources such as oil, paintings, gas, and coal not a shit hole? We have wasted billions of Naira since we became a gas-producing nation and have nothing to show for it. No good schools. No good roads, No running water. Plenty of mosquitoes to give us malarial fever. OLSOS (Oh Lord, save our souls)!

Shame! They say we are a shameful pile of shit! so wasteful we do not have sense  enough to realize the value of our rare artifacts for future generations to come, for our children and children' children.

People of Nigeria have been destroying the nation and throwing away all our treasures, and I don't like it. Go to London or Canada and see Nigeria's most beautiful art galore, wasted. Give me a break. And a cup of water too. There is hope!

Enwonwu's painting will be sold at Bonhams in London on February 28, It is expected to sell for between £200,000 and £300,000. They are calling for bidders in Nigeria, I AM ASKING MY COUNTRY TO GO BUY THAT RARE PIECE OF ART BACK AND STORE IT CAREFULLY FOR ONCE.

Thank you. May Nigeria progress.

Dr. James C Agazie 2/7/18

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:08

Bitter Lessons From Cattle Herdsmen

Trouble is brewing in Nigeria which, if care is not taken, would   escalate to a magnitude that dwarfs the  boko haram insurgence or make it a child's play. For one thing, we cannot account for the billions we earned since we became an oil-producing nation.  Where is the money? Haven't we funneled most of the money into individual Northern politicians' pockets, and spent the rest impoverishing our people who are in dire need of water, light, and roads?

The white folks are laughing at us and saying to each other: "Didn't I tell you Niggers will always fuck up"? Indeed, we've fucked up after wasting all our resources fighting un-winnable battles first against the boko haram and now with armed foreign cattle herders/rustlers whom the Nigerian police are protecting. Isn't Nigeria the prodigal son the Bible talks about? A chronicle of our financial irresponsibility and prodigality, our mistakes and how we've been under-developing our nation,  is a subject  for another essay.

This essay is  about a debate between a State Governor and the person appointed to be Nigerian's Minister of Defense named General  Mansur Mohammed Dan  concerning incessant farmer-herdsmen clashes  in Benue State, resulting o the recent burials of 74 people in wooden caskets. We present the views of the State Governor Ortom and Federal Minister of Defense  General  Mansur Ali as backdrop to the issues.  Questions on every Nigerian's lips are many as we ponder and mourn the dead.

Can we Nigerians abide under the rule of law designed to protect our land? Shall we be able to live peacefully with persons within our borders, including those who choose to disobey our laws and those who unwittingly and unwilling seek to frustrate our democracy so it would not flourish?  These are real issues affecting real people.

This essay argues that centuries of wandering and war-like traditions of some inhabitants in Nigeria have rendered these people unable to settle down at one place they call home. They cannot and will not obey constituted authority and its laws. The sooner the Nigeria and its people come to this realization the better.

Some people just do not like laws promulgated by constituted authority, unless the laws favor them or are lifted from their holy book or pulled out of the mouths or their religious leader. An authority is constituted if its law is established, founded, enacted, created, instituted, started, organized, or set up by a body.

Like other Nigerians, citizens of Benue State, who are under a constituted authority, are questioning themselves. Who are these herdsmen killers? Are they  true Nigerians or are they legions of a foreign country to which they escape after committing serious crimes elsewhere? Where are they coming from?

The Fulani are often perceived as hateful of education, migrating, wandering warlords. Nigerians believe the herdsmen are simply itinerant foreigners, nomadic, peripatetic, travelling, drifting, rootless, roving marauders who  are apt to massacre a whole village and disappear into thin air or onu akpusi (a tiny ant's hole). Can they be held accountable for loss of lives and property damage? You would be disappointed  if you depend upon the IGF to fish the cattle herders out, after bodies are found  lying around.

Although the Defense Minister General Ali and Governor Ortom have spoken well and their words are valuable food for thought for all Nigerians who love our country and want peace to reign, yet the problem still remains. It is much larger than these men. Are the herdsmen to be trusted as peaceful neighbors you can leave your home, wife and daughters around with?

How do we reverse the negative perception of the Fulani in the minds of Nigerians and how do we get the Fulani to understand how much fear their provoke in the hearts of many Nigerians, that the lives Fulani  had lived for centuries are not good enough for Nigerians? The Nigerians deserve more and much better lifestyle.

The Nigerian Minister of Defense General Ali has a lot to say as follows:

"Look at this issue (killings in Benue and Taraba. What is the remote cause of this farmers' crisis? Since the nation's Independence, we know there used to be a route which the cattle rearers take because they are all over the nation. You go to Bayelsa, Ogun, you will see them. If those routes are blocked, what do you expect will happen?

" Herdsmen are also Nigerians "These people are Nigerians. It is just like one going to block shoreline, does that make sense to you? These are the remote causes of the crisis. But the immediate cause is the grazing law.

"These people are Nigerians and we must learn to live together with each other. Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave. Finish!"

Governor Ortom says

"What we did was the popular wish of the people. The law was not smuggled. It was a product of the cry of the people and as a responsible government, we heard their cry and presented a bill before the State House of Assembly that went further to do public hearings across the state to get the input of everyone that was concerned because of the importance of the bill.

"Today, you talk about ranching in some states, grazing reserve in some states and tomorrow you talk about colony. I don't understand, when globally what is being practiced is ranching. I heard and I saw the Minister of Defense after their security meeting.

"While briefing the Press, he said it was the law prohibiting open grazing that brought the killings in Benue State. I saw that and I said to myself, it cannot be the Minister of Defense! Somebody who worked and retired from the army after attaining the rank of a General.

"This is someone who is a Minister, who is educated and has travelled far and wide round the globe. How could he say that?

"Honourable Minister of Defence, if you said that kind of a thing, where were you as the Minister of this country when herdsmen were carrying AK-47 and weapons higher than AK-47 and were going about killing my people and you want me to keep quiet? And I begin to wonder.

"The other day, the Federal Government came out with a pronouncement that it was ISIS, a terrorist group in West Africa that is attacking Benue people and on the other hand, I was told that the Minister said that we should accommodate foreigners.

"What a country? Foreigners come in without valid papers and they come to take over your land and you surrender it to them? Minister, I will not do that in Benue State, we will not surrender our land."

We've heard the words of a governor of a state charged with the responsibility to protect Benueans and we also heard the words of General Ali charged with the responsibility of protecting all Nigerians, including Benueans.. Who do we believe? The Nigerian Constitution guarantees citizens the right to life, liberty, and freedom from harm.

Nigerians are torn between two competing views. On the one hand, we wish to convey our condolences to the families of the 73 persons killed in Benue State during the farmer-herdsmen classes this year, and  to commiserate with State Governor Ortom who officiated the mass burial of his friends and citizens whose coffins the world saw as they were being laid to rest in the earth.

On the other hand, we Nigerians are called upon to empathize with Defense Minister General Ali as he gives reasons for asking Nigerians to accommodate his Fulani cousins whose murderous behavior most Nigerians and the world  find  unacceptable as well as reprehensible. The General wishes the Nigerians would live amicably with their herdsmen neighbors, though doing that is proving  to be extremely difficult and complicated for several reasons.

One, you cannot compel people to become polite neighbors and love each other.  Two, The herdsmen's past behavior and cultural differences make it very difficult for others to trust them, let alone accept, love and accommodate them. You cannot love who you fear? This is one reason why accommodation is nit enough.

Many people associate herdsmen with fanatic Islam which is prone to erupt in violence and enslavement at the mildest provocation. The General's work is compounded by recent events taking place  in Nigeria, including attacks on Christian communities in Adamawa, Kano, and other Northern Nigerian cities.

The world is daily reminded of the activities of boko haran and abduction of hundreds  of school girls who served as sex slaves and human bombs. The General  is working with inadequate tools (helicopter, for example for which the government has paid millions of dollars and it is not yet delivered until paid in full by February 20).

Finally, the essay suggests ways the Governor and Defense Minister should work together to approach the problem to avert unnecessary spilling of Nigerian blood over grazing route. To avert is to stop, forestall, deter, obviate,  avoid, or ward off further bloodshed.

This writer is not a politician, does not belong to any political party, and does not advocate the violent overthrow of the Nigerian government. He's not even from Benue State. He harbors no ambition to serve in any political position except as unpaid volunteer to speak the truth and give advice. As such I write freely on issues affecting my home Nigeria, such as on alcohol and drug addiction, education, mental health, marriage and children.

The herdsmen crisis is not going to easily go away soon in Nigeria. However, it is not a battle that can be won by pointing fingers at each other or making toothless threats that would increase fears of Benue people.. The crisis cannot be handled by continuing to unleash , release some trigger-happy bullies equipped with sophisticated weaponry upon Nigerians . It is the responsibility of Federal Government of Nigerian to disarm all militants with illegal weapons as a matter of urgency and public policy.

Failure to do so should mean citizens have right to own their weapons for hunting and self-defense Efforts should be made to provide employment and other opportunities  to replace people's aggressiveness, activism , and belligerency..

Commonsense dictates that we adhere to Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs. Maslow sees safety as one of the fundamental needs of man. Nigerians need to be assisted to overcome their fear f insecurity. Our people want security, defined as safety, sanctuary, haven, safekeeping, retreat, or a place that is not in harm's way.

Nigerians value living, including  the right to ask questions, to express fear and concerns about things affecting their lives, particularly their safety. Safety includes a person's care, security, shelter, well-being, wellbeing, welfare, or absence of danger.

Inhabitants of Nigerians as a whole are trembling in painful fear, particularly as numerous lives in the country we love are needlessly lost at the hands of armed bandits  This is the worst time to heap blame on any one person as the Governor and Minister of defense have been doing. No group can justifiably exculpate himself. We are all at fault for taking our safety for granted.

It is not the right time for Governor or the Defense Minister to say, "I think I told you so" or "I know I should have known better ." This is exactly what the Honorable Governor and Honorable Minister are doing, accusing each other and pointing fingers. Fear makes humans do all sorts of things, including, point, blame, fight, poison, and so forth.

We can point fingers all we like and talk all big grammar which is all a pack of lies spoken to obfuscate, bury the truth. The truth is this: Some people have died in Benue State as a result of violence. The question is this: What do we do about that?

According to the late American civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, injustice anywhere  ( be it in Bukuru or Makurdi) is injustice everywhere (say London or Timbuktu). We have heard the points raised by the Governor and the  Defense Minister's discourse.

General  Ali had emphatically pointed out that the alleged massacre of innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country, especially Benue stemmed from to the promulgation of anti-open grazing laws and blockade of grazing routes.

The General's argument does not hold water in that he is asking for the impossible, that there should be no grazing laws, that herders should disobey state law passed  by a competent legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The General is wrong.  We cannot excuse any murderer or make a mockery of any death. To do so is to trivialize the matter and exacerbate the trouble, to worsen it up.

The Defense Minister of Defense did speak on the proliferation of arms into the country, but he did not elaborate on it nor did he address how he would go about controlling ownership of guns or at least to bring the culprits to book. He simply passes the buck to the next man. He simply glosses over a crime, and it appears he is hiding something under his sleeves. Magicians often hide cash or cards under their sleeves. That thing must come out

The General does not seem to see the real issues which are the breakdown of law and the failure of the herdsmen to obey a State law. The General sees the grazing law as the problem that prevents herdsmen from grazing their cattle,  Is the Minister of Defense  employed as a herdsman? Is the Nigerian Government in the business of herding cattle?

The general says "You see, whatever crisis that happens at any time, there are remote and immediate causes." As Minister of Defense, General Ali appears to act as if he were inept, incompetent, inexpert, clumsy, ham-fisted, maladroit, useless,  hopeless, unskilled, or simply lacking in understanding. He is an honorable man.

Rather than deal with the situation, the General passes the buck . He says the Federal Government has directed security agencies to tackle the propagation of hate speech, especially through social media. He  added that government has also agreed to pay $494 million for the purchase of Super Tucoma aircraft from the United States, with the deadline for payment set for February 20.

What has an aircraft got to do with killing people with AK-47 guns? Throwing money at a problem and purchasing military hardware do not deal with the real cause of the problem-fear- and does not provide lasting solutions. The General  makes excuses for the murders his tribesmen commit around the country. He points out that the herdsmen are Nigerians whose way of life and occupation should be respected by other Nigerian neighbors.

He says: "These people are Nigerians. It is just like one going to block shoreline, does that make sense to you? These are the remote causes of the crisis. But the immediate cause is the grazing law." He also said,  "These people are Nigerians and we must learn to live together with each other. Communities and other people must learn how to accept foreigners within their enclave. Finish!"

Although General Ali and Governor Ortom have spoken well and their words are valuable food for thought for all Nigerians who love our country and want peace to reign, yet the problem still remains. Are the herdsmen to be trusted as peaceful neighbors you can leave your home, wife and daughters with? How do we reverse the negative perception of the Fulani in the minds of Nigerians and how do we get the Fulani to understand that the lives they had lived for centuries are not good enough for Nigerians?

This essay suggests possible solutions to this crisis:

Arrange for representatives of the cattle herders to meet with a group of local chiefs and people of Benue State to try to work out how grazing should be done with specifics. What days and hours? How long? Can there be exchange of cattle and grazing pastures? Any fees to be paid owners of pastures?

Nigerian Government should  not to tamper with free speech .To do is tyranny, autocracy Leave free speech and social media alone; they are not the major problems; they help the politicians to better mind their ways. The problem is inability to uphold the law.

Carefully delineate, define, outline, explain, demarcate, delimit, or establish what the Minister of Defense and Vice President Osinbajo mean by "hate crime" so that all Nigerians would follow guidelines.

The Nigerian Government should either  ban all assault weapons or make if permissible for all licensed citizens to own  certain guns for hunting or self-defense.

Nigerians should choose and agree upon what is best for the nation whether it is ranching, colony,  grazing routes, or other forms of animal husbandry. Make that decision unmistakably clear.

Nigeria should promulgate strict laws regarding animal husbandry that uses the promulgated method, and apply the laws evenly across the board.

The Nigerian governance  should establish a type of social security system whereby every citizen and those to be born of Nigerians are identified by name, date of birth, address, and local government area, as true Nigerians with citizenship rights rather than allow foreigners to infiltrate the borders and pretend to be citizens. It appears that foreigners with no ties to the nation are troublemakers

Adult education should be provided for all Nigerian adults, including the Fulani populations who should be integrated into the population., provided they establish domicile in Nigeria.  It appears that persons without formal education are likely to commit crimes involving not being able to read and understand the laws of the land.

Dr. James C. Agazie

Feb 7, 2018

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 01:05

Let's Not Hope To Have Our Hopes Dashed

In a 5-page message given to the nation, IBB spoke about the future of Nigeria, insisting that President Buhari  give way to younger leaders. There is nothing greater than one who speaks the truth, and we all know Nigerians are truthful and intelligent men and women. Our problem has been that we lacked maturity, patience, and deeper reflection. It is not too late for us to change and become better. Change we must if the world were to trust us again and take us serious. It is said that difficulties of life are not meant to make us bitter but better.

This is a plea for my country. It is an appeal, request, petition, entreaty, supplication, imploration, or prayer. We see the tears of the innocent and hear the beloved country cry.

Our past mistakes ought to make us wiser. President Obasanjo spoke that President Buhari should not run in 2019, and we agreed. Finally, IBB added his voice that we need a new, younger leadership, and we agree the more. Change is in the air. Change shall begin with new blood, blood of the untainted, unpolluted, undamaged, unblemished, uncorrupted, pure, or clean.

The purpose of this essay is to comment on a few points IBB brought out, making direct use of his words. As citizens of Nigeria, we have a tremendous stake in the stock called Nigeria . We wish our nation and people well and good as we reverse direction  from our bloody path to show our citizens  respect, love, and sustained kindness and earn the same from the world. Here are a few of IBB’s words and this writer’s comments:

I am alarmed by the amount of blood-letting across the land. Nigeria is now being described as a land where blood flows like river, where tears have refused to dry up. Almost on a daily basis, we are both mourning and grieving, and often times left helpless by the sophistication of crimes.

We cannot drink blood for blood contains life. However we do drink clean water for water contains life-giving ingredients. Let the common man breathe a sigh of relief.Did we cast the wrong ballot or we misunderstood the instruction?

With our huge investments in the African emancipation movements and the various contributions that were made by our leadership to extricate South Africa from colonial grip, Nigeria became the giant of Africa during that period.

Correct! We have helped everyone else but forgot to help us. We have helped South Africa out of colonialism; we’re helping  America, UK, Japan, German, and the entire world with our rich oil. When are we going to help that little Nigerian boy or girl who goes to school on empty stomachs without food?

As citizens in a democracy,  it is our civic responsibility to demand accountability and transparency. Our elected leaders owe us that simple but remarkable accountability creed. Whenever we criticize them, it is not that we do not like their guts; it is just that as stakeholders in the political economy of the country, we also carry certain responsibilities.

Our voices must be heard in a democracy. We would rather have our voices heard without a government than have a government without our voices being heard. This is the essence of democracy that we are ready to die for.

We truly need to reform the political system

We honor and respect our old statesmen.  We say to them: “Well done, Sirs.”  But now, it’s time the young chicks left the nest to stretch out their untested wings and fly, fly, fly over the withering hills and gather experience. Give the chicks a little time and they shall get it right.

We have to reorient the minds of the herdsmen or gun-men to embrace ranching as a new and modern way to herd cattle. We also need to expand the capacity of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army, the Navy and Air Force to provide the necessary security for all. We need to catch up with modern sophistication in crime detection and crime fighting.

Well spoken, IBB. Let’s march ahead with the modern world in ranching, not backwards to antiquity. Let’s  save our land for crops to feed our bourgeoning population that is expected to reach 400 million souls by the time we know it. We are more than just cattle, and cattle herding is not what we are known for . We are first and foremost the Nigerians. 

The next election in 2019 therefore presents us a unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people are realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus

We need to have the mindset that our government officials, such as the president, governors, chiefs of police, army, and security, and teachers  are no more than public servants who serve at the pleasure of the real employers, the citizens of Nigeria .

 (We)  need to enthrone younger blood into the mainstream of our political leadership starting from 2019.

We applaud and nod our heads in agreement. Look around and see what leaders other nations have, World leaders range in age from 31 to 40 years . Median ages are 37 and 39. There are thousands of 31-40 years-old Nigerians who can pick up the mantle and  lead the nation successfully. We ask they be (1) very educated  at least beyond the first undergraduate degree ; (2) have experience in the democratic process and be able to deal with people; (3) be detribalized, owing no allegiance to any tribe of religion, and loving all God’s children alike.

(We need) devolution of power or restructuring is an idea whose time has come if we must be honest with ourselves. We need to critically address the issue and take informed positions based on the expectations of the people on how to make the union work better.

We shall not die, the world will not end, and Nigeria will not be destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake  if we try restructuring. What are we afraid of? There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Centralization doesn’t work any longer. We need diversification, a broadening, expansion of power, a branching out. When the center can longer hold, things got to fall apart. We shall have faith in our resilience. Let’s try a loose federation. Let’s have 36 semi-autonomous States. It’ll work better then bloodletting. Nigerians are tired. This is a plea for my country.

BY Dr. James C. Agazie; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;  jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Written Sunday, January 4, 2018

Essay contains some profanity and offensive language. Read at your risk. Names are fictitious but facts are real.

Rape brutalizes all the Nigerians, not just the victim but the rapist as well. A college professor once said to a woman he was teaching on American campus,“Pauline, you look good in that dress ; I like your choice of clothes.” She said professor was a sex pervert and threatened to take him  to court because, he said,  he was sexually harassing her. On a Nigerian college campus, the Professor could rape and even get away with impregnating the student. Rape is bad, worse that boko haram, and all true Nigeria are in staunch opposition

What would an American President, whom numerous women have accused of sexual harassment, say to a Nigerian contemplating raping his coworker? “ You grab the harlot by the pussy, shake her until her breasts become  a pair of black jello, then  toss her into a bed of wild ostrich feathers before pouncing on her in your hut.” Rape is bad, worse than boko haram, and all true Nigeria  are in opposition

In Nigeria, sexual harassment is not a buzz word; it is not often heard that some boy has raped some girl. Yet, many women suffer sexual abuse, and few people ever notice. Why? It is because sex is not discussed openly in the Nigerian community. It is so hush-hush you wonder what the helI is good about rape. . I am hearing  a juicy “tory” about the State Governors and high ranking politicians who send their drivers to women’s university hostels to pick up beautiful undergraduates for one-night stand. Because these girls often watch American movies, they are proficient at sucking men's dick and being fucked in the ass. Nigerian men like the crazy stuff. The crazier the better. That's how the girls are sexually abused.

I know one  cranky old trader who took a 14-year-old  from a girl’s boarding school in one state and drove her in his 404 to Lagos to have sex. The girl was begging the 40-year-old lover: “Please don’t impregnate me. My mother will…” The girl man said the man told her: “Wait now. I de come.” By the time the old man had finished with her, the girl was a week awol (away with without official leave) from school. By the American law, the man was a rapist and the girl his prey, quarry, victim, target.

Some Nigerian young women are raped, preyed upon at school under teachers’ noses, ravished at home when parents are at markets. Others are lured with promises of payment of college tuition. Many are given fake pledges to assist parents with support. False promises of marriage that never materialize are common. A few get passing grades in college courses they have clearly failed.

The bottom line is this: Nigerian females have long been victims of child molestation and sexual harassment, though they didn’t  know what they were dealing with. Nigerian women are too slow to understand that rape is a crime, and the Nigerian legislature has been too slow to recognize the seriousness of rape and sexual harassment. Senators ought to respond with appropriate laws proscribing the behavior.

Sex education  was not taught at school when this writer and age- mates were groping teenagers, thinking it was fun .  Boys pulled girls ‘dresses up to expose bare buttocks. There was  a huge laughter. I don’t know about now, but I hear things have changed very little. Females continue to be exploited, sexed and harassed. True Nigerians ought to stand up and say “No” to rape and sexual harassment.

A woman needs to be schooled to say “No.” Someday, the Nigerian women will learn the techniques men use to victimize them and how to turn men’s machinations around to the woman’s  advantage. Men and women are at war, the war of the sexes.  Most men, white, black and of all nationalities, are predatory by nature, meaning they are potential rapists. Nigerian men, being who they are, are a bit clumsy in romance and find the use of force easier and quicker. They have a lot to learn and work on.  

The purpose of this essay  is to advocate respect and equality of the sexes in a Nigerian society where rape , sexual harassment , exploitation of our women are not only to be fully condemned  as evil but also considered serious enough to warrant a police complaint and prosecution. Many parents consider a child’s report of sexual abuse as an inconvenience that is best not paid attention to. The essay takes a very hard look at men who play major roles in the problems associated with abuse of women. A gentleman respects ladies.

 It is the suspicion of any serious student of culture that sexual harassment of women takes place in many communities and it’s more pervasive in a male-dominated society like Nigeria. While the American woman is fighting tooth and nail pushing back and winning court battles against her male attackers, the women in Nigeria are at their wit’s end .

The Nigerian women seem to accept sexual harassment as one of the burdens women are called upon to shoulder for the simple reason that they are the weaker vessels and they possess the PHAT (pussy, hips, ass, and teats) which men want to enjoy without the benefit of marriage. Rape is victimization, persecution, oppression, abuse, harassment, or ife ojo (Igbo for a very bad thing).

 Some women welcome sex attackers for various reasons, such as freedom from inhibition, sexual exploration, or need for popularity. Merchants print popular tee shirts to call attention to women’s sexuality, such as I AM READY WHEN YOU ARE, I AM A VIRGIN, and so forth. The purpose of this essay is to give helpless Nigerian women facing insidious sexual harassment a fighting chance.

Women are no longer what they used to be in the past when the popular paradigm or perception was  that since both  he and the victim enjoyed the sex act, no one was at fault,  that women in general initiated and welcomed sex at any time, with anyone, at any place.  Women were perceived as the acquiescent receptors of men’s sperms and men as the ever-ready depositors or ejaculators. The Nigerian law enforcement and justice system often do not pay serious attention to reports of sex abuse brought by women.

 “It’s all your fault, “ they tell the young women, “You wanted it and you got it.” . There is a joke about a man who was accused of sexual battery and brought before a judge. The man was set free to go after he had the judge and court in stitches with laughter. In the defendant’s ridiculous defense against the crime, he said to the Judge,  “It sweet me , it sweet her, who go pay?”. He was saying in essence that since he and the victim enjoyed the sex act, no one was to be found guilty of rape. His rape case was dismissed and he was acquitted because stealing pussy required some cleverness.  Accused was a genius.  

Some men thought women were unlettered, too trusting, gullible, terribly in need of sexual intercourse, and easily let astray in matters dealing with love and sexuality.  It is not that the Nigerian women are using the condom less frequently than they are utilizing the bottom power. The smart Nigerian woman is realizing that there is more to life than just the usual bam-bam-thank-you-madam game which is sweeping across the land.

Women ought to listen carefully when they are told to “get off your bedroom antic, get into the boardroom, and avoid being kobo-kobo harlots.” They ought to dive into science, math, technology, and cyber security, and increase the dismal percentage of women in the Nigerian legislature.  

Women of American are learning fast and are using allegations of sexual harassment as a hatchet to bludgeon men into submission and coach their men on how to treat women. Why are the Nigerian women fixated on early marriage stuff and having babies to fill oba ji (Igbo for barns where yams are tied  up to prevent rotting)? Can sex and marriage wait?

This reminds us of the Nnewi , Anambra,  girl named Angela we ran into at a  wedding  party in Boston, USA. Angela had earned the PhD degree in microbiology at age 26 years. Her cousin has the PhD in chemical engineering. Angels had no time for Nigerian men whom she described as deceptive and untrue in love. “All they want is sex,” she said, “and then they drop you.”

After arguing with her Nigerian parents, the 26-year-old (now 30) declared a coup and damned the consequences. She told Ma and Pa: “No bride price and no traditional wedding. No nothing. Leave me alone.”  She’s a sharp shooter with words. All Pa and Ma did was to ask neighbors: “What ‘s wrong with children born  these days?”

Angela demanded all hands taken off her sexuality. She refused to be cajoled into marrying Nigerian men the type another Nigerian girl named Ifeoma described as  ”liars, liars, liars”. Angela’s cousin described  Nigerian men as being chauvinistic pigs, woman beaters, cheaters and 419 people. Angela  opted for a handsome akata (African American grandson of a slave brought from West Africa). She bought a house into which they both checked in.   She and parents are not on peaking term.

Speaking about Nigerian women, men do not respect them and regard their women as less intelligent. The Nigerian men have not acquired the habit of being suave or sophisticated. It takes more than a long penis to hold a woman’s attention . Handling intelligent women successfully requires immense finesse rather than mere finance. Finesse is sobriety, subtlety, delicacy, diplomacy, discretion, and sensitivity. It also means skill or tact.

 Invariably, Nigerian men do not just abuse their women. These men are pretty destructive, rapacious, grasping, and voracious, and vacuous. Vacuous is the quantity of being empty, shallow-minded, and hollow. Speaking of emptiness,  Nigerians often say: “Empty drums make the loudest noise.”

Haven’t you heard of the Nigerian soldiers who flog females at check points? some law enforcement officials shoot women that reject unwanted sexual advances. The way the Nigerian men demand sexual favors from their women  is crude, pathetic, ignorant. The demand is often followed  with insults and intimidation. That Nigerian women are demeaned, desecrated, and discriminated against doesn’t grab headlines any more in a society that is chauvinistic, uncouth, coarse, vulgar, discourteous and male-dominated. That the Nigerian women are at the mercy of men is a fair indictment.  

Nigerian women seem to have adjusted to the status of second-class citizens.  That they are treated as disposable objects, or as personal  property, is indisputable, irrefutable. Pick up a Nigerian daily newspaper and make yourself cry after reading stories of atrocities committed against women usually by men drunk with pseudo power and whose ego is inflated with the hot air of self-importance.

This writer had a younger sister married to a useless man who watched her die prematurely. Cause of death was a dirty nail that was stuck in Charity’s foot as she walked barefoot across the yard. The sorry-ass husband, an elementary school teacher, didn’t know what to do. A wiser man should have thought about germs and infection and that what was needed when a nail is stuck in a foot was to ask a doctor to administer a tetanus shot or penicillin. Charity died a victim of an abusive man.

Nigerian men apparently are hardhearted when it comes time for compassion. The Nigerian women are so dispensable, easily replaceable, and in oversupply in a Nigerian society that prides itself in having multiple sex partners. Nigerian women come cheap, about a Naira a dozen. They can easily be done away with or replaced with others waiting in the parlor. The Nigerian parents still believe that educating girls is socially unjustified and economically unprofitable. Girl’s education is seen as elusive as celebrating Christmas in June. Men say girls' education cannot happen, and should not.

 Because some men believe that educating women in Nigerian society is loss making, parents are marrying hapless daughters as young as 12 years off to old traders who saunter along, carrying  akpa osikapa (sack of rice) and dragging nwa ewu (small goat). Girls ought to explode, revolt and declare war with parents, demanding their freedom from  omenala  (customary way of doing things) that encourages slave markets dominated by poor parents eager to earn the dowry price.

It must be remembered that the boko haran brainless sect has been  kidnapping girls from schoolhouse and  forcing them without their consent  to become human bombs or sex slaves. When will Nigerian women use allegations of sexual harassment to teach these men some commonsense? When will they sue persons contributing to human trafficking?

When will Nigerian courts begin to hand out prison sentences and exact stiff fines as effective  deterrents on the politicians or religious leaders who marry underage virgins?  Parents who sell underage girls to old cranky, illiterate traders in order to receive the bride price or dowry ought to face prison terms. Why doesn’t someone  sue households that keep young girls at home as baby sitters and cooks when the girls should be learning at school?

Nigerians society exploit young girls under the pretext of following customary traditions and religious teachings. Sexual exploitation of women comes in various forms and shapes. Family baby sitters and housemaids are an exploited group that deserves the protection of the law.

Many  Nigerian mothers who have lost daughters to the Shekau’s sect ought to sue Muslim religious men in charge of every Mosque to which boko haram  murderers belong . Mothers should file suits alleging wrongful deaths or criminal abduction resulting in deaths for the girls who died in Shambissa  Forest.

Sue. Sue. Sue. Collect money! There is a collateral damage, and the statute of limitation for wrongful death is still running. The church or mosque is a business, and any damage your business causes is actionable. The Catholic Church is still paying out millions for the boys the Catholic priests had been molesting over several decades. One who molests and abuses a human being ought to suffer the consequences. That's right.

 Men, particularly the Nigerian businessmen and the politicians or religious leaders armed with stolen money, can fly to Egypt, Sudan, or any of the Muslim countries with the sum of ten thousand dollars to buy a wife. The politician or religious leader flies back with -12, -13, or -14-year-old virgins to replace some of the 4 ageing wives the Qumran says a devout Muslim  is entitled to have. Few Nigerians are able to challenge the supremacy of Sharia law that condemns girls to perpetual exploitation. Parents ought to drag these pedophiles, child molesters to courts. To hell with Sharia courts. God is not wicked.  It’s high time we freed our girls and young women from beliefs that imprison them.

The Nigerian legislators are basically pedophiles, molesting and sexually abusing teenage girls. The battle to combat underage marriages in the legislature  is mired, held up in the clay of pugnacious Muslim men who cite the Constitution and the Sharia law to justify sexual exploitation. Government offices  are not places that lend support to or hide molestation and exploitation of girls younger than the office holders’ daughters.

 When will mothers pierce the religious and “bigmanism” veil and sue for damages arising from rape and sexual harassment? This essay condemns rape and sexual harassment and all true Nigerian should  say: “No! No! No to victimization of any kind.” Women are humans, too, deserving of respect and protection.

The Naija men are predacious, meaning that they live by taking or seizing prey. Some say the men are given to plundering or destroying others for one’s selfish gains. Young women and  teenage girls are victims. Picture Nigeria to be a jungle infested with a ferocious breed of beast-like men.

To give you a better representation of these men, just think of an infestation caused by a plague, invasion, swarm, influx, infiltration, or incursion of a huge number of vultures. That’s where the adjective vulturine comes in handy. Nigerian men seem to be vulturine which means they live by preying on other animals, especially by catching the prey alive. To these men, sexual harassment is a game, a past-time, a recreational activity. Consider boko haram which builds human bombs and sex slaves out of small pre-pubescent girls.

The situation acquires a greater absurdity when the victims are pre-pubescent girls and poor women and the exploitation  is championed by a jungle-like crop of Nigerian “Big Men”, consisting of governors, judges, and legislators. The prey is usually from a weaker group, particularly the uneducated women and young  girls of the oppressed tribes. Poverty predisposes women to exploitation. Men all over the earth seem to think they can buy women in the open market

The American women are resisting being owned by men while Nigerian women willingly and happily advertise themselves and queue up for owners to make their choices. American women are pushing back at harasser and dislodging men’s penises from their pussy. They are running to the courts with the man’s sperm  in the vagina and men’s fingerprints all over the pussy. Women are suing with grievous charges handled by ambulance-chasing lawyers. It is a bonanza!

 If the abuser’s sperm is still in the vagina, that’s all the evidence the court needs to convict. If the American woman says to her boyfriend: “Bob, it’s enough now and stop fucking me,” it is a warning sign that a lawsuit is in the making. It is better for Bob to stop right there and then in the middle of whatever he is doing. If Bob sticks his crooked penis one more time into the pussy, he is liable to be accused of rape, sexual assault, battery, or a range of other frightening charges.

 An accusation of sexual harassment holds true even where the offender is the spouse, boyfriend, or fiance . The American women have been schooled to believe that they have total, 100%, control over their bodies and they alone have that right. Recently, a husband was sent to jail for catching his own wife in bed enjoying sex with another man.

The husband broke into the bedroom with a video camera and snapped.  Because the husband barged into the dwelling and the wife believed she had 100% right over her body, the husband is in violation of the law and faces a 15-year jail sentence for illegal breaking ad entry.  The lesson men ought to learn is to never fuss with a women over the ownership of her body, including the pussy, hips, ass, and breasts  which she can give to whoever she chooses .

 Also, the wife’s lover is suing her husband for unauthorized breaking and entry. American men have learned to be very careful not to take women for granted  and the American women are brutal in asserting  absolute control over their bodies. The American women are using the court system, especially as they see a pile of money waiting to be seized.  Rape or sexual harassment is anathema, meaning it is abhorrence, abomination, loathing, curse, denunciation, or stealing through armed robbery.

Jokes aside, it appears that the Nigerian women (thereafter known as  Naijawoe) are to blame for encouraging  rape and sexual harassment, by failing to raise an alarm when they are being raped, and by falling down to prostrate  before men, kissing the dirt in the presence of their men, and begging for crumbs. Naijawoe falls down before the men who have the power of money or who pretend to have as much money as billionaires Aluko Dangote or Michael Jackson.  What is money when a person is being abused, ill-treated, battered, injured, harmed, mistreated, maltreated, or molested and harassed?

For most Naijawoe, money is power and power translates to money, and money is everything. Women fall down to kiss men’s asses in order to be given a “dash”  just the same way as Muslims prostrate in prayer to Allah, facing Mecca, just to be considered  devout enough to fly free at government expense  on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Sometimes, you ask yourself: “ Aren’t Nigerian women exact carbon copies of Muslims, the way they worship money and are deeply affected by money? That love of money may explain why the Nigerian women suffer sexual harassment in silence. Isn’t life better than money and body more precious than whatever money can buy? Money seems to affect women in strange ways in all cultures even in Western societies.

Most women are in awe of men who have money oozing out of every opening in the body, including ears and anus.  The more money a man is emitting, or discharging, the more popular women find him.

Someone said , “You can be a leper but so long as you have money, women would flock to you.” Terrible! Women do men’s  bidding, including anal and oral sex in and out of the office, as obedient dogs or pets do for their owners who feed pets with meaty bones. Why? Men have money, and women love money.

 Smart men know that  Nigerian women and money do not mix, just as oil and water do not come together. Smart men keep money and sex separate so they do not mix. They let woman see the money but give her very little. The woman would stay loyal like a lapping dog, waiting for more money..

When will the Nigerian women stop that nonsense and demand  their equality and respect? Stop begging and start training for lucrative careers in science, math, engineering, and technology.  In Nigeria, men are in control of resources, they are the privileged few, the Big Oga, whom the bank managers worship, and who walk the corridors of economic and political power.

Ask a Nigerian woman to choose between education and money, and she would readily ask you, “I go chop book? Na book go feed me?” Some may ask: “You think na education go buy me a Mercedes Benz?” Other women quip, “ No, na money go buy am.”  A friend of this writer has three daughters who are lawyers, and each is married to men with little education, traders with millions of Naira in Diamond Bank.

The Nigerian  politicians are classical abusers who use our tax dollar and oil revenue to abuse women, and they house these women in apartments paid for with Naija government money. These bottom-power women  are fed jollof rice and garri bought with Naija government money. The Naija politicians travel around the world with their obedient bottom-power mistresses, leaving wives at home to be sexually abused by the houseboys and drivers. What goes around comes around. Na so it be!

Women in America are seeing the light, and they are having a field day making sexual harassment allegations against men whose careers are being derailed and toppled down.  Several American men in sports, media, and business have had their reputation, career, and fortunes torpedoed by allegation of sexual impropriety. To torpedo is to ruin, destroy, wreck, thwart, sink, undo, scupper, or spoil.

The damage the accusations of sexual harassment create could precipitate embarrassment, ridicule, loss of income, resignation, and being  perceived  in bad light, leading to family breakup and eventual divorce. The list of aftereffects of sexual harassment and rape goes on . The American men who have been accused of sexual  harassment  is growing longer day by day.. The list is lengthening, and men are paying out large sums of money to settle out of court.

We are just finding out that the American President Donald Trump is rumored to have paid a prostitute named Stormy Daniels the sum of $130,000 to keep her mouth from spilling the beans that Trump committed adultery with a prostitute named Stormy Daniels while still married to his second wife Melanie.  Whether the allegation would lead to divorce is yet to be seen.

It is rumored that the penis of a man accused of sexual harassment shrinks to a third of its normal length, he may experience delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, or he would lose interest in sexual activities for a while. The embarrassment is unbearable.

Would the President divorce his wife? Would the other women also sue? Would he toss back and forth in bed all night without having a whiff of sleep? An accusation of sexual harassment makes a man feel like hating women forever. It makes one feel like this writer felt the last time he had iba (Igbo for malarial fever).

Come to think of it, American men are beginning to find out that an allegation of sexual harassment is a two-edge sword, just like the piece of metal we used to cut grass with as we were growing up in Nigeria. The implement was called a cutlass. It was made of a three-foot long piece of pliable or flexible metal that was sharpened on both edges. The knife was swung left and right as one walks into a field of tall grass.

Isn’t it possible that   the Nigerian women can be making trillions of Naira suing Nigerian men in courts for rape and sexual  harassment  and teaching the Nigerian men a lesson they would never forget?  It may make sense if the lawsuits are avoided when Nigerian men begin to learn that rape and  sexual harassment are crimes punishable by a prison term and/fine in any civilized society.

Let all Nigerians rise as one man and declare “No” to any form of sexual abuse.

RAPE:  Sexual abuse of women. Unwanted sex. Forced sex. Don’t do it. You wouldn’t want men to take advantage of your daughter, would you?

BOTTOM POWER: the notion that a woman could get anything she wants by exposing and using her bottom/buttocks for sex.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: putting pressure on females in order to have sex with them. May include making the school or work environment so hostile and uncomfortable that women are forced to yield.

ALUKO DANGOTE; Billionaire Muslim who is considered the richest man in Africa; he is alleged to have the only known monopoly/domination  in importation of essential products  such as rice, cement, other commodities.

KOBO-KOBO HARLOTRY: Also known as toro-toro or toro na afu  sex. Cheap sex with poor clients.

BAM- BAM –THANK- YOU MA’AM: Quick sex so you thank the woman and let  let her go quickly away before you are caught. . Bad sexual exploitation.

 

Dr. james C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Written Sunday, 2/4/18

This essay is being written as a debt of gratitude to the little child that smiled and waved in the store. Oh! How I wished my Nigerian brethren and sisters could see and learn. The little child was happy in her mother’s arms as she smiled and waved. I waved back and smiled, then went home to write this essay.

Someone says that we Nigerians are a very unhappy people, and that might explain why our present predicaments persist ?  We take the enviable position that teaching Nigerians to be happy is not an impossible task. You ask, “What has happiness got to do with bad roads, 24-hour darkness, and joblessness?” We  ask: “Do you think it is possible to be happy in the midst of hell?  Why not?”  Satan is there happily going about his business. And  we think the negative conversations going on Nigeria right now are concentrated in only one word-unhappiness?

When Imo Governor Okorocha  created the Ministry of happiness and named his sister as the Minister, everyone, including this writer hooped and  nicknamed  Okorocha  Governor Akula (crazy Governor) of Imo State. If one pays closer attention , one cannot help but discover that our happiness is at the top of human needs at least in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. One who has  happiness is said to have contentment, pleasure, gladness, cheerfulness, joy, glee, peace, delight, or good time. Are you happy?

The purpose of this essay is to ask questions and suggest how happiness can be gotten. It is not impossible to bring happiness to pour as showers of blessings on the Nigerians.  Can happiness be taught? The answer is “Yes, happiness can be taught.”  This essay argues that anything  under the sun can be taught so long as the learner is willing to learn. Have you ever heard of  Psychologist  Dr. Arthur Whimbey? He is the author  of  Intelligence Can Be Taught, an extensive study on improving thinking skills. If how to think can be taught, it follows that people can be shown ways to improve their level of happiness.

At Yale University in New Haven,  Connecticut, college students are being taught to be happy and increase levels of their happiness. The Yale University has the most popular course  which has about 1,200 students each semester, or nearly one-fourth  (25%) of Yale undergraduates,. Students are  going ga-ga with excitement over the course. The course is named Happiness is gaining popularity. The course requires students to change certain habits and ways of approaching life.

We Nigerians need and want to change , to go from one uncomfortable extreme to a more comfortable point, The Nigerians want  to  be happier themselves, and to change the culture  of the country, the culture of tribalism, the culture of poverty, the culture of youth and women powerlessness, and of unemployment. Why not?

From a recent trip to Nigeria this writer has taken and daily conversations with folks back home and interviews with recent returnees from Nigeria, this writer is convinced that things can turn around in our country.  For a fact, a good number of us Nigerians are anxious, stressed, unhappy, numb, and we have a number of mixed emotions both positive and negative thoughts bottled up inside us.  We are torn inside between staying in Nigeria we love and forsaking Nigeria that hates us. Hence our willingness to endure disgraceful slavery in Libya  What follows is a list of suggestions a true Nigeria can explore in order to improve personal happiness. This list is not exhaustive: more factors  can be added.

EXERCISE: Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes, not by long distance running or strenuous activities, such as wrestling or boxing. Brisk walking, golf, swimming, lawn tennis, dancing, or ping-pong is a good way to start.

SLEEP: Getting adequate sleep  for 8 hours each night is essential.  Sleep helps our bodies to recover from the injuries and pent-up  and stressful feelings of the previous day. Sleep  repairs our bodies in the process, and it also helps  us focus and be more productive in the morning.  The importance of sleep  to overall happiness cannot be overemphasized or understimated.

FAMILY : Living closer to your school or place of work makes a lot of sense. Moving around in Nigeria is nerve-wracking, bone-breaking and full of headaches, especially when one does not have a reliable mode of transportation. Traffic in Lagos, Abuja or any of the major Nigerian cities can be perplexing, expensive and takes all day to negotiate. Having large expensive mansions in the villages is useless since most mansions are unoccupied, and nobody wants to stay in villages as opposed to  being in the cities where the action is.

FRIENDS:  Spend time with good friends and family; avoid being a rolling stone that gathers no moss, wandering around Nigeria with an unknown address. You might be found dead and nobody is there to bury you, Choose your friends carefully, avoiding the 419 experts, the gang members, and those who are caught up in illegal activities, including armed robbery, kidnapping, and human trafficking.

GO OUTSIDE: Mix with people from different tribes  and not just your own tribe. Chat with persons your age and educational  background  from your tribe and other tribes wherever you are in Nigeria. Learn to speak a language other than just your mother tongue, plus pidgin English.

SMILES: Practice good smiles.  Nobody likes a face that is unsmiling, sour, stern, severe, dour, grim-faced, disapproving, death-like, or just ugly. Practice smiling before the mirror to make the best pose. Let your face be amused,   mused, laughing, pleased, tickled, entertained, beaming, grinning, or pleasant. Beauty begins from the inside, not necessarily on the exterior. A  smile is worth a thousand words  Don’t you eat food that first looks good in your eyes?

 TRIPS: Plan interesting trips even if you are stuck in Lagos or Akure.  Visit other parts of the country to get a feel of what a wonderful place Nigeria  is. As you travel, form a habit of meeting and interacting with interesting persons you can invite for a return visit. Strike lasting relationships. Remember you cannot marry your mother or sister, and your mother does not make the only sweet pot of soup in your neck of wood. And now this. 

Remember that Nigeria is made up of not just Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba but almost other 371 ethnicities. Spread your wings. Fly. The more languages you can converse in the better a Nigerian you are and the greater your chances of finding employment, happiness, and love.

MEDITATE: Recharge and rewire your brain as an automobile needs a battery to recharge its engine. To meditate is to  deliberate, ponder, contemplate, cogitate,  consider, contemplate, reflect, ruminate, muse, or to think clearly. Praying and attending church services and reading the Bible are ways to meditate.

GRATITUDE: Practice gratitude, defined  as thankfulness.  Remember  people  who have helped you along the way in your struggles. Keep  in touch with your helpers. Send thank-you cards or a little money to your helpers. Don’t make promises you cannot keep.  Don’t be just a receiver. Be a giver too. Bless other people. Sharing yourself with others would allow God’s blessings to follow  you, overtake you in such a mighty way you wouldn’t have enough room to store the blessings. Nothing is worse than an ungrateful spirit. You owe a debt of gratitude to countless people, including this writer.

HELPFULNESS: Helping others  is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is good for them as well as good for us.  It makes us happy to be able to  improve our nation, it creates better connections  by giving to others ,and it creates the spirit of One Nigeria. Everything is not always about money for our pockets.  Share. Sharing yourself with others is an investment that yields rich dividends. It is oil that never runs out, a bag of gari that is never empty. Try to help others along the way. 

We can give our time, our ideas, and talents. We can reach out to help someone struggling to buy food or pay rent, someone needing help to pay hospital bill or to care for an elderly parents or the handicapped. Do some acts of kindness today. Offer to help, give away your change, pay a compliment, or make someone smile. Donate your unused clothing, shoes, or old vehicles.

MONEY: You have heard it said that the love of money is the root of all evils. Money is a good servant but a bad master. Love of money leads one to steal, kill, become a prostitute, or to go into witchcraft or secret societies. Make do with your wages and manage your money well  without  living above your means. You’ve heard it said: “One who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” It means a borrower would regret being a debtor. Make do with what you have. Economize and live below your means, Be contented while striving to improve yourself for higher positions.

TRAINING: Get as much education and training as you can. Today’s job opportunities are in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Observe where the trends are and follow. You need an education to do whatever you want to do, even if it is trading. Uneducated traders do not have the calculation to buy and sell and make profits without help.

Thank you. May Nigeria progress.

 

By Dr. James C. Agazie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; jamesagazies.blogspot.com

Written  1/29/2018 at 1:27pm

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The essay is a  response to Dr. Odozi Osuji's  post titled "Why Some Igbos Hate Me: I punctured their balloon of lies," which appeared in this Forum January 21, 2018.  My friend Dr. Osuji surprises me when he opines: "Yorubas are civilized and do not kill any one, they just shine off Igbo arrogance and do not let it bother them." I f I am to follow Dr. Osuji's line of argument in his essay, the Yoruba can be said to be more civilized than the other tribes. I find the supposition  preposterous, outlandish.

While I was attempting to comprehend the cause of my friend's sudden  frustration with his own tribe, , Dr. Osuji  threw the next hurtful punch by saying,  "Hausas are a different story. When they can no longer tolerate Igbo empty arrogance they sharpen their machetes and begin killing every Igbo in sight. Thus, since 1942 they occasionally massacre Igbos living in the North." Really? Differences of opinions ipso facto are no grounds for murder, are they?

The purpose of this essay is to suggest, not to excuse, for the Igbo penchant to  appear larger than they really are,  to have that I'm-better-than –you attitude which Dr. Osuji misconstrues as being uppity. To be uppity is to be presumptions, portentous,  snobbish, haughty, bumptious, or feel superior. There are people who behave as the  Igbos in every Nigerian tribe.

The Igbos generally are an optimistic people, proud, gregarious,  and as adventuresome as a raccoon in winter and, if optimism is misinterpreted to mean superiority, then beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps, the Yoruba know how to deal with the arrogant Igbo  better than what Dr Osuji 's essay suggests  he is doing. The Yoruba just shine off offensive behavior down. That the  Yoruba are better at handling the Igbos without being bothered is worthy of emulation.  Aren't the Hausa  a bit primitive to always want to kill people they think are better than they are?  If they kill off persons than they are, who would they learn optimism from?

Optimism is generally considered one of the most desirable psychological qualities. Many people, including you, I, and the Igbos seem to admire hopefulness, intelligence, handsomeness, and other good qualities we desire in us and in others. There is nothing wrong with feeling positive and egalitarian. There is, however, something amiss with feeling more positive than others or more egalitarian than the rest of the people.. It is a matter of degree.

There is a certain line that has to be crossed before one becomes a nuisance. No one would object if an Igbo says: "I am very intelligent as others."  There would be objections if the Igbo  says: "I am more intelligent than others."  The Belgian team hubris hypothesis examines how we compare ourselves favorably in relation to others. Consider the statements " I am your friend" and  "I am your better friend than others)." The first statement is comparable while the second sentence is explicit.

The explicit statement leads others to believe that the speaker holds disparaging attitudes toward listeners because the speaker  is letting others know that speaker thinks of himself/herself  as superior. To disparage is to belittle, demean, decry, denigrate,  or deride. Why does It appear that the Igbos get into trouble when they make the comparatively explicit statement?

Talking of crossing the line between superiority and modesty, Dr. Osuji seems to cross it when he intones:  "..they (Igbos)  think that they hate me (of course they do not hate me; deep down they love me for they know that I am their savior (saviors are not so recognized in their lifetimes)." What a tall statement!. Dr. Odozi is saying he is a savior of and therefore more righteous  or better than the Igbos. Isn't he falling in the same trap he is decrying?

One who takes offense at the Igbos who feel  they are better than others , is advised to find out the  ways the Igbos feel they are superior. Sometimes, a non-Igbo would associate the Igbo with a people given to narcissism, defined  as being self-absorbed, egotistic, egoistical, self-important, self-involving, self-loving, conceited, or plain vain. The Igbo is an optimistic individual as most people are.

It seems that the Igbos have developed a façade or smokescreen which serves as a defense mechanism for good reasons, such as to ward off groundless attacks, or as a defense against being injured or victimized.. One who does not believe the Igbos have a reason to feel the way they do is attempting to perform a task as difficult as having Christmas in June, for example  And one who asks why the Igbos are defensive is opening up a Pandora box that is beyond the scope of this essay.

The Igbos had been through a lot of crises in their history, including the '67-'70 genocidal Civil War where  estimates had it that the Igbo tribe lost some 3,000,000 Igbo peoplewho were wiped out  through starvation  and by the Nigerian Army which had weapons more sophisticated than sticks and machetes  The situation was rendered more absurd with the pogroms that preceded  the War, and recently with the Arewa quit order.

We are talking about humans with flesh and blood. Remember that, like the Hausa and Yoruba, the  Igbos are hominids, not robots but humans with feelings and emotions, and they were treated as though they were not humans.

The Igbos are still going through a lot today 60 years after the War, They are suffering tribalism and ostracism initiated from the rest of the country. Consider the use of the military to crush Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB followers while armed Fulani herdsmen are murdering 74 people  in Benue without any hindrance under the  watchful eyes of the President.

Because the so-called vanquished Igbos were not provided with a semblance of rehabilitative services after the War but their wounds were ignored and allowed to fester along with traces of maladjustment and bitterness, Igbos have legitimate reasons to experience  mounting anger, fear, resentment, to mention just a few. If nothing is done and done soon, we are going to see many Igbo children, who are familiar with parents' narration of the trauma of the Biafran War, express  greater feelings of fear, anger, and resentment.

Dr. James C. Agazie.

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